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George Will explores a government-school-funding case that the Institute for Justice is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear. My Mercatus Center colleague Adam Thierer catalogs some skeptical takes on industrial policy. James Pethokoukis celebrates economic growth. I just discovered Larry Reed’s excellent remembrance of my late, great colleague Walter Williams. A slice: Pursuing truth for its own sake and mustering the courage to speak it without equivocation should be the loftiest of objectives in any profession. They fit the life and career of Walter Williams perfectly. He was a man of solid conviction, of unmovable passions for what he knew to be right. And he was always that way, for as far back as I have memory of him. He was the very epitome of what it means to be steadfast.

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George Will explores a government-school-funding case that the Institute for Justice is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear.

My Mercatus Center colleague Adam Thierer catalogs some skeptical takes on industrial policy.

James Pethokoukis celebrates economic growth.

I just discovered Larry Reed’s excellent remembrance of my late, great colleague Walter Williams. A slice:

Pursuing truth for its own sake and mustering the courage to speak it without equivocation should be the loftiest of objectives in any profession. They fit the life and career of Walter Williams perfectly. He was a man of solid conviction, of unmovable passions for what he knew to be right. And he was always that way, for as far back as I have memory of him. He was the very epitome of what it means to be steadfast.

Dan Griswold makes the case for liberalizing immigration.

GMU Econ alum Daniel Smith collects an economics lesson from trash collection.

Wall Street Journal columnist James Freeman is rightly critical of the Washington Post‘s egregiously biased ‘reporting’ on Donald Trump.

Simon Lester defends the WTO’s Appellate Body from misconceptions.

Jacob Sullum is correct: Congress uses Covid-19 as an excuse for fiscal recklessness. A slice:

Congress allocated $350 billion to “coronavirus state and local relief funds” for governments that generally have emerged from the pandemic in much better financial condition than expected. California, for example, will benefit from this largesse even though it is running a surplus.

Another $86 billion will be used to bail out union-run pension funds that were already in dire straits before the pandemic. Obamacare premium subsidies for households earning as much as $350,000 annually will cost $34 billion.

Christian Britschgi reports that mandated “hero pay” for grocery workers results in unemployed heroes.

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Don Boudreaux
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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