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Daily Caller – Congratulations, New Grads, and Welcome to Indentured Servitude!

21 May

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May 21, 2015

Congratulations, New Grads, and Welcome to Indentured Servitude!

Congratulations, Class of 2015! The diploma you hold in your hands today is the most expensive thing you’ll ever own. Why? Because you will surely be too impoverished supporting us Baby Boomers to ever buy a house.

Surprised? Don’t be. Your so-called education is the culmination of decades of our hard work remaking the academy, the media, and our cultural institutions to better prepare your bodies, your minds, and your spirits for a lifetime of service.

Do the tens of thousands of dollars of tuition loan debt you carry feel like a heavy burden? Well, wait until you see what lies ahead! Generations of politicians have made promises you will be called on to keep. Promises to the elderly. Promises to retired public employees. Promises to farmers, corporate welfare recipients, foreign despots, too-big-to-fail bankers, food stamp recipients needy and not—hardly an interest group exists whose votes haven’t been bought with your money.

And those votes will make sure that politicians keep raiding your paycheck every week. For the rest of your working lives.

So go ahead, enjoy that graduation party! We’ll be the ones truly celebrating, as modern medicine helps keep us alive until we’re 120 years old, collecting 55 years’ worth of Social Security and Medicare payments. At least all the binge drinking you did in college will you get through what’s in store.

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SPECIAL BONUS: Audio of this commencement address delivered at the University of the Flying Unicorn. Click here.

RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – A Lost Legacy of Civil Disobedience

18 May

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May 16, 2015

A Lost Legacy of Civil Disobedience

William Hastings Burke, historian and author of Thirty Four, shares the story of Albert Goering, the younger brother of Hitler’s top aid Field Marshall Herman Goering, who courageously and repeatedly defied the Nazi regime to save many lives during the Second World War.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Civil Disobedience for Freedom

17 May

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May 16, 2015

Civil Disobedience for Freedom

Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, explains his radical proposal. Murray calls for mass civil disobedience to quell today’s overzealous administrative, regulatory state, in order to encourage a more tempered, “no harm, no foul” enforcement practice.

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Daily Caller – Title IX Expansion Coming Soon to an Elementary School near You

12 May

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May 12, 2015

Title IX Expansion Coming Soon to an Elementary School near You

Conflict, consternation, and litigation has spread across college campuses ever since a 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter from the Obama administration’s Office of Civil Rights launched a vast expansion of the Title IX bureaucracy. This Nixon-era law originally focused on banning relics of the past, such as male-only vocational education, but later was expanded by federal bureaucrats to enforce gender equity in college athletics, leading to de facto quotas. Since then, it has accreted new powers not because new powers were conferred by an act of Congress, but because executive branch administrators decided to reinterpret this 43-year-old statute to advance their political agenda.

The result? A flurry of lawsuits, breakdown of due process, and hastily established campus tribunals to adjudicate allegations of sexual assault and other crimes traditionally handled by the criminal justice system. Undeterred by this unfolding disaster in higher education, the Department of Education, via a new “Dear Colleague” letter, is now warning K-12 public school administrators that their federal funding will be at risk if they don’t embark on a similar course.

Few items of local politics are as explosive as school board politics. Watch for the reaction as the Title IX juggernaut comes to an elementary school near you.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Venture Capital Beginnings, a talk with Bill Draper

11 May

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May 9, 2015

The Original “Door to Door” Venture Capitalist

Bill Draper, one of the first Silicon Valley venture capitalists and author of The Startup Game, shares stories from his early days in the valley and assesses today’s opportunities for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Baptists and Bootleggers

10 May

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May 9, 2015

Baptists & Bootleggers: Odd-bedfellows Encourage Regulatory Cartels

Bruce Yandle, professor of economics at George Mason University, dean emeritus of the Clemson College of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and former executive director of the Federal Trade Commission, explains his “Baptist and Bootlegger” theory of regulation. Yandle describes how these odd-bedfellow coalitions encourage regulatory cartels.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – The Upside of Gentrification and Sweatshops

4 May

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May 2, 2015

The Bright Side of Gentrification

Lance Freeman, Professor in Columbia University’s Urban Planning program, separates fact from fiction in the gentrification debate and discusses the surprising response he found when researching two inner city New York City neighborhoods for his book, There Goes the ‘Hood.

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Sweatshop Boon

Benjamin Powell, Director and Professor of Economics at Texas Tech University and author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy, defends so-called sweatshops as the least bad option for individuals trying to escape extreme poverty and a stepping stone for countries seeking to jump start economic development. Powell recommends conscientious shoppers unreservedly buy products from poor countries so that they, too, can follow the path of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

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