Marc Thiessen

Is designer antitrust going mainstream? Let's hope not, because consumers and the economy will suffer. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google logos via Reuters. I use the term designer antitrust to refer to the antitrust actions advocated by some academics, pundits, and rent seekers who think that they know more about what businesses should do and what consumers should buy than the people on the front line. These advocates' proposals are based on at least three false beliefs: (1) They know whether and when a company is too big and should be cut down to size; (2) They know which companies should be [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
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Skills training beyond high school is important for most people, but the four-year college model does not work for everyone. While a traditional college education serves some people quite well, teaching students valuable skills and signaling that knowledge to potential employers, it has serious drawbacks. Tuition is high, it takes several years to complete a degree, and less than 55% of students actually graduate from college within six years of starting. Many people could surely benefit from alternatives to a traditional college degree. A new report by Rooney Columbus reminds us that the college degree is not the only signal of [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
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Have we entered a new Gilded Age? Are Facebook, Google, and Apple today's Standard Oil, Northern Securities Company, and US Steel? On this episode, professor Tim Wu discusses the history and legacy of antitrust law in America, as well as whether it's time to break up big-tech.  Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School where he focuses on antitrust, copyright, and communications law. His latest book is “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age.” Below is an abbreviated transcript of our conversation, you can read the full version here. You can download the episode by clicking [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
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Some of our current economic policy debates can be likened to the (largely apocryphal) charge of Polish cavalry against Nazi tanks: Seeking to shape a world of rapid technological, economic, and social change, political leaders are obstinately applying recipes that are outdated and bound to be ineffective. This failure of imagination afflicts the entire political spectrum, in Europe as in the United States. Retreating from the globalized world into cocoons of sovereign nation-states, as much of the populist Right wants to do, is simply retrograde. But equally tired are the mantras of the technocratic center, several of which were on full [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
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President Trump's counterterrorism strategy has amounted to doubling down on past failure. He has promised a full withdrawal of troops from Syria and a partial withdrawal from Afghanistan, the better to focus on directly attacking terror cells. That narrow definition of counterterrorism misses the real threat: the Salafi-jihadi movement, which continues to gain strength across the globe. Salafi-jihadi groups—including al Qaeda, Islamic State, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab—are no longer the terror factions we recognize. While terrorism is a tactic they deploy effectively and consistently, no straightforward counterterrorism policy will defeat them. Their aim is first to rule the Sunni world, and [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
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There are some steps a person can take to have a good chance at finding happiness and avoiding poverty in life, but despite what some researchers say, the truth is a little more complicated than a simple sequence. AEI's Brent Orrell explains. [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
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Available March 12, 2019 Buy the book. Read the introductory chapter. Civility isn't enough. For America to overcome the culture of contempt that is wrecking public discourse and tearing us apart as people, we don't need less anger, more agreement, or more civility and tolerance. What we need is love: not a warm and fuzzy feeling, but a clear and bracing commitment to the good of our fellow citizens — even, and especially, those with whom we disagree. How can we build a new social movement based in love? Arthur Brooks charts the course forward in his new book, “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019
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This past weekend, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry made his annual trip to the league's all-star game, where he shared the court on Sunday with teammate Klay Thompson. The day before, in the NBA All-Star Weekend's three-point contest, his competitors included his brother, Seth Curry. Just a few weeks earlier, iconic New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick led his team to its sixth Super Bowl win of his two-decade tenure. To win that game, his team had to beat the Los Angeles Rams and their Pro Bowl quarterback Jared Goff. To get to the Super Bowl, Belichick's Patriots had to [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019
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It finally happened: On Friday, February 15, President Trump announced an emergency at the southern border, allowing him to divert funds from other projects to enhance border security. How will this affect the military? What will this look like in practice? What type of precedent does this set? Rick Berger joined Banter to answer all these questions and more. Rick Berger is a research fellow at AEI, where he works on the defense budget, the National Defense Authorization Act, military appropriations and acquisition reform, as well as on other national security budget-related issues. Before, he was a professional staff member for [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019
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Conservatives who will wind up supporting President Trump's decision to reprogram funds from planned, congressionally-appropriated military construction projects will undoubtedly point to the federal statute (Title 33, section 2293) allowing a president to reprogram monies when used in support of a mission “essential to the national defense” in a time of a national emergency. They will note that a case can be made that securing the borders is “essential to the national defense” and that the 1976 law outlining a president's authority to declare a national emergency is sufficiently undefined as to allow the chief executive wide discretion in what [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019
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