The right and wrong lessons from ‘crisis innovation’ during the pandemic

I’ve noticed that when politicians want to run big-idea, optimistic ads, those ads often tick off some of America’s great accomplishments: winning World War II, the Civil Rights movement, landing on the Moon. But what ....

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What unemployment benefits are in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’?

Even though Congress extended federal unemployment benefits through mid-March just a few weeks ago (with a “soft phaseout” through mid-April), President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” already calls for continuing and expanding those ....

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Atoms for progress: Thinking about energy and innovation in the 2020s

Assuming steady vaccination progress, there’s good reason to expect the American economy to surge this year and next. Consumer eagerness and opportunity to spend combined with a tsunami of stimulus should prove a powerful combo. ....

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Openness and the story of human progress: My long-read Q&A with Johan Norberg

History has featured several societies defined by openness. From Ancient Greece, to the Abbasid Caliphate, to China’s Song Dynasty, many cultures embraced trade and innovation for a time. But these societies eventually all turned inward, ....

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What happens when the EU and Biden redesign Big Tech?

Some politicians, academics, and regulatory practitioners are increasingly confident that there is something wrong with the structure of Big Tech. They are equally confident that smart regulators can remold Big Tech and make things better. ....

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Federal dollars keep California ‘swimming in money’

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest budget proposal released last week suggests, as one article summarized, the state is currently “swimming in money,” including “a $15 billion one-time surplus.” That’s a massive turnaround from early in ....

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