December 20, 2016
As the old saying goes, the worst vice is advice. So with some trepidation, let me suggest two things that bright, idealistic members of the new administration should keep in mind.
The first arises when you're asked by your boss to come up with a solution to some controversial political problem. You analyze the situation and come up with an effective plan. Then, however, you pull back from the audacity of the proposal and think, “If I suggest that, people will laugh.” So you water down the idea. But then your boss (also a newcomer to his administration job) makes the same calculus, and so on up the chain of command to the individual who can actually implement the plan. By that time, the “solution” is just a mild variant of the status quo, and the senior decision-maker wonders why she should take on a difficult political fight for such a small gain.
Your role in the...
December 13, 2016Capital in the 21st Century, has a new paper on economic inequality with...
December 5, 2016
In this episode, historian Andrew Roberts and Russian émigré Alexander Markovsky compare Western and Soviet politics.
Up first is Andrew Roberts, author and Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London. Andrew takes issue with America’s broken primary system and the intransigent two-party duopoly, regrettably driven by the politics of “the other.” He reflects on the future of Western civilization and proposes a CANZUK union in the wake of Brexit—comprised of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—to strengthen free trade and defense alliances between the Crown countries.
November 28, 2016debunked pro-Castro myths that some left-leaning politicians have peddled about Castro — including...
November 10, 2016
Trade: The core element of Trump’s rhetoric is that free trade has...
November 7, 2016
In this week’s episode, Topher Field discusses lifestyle regulation madness Down Under and Katherine Mangu-Ward ushers in the robot revolution.
Opening the show is Topher Field, Australian commentator and filmmaker, who shares how the mythical frontier society transformed into the world’s biggest nanny state. Topher analyzes the effects of bureaucratization and overregulation of every aspect of life—from the gun buyback program and lockout laws failing to stop violence to the inadequacies of government health care, compensation for taxi cartels displaced by ride sharing apps, and food police scaremongering. He holds out hope for a coming revolution led by the rebellious Aussie youth, aware of the dangers of government overreach.
November 2, 2016
Since releasing the new film I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit last month, we’ve had a strong response from people around the country.State Policy Network’s annual...
October 28, 2016I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit, we asked ourselves: how would the film end? I, Pencil had began with a memorable quotation. We would end I, Whiskey with a provocative one. Give the audience something to take with them. Or else, get in the last word; a...
October 28, 2016
About a dozen years ago, I developed a habit of asking the same question when I interviewed someone for a job. Typically, about two-thirds of the way through the allotted time, I ask a candidate if he or she has a hero.
October 26, 2016
CEI’s new film I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit is about freedom and innovation, but also about making human connections in the marketplace. It’s the friendships one makes in the process of getting things done that stay with us, and the process of making I, Whiskey was no different. Here are three of our stars, each of whom you’ll meet when you watch the film.