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Women’s Work Preferences Are Diverse Share This

Amber Lapp | Aug 10, 2020 | Family

In less than 24 hours I will be wheeling my bag through the large revolving doors of the hospital, through the Covid screening point, and up the elevator to the ninth floor to deliver my fifth child due to a medically-necessary induction. Things are more or less ready, and so I find myself ruminating on […]

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Industrial Security Policy: New Missions for DoD, SBA and CFIUS Share This

Michael Lind | Aug 10, 2020 | Industrial Policy

Thanks to the near-criminal negligence of neoliberal globalist policymakers in both the Democratic and Republican parties, America’s national industrial base, the foundation of its global power, has eroded to the point of collapse. The microchip was invented in the U.S., but America is dependent for its microchip supply on Taiwan and other countries and has […]

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Corporate Responsibility and 1619 Share This

Wells King | Aug 07, 2020 | Culture

Just as American Compass was releasing the Corporate Actual Responsibility project, the New York Times’s DealBook announced its own corporate-responsibility event. But the progressive Times wasn’t covering the obligations that businesses have to workers, their families and communities. Instead, it hosted a discussion with its own Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, to discuss […]

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Big Tech Reveals the Flaw in Citizens United Share This

Matt Stoller | Aug 06, 2020 | Big Tech

Last week, the House Antitrust Subcommittee grilled the CEOs of four large technology platforms – Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook – for five and a half hours, focusing on the market power these corporations have accumulated over the last fifteen to twenty years. Typically such hearings are superficial and partisan, with the Republicans and Democrats […]

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Intel’s Stumble Is Very Bad for America Share This

Marco Rubio | Aug 04, 2020 | Domestic Production

America used to dominate the semiconductor industry, but that leadership position is increasingly fragile. There are two parallel forces at work: the rise of our competitors and the decline of our domestic champions. Our competition is well known. For example, China identified semiconductors as a critical industry in its “Made in China 2025” plan, and the Chinese […]

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Are Labor Unions Predatory Monopolies? Share This

Michael Lind | Aug 03, 2020 | Unions

Re: Labor and Management Remain Unequal

At Law and Liberty, I took part in a symposium debating the libertarian scholar Richard Epstein’s comparison of labor unions to predatory monopolies, which he described as the “classical liberal” view.  In my contribution, I pointed out that both Adam Smith and J.S. Mill, who were classical liberals by any definition, rejected the idea that […]

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Intel’s Troubling Pledge on Outscourcing Share This

Marshall Auerback | Aug 03, 2020

Intel has been conspicuous among Silicon Valley high-tech companies, insofar as until now it has resisted the siren song to send much of its manufacturing offshore.  As the Indian Express has written: “The Santa Clara, California-based company has been the largest chipmaker for most of the past 30 years by combining the best designs with […]

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Big Tech, Antitrust and America’s Future Share This

Rob Atkinson | Aug 01, 2020 | Antitrust

Wednesday’s “must watch” House Judiciary hearing with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google raised a host of questions, including what the goal of antitrust should be (maximizing economic welfare or other goals, like protecting small business), and how should we think about platform industries. There are two key central things to understand about […]

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The GOP’s Embarrassing Big-Tech Performance Share This

Saagar Enjeti | Jul 31, 2020 | Amazon

The modern-day Titans of Industry testified before Congress Monday ostensibly for a hearing on anti-trust.  The hearing could have been an opportunity for left and right to question the immense market power of organizations that have an inordinate amount of power over the daily lives of American citizens.  All of my optimism for the much-anticipated […]

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Another Way 2020 Feels Like 1968 Share This

Amber Lapp | Jul 31, 2020 | Inequality

Earlier this month I visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, located at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. often stayed and where on April 4, 1968 he was assassinated while standing on the outside balcony, chatting with colleagues and getting ready for dinner. The museum has preserved the façade of the […]

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Our Educational Colonialism Share This

Chris Arnade | Jul 30, 2020

I get criticized for not talking about policy enough, so here we go: No Child Left Behind is a disaster, the spearhead of our misguided attempt to funnel everyone to college. It has hurt the working class, because it devalues their worldview, leaving them feeling humiliated and labeled dumb hicks or lazy hoodlums. It has […]

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Law and Order in 2020 Share This

R. R. Reno | Jul 30, 2020 | Culture

In the 1972 presidential campaign, Richard Nixon’s leading theme was “law and order.” Traumatized by urban riots, student protests, and the first wave of what would be a historic increase in crime, voters handed him a historic victory. Nixon won 49 states and 60 percent of the popular vote. In early June, not a few […]

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