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Education in China is becoming increasingly unfair to the poor

via The Economist
Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Economist describes how the PRC’s continued use of the hukou system, an Imperial Chinese system of tying peasants to their villages through a registration system, leads to gross inequalities for access to education.

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Friends Don't Let Friends Become Chinese Billionaires

via Forbes
Monday, July 25, 2011

An article from a decade ago, but one that is well worth remembering: between 2003 and 2011, 72 billionaires from the People’s Republic of China died unnatural deaths (15 murdered, 17 committed suicide, 7 from accidents, 19 from illnesses and 14 were executed).

by Ray Kwong

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Time For Recommendations For Summer Reading List

mentioning Niall Ferguson, Thomas Sowellvia Antelope Valley Press
Friday, June 4, 2021

You can get out and do things this summer but make time to read.

Texas Government Assaults Economic Freedom

by David R. Henderson
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Two pieces of bad news for economic freedom came out of Texas this week.

What Happens Next? Gauging The Fallout From The Pandemic

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Thursday, June 3, 2021

What just happened? Some 15 months after the pandemic first struck, it’s still horribly unclear, which is perhaps why there have been no decent books making sense of COVID-19. This is not just about a virus but a collision of politics, panic, digital media, human behavior and incompetence.

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Keep Critical Race Theory Out Of Our Schools

quoting Shelby Steelevia Orlando Sentinel
Thursday, June 3, 2021

You’d be hard-pressed to peruse the Sentinel these days without coming across an article or commentary extolling the virtues of critical race theory, with nearly half a dozen columns or news stories published in the last three weeks.

Thomas Sowell in front of a black background with an Uncommon Knowledge mug
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The Enigma Of Thomas Sowell

featuring Thomas Sowellvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Until 1991, when Clarence Thomas was nominated and then confirmed to the Supreme Court, the most prominent black conservative in America was likely Thomas Sowell, the Chicago-trained economist and polymath. From his longtime perch at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, Sowell has, through his books, newspaper columns, and television appearances, done as much to popularize free market economics — and to level biting critiques of liberal thinking on race, education, and civil rights — as any conservative intellectual of the past 40 years, black or white. 

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Less Regulation, More Information: Better Results?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Easing regulation and allowing personal choice are always a good start. But there’s no guarantee that government information will be good information.

Analysis and Commentary

This Is Britain’s 9/11 Moment

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia UnHerd
Thursday, June 3, 2021

It’s been just over a week — yet the real importance of Dominic Cummings’s testimony on the British Government’s handling of the pandemic has been widely ignored. To most journalists, the key story was Cummings’s gleeful criticism of his former boss, Boris Johnson. It was, at least for them, a psychodrama of epic proportions.


Charter Schools At 30: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Mannovia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Today, forty-four states—plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—have public charter school laws on their statute books, laws that have led to more than 7,500 schools employing 200,000-plus teachers and serving 3.3 million students.