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Recent populist surges across most of the western world seem to foretell the collapse of western liberalism, or at the very least its present retreat. Financial Times columnist Ed Luce discusses liberalism’s precarious position and his new book with Jim Pethokoukis.

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Recent populist surges across most of the Western world seem to foretell the collapse of western liberalism, or at the very least its present retreat. Financial Times columnist Ed Luce discusses liberalism’s precarious position and his new book with Jim Pethokoukis.

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Th​is alarmist ​view of Big Tech — including Facebook, Apple, Alphabet/Google, Microsoft — seems to be growing more common on the left, a view that its huge concentrations of wealth and data mean the platform companies have captured the economy.

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The latest from James Pethokoukis on the AEIdeas blog.

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If I were to list America’s big problems here in 2017, I’m not sure it would occur to me note the huge success of Big Tech—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Alphabet/Google, Microsoft—as one of them.

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As disappointing as declining US entrepreneurship is, things would be even worse if we saw a corresponding rise in unproductive entrepreneurship. A new HBR piece suggests that may be occurring.

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To quote Marc Levinson: “If productivity is to soar again, it will almost certainly be the result of innovations taking root in the private sector.”

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DeWitt Wallace Fellow James Pethokoukis discusses party reactions to the Jeff Sessions testimony. Democrats will focus on the testimony and what Sessions didn’t reveal about his conversations with the President, but Republicans need to move on from the distraction and focus on the legislative agenda.

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I want to highlight just bit of a great Tim O’Reilly essay on automation, jobs, and Amazon.

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I certainly think we are on the ascent here, whether it’s concerns about technological unemployment or an AI-driven apocalypse.

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