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  • Dog Bites Man in Davos

    January 24, 2020
    J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon recently said that “most state-owned enterprises don’t do a particularly good job.” The head of the world’s largest bank not being a fan of socialist planning would normally be a dog-bites-man story, but Dimon’s interview nevertheless produced headlines around the world. This story highlights how risk-averse today’s generation of business leaders have become when it comes to making a certain “political” comments.
  • Brexit Update: Nigel Ashford and Iain Murray Offer Analysis

    January 10, 2020
    With the vote yesterday in the House of Commons to approve Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for separating the United Kingdom from the European Union, it seems that after a very long road, Brexit will actually happen on January 31.
  • Best Books of 2019: Alienated America by Tim Carney

    December 30, 2019
    Tim Carney’s new book on social alienation and U.S. politics, Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse, raises the bar for Trump-era political analysis. Building on recent research on economics and civic life from various sources, Carney presents an incisive analysis of The Donald’s 2016 campaign that redefines who supported the 45th president and why.
  • Weighing Bad Capitalism and Good Socialism

    December 24, 2019
    Recently economics professor Walter Block of Loyola University New Orleans wrote a great op-ed for The Wall Street Journal titled “Bad Capitalism and Good Socialism.” It helps clarify some confusion about the relative merits of different economic systems and the ostensible aspects of capitalism and socialism that people most often object to.
  • Best Books of 2019: The Enlightened Capitalists by James O’Toole

    December 24, 2019
    James O’Toole, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, has assembled an impressive collective history of dozens of innovative—and even visionary—business leaders in his new book, "The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good."
  • Corporate 'Social Responsibility' Must Be Voluntary, Not Mandated

    November 19, 2019
    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) just wrapped an event on corporate governance titled “The Role of a Corporation: The Shareholder versus Stakeholder Debate,” and it covered some interesting territory. BPC president Jason Grumet led a discussion with former Securities and Exchange Commission members Dan Gallagher and Roel Campos.
  • VIDEO: Growth and Opportunity in the Beehive State

    November 8, 2019
    I’ve been interested in the work at the Center for Growth and Opportunity (CGO) at Utah State University for some time now, and I was very impressed with what I experienced at a fascinating one-day conference they recently co-hosted on emerging issues in technology policy. The details of that discussion were off the record, but I can say that their smart, practical, and non-partisan take was a refreshing treat.
  • VIDEO: How to Build a Political System to Protect Liberty

    October 25, 2019
    Our friends at Learn Liberty have started releasing new videos again, and we couldn’t be more excited. One of the most recent, “3 Different Ways Constitutionalism Affect Liberty,” stars Prof. Ilya Somin of George Mason University, who gives us an excellent refresher on how the precise structure of a government’s powers has important implications for maintaining a free society.
  • VIDEO: How Does the Trade War Hurt You?

    October 18, 2019
    Our friends over at the Cato Institute are known for their excellent free-market analysis, in particular on hot button issues like trade. They recently released a great short video to drive home the actual incidence of bad policy: “How Does the Trade War Hurt You?”
  • More Shields and Fewer Swords in Realm of Federal Regulation

    October 11, 2019
    Yesterday the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) held a fascinating event on one of their marquee cases, Baldwin v. United States (read more in my post from last month—it’s the second of the four cases discussed). The case involves the Internal Revenue Service issuing a tax filing rule that conflicted both with legislation passed by Congress and with centuries-old common law practice.

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