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Analysis and Commentary

Henderson On Cowen On Big Business

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Tyler Cowen’s latest book, Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero, is excellent. Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, makes a strong evidence-based case that big business in America is an important—probably the most important—contributor to our well-being.

Analysis and Commentary

Obituary: Mohamed Morsi

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The rise and fall of Mohamed Morsi, who died last week at age 67, captured the tribulation of the Arab Spring.
Analysis and Commentary

Leader Hosing: Is Bashing Mitch Pelosi’s Best Fundraising Pitch?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, June 20, 2019

One way to gauge how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi feels about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: check the Speaker’s e-mail traffic.

Analysis and Commentary

Political Power And Electrical Power Are Inextricably Linked. Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Earlier this millennium, a series of power brownouts and blackouts in California led to the recall of a sitting governor and a special election for his replacement: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Argentina’s leadership is running for reelection this October, and if it can’t keep the lights on, it may not be welcomed back to power.

In the News

“Most Of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong”

mentioning Russell Robertsvia Education Next
Thursday, June 20, 2019

I’m a fan and faithful listener of EconTalk, a podcast hosted by Russ Roberts of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. A few weeks ago, I was stopped in my tracks by his interview with Mauricio “Lim” Miller, an Oakland, California-based social services pioneer and MacArthur “Genius” fellowship recipient, an honor he earned as the founder of the non-profit Family Independence Initiative (FII). I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Featured AnalysisFeatured

Playground for Powers

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Thursday, June 20, 2019

In August 1920, in the Parisian suburb of Sèvres, envoys of the allied powers signed an eponymous treaty dividing into zones of influence the fallen Ottoman Empire and Islamic Caliphate. The regime of "mandates" it instituted was simultaneously the culmination of European imperialism in the Middle East, and its final undertaking. Mandates were not meant to last: it was a phase of foreign trusteeship, in anticipation of independence that, by the 1970s, would be the norm across the region.

Featured AnalysisAnalysis and Commentary

The Dilemma Of An Imperfect Ally

by Elana DeLoziervia The Caravan
Thursday, June 20, 2019

After seven decades of selling weapons to our allies in the Gulf reassured by the fact that we sold more planes than there were trained pilots, we are finally confronted with a foreseeable, yet jarring dilemma: what happens when the Gulf states finally decide to use the weapons in pursuit of their own interests?


Europe Must Stop This Disgrace: Viktor Orbán Is Dismantling Democracy

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Thursday, June 20, 2019

When European Union leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday they will have a guilty secret: among them will sit the leader of a member state that is no longer a democracy. Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister and de facto supreme leader, will sit there smiling as a democrat among democrats, but in reality he has demolished liberal democracy in his country over the last decade. Adding insult to injury, he has used EU taxpayers’ money to consolidate his illiberal regime. 


Why GDP Still Matters

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, June 20, 2019

New Zealand’s focus on wellbeing, rather than GDP, may have the best of intentions. But if GDP does not increase, the government will have less money for its grand schemes. And compared to what it could have had, the country will have less overall wellbeing, worse environmental performance, and weaker human capital.

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

Twenty-Five Years After O.J.’s Car Chase, The Wheels Keep Turning In California

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Among the dates that stand out on the California calendar: 9/11, the day that America was struck by its deadliest act of terrorism (the California connection: all four commercial airliners were originally headed to Los Angeles or San Francisco); and 4/20, the worldwide celebration of marijuana smoking (the California connection: the ritual may or may not have begun at a Northern California high school).