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 the pandemic should be teaching us about breakthrough innovation and the dangers of the ‘precautionary principle’

Plenty of optimism these days about the American economy over the next year or so. Among the reasons: lots of pent-up demand, a flood of federal stimulus money, and maybe even some productivity gains from ....

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New interactive map: State-level performance of K–12 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia

As the COVID crisis drags on, experts increasingly stress the devastating impact of prolonged school closures on children’s education. Months stuck at home in “virtual school” — hours every day spent alone in front of ....

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The IRS abandons its lawless effort to deny rebate payments to prisoners

In previous posts (here and here), I discussed the IRS’s lawless policy denying rebate payments to several groups that it loosely refers to as “incarcerated” — convicts serving their sentences, defendants institutionalized because they were found incompetent ....

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Top 10 podcasts of 2020: ‘What the Hell Is Going On?’ with Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen

This blog post is part of AEI’s Best Podcasts of 2020 series. Click here to see other AEI podcast hosts’ favorite episodes of the year. While there wasn’t much to celebrate in 2020, we continued ....

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Top 5 podcasts of 2020: ‘Unprecedential’ with Adam White

This blog post is part of AEI’s Best Podcasts of 2020 series. Click here to see other AEI podcast hosts’ favorite episodes of the year. In “Unprecedential,” we discuss American Constitutionalism in its broadest, best ....

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