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Kristian Niemietz powerfully explains what’s wrong with the recent round of calls for socialism.  (HT David Levey)  A slice: Socialists usually react with genuine irritation when a political opponent mentions an earlier, failed socialist project. They cannot see this is anything other than a straw man, and a cheap shot. As a result, they refuse to address the question why those attempts have turned out the way they did. According to contemporary socialists, previous socialist leaders...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy notes that Trump’s apparent flip-flop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) is evidence that Trump’s bargaining skills are poor. Pierre Lemieux rightly complains that Trump’s tariffs taxes on American buyers of imports take us to the cleaners. Despite some nits that I could pick, this essay in National Review by Jonah Goldberg is deep and profound.  (HT Betsy Albaugh)  A slice: Virtually every objective, empirical measure...

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On Education, Adam Smith, and James Buchanan

The great University of Arizona political philosopher David Schmidtz lectured today at George Mason University on “Markets in Education.”  As with all that Dave does, his talk was deep, thoughtful, and informative.  It was also entertaining. Dave began by noting that an essential feature of markets – indeed, of human freedom and of human dignity – is the right to say “no.”  “No, I don’t want to sell to you my labor at that wage.”  “No, I don’t want to buy from you that apple at that...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy pulls back the curtain on some of the ugly realities of Trump’s fetish for punitively taxing Americans who buy imports. Shikha Dalmia worries about the geopolitical risks raised by Trump’s fetish for punitively taxing Americans who buy imports. John Tamny explains that the current furor over China’s alleged theft of Americans’ intellectual property is much ado about nuthin’. Bob Higgs writes about the appeal to (too) many people of...

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George Leef correctly argues that Nancy MacLean continues to embarrass her employer, Duke University.  A slice: Note that merely questioning a “progressive” belief such as the benefit of diversity training is enough to unleash an academic mob, while writing a book that smears a Nobel laureate and resorting to nasty stereotyping of people to defend it elicits no disapproval at Duke. That tells us a lot about the double standards now in place throughout our higher education system. Will...

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Here are my GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan’s opening remarks from his recent debate, with Elizabeth Bruenig, on capitalism versus socialism.  A slice: What’s so awesome about the capitalist ideal?  It’s a system based on individual freedom and voluntary consent.  You’re allowed to do what you want with your own body and your own stuff.  If other people want to cooperate with you, they have to persuade you; if you want other people to cooperate with you, you have to persuade them.  Can...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy makes the case for more open immigration. Here’s Russ Roberts’s EconTalk podcast with my colleague Bryan Caplan on Bryan’s new book, The Case Against Education. George Will counsels that we curb our enthusiasm for spending on infrastructure.  A slice: Bipartisanship, the absence of which is lamented until its recurrence reminds us of its costs, this month produced the budget agreement. It put the nation on a path to trillion-dollar...

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My Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold argues that we Americans need, not a wall, but more immigrants. My GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan wins a bet made ten years ago on gasoline prices. Art Carden likes Bryan Caplan’s new book. My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy was interviewed recently on Marketplace on Trump’s budget issues.  And here’s more from Veronique. Bob Higgs longs for the roving bandit. Jeff Jacoby agrees that the Tea Party is dead.  A slice: Alas,...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy is rightly critical of the reach and rapacity of Uncle Sam’s greedy hand. Elaine Schwartz explains the increased supply of roses in the United States over the past quarter-century. Gary Hoover celebrates the entrepreneurship of Estée Lauder.  (HT Gonzalo Schwarz) Michael Strain is not buying the proposed plan to fund paid family leave with Social Security ‘funds.‘ Chris Edwards reveals the awful logic of the growth of government...

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Higher Admission Launches!

A few years ago I blogged about my entrepreneurial friend Lyle Albaugh’s new business, Higher Admission – a resource for college students (and their parents) to enhance colleges’ incentives to compete more vigorously for students.  A few days ago, with the help of co-founder Mike Zukerman, a major portion of Higher Admission launched.  I encourage you to check it out! (Here’s an essay that Lyle wrote last year on his new company and the idea behind it.) Comments

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