Between Sovereignty and the IMF

January 26, 2023 | Lars Schönander

This piece was originally published in Commonweal. Across the world, countries in dire financial straits are giving up economic sovereignty in exchange for emergency loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Sri Lanka, for example, reached a deal with the IMF to restore economic stability after it ran out of fuel and other essentials earlier this year due
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These Are Not Your Drones

January 25, 2023 | Lars Schönander

This piece was originally published in the American Mind. Agrowing concern in debates over U.S.-China competition and decoupling has been the U.S. usage of Chinese drones. Drones made in China by Chinese companies have been used by federal agencies for tasks ranging from fighting fires to agricultural research and by the FBI and Secret Service for security purposes. As a
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As FTC Oversteps its Authority on Non-Competes, Congress Should Step In

January 17, 2023 | Jonathon Hauenschild

This piece was originally published in The Hill. The Federal Trade Commission recently proposed a rule that would ban non-compete clauses in employment contracts. While the Commission’s attempt to ban them raises important questions about the continued use of NCAs, its assertion of authority will be challenged and is unlikely to survive judicial review.    The FTC’s proposal is simple to
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4,800 Ways to Improve Government

January 4, 2023 | Robert Bellafiore

This piece was originally published in The Hill. As the 118th Congress begins, Americans may be wondering what, if anything, the legislative branch will accomplish in 2023. For a dose of optimism, they should look to the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act, which included a bipartisan measure providing a blueprint for good government reforms in
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Venture Capital Turns on the Elites

December 29, 2022 | Robert Bellafiore

This piece was originally published in National Review. This March will mark 36 years since the publication of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. Since then, we’ve never lacked for laments over the decline of higher education, from Roger Kimball’s Tenured Radicals to William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. But a nagging fact accompanies these and other powerful indictments: Higher education
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The Long Delay Is Nearly Over

December 28, 2022 | Alex Dubin

This piece was originally published in the New Atlantis. George Jetson is alive. No, not literally, of course. But in the world of the famous 1960s TV series, set in 2062, George Jetson was forty years old. This means that the Jetson patriarch was born in 2022. For people of a certain age, this is depressing news.
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Into the Plativerse … Through Fiddleware?

December 21, 2022 | Richard Reisman

This piece was originally published in Tech Policy Press. Poor performance at Meta and Twitter’s self-destruction remind us that the dustbin of online history is littered with once dominant platforms. Many see this as akin to the extinction of dinosaurs, to be replaced with smaller, more nimble mammals, like the Mastodon. Yet, as David Carroll and Alex Tarkowski each observe in Tech Policy Press,
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Don’t Let FTX’s Fall Discredit Blockchain

December 19, 2022 | Luke Hogg

This piece was originally published in The Hill. Congress’s frustration with the cryptocurrency industry was on full display last week when the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to investigate the collapse of FTX. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are fed up with fraud and malfeasance among crypto companies, making it all but
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Why Congress Needs to Improve Its Regulatory Oversight

December 2, 2022 | Dan Lips

This piece was originally published in National Review. With Republicans set to control the House of Representatives in 2023, President Biden will no longer be able to count on passing large legislative packages to achieve his policy aims. If he continues the practices of his predecessors for decades, that will mean an increased reliance on
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The U.S. Government Keeps Buying Chinese Drones

December 1, 2022 | Lars Schönander

This piece was originally published in the Wall Street Journal. In one of the latest moves in the U.S.-China great-power competition, the Defense Department revealed in October that DJI, a Chinese drone company, is on its “Chinese military companies” list, which tracks companies working with the People’s Liberation Army. This reflects a growing, and justified, concern with
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Bipartisan Opportunities to Improve Government Accountability

November 29, 2022 | Dan Lips

This piece was originally published in the Federalist Society blog. In the recent election, Americans elected a narrowly divided Congress. That means that lawmakers will need to work together on bipartisan legislation if they want to address the nation’s challenges. With the highest inflation in 40 years and ballooning federal debt payments, lawmakers have a responsibility
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The Purges That Upended China’s Semiconductor Industry

November 21, 2022 | Geoff Cain

This piece was originally published in American Affairs. Once a technology star, Zhao Weiguo rose fast and fell hard. For the last eight years, Zhao’s semiconductor manufacturer, the Tsinghua Unigroup, had fanfare, ambition, large-scale state backing, and an affiliation with China’s most prestigious institution of higher learn­ing, Tsinghua University. All this made Zhao the face and
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FTX Fiasco Means Coming Consequences for Crypto in Washington DC

November 21, 2022 | Luke Hogg

This piece was originally published in Cointelegraph. On Nov. 11, while the rest of the country was celebrating Veteran’s Day, Sam Bankman-Fried announced that FTX — one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges by volume — had filed for bankruptcy. Lawmakers and pundits quickly latched onto the rapid disintegration of FTX to call for more regulation
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How China Got Our Kids Hooked on ‘Digital Fentanyl’

November 16, 2022 | Geoff Cain

This piece was originally published in Common Sense. The midterm elections of 2022 were many things—a shocker for Republicans, the possible end of Donald Trump, a win for centrist Democrats. Overlooked is the fact that they were also a big turning point for TikTok, the Chinese social-media platform. TikTok is not only the most trafficked news
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The Future of Twitter is Open, or Bust

November 7, 2022 | Richard Reisman

This piece was originally published in Tech Policy Press. Elon Musk owns Twitter. Or rather, whatever is left of it after today’s massive layoffs. It’s hard to see any future for the company at this point, particularly as its twin challenges of content moderation and revenue sustainability are deeply intertwined. As a business, Twitter is facing substantial financial obstacles,
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Elon Musk Doesn’t Understand What He’s Bought

November 4, 2022 | Jon Askonas

This piece was originally published in UnHerd. Elon Musk has promised that Twitter’s lords and peasants system (i.e. verification) will be coming to an end. The new CEO said that verified “bluecheck” users would now be subject to a monthly fee of $8. Discussion of the proposal exploded with (broadly) media-adjacent people saying that the changes would effectively destroy Twitter and (broadly)
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How BIP Bounties Will Supercharge the Bitcoin Network

October 14, 2022 | Ariel Deschapell

This piece was originally published in Bitcoin Magazine. The idea that Bitcoin lacks innovation compared to other cryptocurrencies is pervasive, but is it true? The Bitcoin protocol undergoes significant changes much more slowly than other cryptocurrencies, the latest, of course, being the implementation and activation of Taproot. But this is a feature, not a bug. As the foundation
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‘The Titanium Economy’ Review: Making It in America

October 14, 2022 | Geoff Cain

This piece was originally published in the Wall Street Journal. After many grueling nights designing and building a car in “makeshift tents,” Elon Musk emerged with a prescient lesson for Tesla. “The issue is not about coming up with a car design—it’s absolutely about the production system,” Mr. Musk said in 2019, during the unveiling
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TikTok, You Are Technically Correct, the Worst Kind of Correct

October 11, 2022 | Mike Wacker

This piece was originally published in the Burner Files. In a line from the cartoon Futurama that later became a viral meme, Hermes won a promotion to a grade 37 bureaucrat for uncovering a form that had been incorrectly stamped only four times. The head bureaucrat said, “You are technically correct, the best kind of correct.” When it comes
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This Land is Beijing’s Land

October 11, 2022 | Lars Schönander

This piece was originally published in the American Mind. Foreign ownership of American farmland has raised bipartisan concern from all levels of government, from governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida to senators such as Iowa’s Chuck Grassley and Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow. Foreign ownership of American farmland went from 1 percent in 2000 to 2.9 percent in 2020, a 290 percent
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A Bipartisan Effort to Protect America’s Farms

October 11, 2022 | Lars Schönander

This piece was originally published in The Hill. The 117th Congress will be remembered as a polarized time, but a recent bipartisan effort to protect U.S. agriculture from foreign investments offers a reminder of the potential for cooperation across the aisle. Recent months have seen prominent Republicans and Democrats alike recognize the importance of knowing what
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Why Conservatism Failed

October 7, 2022 | Jon Askonas

This piece was originally published in Compact. Since the rise of the modern conservative movement, its adherents have championed a Burkean respect for the hard-won wisdom of the organic social order. From William F. Buckley to Roger Scruton, conservative intellectuals have advocated for a defense of tradition under assault from the rationalistic, scientific pretensions of modern
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How Stewart Made Tucker

October 5, 2022 | Jon Askonas

This piece was originally published in the New Atlantis. Jon Stewart has a dream where he walks out onto the brightly lit set of a new TV show. He has worked for years to build this show. It’s the answer to everything wrong with the news media. For decades, Americans were fed a news diet
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A New Approach to Closing the Cyber Workforce Talent Gap

September 27, 2022 | Dan Lips

This piece was originally published in The Hill. National security leaders routinely warn that the United States faces growing cyber threats. Managing risks will require expertise in the public and private sector to improve security. But there are currently more than 700,000 open cybersecurity positions across the country. That includes nearly 39,000 open government jobs.  Federal and
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Keep Politics Out of Money

September 27, 2022 | Robert Bellafiore

This piece was originally published in City Journal. The Currency of Politics: The Political Theory of Money from Aristotle to Keynes, by Stefan Eich (Princeton University Press, 344 pp., $35) Political neutrality has come under attack in recent years. For neutrality’s critics, rules that allegedly exist to protect speech, property, or civil rights actually serve
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Contending for Democracy on Social Media and Beyond

September 22, 2022 | Richard Reisman

This piece was originally published in Tech Policy Press. Today, the futures of both democracy and the internet lie at crossroads. These futures are intertwined in complex and critical ways, with each threatened from within, and by one another. While debates over the extent of the internet’s contributions to democracy’s degradation will continue for many years
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Google’s Decision Not to List Truth Social Raises Political Questions

September 13, 2022 | Jonathon Hauenschild

This piece was originally published in Newsweek. Social media platforms are having a tough time. First, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released a trove of documents strongly suggesting the companies coordinated with the government to suppress information about COVID-19. Then, Google announced it would not list Truth Social in its Play Store due to “insufficient content moderation” practices, particularly those terms prohibiting violent
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Screen Test

September 9, 2022 | Jon Askonas

This piece was originally published in Return. For years, Americans and Europeans have been warned of the growing power and reach of Russian information warfare. From the Brexit referendum to the election of Donald Trump, there was hardly an important election Putin hadn’t hacked. Western experts had warned for years about hybrid warfare, blending disinformation, astroturfed
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China Is Buying the Farm

September 9, 2022 | Lars Schönander

This piece was originally published in The Wall Street Journal. Alarms went off in Washington when the Fufeng Group, a Chinese agricultural company, bought 300 acres of land and set up a milling plant last spring in Grand Forks, N.D. The plant is a 20-minute drive from an Air Force base that, according to North Dakota Sen.
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You Are Already in the Metaverse

September 6, 2022 | Jon Askonas

This piece was originally published in Unherd. The metaverse is going to change everything. And it’s already here. But what the hell is it? In 2021, it seemed that every major technology executive took a stance on the metaverse, a new concept for the internet. Mark Zuckerberg went so far as to change his company’s name
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Can Antitrust Reform Legislation Get to 60 Votes?

August 16, 2022 | Luke Hogg

This piece was originally published in The Hill. With the August recess underway, it is time to take stock of Congress’ remaining agenda. One big item that is still on Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) public to-do list is the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA). After promising a floor vote on the bill earlier this summer, the
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Would You Die for the DAO?

August 5, 2022 | Antonio García Martínez

This piece was originally published on Substack. Alas!Lonely sits the cityOnce great with people!She that was great among nationsIs become like a widow;The princess among statesIs become a thrall. -Lamentations 1:1 Recently, I experienced a social novelty. Anna Gát, founder of a roving social club and literary salon named Interintellect, very graciously invited me to one of
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The Right to Never Be Forgotten

August 1, 2022 | Antonio García Martínez

This piece was originally published on Substack. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. -Luke 12:3 Web 3 is the reverse of web 2 in severals ways, and that ‘flippening’ can be disorienting. Take the
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Ukraine’s Cyber-War Shows Us the Future

July 26, 2022 | Geoff Cain

This piece was originally published on Substack. A 19-year-old computer hacker invited me into his home in Lviv, Ukraine, ready to show off his weaponry: three large monitors from which he coordinated cyber-attacks into Russia’s increasingly closed-off internet. It was March 2022, and he wanted to strike back at Russia’s opening missile salvos. But he
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