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Orwellian Boondoggles in Congress. Again.


The nation’s oldest polling company, Gallup, periodically tests Americans’ confidence in our institutions. On July 5, they published their latest. I bet the numbers won’t surprise you. While Americans continue to hold small businesses, our military, and the police in high esteem, Congress is ranked dead last.

Americans despise Congress more than Jar Jar Binks.

Even nine of ten Democrats polled don’t have much confidence in an institution their party controls.

The Abortion War’s Next Battlefront: Building a Culture of Life


When the Supreme Court overturned the 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision on June 24, it didn’t “settle” the issue of abortion in America. SCOTUS moved the battleground from the courts – where the issue never belonged, and most people don’t want it – to their elected representatives. SCOTUS held that they didn’t have the authority to make policy on abortion – just who should make it.

Annual “March for Life” protester in Washington, DC (Reuters photo, via National Review magazine)

But other consequences are emerging as well. First, reasonable people – not the ones yelling “shout your abortion!” – are thinking and talking with each other. And as they do, they’re confronting the fundamental question – is it a child? And if it is – the science is undeniable, unless you believe the evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium – then what is the government’s role in protecting innocent human life?

Author Sam Harris Shows Biden Endorsers How to Apologize


You have probably heard of the author, entrepreneur, and atheist Sam Harris. His book, “The End of Faith,” was both interesting, illustrative, and rather depressing. It is beneficial to read books by people you disagree with, even at fundamental levels. I still respect his work. He’s brilliant and successful.

Recently, I posted about more than 70 former Republican national security advisors who signed a statement mostly in opposition to Donald Trump’s reelection last year but endorsing Joe Biden with these prescient words:

On this AEI Events Podcast, Economic policy experts discuss the regulatory challenges that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies pose. A panel discussion, moderated by Alex J. Pollock of R Street Institute, features experts Jerry Dwyer, Bert Ely, AEI’s Paul H. Kupiec, and Hadley Stern.

The rise and fall in the price of bitcoin and competing cryptocurrencies make headlines daily. Are bitcoin and its competitors viable currencies or just a fad that will fade if a speculative bubble bursts? Is the underlying blockchain technology that makes bitcoin possible an important financial innovation? Do cryptocurriencies create economic value, or are they valuable because they hide transactions from governments? Will (and should) governments kill cryptocurrencies or allow them to develop into important major payments systems?

This AEI Events Podcast features the address by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks delivered during AEI’s 2017 Annual Dinner at which he was awarded AEI’s Irving Kristol Award.

To hear introductory remarks from Arthur Brooks, Robert P. George, or Bill Kristol, visit the event video here.

In this first episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) introduce the “skills gap” problem: what it is, where it came from, and whom it affects [4:04]. Next, they give an overview of the various institutions—traditional and nontraditional— taking on the task of reskilling workers [8:42]. From there, Andy and John explain how the topics addressed on the New Skills Marketplace podcast fit into AEI’s Human Dignity Project [10:54]. Finally, Andy and John give a preview of future episodes in the series and other AEI publications which will address the skills gap issue [15:31].

Welcome to the New Skills Marketplace podcast on the AEI Podcast Channel. Hosts Andy Smarick and John Bailey will be exploring new and innovative approaches to education, human-capital development, and preparation for the workforce in a world where technology and globalization have changed the nature of work.

Each Tuesday, starting September 19, they’ll interview some of the most innovative and prominent thinkers and practitioners across the landscape of education and workforce development, including leaders in American secondary and postsecondary education, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, the research and policy communities, and more.

In this AEI Events Podcast, Jose Carrion, chairman of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, discusses the economic and political challenges faced by Puerto Rico. Following his address, a panel, including AEI’s Andrew Biggs and Desmond Lachman, exchange views on these challenges and propose a number of solutions, ranging from labor market reforms to stimulating economic growth through existing Medicaid reforms and the earned income tax credit.

The panel features Andrew Biggs (AEI, Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico), Desmond Lachman (AEI), Anne Krueger (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and Antonio Weiss (Harvard Kennedy School), and is moderated by Alex J. Pollock (R Street Institute).

In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Peter J. Wallison hosts Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) of the House Financial Services Committee at AEI to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act. They evaluate the causes of the 2007–08 financial crisis and how the Dodd-Frank Act fails to address those causes.

Mr. Wallison and Chairman Hensarling consider the Dodd-Frank Act’s role in reducing lending activities — especially among small and community banks — and the ensuing slow recovery. They then discuss the challenges for the CHOICE Act in the House and Senate.

Lileks, Long, and Goldberg — Live in D.C.


shutterstock_111340814Longtime readers may remember that James Lileks, Rob Long, and Jonah Goldberg were among the group that assembled in Washington last fall to discuss their contributions to the (hilarious) book The Seven Deadly Virtues at the American Enterprise Institute. 

Well, they’re doing it again! At 6 PM on Monday, May 11, James, Rob, and Jonah will join Tucker Carlson, Steve Hayes, Jonathan Last, and P.J. O’Rourke at AEI to discuss their pieces in the follow-up volume, The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love. It’s a witty and smart collection of observations on fatherhood, delivered just in time for Father’s Day. For more information on the event, visit here. We hope you’ll join us in D.C.

An Open Letter From Charles Murray to the Students of Azusa Pacific University — Peter Robinson


Because Charles says it all, I post this — this brilliant and biting and sad letter — without comment:

I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow. I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it. But it has been “postponed.” Why? An email from your president, Jon Wallace, to my employer, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said “Given the lateness of the semester and the full record of Dr. Murray’s scholarship, I realized we needed more time to prepare for a visit and postponed Wednesday’s conversation.” This, about an appearance that has been planned for months. I also understand from another faculty member that he and the provost were afraid of “hurting our faculty and students of color.”