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Volume 21, Issue 50: December 18, 2019

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By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 12/9/19)
In an age of declining college enrollments and budget shortfalls, campus demonstrators have a new gripe: the cutting of faculty jobs instead of a bloated school bureaucracy and well-funded intercollegiate athletics. At a recent demonstration at Ohio University, the demonstrators’ message was—brace yourself for a shock—“college is firstly about education and learning.” READ MORE »



By William F. Shughart II (Morning Consult, 12/13/19)
A smart energy policy can’t rely on solar and wind power. America needs a diversified energy portfolio consisting of nuclear power; renewables; carbon capture use and storage for coal and gas; demand management with real-time pricing for energy consumers; and energy efficiency. READ MORE »



By Ivan Eland (Hartford Courant, 12/16/19)
The Vietnam War had the Pentagon Papers—a trove of leaked documents showing that U.S. policymakers had lied to the American public that the war in Indochina was being won. Now, long-standing U.S. claims about subduing insurgents in Afghanistan—made by three presidential administrations—have been revealed as lies. READ MORE »



By Jacob MacLeod and Jonathan Hofer (Catalyst, 11/28/19)
As worries about the theft or misuse of personal data increase, smartphone users seek more assistance in navigating the marketplace of privacy tools. Here’s a user guide for anyone trying to understand their options regarding end-to-end encryption, password management, internet-traffic privacy, file encryption, application permissions management, and remote “kill switches.” READ MORE »





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