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    Steven Pinker on the Need for “Factfulness”

    The Harvard Gazette recently asked Pinker, “What is one thing wrong with the world that you would change, and why?” His response: Too many leaders and influencers, including politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and academics, surrender to the cognitive bias of assessing the world through anecdotes and images rather…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Martin Center column contrasts strong liberal arts with a ‘cafeteria-style’ curriculum

    Christian Barnard writes for the Martin Center about problems linked to N.C. colleges’ curricula. There are a lot of good reasons to question the value of a traditional college degree. Tuition costs have been rising at a rate that’s almost eight times faster than wage growth, and yet survey…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Biden and the segregationists

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist explores Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s history working with segregationist senators. … [T]he historic record shows Biden was far more than merely “civil” with segregationists. His early interactions can be more accurately described as obsequious. Biden hadn’t negotiated with political rivals to push…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Inequality and a better life

    John Tamny‘s latest column for Real Clear Markets challenges the popular notion that increased inequality must be bad. In 1989 then prominent computer maker Tandy released the Tandy 5000. Though the poorest of today’s poor would haughtily turn their noses up to the 5000 today, at the time…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Gorsuch on overcriminalization

    Nick Sibilla writes for Forbes about an important observation from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The U.S. Supreme Court made it much easier for federal agencies to create new crimes and prosecute them, rejecting a constitutional challenge based on the separation of powers. In an unusual split…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Rebutting attacks on the Electoral College

    Trent England explains in the latest edition of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis why we should be concerned about efforts to dismantle the Electoral College. It is easy for Americans to forget that when we vote for president, we are really voting for electors who have pledged to support the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Senate legislation would make it easier to sue Big Tech over political bias

    According to a recent article in Carolina Journal by Lindsay Marchello, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, has introduced legislation that would make it easier for consumers to sue big tech companies such as Facebook or Twitter for showing overt political bias by removing automatic protections tech companies have under Section…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    JLF’s Donald van der Vaart Comments to Southern Farm Network on Controversial NC Livestock Regulations

    Thursday, June 20, JLF Senior Fellow and former Secretary for the N. C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Dr. Donald van der Vaart was featured on Southern Farm Network’s website commenting on the new regulations from the DEQ on livestock farmers. The regulations set by the DEQ impose a number…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019