Category Archives: United States

More than 100,000 visas revoked due to travel ban

Amateur foreign policy indeed. Over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday.The number came out during a … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is ‘the Future,’ Peter Thiel Said

Answered my question from yesterday, which country is “greater” than the United States  and so worthy of emulation?  Thiel has presumably communicated his choice to Trump. “I am happy to say categorically that I have found no other country that … Continue reading

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Trump and Navarro want to make the U.S. more like China… Why do we want to be poorer?

“More manufacturing.” “Without manufacturing we cannot be a great nation.”  So think about it.  The more like China the United States becomes, the more our average per capita income will drop to $5,000 per person (China’s), instead of $45,000 (ours … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching international trade, Teaching macroeconomics, United States | 1 Comment

Salient stories like these from the University of Oregon are worrisome to all faculty, whose job is “speech”

As a university professor, I know that much of my job involves engaging in speech.  I do that “live” in front of students, I do it on Youtube recordings, I do it on a blog, I do it in academic … Continue reading

Posted in Being a teacher, Santa Clara University, United States

Every person claiming to be an American should know the basics of My Lai

Audaciously and on his own initiative, the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson Jr., swooped down and landed the copter. “Mr. Thompson was just beside himself,” Mr. Colburn recalled in an interview in 2010 for the PBS program “The American … Continue reading

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Profile of Preet Bharara should give Democrats some pause

I just don’t follow U.S. politics close enough to be reasonably sure about many things.  Last night I was reading this profile of Preet Bharara, from the May 2016 The New Yorker.  The piece was presumably in part anticipating that … Continue reading

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John Cochrane thinks the administrative state silences speech… I think there is a bigger danger from Donald Trump

I was listening to John Cochrane, now at Hoover Institute, giving an EconTalk Podcast with Russ Roberts. One of the main problems with the over-regulatory administrative state that the United States is becoming, according to Cochrane, is that “the rules” … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching macroeconomics, United States