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Who’s complacent?

Not Jordan Peterson: Raised and toughened in the frigid wastelands of Northern Alberta, Jordan Peterson has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stunt plane, piloted a mahogany racing sailboat around Alcatraz Island, explored an...Show More Summary

NYT Report on Paramilitary Drug Raids

The New York Times has a special investigative report about the militaristic drug raids that are now happening every day in the United States.  Here is an excerpt: As policing has militarized to fight a faltering war on drugs, few tactics...Show More Summary

What to Look for in the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings

The moment has arrived: this week, we finally have Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is the culmination of a series of unusual political events that took place after Justice Antonin Scalia’s...Show More Summary

Public Choice Outreach Conference!

The annual Public Choice Outreach Conference is June 16-18th, at the Hyatt Arlington in Rosslyn, VA! Submit an application and please do encourage your students to apply. Here’s some more information. What is the Public Choice Outreach...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. “A proper Chelsea gem.” 2. Is THAAD good for North Korea? 3. Competency-based education at scale? 4. RIP, Graham Gladwell. 5. How Rez accents strengthen identity. 6. The boom in Sioux Falls, SD. 7. Chuck Berry, RIP, don’t forget the influence of calypso on him, and here is “You Can’t Catch Me.” The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Heligoland fact of the day

In 1947 British forces set off here the largest non-nuclear explosion on record, blowing up what was left of Hitler’s island fortress. That is from the new (and recommended) book Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea, by Jan Ruger. Show More Summary

“Legislative Underrwites”

This paper on Leib and Brudney looks to be very good (forthcoming, Virginia Law Review): This article introduces a widespread but virtually unacknowledged practice in Congress and state legislatures. Not only do legislatures override judicial decisions as part of an interbranch … Continue reading ?

“The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency”

Must-read Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer for The New Yorker: Mercer strongly supported the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Trump’s Attorney General. Many civil-rights groups opposed the nomination, pointing out that Sessions has in the past expressed racist views. Mercer, for … Continue reading ?

“Colorado Amends Law After Win in Pillar Ballot Selfie Free Speech Case”

Steve Klein: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1014 yesterday, amending the state’s election law to allow voters to take and share photographs of their own marked ballots, an activity known as taking a “ballot selfie.” The bill followed … Continue reading ?

“In Gorsuch, Conservative Activist Sees Test Case for Reshaping the Judiciary”

NYT: “The Supreme Court needs to be an institution that helps to undergird limited constitutional government,” said Mr. Leo, 51, whose cerebral, unassuming demeanor belies the enormous clout he has developed in Washington. It is a worldview that has brought … Continue reading ?

Saturday assorted links

1. Ryan Avent: “Given the structure of our social safety net, automation tends to increase poverty and inequality rather than unemployment.”  And Ryan on unemployment and video games. 2. Looking back on Norman Podhoretz (NYT). 3. Complacency and cheeseburgers.  “Cowen is optimistic in general, but not necessarily for you.” 4. Show More Summary

NC Court Relies on “Unitary Executive Branch” Principle to Block Changes to State Board of Elections

In holding that the NC legislature’s post-election changes to the design of the State Board of Elections violates the NC Constitution, see here, the state courts held that the Governor must be able to have effective control over this Board.   … Continue reading ?

Churchgoing and tolerance

For decades, liberals have called the Christian right intolerant. When conservatives disengage from organized religion, however, they don’t become more tolerant. They become intolerant in different ways. Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. Show More Summary

Deuteronomy and complacency

A few of you have been asking me about the Straussian readings of The Complacent Class.  One of them refers to Deuteronomy 4:25-26: “When you have had children and children’s children, and become complacent in the land, if you act corruptly...Show More Summary

“A backstory on the Texas redistricting ruling”

Rick Casey in the San Antonio Express-News. … Continue reading ?

Baptist Standard: Texas Discrimination in Redistricting “Give[s] Jesus a Black Eye”

Baptist Standard editorial: The common denominator of these rulings is an overt attempt to suppress voting by racial minorities, particularly African-Americans and Latinos. What’s so embarrassing is the hypocrisy of it all. Texas prides itself on being one of the … Continue reading ?

Court Rules the President Violated the 1965 Law with Executive Order

Last year, I put forward a statutory argument that President Trump’s proposal to ban immigrants from several majority Muslim countries was illegal because it violated a 1965 law that specifically banned discrimination against immigrants based on race, gender, nationality or place of residence or birth. Show More Summary

Martin Feldstein on U.S. Growth vs. Other Major Economies

Martin Feldstein has a new short paper out with some thoughts on a relatively under-researched subject: Why is Growth Better in the United States than in other Industrial Countries? He begins: In 2015, real GDP per capita was $56,000 in the United States. Show More Summary

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