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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 179 of Joseph Epstein’s May 1990 New Criterion essay “The big O: the reputation of George Orwell” as this essay is reprinted (and retitled as “Orwell”) in the 2018 collection of some of Epstein’s essays titled The Ideal of Culture: But Orwell’s anti-Communism grew not alone out of his historical experience – with his self-acclaimed talent for facing unpleasant facts – but also out of his exposure to intellectuals under political pressure. He repeatedly said that “the...

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Kevin Williamson isn’t buying John Yoo’s defense of Trump. Lamenting the Trump administration’s failure to renew Mike O’Reilly for another term at the Federal Communications Commission, the Wall Street Journal‘s editors rightly decry American conservatives joining with Progressives in disregarding the First Amendment. A slice: But our reporting suggests that Mr. O’Rielly was scuttled for remarks about regulating speech. In vogue on the right and left is rewriting Section 230 of the...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 97-98 of the late Stanford University economic historian Nathan Rosenberg’s 1992 paper “Economic Experiments,” as this paper is reprinted in Rosenberg’s 1994 book, Exploring the Black Box: Technology, Economics, and History: These technological achievements were thus based upon capitalist legal institutions, especially with respect to contracts and property rights, which legitimized the right to experiment with new organizational forms as well as with new technologies....

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Writing in the Wall Street Journal, UCLA medical professor Joseph Ladapo decries the politicization of covid. A slice: The problem with public-health strategies born of fear and disdain is that they create unrealistic expectations and smother dissent. The country has shifted from a period of public unity and cooperation in March to one of blame and opprobrium. Approaches to managing the pandemic that fall outside mainstream thought are shut down. States become willing to make trade-offs...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 176 of Steven Pinker’s 2018 book, Enlightenment Now: Any evidence-based reckoning is bound to pour cold water on programs that seemed promising in the theater of the imagination. Conspicuous by their absence from the list of what works are bold initiatives like slum clearance, gun buybacks, zero-tolerance policing, wilderness ordeals, three-strikes-and-you’re-out mandatory sentencing, police-led drug awareness classes, and “scared straight” programs in which at-risk youths...

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To Repeat…

Here’s a letter to a new reader of Café Hayek: Mr. Singletary: You think me “simplistic” for calling on proponents of industrial policy to put their money where their mouths are by launching their own businesses instead of demanding that government obstruct the commerce of others. Specifically, you argue that “high tariffs are needed” because “reshoring valuable but lost manufacturing jobs can’t happen if we continue to get undersold by low wage workers.” If workers really do value what...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 99 of the late Stanford University economic historian Nathan Rosenberg’s 1992 paper “Economic Experiments,” as this paper is reprinted in Rosenberg’s 1994 book, Exploring the Black Box: Technology, Economics, and History: The historical outcome of this long-term freedom to conduct experiments which, as I have argued, has been the central feature of western capitalism, has been an economy characterized by a truly extraordinary pattern of organizational diversity. This...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from near the 20-minute, 30-second mark of Russ Roberts’s splendid August 2019 EconTalk podcast with George Will; specifically, it’s Will commenting on (one of the many) figments of the distorted economic imaginations of Trumpians and Progressives (original emphasis): And what the Trumpian Right and the Progressives want is to pull up the drawbridge, raise the walls, and somehow coerce the manufacturing jobs [to] come back to the United States. We have people in the White House who...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is a two-fer: It’s from page 70 of the May 9th, 2020, draft of the important forthcoming monograph from Deirdre McCloskey and Alberto Mingardi, The Illiberal and Anti-Entrepreneurial State of Mariana Mazzucato – a passage in which McCloskey and Mingardi quote from Herbert Spencer’s 1851 Social Statics (footnote deleted): In 1850 the economist and ur-sociologist Herbert Spencer remarked that “trade regulations” like “many kindred contrivances for the management of social affairs,” are...

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