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Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace
American Magazine, by Alan W. Dowd

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 7/9/2014 10:34:59 AM

If Americans have learned anything from their well-intentioned, costly efforts in the unforgiving lands of Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that democratic elections do not ensure freedom. Nor do democratic elections necessarily promote stability, as the post-Arab Spring chaos reminds us. But a new Fraser Institute study helps quantify how building up free-market institutions and promoting economic freedom can strengthen societies by increasing social trust and reducing the risk of war. Starting from the premise that “adequate finance is a key ingredient for organizing violence against a state,” Indra de Soysa and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati

      


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Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace
American Magazine, by Alan W. Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/9/2014 10:34:59 AM     Post Reply
If Americans have learned anything from their well-intentioned, costly efforts in the unforgiving lands of Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that democratic elections do not ensure freedom. Nor do democratic elections necessarily promote stability, as the post-Arab Spring chaos reminds us. But a new Fraser Institute study helps quantify how building up free-market institutions and promoting economic freedom can strengthen societies by increasing social trust and reducing the risk of war. Starting from the premise that “adequate finance is a key ingredient for organizing violence against a state,” Indra de Soysa and Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati

   

 

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Piketty´s Political Hunch
American Magazine, by George L. Priest    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/7/2014 10:38:35 AM     Post Reply
Thomas Piketty’s Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century has reached the New York Times’ bestseller list for the past 10 weeks — it was first in nonfiction shortly ago and near the top for the last few weeks. For an academic book consisting mostly of statistics, this is remarkable, though, having read it, I think it is likely to chiefly end up sitting on many bookshelves perhaps briefly browsed but largely unread. Its market popularity undoubtedly derives from Piketty’s denunciation of what he claims to be the growing inequality in Western nations, especially in the United States. Piketty is an

How the South Came to
Rise Again: The Civil
Rights Act of 1964
American Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 7/2/2014 11:06:04 AM     Post Reply
There’s an old saying in the South that “the South shall rise again.” And on July 2, 1964, 50 years ago, it began to do so. It has not stopped since. That day, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was sweeping, to put it mildly. It outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. It forbade the unequal application of voter registration requirements, such as literacy tests, and it banned racial segregation in schools, workplaces, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels, theaters, and restaurants.

The Genetics Revolution Challenge and
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American Magazine, by Arnold Kling    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/30/2014 10:16:19 AM     Post Reply
One-size-fits-all blockbuster drugs are giving way to treatments tailored to individuals’ genetic makeups and aimed at narrow subsets of broader diseases.“It’s a new world,” said Wendy Selig, president of the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of research on the disease, which this year is expected to kill nearly 10,000 Americans. “We’re segmenting what we thought of as large diseases into smaller populations of patients that are defined by genetic distinctions. ... The goal is to match the right therapy to the right patient, and to do it with minimal collateral damage.” “Drugmakers Find Breakthroughs in

Aereo Decision a Boon,
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American Magazine, by Mark F. Shultz    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/27/2014 9:44:39 AM     Post Reply
In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court just held that Aereo’s television service, which re-transmits over-the-air TV signals to subscribers via the Internet, does indeed transmit performances to the public within the meaning of the Copyright Act. Aereo had been intercepting broadcast signals and re-selling them to subscribers without securing permission from or paying broadcasters or TV show creators. Some have decried the decision as a threat to innovation, with Aereo’s CEO claiming it was “a chilling message to the technology industry.” One journalist even called it “a crushing blow to one

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American Magazine, by James V. DeLong    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/25/2014 11:52:52 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of Eric Cantor’s defeat, pundits are arguing over whether he lost due to his stance on immigration or to his addiction to cronyism. In fact, the two are inseparable, and presenting them as alternative explanations misses this basic point. Cantor’s pro-amnesty position on immigration fueled perceptions that he was a leader of a coterie of insiders more than a leader of Republicans. The winner in the Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District, David Brat, said that immigration is “the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race but it also captures

   

 

  


 
The EPA Overreaches Again
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/23/2014 11:01:44 AM     Post Reply
In farm country, the joke goes like this: “I don’t want any more land, except my neighbor’s.” That’s a pretty fair description of how the EPA has treated America’s landowners. With a recent rule, the agency is continuing to broaden its jurisdiction over U.S. waters and is reaching to regulate more farmland. Back in 1972, when Congress passed the Clean Water Act (CWA), the EPA was given jurisdiction over discharges from “point sources” like factories into the “navigable waters” of the United States. Jurisdiction over the majority of U.S. water and land was left to state and local governments.

Europe´s Energy Problem
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/20/2014 10:57:11 AM     Post Reply
Fast-moving events in Ukraine and the Middle East highlight the need for Europe to improve its energy policy. In particular, they underscore Europe’s excessive dependence on Russian energy supply, which poses a major risk to its economic growth prospects. That dependence also constitutes a serious impediment to Europe’s foreign policy, limiting its ability to maneuver, as has been all too clear during the recent U.S. attempt to impose meaningful economic sanctions on Russia for its activities in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. These risks are all the greater for those countries in southeast Europe that have low natural gas

Attorney Fees in Patent Cases:
There is a Middle Ground
American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/18/2014 10:33:07 AM     Post Reply
How do we ensure Americans get their “day in court” while also weeding out meritless lawsuits? One often-discussed way is to require the losing party to pay the winning party’s attorney fees, as is common in Britain, Europe, and elsewhere in the world. After all, if a vexatious litigant faces the threat of paying his adversary’s (expensive) lawyer fees, he’ll surely be more circumspect about filing a frivolous case. But automatically awarding attorney fees to the prevailing party, at least in patent cases, would be a grave mistake that would undermine the so-called “American rule” — whereby we’re

The G-7 Weighs in on
SIFI Designations
American Magazine, by Peter J. Wallison    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/16/2014 12:43:48 PM     Post Reply
Early in June, in the midst of serious discussions about the global economy, Ukraine, climate change, and dealing with an expansionist Russia, G-7 leaders took time out to express concern about a matter well beneath their usual remit — that progress has been too slow in setting up a framework for regulating the financial firms they call “shadow banks.” In their communique from Brussels, the leaders of the world’s most important countries promised that “2014 will be the year in which we focus on ... relevant shadow banking activities with clear deadlines and actions to progress rapidly towards strengthened and

The Natural Gas Boom:
Questions and Complications
American Magazine, by Vaclav Smil    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/13/2014 10:41:22 AM     Post Reply
America has been buoyed by an abundance of natural gas. The bulk of its vast resources of this precious fuel is locked in shale formations under more than 20 states, unable to escape without drilling horizontal wells through the most promising layers and fracturing the rocks surrounding the bores with highly pressurized mixtures of water, chemicals, and sand. Use of this process, decades in the making, expanded rather suddenly after 2007, and it has become widely known by the rather unappealing term “fracking.” The facts are easy to summarize. Thanks to a rapid expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic

   

 

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Europe in Denial
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/11/2014 9:21:01 AM     Post Reply
Among the more glaring weaknesses in European policymaking over the past few years has been the complacency of its political elite. Sadly, today, despite clear evidence that the European political center is crumbling, the European political elite manages to convince itself that this is but a fleeting phenomenon of no great significance. And despite the very real risk that Europe could be drifting towards Japanese-style deflation, the policy reaction of the European Central Bank continues to be too little too late. Tectonic changes are occurring in European politics. In last month’s European parliamentary elections, close to 30 percent



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