The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaefer Riley

The New Trail of Tears is an important and yet depressing book. It details the myriad problems besetting American Indians today. These include: a lack of economic opportunity, massive dysfunction and family breakdown and tribal and Washington leaders unwilling to face the reality or do anything about it except propose more money and more government (neither of which has worked). Naomi Schaefer Riley details the plight of the American Indian by highlighting the structural, legal, economic, and...

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Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

I listened to the audiobook in the car during my daily commute and enjoyed it. I really liked the sections dealing with Owen Brick and the other world of civil war America. The energy seemed to drain out of it towards the end however as August Brill and his daughter have a long talk about his past. The conclusion attempts to tie it together but I am not sure it quite worked.

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Keith Urbahn on conservatives and publishing

This week’s edition of Coffee and Markets, has Pejman Yousefzadeh and I talking with Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld, to discuss his new PR firm Javelin, which is involved in book publishing from a right-of-center perspective. We discussed the relationship between traditional publishers and the conservative movement, the future of publishing and how he sees his firm playing a role in that future. Listen here.

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Jay Cost on the Politics of Patronage

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Pejman Yousefzadeh and I are joined by Jay Cost to discuss his book Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and now Threatens the American Republic.  We discussed the history of the Democratic party’s patronage system, the state of modern Democratic politics and the implications for 2012 and beyond. Listen here.

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Jonah Goldberg on The Tyranny of Cliches

It was my distinct pleasure to have Jonah Goldberg join Pejman Yousefzadeh and myself for this week’s edition of Coffee and Markets.  We discussed his new book The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, the liberal pretense to being non-ideological – and just how much ideology is found in the use of cliches – and how we might be able to combat this ideological base stealing. Not only is Jonah smart and talented – and really more insightful than he...

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Sally Pipes on The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle Obamacare

The latest edition of Coffee & Markets is focused on The Affordable Care Act the health care law otherwise known as “Obamacare.”  Pejman Yousefzadeh and I spoke with Sally Pipes the author of The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle Obamacare. We discussed the impact of Obamacare on health care and the looming problems if changes are not made.  We also discussed about how health care might move to a more competitive and market orientated system. You can listen to the...

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