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5 Consequences When CEOs Play Superman

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about 1 year ago

CEOs traditionally consider themselves to be larger-than-life figures: the superheroes of the C-suite. And with tomorrow’s release of Man of Steel, the latest movie to extol the legendary triumphs of Superman, this is a moment to examine how many chief executives misinterpret and mishandle what ...

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Pardon Edward Snowden

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about 1 year ago

This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller. You can read the original here I do not come to praise Edward Snowden, but to pardon him — or at least, to suggest that President Barack Obama do so, if and when he is charged. Even if Snowden has committed crimes, he has done his country ...

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Is America Free?

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about 1 year ago

  “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.” –Lee Greenwood   Notwithstanding the earnest patriotism of Lee Greenwood’s anthem, “God Bless the USA,” something about that particular lyric has always rankled.  There’s a passive-aggressive prickliness to that “at least” in ...

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Can Somebody Get This Kid An E-Reader?

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about 1 year ago

The ideas that change the world are often those that, in retrospect, are the most obvious. Upon understanding the central tenet of Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, Thomas Huxley famously responded, “How extremely stupid for me not to have thought of that!” International children’s ...

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Fair Tax or Flat Tax?

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about 1 year ago

American public discourse, particularly on the Internet, includes a reliable population that is perpetually honked off, offended, and eager to unleash the awesome power of ALL CAPS against any idea, no matter how commonsensical.     But for all the hullabaloo around the IRS of late, with ...

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Absence of Ownership

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about 1 year ago

We have a problem with absentee owners. Remember several years ago when, under the Clinton Administration, there was pressure on absentee fathers to bear responsibility for caring for their children? We have the same problem with corporations. But in this case there are no parents at all. No ...

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Time to End Eyewitness Testimony?

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over 1 year ago

This article originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here The courtroom is hushed. A teenage boy has been slain, riddled with bullets during a drive-by shooting, and there, on the witness stand, is his crying mother. She's understandably weeping ...