January 24, 2022 11:44 am

Naomi Wolf, Insightful and Courageous in Troubled Times

These troubled times have left Americans searching for people who are on their side able to supply guidance. In that quest, check out Naomi Wolf, whose background may be unfamiliar. The Yale and Oxford alum gained fame with The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women, praised by high-profile feminists such…
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January 24, 2022 11:27 am

Ineffective Government, Empty Shelves and Inflation

On January 11, 2022, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg toured the southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. That the transportation secretary would visit these two ports is no surprise. They have special importance because they process 40% of the goods imported by Americans every year. During his visit, Buttigieg praised the…
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January 24, 2022 10:22 am

A Room to Room Review of How Regulations Increase Cost of Living

Government regulations impose costly burdens on Americans. But because regulations are imposed on businesses, many Americans don’t directly feel their weight. But those burdens are very real, adding hundreds if not thousands to the annual cost of living for every American. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Ben Lieberman finds a way to describe…
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January 17, 2022 10:34 am

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Stayed at the Supreme Court

In National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Department of Labor, a majority of the Supreme Court stayed enforcement of OSHA’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing regulations. The standard issued by OSHA applies to all individuals working for employers with 100 or more employees. It requires that covered workers receive a COVID-19 vaccine or obtain a…
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January 14, 2022 9:00 am

Political Preferences and Public Policy

Social scientists who study elections tend to assume that voters have public policy preferences and that parties and candidates design their platforms to conform with those preferences. In fact, the direction of causation (mostly) goes the other way. Members of the political elite draw up their platforms, and voters adopt the policy preferences of…
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January 13, 2022 9:52 am

What Does the Uprising in Kazakhstan Mean?

The uprising against the dictatorship in Kazakhstan has been crushed as one would expect—with brutal repression and the intervention of Vladimir Putin, who sent thousands of troops under the umbrella of an alliance of highly unsavory characters he controls called the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Two years ago, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been in…
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January 13, 2022 9:35 am

Central Planning is Bad for the Economy and for Science

In the Great Barrington Declaration, distinguished medical scientists from Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford universities seek an approach that focuses on the most vulnerable to COVID and lets others lead their normal lives. The declaration had scarcely been announced when National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins tapped Dr. Anthony, director of the National Institute…
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January 12, 2022 10:11 am

Evaluating Our Inflation Gurus

Back in June, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the mid-year spike in inflation was temporary, and John Williams, President of the Federal Reserve Back of New York, said he expected inflation in 2021 to be around 3% for 2021. These are the people who are in charge of managing inflation. At the time,…
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January 11, 2022 10:50 am

Pelosi “Insider” Investments Expose Inherent Conflicts of Interest

Should elected members of Congress be allowed to invest in things whose value depends upon how the government spends money? Or whose growth prospects depend upon how government rules and regulations affect them? Since members of Congress have direct influence over both these things, “no” is the obvious answer to both questions. That’s because…
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January 10, 2022 10:45 am

Former San Francisco DPW Boss Mohammed Nuru Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

“Mohammed Nuru, the former director of San Francisco Public Works officially pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports, “marking perhaps the most definitive development to date in the City Hall corruption scandal that has ensnared department heads and city contractors.” As this column noted in February 2020, Nuru…
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January 10, 2022 9:24 am

Foreign Bureau of Investigation?

According to a January 4 criminal complaint from the U.S. Department of Justice, Colombian national Mario Antonio Palacios, 43, “is charged with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and providing material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare for or carry…
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January 10, 2022 9:12 am

Greenhouse Gas Alarmists Should Support Nuclear Power

I’ve made the argument before that people who view greenhouse gas emissions as a threat to humanity should support nuclear power, a proven source of energy that can be deployed now, and that emits no greenhouse gasses. Thus, I have been puzzled that those climate change alarmists seem to be so opposed to the…
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January 9, 2022 9:15 am

Classes Underway in Florida, Land of the Free

Many K-12 schools and universities have gone to remote instruction in response to the surge in COVID cases, but Florida remains the land of the free, with no COVID-related mandates. No mask mandates. No vaccine mandates. No mandated business closures or reductions in service. Mandates have been prohibited by the state legislature, at the…
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January 6, 2022 12:49 pm

Crazy, Stupid Federal Spending!

If you follow wasteful spending stories involving the misplaced priorities of Washington D.C. politicians and bureaucrats, the holiday season brings a special treat. That’s when Senator Rand Paul issues his annual “Festivus Report” on the federal government’s most wasteful spending programs. The report has become a must-read for anyone needing a good laugh at…
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