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The great Richard Epstein warns of the anti-science that infects much of today’s climate science (and associated policy debate). Also from Richard Epstein is this devastating smack-down of the Green New Deal. A slice: On the debit side, FDR’s New Deal carried with it a very high price tag. Roosevelt is often credited for staving off socialism by his intervention in the labor, agriculture, and transportation markets. And Roosevelt should receive full marks for resisting government ownership of these operations. But two major blunders had lasting effects. First, Roosevelt did nothing to moderate the high progressive tax rates of the Hoover administration. Drying up private investment capital forced the government to prime the pump in order to facilitate capital improvements. But all too

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The great Richard Epstein warns of the anti-science that infects much of today’s climate science (and associated policy debate).

Also from Richard Epstein is this devastating smack-down of the Green New Deal. A slice:

On the debit side, FDR’s New Deal carried with it a very high price tag. Roosevelt is often credited for staving off socialism by his intervention in the labor, agriculture, and transportation markets. And Roosevelt should receive full marks for resisting government ownership of these operations. But two major blunders had lasting effects. First, Roosevelt did nothing to moderate the high progressive tax rates of the Hoover administration. Drying up private investment capital forced the government to prime the pump in order to facilitate capital improvements. But all too often, this approach gave priority to inefficient forms of public investment, driving out the more informed choices of private investors.

Worse still was Roosevelt’s infatuation with cartels, which allowed industry members to call on the government to curb output and raise prices. These cartels were formed for agriculture, ground transportation, airlines, labor, and many other activities. Their creation gave Roosevelt political running room to rail against various monopolists, real and imagined, for he well understood that cartels offered at least short-term assistance to large numbers of farmers and workers that helped forge his political coalition. But that master political stroke had strong negative economic consequences. It led to the burning of excessive agricultural produce to keep food prices artificially high, and to constant strikes and union actions which advanced the monopoly position conferred on them by the National Labor Relations Act. These legislative blunders, moreover, had considerable durability: the madcap systems, agricultural quotas, and collective bargaining system remain in place today, long after the short-term measures of the New Deal expired.

Reason’s Peter Suderman and my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy discuss the Green New Deal.

John O. McGinnis rightly applauds the intensified jurisdictional competition unleashed in the United States by the tax reform of 2017.

Here’s Phil Magness’s intelligent take on the wholly unintelligent Modern Monetary Theory.

The title of this essay by Nick Gillespie is too good not to flag.

Ilya Somin explains why Trump’s recent emergency declaration is indeed illegal.

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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