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Archive of posts published in the tag: USA Today

An Epidemic of Bad Ideas

From Glenn Harlan Reynolds in The USA Today, Social media threat: People learned to survive disease, we can handle Twitter: Likewise, in recent years we’ve gone from an era when ideas spread comparatively slowly, to one in which social media in…

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Means Matter

One of the problems with the ‘ends justify the means’ mentality is determining whose ends you are pursuing. The idea of a living constitution sounds fine to the left as long as they are pursuing the goals the left values,…

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The Fall of the Meritocracy

From Glenn Reynolds in The USA Today, Trump and the crisis of the meritocracy Well, now they’ve heard it, and they’ve also heard that a lot of Americans resent the meritocrats’ insulation from what’s happening elsewhere, especially as America’s unfortunate record…

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Caveman Politics

Glenn Reynolds writes in The USA Today, Our caveman politics- Economic policy based on 100,000-year-old emotions won’t fix healthcare. Trying to run a 21st century civilization based on caveman instincts is a recipe for failure, but unfortunately politics in a democracy seems…

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A Principal Agent Problem

From Glenn Reynold in USA Today, Who’s to blame for Hillary and Donald? And, of course, voters are to blame, too. One of the flaws of democracy is something called “rational ignorance.” Voters know that their individual vote isn’t likely…

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A Stronger System

From Glenn Harlan Reynolds in USA Today, How to make the U.S. collapse-proof In Tainter’s characterization, as a society gets older, it accumulates more and more complexity — essentially, onion-like layers of institutions, rules and regulations that offer short term benefits at…

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The Class War

from The American Conservative Rob Dreher writes  Trump: Fishtown’s Champion Against Belmont: The Davos elites of the Democrat and Republican parties didn’t get the teenage daughters of Fishtown pregnant, or didn’t get the Fishtown sons busted for possession or fired from his…

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We Didn’t Start the Fire

Glenn Harland Reynolds wrtites Politicos put past before progress in The USA Today: excerpts: Cynical or not, these statements accurately describe why economic progress is so much harder today than it once was.  But why is it so much harder?  And…

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The Other Woman

I generally believe that the highest office in the land should not be one’s first elected office.  Politics like any other profession requires skill sets and relationships that are unique to that profession.  I do not care if the candidate…

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Where the Money Is

from USA Today, Glenn Harlan Reynolds writes Middle-class savings like blood in the Water: When a government is desperate for cash, it goes after the middle class, because that’s where the money is. Yes, the rich are rich, but the…

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The Executive Power of an Emperor

  from USA Today, Kirsten Powers writes Obama’s Imperial Overreach Excerpts: Notice that the former constitutional law professor did not make a substantive legal case in defense of his executive power grabs. He merely stated that what he did was…

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Intellectually Medieval

Kirsten Power writes in the USA Today, Liberals’ Dark Ages Excerpts: Don’t bother trying to make sense of what beliefs are permitted and which ones will get you strung up in the town square. Our ideological overlords have created a…

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The Illegitimate Truth

  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government…

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Moral Capital

In February I posted The Entrepreneurial Deficit – a collection of articles and comments on the absence of startups and it s long term impact on the economcy. Glenn Harlan Reynolds, law professor and writer of the excellent blog Instapundit, expands on the theme…

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The Political Return on Investment

Glen Harlan Reynolds wrote Are we living in the Hunger Games?, 11/27/12 in USA Today. Excerpts: Washington is rich not because it makes valuable things, but because it is powerful. With virtually everything subject to regulation, it pays to spend…

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The World’s Largest Insurance Broker

Americans are losing trust in government by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  in USA Today February 11, 2013 Excerpt: New York Times blogger Nate Silver — best known for his prescient election projections in 2012 — matches up the data on distrust of government with the…

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Negative Marginal Returns on Government

Americans are losing trust in government by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  in USA Today February 11, 2013 Excerpt: Nobel-prize-winning economist Ronald Coase made that point in a 1998 interview: “When I was editor of The Journal of Law and Economics, we published a whole series of…

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Inflated Self Importance

Americans are losing trust in government by Glenn Harlan Reynolds in USA Today February 11, 2013 Excerpt: A government limited to relatively few things — visible things, obviously relevant to the common good — can probably do those things well. As…

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