Three Minutes in Fort Worth

– November 4, 2021

“Heading down to the bar for a celebratory drink–it was a great conference–I thought to myself: ‘If that is the depth of common understanding, and the full extent of their imagination: how is any of the morass the world is descending into surprising?'” ~ Peter C. Earle

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The General Welfare

– November 4, 2021

“I reject the notion that most of the Framers would have supported the constitutionality of any policy that Congress enacted simply because it falls within the federal government’s purview. To be constitutional, a federal law or other policy must be in scope but also at least a Kaldor-Hicks improvement.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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Green Jobs Are a Cost, not a Benefit

– November 1, 2021

“If we have decided to transition to clean energy for environmental reasons, then we should hope for clean energy that requires fewer jobs. That would be a real benefit.” ~ James E. Hanley

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The Terrible Baby Boomers

– November 1, 2021

“If you want a careful, well-researched, and nuanced description of today’s generational conflicts, look beyond Andrews. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something entertaining, give Andrews a look.” ~ Joakim Book

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Halloweenomics

– October 31, 2021

“When we extort treats with threats the same month that the federal fiscal year begins, and just before major elections in every even-numbered year, it reminds us of how commonly trick-or-treating describes politics as we are forced to bear it.” ~ Gary M. Galles

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Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America

– October 31, 2021

“The America of the 2020s seems to Murray uncomfortably like the America of the 1850s, with rising tensions that erupted into our terrible bloodletting in 1861. Just as the political leaders then failed to foresee the coming tragedy, so do ours today.” ~ George Leef

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Adam Smith and Problems with the New Paternalism

– October 30, 2021

“Dynamic perspectives on welfare exacerbate the error-identification problem. If we ourselves are in the process of discovering our values, how can an external party possibly arrange our choices such that they make us better off as judged by ourselves?” ~ Erik Matson

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A Clear and Nuanced View on Generational Conflict

– October 29, 2021

“Duffy is the first to admit that there are differences between the generations, but upon closer scrutiny many of them fall apart. Many stereotypes of our generations require both nuance and honest qualifications.” ~ Joakim Book

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The Surprising Social Signals of Halloween

– October 29, 2021

“When those goblins and ghouls come knocking at your door on October 31st, cherish that you are part of a community that values sacrifice, graciousness, and cooperation.” ~ Anthony Gill & Michael Thomas

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Avoid the Reductio When Arguing Over the Minimum Wage

– October 28, 2021

“While the reductio is an unsound economic argument against the minimum wage, there remain many sound arguments against this officious intervention. Not the least of these is that a minimum wage will reduce employment options for workers.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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What Progressives Miss in the Bitcoin Energy Debate

– October 26, 2021

“If progressives such as Elizabeth Warren extended their publicly held values of ‘fearless consumer advocacy’ to also apply to those outside the western world, they would see the value of Bitcoin.” ~ David Waugh

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All Value Is Subjective, and That’s a Good Thing

– October 26, 2021

“If anything had intrinsic value, we could only either exchange it for a price precisely matching that value, with neither of us becoming better off, or exchange it for a price different from its ‘true’ value, with one person ending up worse off because of the exchange.” ~ James E. Hanley

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