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Analysis and Commentary

How To Reverse Grade Inflation And Help Students Reach Their Potential

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Many of us, if we’re lucky, can fondly recall a time in elementary school when our parents proudly posted one of our A papers on the refrigerator door. Maybe it was a spelling test or set of multiplication problems—no matter. What mattered, though, was the outstanding achievement that mom, dad, and kid believed was embodied in that A, and the pride and satisfaction that we felt in seeing it every time we opened the fridge for a sandwich.

In the News

Martin Feldstein On A Financial Crisis To Rival The Great Depression

featuring Martin Feldsteinvia Seeking Alpha
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Martin Feldstein, Harvard economics professor, former Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, and president emeritus of the US National Bureau of Economic Research, has put it very bluntly: “The next US bear market is likely to be caused by a spike in 10-year Treasury yields….”


Oh, What A Tangled Web

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The likely justification of the Republican majority for agreeing to a rehearing of the Kavanaugh nomination was political, not legal: Senate Republicans apparently worried that in-party potential No-voters on Kavanaugh, such as Senators Corker, Flake, or Collins, might become emboldened by an outright refusal to hear Professor Ford’s narratives or that independent women voters would be alienated by “silencing” the accuser.

Analysis and Commentary

Does Monopsony Lead To Lower Prices?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In an unusually critical and mainly on-target criticism of one commenter’s critiques of Amazon, Tyler Cowen writes: First, monopsony and monopoly tend to have contrasting or opposite effects. To the extent Amazon is a monopsony, that leads to higher output and lower prices.


Anti-Liberal Zealotry Part II: The Crux Of Deneen's Critique Of Liberalism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Policy
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Patrick Deneen, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, has written an angry and breathless polemic against liberalism in the large sense — that is, the school of political thought that holds that human beings are by nature free and equal, and that the chief purpose of government is to secure individual rights.

In the News

Liberal Presumptions, Take Two (Updated)

quoting Jennifer Burnsvia Powerline
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A couple days back I posted a long item about the presumptions of the contemporary liberal mind that act like garish wallpaper—unnoticed by the residents of the house of liberalism, but jarring to anyone else who steps inside.

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Foreign Policy Faces Grave Danger, Part 1

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
This is the first in a series of posts explaining why. Before laying out the argument, let’s backtrack to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. How many politicians, generals, diplomats, and prominent experts in universities and think tanks, some serving in the Bush and Obama administrations, would claim in late 2018 that these military operations were successful?
In the News

Martin Feldstein: Next Recession Will Erase $10 Trillion

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Wheaton Business Journal
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Harvard Economist Martin Feldstein warns that the next economic downturn could rival the Great Depression and wipe $10 trillion off U.S. household assets. “We have no ability to turn the economy around,” said Feldstein, the president emeritus of the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research.

Analysis and Commentary

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered?

by David Davenportvia The New York Times Upfront
Monday, September 3, 2018

Following the student protests against gun violence in school has come a renewed call to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote. But it would be a mistake to lower the voting age. Demonstrating is not the same as voting, which requires a higher level of civic responsibility and knowledge.

Fort Trump—A Permanent U.S. Military Base in Poland?

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Following a meeting in the Oval office on September 18, President Donald Trump said he is considering a request from Polish President Andrzej Duda to permanently station American troops in his country. Duda even offered to name the military facility “Fort Trump” and to provide more than $2 billion to help finance it. Poland desires the protection and stability that a permanent U.S. presence on its soil offers. One can sympathize with the Polish desire for a superpower security umbrella.