RealClear Radio Hour – Paris in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

9 Feb

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Paris in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

February 7, 2015

Emmanuel Martin, Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Studies, comments on Paris in the month since the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. From an immigrant family himself, Martin blames France’s prohibitive regulations for many Muslims’ lack of cultural assimilation and their near-coercion into the welfare state and immigrant ghettos.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Trigger Warnings and Trigger Pulling

8 Feb

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Weaponizing Trauma

February 7, 2015

Chris Hernandez, former Marine, police officer, and author, provides perspective on trauma. Hernandez dismisses the “new trauma” of microaggressions and trigger warnings compared to the vital decision-making required in real conflict situations, from Ferguson, Missouri, to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Daily Caller – Germany Must Decide: When and How Will Greece Leave the Euro?

6 Feb

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Germany Must Decide: When and How Will Greece Leave the Euro?
By Bill Frezza

After years of self-delusion, European central planners are being gobsmacked by reality. When you clear away the fog spewed by the traveling circus of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, two crucial questions need to be answered. First, will Greece be ejected from the euro now or later? Second, will the Grexit be orderly or disorderly? Everything else is narrative management.

For their part, the Greek people have spoken. By electing Syriza they’ve made it clear that they not only refuse to consider the one thing that could save their economy–which is to repeal job-killing labor regulations and licensing laws–but they won’t even tolerate pretend reforms. Greeks, proud as they are, would rather all starve than allow the country’s few remaining entrepreneurs to get the economy moving again by starting businesses without having to stuff bureaucrats’ pockets full of fakelaki.

If one principle informs the communist professors who now occupy the Greek cabinet, it is Lenin’s maxim that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Varoufakis recently proposed to exchange outstanding Greek debt for perpetual bonds with no maturity date and payment schedules tied to future growth. This scheme is as brilliant as it is laughable. In effect, Varoufakis is telling creditors that if they want to go on as before in order to avoid recognizing their losses, he is happy to spend their money rehiring armies of do-nothing Greek civil servants. And, oh, how about a bridge loan so we can work out the details?

If you don’t back me up, he threatens—pause for dramatic effect—“When I return home tonight I will find a country where the third-largest party is not a neo-Nazi party, but a Nazi party.”

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RealClear Radio Hour – San Francisco Launch Party 2/11

6 Feb

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San Francisco area friends—we’re holding a launch party next Wednesday February 11th and would love to see you there! Email Amanda.France@cei.org for details if you haven’t already RSVP’d.

And be sure to tune in tomorrow, February 7th, to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Chris Hernandez and Emmanuel Martin discussing “New Trauma” and Charlie Hebdo.

You can listen live Saturdays at 1pm or 7pm ET on Bloomberg’s Boston iHeartRadio or at 10am or 4pm PT on Bloomberg’s San Francisco iHeartRadio.

Weaponizing Trauma
Chris Hernandez, former Marine, police officer, and author, provides perspective on trauma. Hernandez dismisses the “new trauma” of microaggressions and trigger warnings compared to the vital decision-making required in real conflict situations, from Ferguson, Missouri, to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paris in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo
Emmanuel Martin, Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Studies, comments on Paris in the month since the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. From an immigrant family himself, Martin blames France’s prohibitive regulations for many Muslims’ lack of cultural assimilation and their near-coercion into the welfare state and immigrant ghettoes.

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RealClear Radio Hour – National School Choice Week

2 Feb

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The Future of Education I –The School in the Cloud

JAN 31, 2015

Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University Professor and designer of The School in the Cloud, discusses how he seeks to reinvent 21st century education. Starting with his Hole-in-the-Wall experiments, the inspiration for Slumdog Millionaire, Mitra has created havens for self-organized learning across India and the United Kingdom.

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The Future of Education II — Teacher Tenure Reform

JAN 31, 2015

Reshma Singh, Executive Director of the Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), tells how century-old tenure laws give ironclad job security to teachers, regardless of performance, at the cost of children’s education and rights. Many teachers and states are pushing for reform similar to the lawsuit PEJ has undertaken, representing nine New York families advocating for tenure reform as an important tool for improving failing schools.

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Daily Caller – Ending Drug War Violence in Colombia

28 Jan

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Legalize Cocaine: The Real Way To End Drug War Violence In Colombia

Why does the United States insist on exporting violence to developing countries? Is it because our politicians pay little price for the human toll exacted by our failed social policies? Some 5.5 million American consumers seem determined to satisfy their appetite for cocaine regardless of the law, according to the 2014 UN World Drug Report. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of our 535 Members of Congress continue to believe they can end that market by doubling down on a war on drugs that includes sending heavy weapons and billions of dollars to client governments—many of them corrupt—to kill the people working to meet that demand.

Human Rights Watch estimates that 200,000 Colombians have died in drug war related violence. 60,000 have died in Mexico in the last eight years alone, a transit country our policies have transformed into a war zone. Perhaps the carnage could be justified if the four decades long war on drugs was working to protect Americans from the folly of their own consumption choices. But there is no evidence for this. Year after year we fill our jails, Colombians fill their graves, and nothing seems to change. America’s entrenched duopoly political system seems hell-bent on continuing—and even escalating—this failed war.

Thankfully, some of its victims are beginning to take matters into their own hands, seeking to opt out of the battle. ¡Verdad! (Spanish for “truth”) is a coalition of Colombian citizens working together to end the violence created by the drug war in Colombia. I had a chance to interview its soft-spoken founder, Daniel Raisbeck, at the recent 2015 Antigua Forum in Guatemala. (You can listen to the interview on YouTube here or download it from iTunes here.)

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RealClear Radio Hour – From the Antigua Forum

25 Jan

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The Antigua Forum

January 24, 2015

Wayne Leighton, Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin and Executive Director of the Antigua Forum, takes a break from his yearly conference to discuss the founding of UFM and the beginnings of this global activist/scholar conclave. The mission of both institutions is to train future generations to promote a free and ethical society.

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¡Verdad! Ending Drug Violence and Colombian Prohibition

January 24, 2015

Daniel Raisbeck, Director Archivo Historico at Universidad del Rosario and founder of ¡Verdad!, discusses his Colombian heritage and what led him to organizing a coalition of citizens to end drug war violence. To Raisbeck, Colombia has come a long way from Pablo Escobar’s “bullets or money” culture and there are now opportunities for peacefully ending drug prohibition and its accompanying violence.

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