The Ripon Forum

Volume 50, No. 2

April 2016

In this edition

By on April 17, 2016
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

This may in fact be the year of the outsider. But it’s also the year of the underdog. And in this edition of The Ripon Forum, we focus on their concerns.

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The Value of Encryption

By on April 17, 2016
The Value of Encryption

by BRUCE SCHNEIER

In today’s world of ubiquitous computers and networks, it’s hard to overstate the value of encryption. Quite simply, encryption keeps you safe.

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Are Apple and Google Harboring Criminals? Maybe.

By on April 17, 2016
Are Apple and Google Harboring Criminals?  Maybe.

by WILLIAM FITZPATRICK

Encrypting phones so a device cannot be accessed by the company who created the device, even when presented with a valid search warrant, should be a cause of great concern.

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Facing Britain’s European Obsession

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Facing Britain’s European Obsession

by TIM OLIVER

Britons will soon vote on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. Whatever the result, the world should not expect an end to Britain’s obsession with arguing about Europe.

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Getting a New Lease on Life

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Getting a New Lease on Life

by JONATHAN BLANKS

At a time when the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth, it’s time for Congress to lead the way on criminal justice reform.

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The Minimum Wage: A Flawed Remedy for Stagnant Earnings

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The Minimum Wage: A Flawed Remedy for Stagnant Earnings

by PRESTON COOPER

Slow wage growth remains a defining challenge of the economic recovery. But the most obvious solution — a higher minimum wage — has serious drawbacks.

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Ike’s Forgotten Legacy on Civil Rights: A Lesson in Leadership for Today

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Ike’s Forgotten Legacy on Civil Rights: A Lesson in Leadership for Today

by KASEY S. PIPES

Dwight Eisenhower has seldom received credit for his support for civil rights during his career, but his efforts remain a lesson in leadership for today.

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Fighting Poverty: Welfare vs. A Way Out

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Fighting Poverty: Welfare vs. A Way Out

by ROBERT L. WOODSON, SR.

After the expenditure of over $20 trillion in a 50-year “war on poverty,” the number of impoverished Americans has barely budged. Reform is vital.

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed

by WENDY GUILLIES

From Uber to Airbnb, entrepreneurship has never been as highly regarded in pop culture as it is now. But entrepreneurship is not thriving — at least not yet.

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The Rise of Single Parents

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The Rise of Single Parents

by ABBY MCCLOSKEY

The number of households headed by single parents in America has tripled since 1960. With family structures changing, conservative policy needs to keep up.

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