We’ve fought too long and too hard against government encroachments to accept the slightest compromises to the firm principle of the freedom of speech. Trump’s threat is not about protecting truth against lies; it’s about government control over speech so that people who criticize the regime can be forced into silence.
The last time I was in D.C. (last month) something struck me as never before. The entire place is premised on the idea that what is awesome about life is entirely physical. Massive buildings. Huge stone and marble columns. Real estate. Monuments. Everything in this not-normal city is about gigantic, imposing, intimidating structures. It's all about place and power over place. You can drive block after block and observe nothing but unimaginative and scary buildings with uniform windows. Honestly, it is awful, dreary, and...old fashioned.
Earlier we posted a reply, by Dr. Bob Murphy, to an NYT blog post by Dr. Paul Krugman, wherein Murphy criticized Krugman's interpretation of certain statistics and used work by Dr. Steven Horwitz to buttress his argument. Here Dr. Joseph Salerno takes issue with Dr. Horwitz' conclusions, and adds his thoughts to the matter.