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Justice In A Free Society

quoting Clint Bolickvia Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MI)
Thursday, January 31, 2019

The new year has ushered in fresh opportunities to solve the pressing issues of our times. Criminal justice reform is no exception, especially given the increased attention it has received lately from organizations across the political spectrum.

In the News

Quote Of The Day: Decision-Making

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Ricochet
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"It would be hard to think of a more ridiculous way to make decisions than to transfer those decisions to third parties who pay no price for being wrong. Yet that is what at least half of the bright ideas of the political left amount to.” – Thomas Sowell

Analysis and Commentary

Diversity, Part 5. The Who, What, When, Where, Why, And How

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Part 2 set forth the racial/ethnic categories used by the Census Bureau and universities in the Common Data Set. These categories are the basis for quantifying the degree of Diversity in universities, and every other social, economic, and political organization. Including non-Whites, or People of Color, in White groups and women in male groups becomes the measure for quantifying Inclusion. 

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Why Has Emotion Replaced Reason In America?

quoting Victor Davis Hanson, Niall Fergusonvia The Trumpet
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Facts are stubborn things.” That’s what American founding father John Adams famously said. But in modern America, facts are not so stubborn, and you don’t get famous by clinging to them. You get famous by being stubborn with your emotions. In modern America, more stubborn than facts, truth and logic are emotions, feelings and “personal truth.”

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, January 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "When Women Earn Less Than Men."

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, January 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "When Women Earn Less Than Men."

Featured

Lessons From The Past

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Monday, January 28, 2019

Feedback Seventy-one years ago this month — in January 1948 — a black, 17-year-old high school dropout left home. The last grade he had completed was the 9th grade. He had no skills, little experience, and not a lot of maturity. Yet he was able to find jobs to support himself, to a far greater extent than someone similar can find jobs today. I know because I was that black 17-year-old. And, decades later, I did research on economic conditions back then.

In the News

Measuring Economic Diversity At Colleges Is Harder Than You Think

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Forbes
Monday, January 28, 2019

Economic diversity at America’s colleges and universities is a hot issue these days. The U.S. News College Rankings recently updated its methodology to measure how well institutions are serving low-income students. Six Democratic senators complained the changes didn’t go far enough and demanded the inclusion of an “exclusive metric assessing the access a college…provides to historically underrepresented students.” 

Featured

In Our ‘Emocracy,’ Emotions Rule

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, January 28, 2019

We no longer live in a democracy. We live in an emocracy — where emotions rather than majorities rule and feelings matter more than reason. The stronger your feelings — the better you are at working yourself into a fit of indignation — the more influence you have. And never use words where emojis will do.

Analysis and Commentary

Bad Ideas Are Born In Bad Universities

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, January 28, 2019

In 1726 Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels gave us a brilliant satire of the folly of research divorced from common sense, practicality, and reality. When Gulliver visits the Grand Academy of Lagado, he finds “Projectors” busy with research projects like extracting sunbeams from cucumbers, building houses from the roof down, and converting excrement back to food.

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