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Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Avoiding the ‘rigidities and often dysfunction of local school districts’ yielded a success.

Analysis and Commentary

Geoengineering Fun

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Eli Dourado writes of four intriguing geoengineering schemes: (HT Marginal Revolution's incomparable links.) 

The Palacio del Congreso in Argentina
Analysis and Commentary

Letter 2 From Argentina

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alejandro Rodrigues writes again from Argentina (previous post) "This  graph shows the evolution of peso denominated fixed income mutual funds. On Monday (after the elections) this funds suffered withdrawals of 6% of the total shares. Net assets fell by more as prices plummeted (-5%). 

Analysis and Commentary

The Reader's Guide To Optimal Monetary Policy

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Reader's Guide to Optimal Monetary Policy is a snazzy new website created by Anthony Diercks and Cole Langlois at the Federal Reserve Board.  

In the News

Study Will Probe The ‘Secondhand’ Effects Of Having Guns In The Home

mentioning Jonathan Roddenvia Stanford News
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Stanford Health Policy’s DAVID STUDDERT – an expert on the public health epidemic of firearms violence – acknowledges that mass shootings are on the rise in the United States.

In the News

Preexisting Conditions: The Size Of The Pool

quoting John H. Cochranevia RiverBender.com
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

John Cochrane of the Hoover Institute, formerly of the University of Chicago, calls preexisting conditions the “CENTRAL DEFECT OF AMERICAN HEALTH INSURANCE”.

In the News

1st US Ethnic Studies Plan Called Anti-Semitic, Faces Update

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia KSL
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

California's effort to write the nation's first ethnic studies curriculum for public schools has united liberals and conservatives: They think it's terrible.

In the News

China Is Threatening To Use Force In Hong Kong — And Hoping Threats Will Suffice

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

China’s leaders were battered by a typhoon over the weekend during their annual Communist Party retreat at Beidaihe, a coastal resort where senior officials have gathered each August for more than six decades.

In the News

How Important Is Today's Racial Discrimination?

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Denton Record-Chronicle
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today.

Analysis and Commentary

Soldiers As Price Takers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

There didn’t seem to be much sense to getting killed. The war went on at its own slow, deliberate pace, and if he got himself killed it would make no difference one way or another to anyone but himself, and to his family, perhaps. Whether he was dead or not, at exactly the same moment of the twentieth century the armies would move, the machines in which the real fighting finally took place would destroy each other, the surrender would be signed . . . Survive, he remembered desperately from the lumber file, survive, survive . . .

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