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War on Science

New York Times columnist and City Journal contributing editor, John Tierney discusses how the political left’s social science monoculture and the hyper-politicization of science has delivered disastrous results. From eugenics to hysteria over global warming, failed science policies are a result of confirmation bias and fatal conceit in today’s science dogma that doesn’t allow challenges to prevailing claims.

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Economic Futures

Peter Wallison, senior fellow in financial policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, recommends strategies for the new administration to encourage economic growth and liberalization. Wallison advocates curtailing the legacies of overregulation and the administrative state by dismantling Dodd-Frank and emboldening the judiciary to stand up to overreach instead of mandating strict agency deference.

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Reinventing Land Rights in the Ivory Coast

Donatien Adou, Scientific Committee Member at Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), discusses the history of political corruption, weak rule of law, and lack of enforceable property rights in his native Ivory Coast. To empower bottom-up development, Adou shares how AIA is encouraging the use of blockchain technology to create land titling and registry systems throughout the country’s valuable agricultural land.

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The Presidential Pen

Andrew Grossman, partner at the law firm BakerHostetler and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, discusses the extra-Constitutional tactics of the modern presidency that have given unbridled, unprecedented discretion to Executive Branch agencies. Grossman outlines executive actions of the Obama administration—from the Clean Power Plan and delays to implementation of parts of the Affordable Care Act to various Dear Colleague letters and regulation by blog post—that are ripe for Executive undoing by the new administration.

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City Extortion

Brian Hodges, Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), tells the story of how his organization, the first public interest group to defend property rights and challenge government overreach, has helped change the American legal landscape. As an example, Hodges details a current case in which PLF is defending an entrepreneurial couple from an unconstitutional attempt by the City of West Hollywood to impose a half-million dollar “affordable housing” permitting fee on their new condominium development.

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Pension Crisis

Dan Liljenquist, former Utah state senator and president and founder of Liljenquist Strategies, shares how he successfully spearheaded pension reform in Utah, which earned Governing magazine’s 2011 Public Official of the Year award. Liljenquist suggests how chronically underfunded pension programs in states nationwide can avoid the risk of structural bankruptcy such as Puerto Rico suffered this year.

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Perversion of Science

Marc Edwards, Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Virginia Tech, discusses institutional scientific misconduct in academic and government-funded science. Edwards details how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created and covered up both the D.C. and Flint, Michigan, lead and drinking water crises. He describes how upper management cultivates a culture of corruption to promote their policy agency agenda, risking loss of public trust in science.

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Prospects for the Western World

Andrew Roberts, historian, author, and Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London, takes issue with America’s broken primary system and the intransigent two-party duopoly, regrettably driven by the politics of “the other.” Roberts reflects on the future of Western civilization and proposes a CANZUK union in the wake of Brexit—comprised of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—to strengthen free trade and defense alliances between the Crown countries.

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