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Democracy Is Fighting For Its Life

featuring Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

It is common today to speak of a crisis of democracy, but such language underrates the challenge at hand. American democracy faces not one, but three distinct and connected crises. There is an ongoing assault on democratic norms and values, which has led to the coarsening of the U.S. social fabric and the erosion of unspoken, but vitally important, norms that provide the guardrails of self-government. 

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Ten Debating Democrats Giving It The Old College Try

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Credit the folks at ABC News’ political division: They managed to convince their network’s executives to set aside three hours of prime time for Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Houston.

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The Libertarian: The Electoral College And The Republican Sensibility

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The much-maligned system for picking presidents stems from the Founders’ mistrust of majoritarianism — and is still better than the alternatives

Analysis and Commentary

Review: The Ungrateful Refugee By Dina Nayeri

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Nayeri’s first work of non-fiction is as stunning and original as its title. Born into a wealthy family in Iran, she sought freedom in the West and confesses intensely lyrical resentments about her status as a refugee, first in a converted countryside hotel in Italy and ultimately to a frustrating childhood in Oklahoma. The opening chapter will hit you like a hammer, forcing you to rethink your outlook on the global waves of migration that grow larger every year. You’ll rethink, no matter what your current view is.

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The Values That Economics Cannot Measure

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Divorced, excommunicated, 25 years old with three children, my mom never felt sorry for herself. She told me time and again during my boyhood that we should appreciate everything we had. Take nothing for granted.

Analysis and Commentary

Author On British Inheritance Misses Two Important Points

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 7, 2019

In a recent article titled “Is property inheritance widening the wealth gap?” author James Gordon points out that people in Britain who own houses will often leave them to their adult children and, thus, adult children of Brits with no houses will see a large gap between their wealth and those of their housing-endowed peers.

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China Keeps Booting US Journalists. We Keep Admitting Theirs.

quoting Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Saturday, September 7, 2019

China’s Leaders can amass significant personal fortunes, using family members to conceal the wealth. They want to hide it because in public they must preserve the image of humble, sacrificing members of the Chinese Communist Party, even if they are really profiting nicely from capitalism. Thus, the secret wealth of these pooh-bahs is one of the most sensitive and taboo topics in China today.

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If Not Snapchat, What? A Guide To Stanford's Non-Tech Fiefdoms

mentioning Hoover Institution, Michael McFaul, Condoleezza Ricevia New York Magazine
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stanford (as we explored earlier this week) has become as much a tech incubator as a university — a four-year finishing school for the elite of Silicon Valley. But, of course, there are more worlds than the tech industry, and more reasons than “tech wealth” that the university is consistently named the No. 1 “dream college” for both parents and students. Many paths to fame, fortune, and power run through Stanford — here are just a few.

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Symposium: Title VII Did Not And Does Not Extend To Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity — In 1964 Or Today

by Richard A. Epsteinvia SCOTUS Blog
Friday, September 6, 2019

Political and legal discourse has changed much since 1964, when sex was added, almost as an afterthought, to the list of forbidden grounds of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What seemed risqué in 1964 seems positively old guard in 2019. So one looming battle of the current Supreme Court term is whether Title VII covers the sexual-orientation claims raised in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and the gender-identity claims raised in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC. The short answer is: It doesn’t.

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Nineteenth-Century Nihilists Foretold Our Era

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Foreign Affairs
Friday, September 6, 2019

Why the Age of Alternative Facts Might Have Unnerved Even Nietzsche.

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