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Volume 22, Issue 5: February 4, 2020

By Vicki E. Alger and Tim Benson (The Detroit News, 1/22/20)
Child Safety Accounts (CSAs) empower parents to quickly transfer their harassed children to the safe school of their choice. With incidents of bullying continuing to make headline news, CSAs are an idea whose time has come. READ MORE »



By Art Carden (Forbes, 1/31/20)
Contrary to popular wisdom, your vote does not count—at least not in any mathematically valid way. It’s more accurate to say that voting has value as a civic ritual, a sacramental rite in the secular religion of American democracy. READ MORE »



By Alvaro Vargas Llosa (The Wall Street Journal, 1/22/20)
Populist leaders uses anti-elitist rhetoric to enhance their messianic appeal with the people and to undermine checks and balances by concentrating power. Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador fits the populist mold, but whether he will ultimately succeed in governing as he wishes is another matter. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 1/28/20)
Scholar, author, and visionary, the late Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen was the prophet of “disruptive innovation” who foresaw progress where lesser lights predicted only the stagnation of the status quo. His thinking about the transformative power of innovation in higher education may prove to be his most significant prophecy. READ MORE »



By Ivan Eland (The Sun, 1/29/20)
President Trump has astonishingly declared, “Article II (of the U.S. Constitution) gives me the right to do whatever I want.” Although this notion is patently false, it’s true that the power of the presidency has grown precipitously and recklessly since the founding era, largely because Congress has shirked its constitutional duties and relinquished power to the executive. READ MORE »



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