Friday , June 22 2018

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==> I have an essay in the Fraser Institute’s report on Canada’s experience with a personal income tax. ==> I point out that the pro-carbon-tax R Street Institute is advising conservatives to fold their hand…right after they pick up their flush. ==> I give a backhanded compliment to Steve Landsburg. ==> Ryan Murphy has an article on how the economics profession–when doing econometric estimates of the “fiscal multiplier”–overlooks the importance of monetary offset. I disagree that it’s important for the authorities to “boost aggregate demand,” but anyway Ryan’s analysis is interesting. ==> Tom Woods has an expert journalist on to talk about the crisis in Yemen. ==> This guy in the comments at a Scott Adams post points out something that is quite ironic, in light of the outrage over Sean Spicer’s comments about Hitler vis-a-vis Assad: In late 2013, in a New York Times article about chemical weapons and why Syria’s actions (then) were so outrageous, we have this now-awkward excerpt: So I’m betting the author of that NYT piece was thinking, “Please don’t go viral, please don’t go viral,” when everybody was denouncing Spicer. (Yes, I understand that NYT piece was more nuanced than Spicer’s initial statement. But the sentiment was the same. Spicer wasn’t “forgetting the Holocaust.

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==> I have an essay in the Fraser Institute’s report on Canada’s experience with a personal income tax.

==> I point out that the pro-carbon-tax R Street Institute is advising conservatives to fold their hand…right after they pick up their flush.

==> I give a backhanded compliment to Steve Landsburg.

==> Ryan Murphy has an article on how the economics profession–when doing econometric estimates of the “fiscal multiplier”–overlooks the importance of monetary offset. I disagree that it’s important for the authorities to “boost aggregate demand,” but anyway Ryan’s analysis is interesting.

==> Tom Woods has an expert journalist on to talk about the crisis in Yemen.

==> This guy in the comments at a Scott Adams post points out something that is quite ironic, in light of the outrage over Sean Spicer’s comments about Hitler vis-a-vis Assad: In late 2013, in a New York Times article about chemical weapons and why Syria’s actions (then) were so outrageous, we have this now-awkward excerpt:

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So I’m betting the author of that NYT piece was thinking, “Please don’t go viral, please don’t go viral,” when everybody was denouncing Spicer. (Yes, I understand that NYT piece was more nuanced than Spicer’s initial statement. But the sentiment was the same. Spicer wasn’t “forgetting the Holocaust.” Also, I’m not mentioning this on social media because I don’t want to give anyone the idea that I’m “defending Spicer’s comments,” which were incredibly obtuse.)

Robert Murphy
Christian, Austrian economist, and libertarian theorist. Research Prof at Texas Tech and author of *Choice*. Paul Krugman's worst nightmare.

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