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Analysis and Commentary

Hirshleifer On Regression To Savagery

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 19, 2020

In researching my latest Defining Ideas article due tomorrow, I came across this paragraph from UCLA economics professor Jack Hirshleifer. One thing to know about Jack was how incredibly careful a scholar he was.


screenshot of book cover for Crosswinds: The Way of Saudi Arabia by Fouad Ajami

‘Crosswinds’ Review: Middle East Balancing Act

featuring Fouad Ajamivia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 19, 2020

[Subscription required] An exploration of the Saudi temper that has both the interpretative heft of scholarship and the anecdotal brilliance of literary travelogue.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Is Free Speech Something You Can Be Murdered For In Western Europe?

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Washington Examiner
Monday, October 19, 2020

Shortly after the most recent, gruesome terror attack in France, security expert Eric Delbecque said, “Freedom of expression should not live under house arrest.” A history teacher, Samuel Paty, had been stabbed and beheaded near his school for showing his middle school students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a class focusing on freedom of expression.


Biden’s Public Option Would Mean Massive Tax Hikes

by Lanhee J. Chen, Daniel Heilvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 19, 2020

[Subscription required] The middle class will eventually be taxed to pay for a government run health-insurance plan.

In the News

Study: Biden Will Raise Taxes On 80 Percent Of Americans, Cut Annual Income $6,500 Per Household

cited Hoover Institutionvia the federalist
Monday, October 19, 2020

A new study shows that Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s proposed economic plan would significantly hurt the long-term American economy if implemented.

Analysis and Commentary

Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Adds To Putin's Headaches, West's Worries

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, October 18, 2020

The last thing Vladimir Putin needed is another hotspot in Russia’s “near abroad” — Russia’s term for the 14 republics that once were part of the old Soviet Union, along with the Russian Republic.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

The Unapologetic Bias Of The American Left

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Today’s Left sees their efforts bending in a preordained historical arc that ends with ultimate progressive justice—and retributions.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe’s Futile Search For Franco-German Leadership

by Josef Joffevia The Strategist
Friday, October 16, 2020

For decades, France and Germany have been known as Europe’s ruling ‘tandem’ or ‘couple’, even its ‘engine’. Together, they aimed to work to unify the continent. But, to pile up the metaphors, the French want to drive the jointly leased Euro-Porsche, while the Germans insist on rationing the petrol money. As a long list of crises—from Belarus to Nagorno-Karabakh—now shows, the two countries are not following the same road map.

Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Economic Reform, WeChat, Trade, Profiling, Campaigns, Diplomacy, Minerals, and Treasury

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 27, 2020

This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

One Belt, One Road Strategy

Articles On: CPEC, Indonesia, and Post-Pandemic World

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 27, 2020

The section describes how the Chinese Communist Party employs its foreign infrastructure and development program to further its strategic interests abroad and in international institutions.