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Analysis and Commentary

Taking The Law Into Your Own Handheld

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Joshua Browder is an ambitious young man. A 21-year-old computer-science senior at Stanford, he aims to make lawyers obsolete, at least for humdrum troubles such as parking tickets, disputes with landlords, and small claims for which legal fees would wipe out much of the compensation.


Carbon Tax

by John H. Cochrane mentioning George P. Shultzvia Grumpy Economist
Friday, November 9, 2018

"The carbon tax is dead; long live the carbon tax" is the headline of Tyler Cowen's Bloomberg column on the failed (again) Washington State carbon tax. And rather decisively, per the picture on the left. "Maybe its failure on the ballot in Washington state will inspire economists to come up with better arguments" challenges the subhead. I can't resist.

In the News

Democrats Eye Total Supermajority + Xavier Becerra: Phone Addict?

quoting Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Monday, November 5, 2018

We’ve all been there. We’re talking to someone when our phone buzzes. We don’t want to be rude, but we’ve got to respond. Such appeared to be the case for Attorney General Xavier Becerra during a Friday news conference with Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Less than a minute in, with Padilla discussing record-high voter registration, Becerra pulled out his phone, shook his head, and began typing.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, November 5, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement and climate change.

In the News

Putin’s Information Wars

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Accuracy in Academia
Monday, November 5, 2018

The information wars of Vladimir Putin are mainly a United States problem, Stephen Kotkin, a professor of history and international affairs at Princeton University said on November 1 at the Cato Institute.

Analysis and Commentary

Murphy On Nordhaus Versus The UN

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, November 5, 2018

In light of Nordhaus’s calculations shown above, the apparently urgent need for “climate action” is not so urgent. It now looks more analogous to economists discovering the theoretical possibility of an “optimal tariff” but still understanding that free trade is the safest rule of thumb.

In the News

World Leaders Come Together For Inaugural Global Energy Forum

quoting Condoleezza Rice, George P. Shultzvia The Stanford Daily
Monday, November 5, 2018

Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Jerry Brown. CEOs, politicians, representatives and scientists. World leaders convened Thursday and Friday at the Hoover Institution for the inaugural Global Energy Forum to discuss the future of energy worldwide as the field continues to undergo major changes.

Analysis and Commentary

Alan Lightman On Science, Spirituality, And Searching For Stars On An Island In Maine

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 5, 2018

Author and Physicist Alan Lightman talks about his book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. This is a wide-ranging conversation on religion, science, transcendence, consciousness, impermanence, and whether matter is all that matters.

Analysis and Commentary

CNN’s Existential War With Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, November 4, 2018

It may be unwise or monotonous for President Trump to harp on CNN as a purveyor of “fake news.” And the constant refrain “enemy of the people” should not be used of a media outlet, even one as prejudicial as CNN.

In the News

Prop 6 Struggles In Polls — An Omen For California Republicans?

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Mercury News
Friday, November 2, 2018

For California’s beleaguered GOP, next week’s election was supposed to be the gas tax revolt that roused Republicans. To seize on voters’ anger, they dug out the playbook from 15 years ago, when a Republican action-movie star rode a vow to repeal an unpopular vehicle license fee hike straight into the governor’s office.


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