April 23, 2014

German Workers Deserve a World Cup Break

The Guardian reports that union bosses in Germany are calling on employers to shift working hours to accommodate World Cup matches

April 23, 2014

Happy Anniversary to China’s [Censored] Internet

If these were the only tales to tell about the Chinese Internet, this anniversary would be worth celebrating. But, of course, each of these triumphs took place against a backdrop of stifling censorship that has limited free expression in China and inspired autocratic regimes around the world. 

April 22, 2014

Are Hollywood Actors Just Talking Six Packs?

The actors are being treated like actresses. And they don’t like it.

April 21, 2014

In China, Duck Blood Tastes Like Chicken

Spend enough time following the dangerous and disgusting trail of Chinese food contamination scandals, and one theme recurs: No matter how weird or disgusting the scandal, it’s probably happened before and — assuming it’s profitable — it’ll almost certainly happen again.

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April 21, 2014

The Most Important Book Ever Is All Wrong

There’s a persistent tension between the limits of the data Piketty presents and the grandiosity of the conclusions he draws. 

April 16, 2014

Can Limiting Divorce Make Marriage Stronger?

I can see the appeal of making marriage more difficult to get out of. 

April 14, 2014

Why the Cuba Embargo Is Such a Bad Idea

U.S. policy toward Cuba has been a comprehensive failure.

April 14, 2014

Should We Force People to Save for Retirement?

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t save enough. 

April 14, 2014

The Mexican Government’s Image Problem

Mexicans don’t seem to care for President Enrique Peña Nieto or his historic economic reforms. And to be fair, it’s his fault.

April 14, 2014

Who Would Use Facebook as a Bank?

That’s the question that immediately arises from news that the social network intends to get into the electronic money business.

April 11, 2014

Jesus May Have Had a Wife, on Paper at Least

Was Jesus married? 

April 09, 2014

Crack-Smoking Mayor Gets Backing of Steroid-Using Sprinter

Because scandal is the only way to get Americans to care about both Canadian politics and Canadian sports, I present to you the Dream Team of the Great White North: Rob Ford and Ben Johnson.

April 09, 2014

Why Are Liberal Cities Bad for Blacks?

Nationally, blacks and Hispanics earn less than whites and generally have higher rates of unemployment. But there are significant regional variations. And looking at the Urban League rankings, I couldn’t help noticing how many northern liberal cities fared poorly on the racial equality index.

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April 08, 2014
The biggest fight of 2016 won’t be between Republican and Democrat presidential candidates but between the Avengers and the Justice League offerings from Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros., respectively, which plan to release the comic-book-themed blockbusters two years from now on May 6.
(Read the commentary by Matthew C. Klein here. | Photo by Getty)

The biggest fight of 2016 won’t be between Republican and Democrat presidential candidates but between the Avengers and the Justice League offerings from Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros., respectively, which plan to release the comic-book-themed blockbusters two years from now on May 6.

April 08, 2014

Keep the Government’s Hands Off My Coke Zero

Why is total consumption declining, and is drinking diet soda harmful to health?