Assorted Links (7/23/2011)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading lately:

Less Academics, More Narcissism by Heather Mac Donald – City Journal

“The University of California is cutting back on many things, but not useless diversity programs.”

Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world | Video on

“TED Talks Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for — and increasingly controlled by — algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture.”

The Weekend Interview with Bill Gates: Was the $5 Billion Worth It? –

“In The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley interviews Bill Gates who reflects on a decade of record-breaking education philanthropy and talks teachers, charters—and regrets.”

Margaret Hoover: How the GOP Can Win Young Voters –

“In The Wall Street Journal, Margaret Hoover writes that with 37% of millennials unemployed or underemployed, the Republican party has a shot.”

Hello, Adjunct, Meet Prof. Cozy

“Frank Gannon reviews The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Paid For by Naomi Schaefer Riley.”

Thanks to Regulatory Burdens, We’ve Got a Jobless and Creditless Recovery « The Enterprise Blog

“There’s little disagreement that the U.S. labor market is struggling to create jobs in what is probably the worst “jobless recovery” in history.”

Thomas Saving: Obama’s Debt-Ceiling Scare Tactics

“Thomas R. Saving writes in The Wall Street Journal that contrary to President Obama’s recent threats, the Social Security ‘coffers’ are very far from running dry.”

Henninger: The Paul Ryan Factor –

“In The Wall Street Journal, Wonder Land columnist Daniel Henninger writes that non-Obama voters want a presidential candidate who can master the details of policy in 2012.”

Richard Shelby: The Danger of an Unaccountable ‘Consumer-Protection’ Czar

“In The Wall Street Journal, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby writes that the SEC and FDIC are led by boards—so why should one person have sweeping powers over the economy?”

Fred Barnes: How Spending Cuts—Not Higher Taxes—Saved Canada

“Fred Barnes writes in The Wall Street Journal about how spending cuts, not higher taxes, saved Canada. Because liberals up there listened to voters, the Canadian economy is now growing faster than the U.S. one.”

John Taylor: The End of the Growth Consensus

“In The Wall Street Journal, Stanford economist John Taylor writes that America added 44 million jobs in the 1980s and ’90s, when both parties showed they had learned from past mistakes—but the lessons have been forgotten.”

Chavez’s Michael Moore Moment | Via Meadia

“Michael Moore won’t be alone if he heads to Cuba for his next doctor’s visit; Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez turned down an offer from Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff last week to seek treatment for cancer in her country, choosing instead to rely on the healthcare system that Fidel built.”

Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs –

“Federal employees’ job security is so great that workers are more likely to die of natural causes than get fired, a USA TODAY analysis says.”

Congress Continues Debate Over Whether Or Not Nation Should Be Economically Ruined

“WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. Congress reported Wednesday they were continuing to carefully debate the issue of whether or not they should allow the country to descend into a roiling economic meltdown of historically dire proportions.”

Tax Reform: The Overlooked Solution

Insightful article which explains, among other things, how tax revenue depends critically upon economic growth and how economic growth is impeded by debt. As the author notes, “Revenue is not the problem. It is the spending and debt.”

Naomi Schaefer Riley: Academia’s Crisis of Irrelevance

“In The Wall Street Journal, Naomi Schaefer Riley writes that as more students and their parents question rising college costs, professors defend useless research and their lack of teaching.”

Emil Henry: America’s Debt-Ceiling Opportunity

“In The Wall Street Journal, Emily W. Henry Jr. says the GOP should demand business-like accounting as a part of a government budget deal.”

William McGurn: The Beltway’s Favorite Tax Metaphor –

“In The Wall Street Journal, Main Street columnist William McGurn says the Beltway establishment says politicians who raise taxes are adults, and those who want to cut spending are irresponsible.”

GOP to Senate Democrats: Obey the Law and Produce a Budget – Guy Benson

“As feverish, race-against-the-clock debt ceiling negotiations continue behind closed doors, Americans ought to bear in mind that there’s a simpler, far more transparent way to address federal spending priorities and debt reduction.”

Terry Moe: The Internet Will Reduce Teachers Union Power –

“In The Wall Street Journal, Terry Moe of Stanford writes that online learning means fewer teachers (and union members) per student.”

Crovitz: ‘Spectrum Auctions’—There’s an App for That –

“In the Wall Street Journal, Gordon Crovitz explains how an idea floated by future Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase in 1959 may finally bear fruit.”

Christianity Surging in India? | Via Meadia

“The story of rapid Christian growth in China is well known; since the end of the Cultural Revolution tens of millions of Chinese have converted to Christianity; TAI blogger Peter Berger accepts a middle range estimate of 65 million.”

The Debt Battle Is Good for the GOP

“Clark Judge writes in The Wall Street Journal that tea party Republicans speak for a large group of voters who have been swinging back and forth between the parties for more than a decade.”

Get Ready for a 70% Marginal Tax Rate

“Stanford economist Michael Boskin writes in The Wall Street Journal that those who argue that the U.S. economy can bear higher pre-Reagan tax rates are wrong—those rates applied to a much smaller fraction of taxpayers than what we’re headed for without spending cuts.

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