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Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
In the News

Hong Kong Protests Mark Major Turning Point In Resistance To Chinese Totalitarianism

mentioning Alvin Rabushkavia Newsweek
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

One of the most important struggles on the planet is taking place right now between the people of Hong Kong and the dictatorship of General Secretary Xi Jinping.

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The Libertarian: A Crisis Of Liberalism?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What the new critics of the free market — on both the left and the right — get wrong.

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America’s First Third-World State

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"Third World” is now an anachronistic geographical term of the old Cold War. But after 1989, “Third World” was reinvented from a political noun into an adjective to mean more than just Asian, African, and Latin American nations nonaligned with either the West or the Soviet bloc.

Housing
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The Economics Of Why Homelessness Worsens As Governments Spend Even More On The Problem

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

California’s homeless population is rising rapidly despite substantially higher government spending on the problem.

In the News

Accosted Woman Takes Matter Into Her Own Hands, Teaching Lesson

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Israel National News
Monday, June 17, 2019

Israeli government employee and olah from Poland Esther Fuerster was walking home last night when she was accosted by an exhibitionist, meters from her home. Posting on Facebook immediately after the ordeal, Fuerster wrote: “I won't say who this was, whether a Jew, an Arab, or a Christian, but on my way home now a religious-looking man turned to me as I approached and opened his trousers presenting his manhood.”

Analysis and Commentary

Social Trust Lower In Neighborhoods Without Amenities

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 17, 2019

Americans may like to buy things online, but people who live in neighborhoods with stores, libraries, restaurants, schools, and parks nearby have higher levels of community satisfaction and lower levels of social isolation.

Analysis and Commentary

Anja Shortland On Kidnap

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, June 17, 2019

Anja Shortland of King's College London talks about her book Kidnap with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Kidnapping is relatively common in parts of the world where government authority is weak. Shortland explores this strange, frightening, but surprisingly orderly world. She shows how the interaction between kidnappers, victims, and insurance companies creates a somewhat predictable set of prices for ransom and creates a relatively high chance of the safe return of those who are kidnapped.

In the News

Banning Sanctuary Cities Absolutely The Right Move

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Sunshine State News
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sanctuary cities. The term leaves me cold. Initiated by the Left, it's a politically correct euphemism for Capturing New Voters.

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Real Estate Ups And Downs

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Sunday, June 16, 2019

In a delightfully YIMBY "Americans Need More Neighbors" the New York times gets it almost all right. Housing is one area of American life where government really is the problem. The United States is suffering from an acute shortage of affordable places to live, particularly in the urban areas where economic opportunity increasingly is concentrated. And perhaps the most important reason is that local governments are preventing construction.

In the News

Cory Booker's Very Bad Ideas To Solve America's Housing Crisis

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Sean Hannity
Friday, June 14, 2019

In the first presidential election after the full recovery from the subprime mortgage crisis, which was largely caused by legislation promoting “affordable housing,” presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker (Spartacus) has released his plan for achieving affordable housing. Thomas Sowell clarifies this way of thinking in his book “The Housing Boom and Bust,” where he explains how the market learns from these mistakes and adjusts with remarkable speed, but “the question is whether politicians and government bureaucrats learn, especially when they pay no price for being wrong, and are able to deflect blame toward the market with denunciations of ‘greed,’ ‘Wall Street’ or whatever other convenient scapegoats are available.”

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