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April, 2016


Expressions of the people

We have not ended up where we began, with democracy. Our institutions of government, business of lawmaking, and notions about successful popular rule do not resemble all that closely the storied originals from Athens. The broad outlines of democracy are certainly still here—elections occur; liberty and rights are invoked—but democracy’sRead More

When our reason is hijacked by an uncontrollable urge

What made the acclaimed American writer David Foster Wallace doubt his talent so profoundly — and, ultimately, take his own life? Why would a university president make obscene phone calls to prospective babysitters? How can we understand a beloved comic actor who relentlessly consumes cocaine, endangering himself, his family andRead More

America incarcerates but doesn’t rehabilitate

To learn more, read “Help ex-inmates lead productive lives,” by Gerard Robinson. Source: New AEI Feed America incarcerates but doesn’t rehabilitate

The Zika virus threat: Scott Gottlieb on CNBC’s ‘Power Lunch’

Source: New AEI Feed The Zika virus threat: Scott Gottlieb on CNBC’s ‘Power Lunch’

Feinstein-Burr encryption bill is too clever by half

A couple of weeks ago, in response to the FBI versus Apply fight over an encrypted iPhone, US Senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr released a draft of their legislation titled, “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.” The reaction to the proposed legislation has been all over the map,Read More

Getting Realpolitik

This article will be published in the May 9 edition of the Weekly Standard. A good historian is inevitably a revisionist. Why write if you have nothing new to offer? But of course, not all revisionists are good historians. Whole forests have been cut down in the name of publishingRead More