Policy Perspectives

Free Lunch

Free Lunch

The Salem Center Faculty and Staff discuss various current policy issues in a free form discussion format. The Salem Center will occasionally be joined by outside guests.

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Elections have Consequences

Trip Gabriel’s Thread on McAuilffe’s polling: https://twitter.com/tripgabriel/status/1458227755250765827Vox article with plot of McAuliffe v Northam vote share: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2021/11/4/22761168/virginia-governor-glenn-youngkin-critical-race-theoryThe NJ election we mentioned – Durr over Sweeney: https://www.nj.com/politics/2021/11/how-a-truck-driver-spent-153-on-his-nj-election-campaign-to-likely-dethrone-a-political-kingpin.htmlSALT is a giveaway to the rich: https://www.yahoo.com/news/second-biggest-program-democrats-spending-202418744.html (It’s a Washington Post article but this version via Yahoo is ungated now)Randomizing Media Strategy study “How Large and Long-lasting Are the Persuasive Effects of Televised Campaign […]

November 19, 2021

Judge Glock on Political Polarization

Judge Glock, the Chief Policy Officer of the Cicero Institute joins Salem Center Scholars Greg Salmieri and Dima Shamoun and Executive Director Carlos Carvalho to discuss Judge Glock’s article “The Mismeasurement of Polarization” 

October 7, 2021

The Aftermath of 9/11: A Discussion on Domestic Politics, Values and Civil Liberties

Show Notes: The Pew survey on American exceptionalism: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/30/most-americans-say-the-u-s-is-among-the-greatest-countries-in-the-world/ The USS Cole was attacked on October 12, 2000. The shoe bomber was caught on December 22, 2001. The authorization of force in Iraq: https://www.congress.gov/bill/107th-congress/house-joint-resolution/114

September 15, 2021

Open Borders

This episode we had the pleasure of being joined by Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics from George Mason University. Bryan gamely answered questions from Carlos, Greg, and Steve (who may have been a tad too excited and dominated the early question asking). Notes This podcast is based on Bryan Caplan’s book ‘Open Borders: The […]

June 24, 2021

Poverty, Homelessness, Minimum Wage & Measurement

Welcome to the second episode of Free Lunch!  This week featured Carlos, Greg, Scott, and Steve talking about poverty, homelessness, the minimum wage, and measurement issues. As Greg notes at the end, if you think we’ve missed something please email us at Steven.Rashin@McCombs.UTexas.edu. Show Notes Salem Center Events Referenced Valentin Bolotnyy and Natalia Emanuel’s excellent paper “Why Do Women Earn […]

May 11, 2021

Big Tech & Lessons from the Energy Crisis

Show Notes  Big Tech Salem Center events on the Big Tech:  Is Big Tech Too Big? Additional notes/context/links:  Steve mentioned Facebook’s role in violence in Myanmar.  Here’s more detail on Facebook’s role in inciting the violence from this NY Times article. One of Greg’s talks on free speech  Electricity Crisis Salem Center events on the Texas Electricity […]

April 5, 2021
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