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Why Niall Ferguson Called on Conservative Students in a Free Speech Fight

Posted by WWSG Staff on Jun 28, 2018 9:30:00 AM

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This article was originally published on BostonGlobe.com, and has been republished here with permission from the author.
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My Uncle Ian enjoyed asking his younger brother when that wastrel Niall would leave college and get a real job. The implication was that, by becoming an academic, I had essentially failed to grow up. I sometimes think Uncle Ian was right.

One of the attractions of university life to me was precisely that academic jobs were not like real jobs. At Oxford, my tutors inhabited large studies with towering bookcases. They wore not suits but well-worn tweed jackets. During the vacations, they were free to do as they pleased, so long as they occasionally published books. I resolved to join these happy eggheads.

In those distant days of the 1980s, academic historians came in different flavors. There were fierce Marxists. There were brilliant liberals. There were acerbic Tories. On the whole, I found the Tory dons more fun. We Oxford Thatcherites were a minority, but we had our mentors, and they egged us on.

Fast forward more than 30 years and I find myself at Stanford. My don’s life has been not exactly as I had imagined it then, but near enough. Books? Fifteen at the last count. Scruffy jackets? A wardrobe full.

But there is one huge difference that has crept up on me almost imperceptibly. Today, unlike in the 1980s, there are scarcely any conservatives to be found among academic historians.

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Topics: Top Speaker on Politics, colleges

Matt Schlapp: WHCA dinner will turn Americans tired of the hate to Trump's side

Posted by WWSG Staff on May 17, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Capital BuildingThe White House Correspondents’ Association dinner has come and gone and for that we are all very thankful. But the political overhang of the dinner is adding momentum to President Trump’s favorite theme, that the D.C. swamp can only be reformed if additional conservative voices are elected in November. A dinner is just an evening, but this dinner could actually help cement even more independent-minded Americans to the Trump cause.

To remind you, a so-called comic and her profanity-laced, vulgar monologue was the main “entertainment” at the dinner.

Jokes about abortion were just the appetizer for jokes about apparent physical harm to Kellyanne Conway and of course the public bullying of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. All of this was simply not funny, and for my wife Mercedes and me it warranted an early exit and an immediate GPS search for the closest bar.
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Newt Gingrich: Here’s an incredible glimpse of what awaits us in the future

Posted by WWSG Staff on Apr 17, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence 

This blog article was originally published on FoxNews.com, and has been republished here with permission from the author.
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I had the opportunity to glimpse a large part of the future this week. I think you will find it as amazing as I did.

Dr. Kiron Skinner, a remarkable scholar, hosted me at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

According to the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings, Carnegie Mellon has the nation’s top graduate level artificial intelligence (AI) program and one of the top five undergraduate computer engineering programs. On Wednesday, the people at Carnegie Mellon showed me a few of the reasons they are held in such high regard.

Before I get into what I saw this week, let me better explain what I mean by seeing a glimpse of the future.

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Topics: Top Speaker on Politics, Technology Speakers, WWSG's Top Speakers

A Chinese Puzzle: Why Economic “Reform” in Xi’s China Has More Meanings than Market Liberalization

Posted by WWSG Staff on Mar 15, 2018 7:35:00 AM

This article was originally published on MacroPolo.org, and has been republished here with permission from the author.
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Imagine, for a moment, that you’re writing a short history of reform euphoria in China. Your essay would be, well, pretty short.

From my vantage point, at least, in the last decade there have been just two notable moments of exuberance about the prospects for economic reform in China. One was in 2011, when China issued its 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015). This document marked a noteworthy shift in the underlying thinking about China’s growth model and distribution priorities. And it came at an important juncture in China’s post-1978 economic history: Four years earlier, in 2007, then Premier Wen Jiabao had called China’s economy “unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated, and unsustainable”—a searing indictment of the prevailing growth model that seemed to lay the political groundwork for a much-delayed shift in strategy.

By 2011, that shift seemed finally to have come—at least on paper.

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Topics: Top Speaker on Politics, Evan Feigenbaum

Meet the Man Poised to Take Over the World Economy

Posted by WWSG Staff on Feb 1, 2018 1:12:04 PM

Alibaba & Jack Ma

This blog was originally published on The Boston Globe, and has been republished here with permission from the author.
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The most interesting man at Davos was not He Who Must Not Be Named. (In the style of the Harry Potter books, I’m going to omit the name of the Dark Lord, otherwise known as the president of the United States. To be frank, I’m bored of him.) No, the most interesting man at this year’s World Economic Forum was a rather scrawny 53-year-old former English teacher from Hangzhou in eastern China whose business is poised to take over the world economy: Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba.

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This is Your Brain on Trump

Posted by WWSG Staff on Jan 23, 2018 9:15:00 AM

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This article was originally published on TheHill.com, and has been republished here with
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With President Trump’s mental fitness dominating the news these days, less attention has been paid to how the rest of our brains are faring under this administration. One of us (psychology professor Drew Westen) has extensively researched the role of reason and emotion in making political judgments. The other (former congressman Steve Israel) used that research as the head of messaging for House Democrats in the 2016 congressional elections.

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Newt Gingrich: Get Ready for the Great Political Surprise of 2018

Posted by WWSG Staff on Jan 11, 2018 10:13:04 AM

Newt Gingrich

This article was originally published on FoxNews.com, and has been republished here with permission from the author. Click here to read the original article.

The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.

After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.

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The Coming World Crisis

Posted by WWSG Staff on Aug 31, 2017 9:35:31 AM

Niall Ferguson Keynote Speaker

“Is the world slouching toward a grave systemic crisis?” asked historian Philip Zelikow at the annual gathering of the Aspen Strategy Group earlier this month. Now that’s what I call a question!

Zelikow, who teaches at the University of Virginia, is more than just a history professor. He has also served Republican as well as Democratic presidents in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. His pessimism is that of a practitioner as well as a scholar.

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David Bossie: The dirty little secret that is haunting Democrats

Posted by WWSG Staff on Aug 2, 2017 5:02:09 PM

David Bossie Political Speaker 

The Democratic Party is a mess. It has no effective national leader. It has no serious agenda. And Democrats have no idea how to win back the Rust Belt voters who propelled the ultimate political outsider, Donald J. Trump, to the presidency.

During President Obama’s eight years in office the Democrats became primarily a coastal party that caters to out-of-touch wealthy elitists in liberal enclaves like Manhattan and Hollywood, while ignoring the hardworking Americans who are the backbone of our country.

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Is Social Democracy Shattered?

Posted by WWSG Staff on Jun 7, 2017 10:45:04 AM

 Niall Ferguson Keynote Speaker

She’s back. Already.

Usually, the losing candidate does a vanishing act after the presidential election. Not Hillary Clinton. Last Tuesday she returned to the political fray. “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview in New York.

“I was on the way to winning,” she explained, “until the combination of [FBI Director] Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.”

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Topics: Top Speaker on Politics

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