Alexander Hamilton before 'Hamilton'
This Independence Day, we salute Alexander Hamilton and the other gifted founders who played critical roles in our nation’s formation. The final question the musical poses is “Who Tells Your Story?” We salute Chernow and Miranda for telling Hamilton’s story so well.
The rise of the robots: Pizza edition
Bloomberg tells the story of Zume Pizza, "a secretive food delivery startup trying to make a more profitable pizza through machines." The Silicon Valley firm -- still looking for venture funding -- uses robots in the making of the pizza, and also has fashioned special delivery trucks -- they're patented! -- that finish cooking its pizzas as they're delivered to customers.
The Russian jihad is coming of age
We know now that the suicide bombers who attacked the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing 43 people and injuring at least 239, came from Russia and the former Soviet Union. This should not come as a surprise. Inside Russia, militant Islamism is no longer confined to the sparsely populated and largely pacified North Caucasus.
In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State
With new material to reflect the policy changes of the past decade, notably the Affordable Care Act, Charles Murray suggests that there is no better moment for citizens to consider an overhaul of the current welfare state. It is time, he proposes, to put the future of all Americans back “in our hands.”
Actually, the rest of the world thinks America is as important and powerful as it was a decade ago
Just how does the rest of the world view the US? Some interesting new findings from Pew Research, which conducted surveys in 10 European nations and four major Asia-Pacific countries. The rest of the world seems to hold the US in pretty high regard.
Uniting to fight poverty: A TED talk
I didn’t become a fan of free enterprise because I forgot my concern for struggling people. To the contrary, I learned that supposedly “conservative” ideas about markets were actually the best means to achieve the supposedly “liberal” moral goals that were so important to me.