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Academic freedom conference at Emory

March 21-23. Join Emory University for its conference Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Campus March 21-23, 2019 to discuss what academic freedom and free speech mean in the life of higher education institutions today. The conference is an opportunity to showcase how public and private institutions of higher education continue to be on the forefront of debate, deliberation, and knowledge creation. Emory University is committed to this through its strategic framework, which...

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Why College Admissions Isn’t Only about Academic Talent

My employer, Georgetown University, is one of the universities involved in /victimized by the recent admissions scandals. In 2017, we fired tennis coach Gordie Ernst for “admissions irregularities”; he is alleged to have accepted $2.7 million in bribes to help around 12 students get an edge in admissions. Phil Magness and I have a book coming out next month called Cracks in the Ivory Tower, which argues that universities are fundamentally corrupt in the way they advertise,...

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School Choice and Car Choice: What’s the Difference?

Imagine the following conversation: “Here’s your new Ford Focus!” “What? I didn’t ask for this. Please return it.” “No can do. Already paid for.” “Well, that’s not my problem.” “It sure is—the state taxed some of your income to pay for it.” “But that’s ridiculous—why can’t I buy the car that I believe best suits my family’s needs? We’d do much better with a Kia that is more fuel efficient and has a higher safety rating.” “Sorry, that’s not how the system works. You can customize a...

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Forthcoming Anthology on Dialectical Libertarianism

Check out Chris Matthew Sciabarra’s announcement for his forthcoming anthology Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom (edited by Sciabarra, Roger Bissell, and Edward Younkins) here, and the abstracts of chapters here. Contributors include Jason Lee Byas, Robert Campbell, Troy Camplin, Kevin Carson, Gary Chartier, Billy Christmas, Douglas Den Uyl, Nathan Goodman, Robert Higgs, Steven Horwitz, Stephan Kinsella, Deirdre McCloskey, David Prychitko, Douglas...

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Jan Ting on Immigration

St. Olaf College hosted a forum on immigration and national sovereignty last night, with Jan Ting, Natalie Molina, and me. You can watch the video of it here: https://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?e=2425A quick summary of some of the things Ting either said, argued, or insinuated, and what was wrong with them.1. He repeated insinuated that of course rich people and capital owners love open borders, because they just want to get cheap labor into the US so they can workers pay...

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Governing Least: A New England Libertarianism

My thanks to BHL for the invitation to give an overview of Governing Least: a New England Libertarianism. (OUP may have copies if Amazon is out.) A one-sentence summary of each chapter can be found here. The goal of this book is to promote two ideas, one substantive, one methodological. Substantively, the book defends a version of libertarianism with modest moral foundations that doesn’t make any appeal to absolute rights. Instead, the suggestion is that doubts about...

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The In-Kind Party

I got the below from a friend, someone I respect very much. The ideas (as the author him/herself would note) are not developed fully, or even halfway. This is a kind of stream-of-consciousness reaction to the difficulties that many young (35 and under) people see with our existing two-party system, and its corrosive tribalism. Feel free to respond in comments, and I’ll make sure the author sees the responses. ************************************************************...

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