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Facts about life expectancy (true and false)

But progressives also lack simple explanations: What explains the divergence? Public policy certainly plays some role, especially in recent years, as blue states expanded Medicaid and drastically reduced the number of uninsured, while most red states didn’t. The growing gap in educational levels has also surely played a role: Better-educated people tend to be healthier than the less educated. Beyond that, there has been a striking divergence in behavior and lifestyle that must be affecting...

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Shikha Dalmia argues that Trumpism increases Americans’ likelihood of embracing policies of the sort peddled by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. A slice: Socialism subordinates the interests of individuals in the name of a utopian egalitarianism, producing terrible results wherever tried. And yet it manages to seduce people because it purports to advance a just society. But America First dispenses with notions like justice. It has a zero-sum Hobbesian view of the world where one...

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The immigration debate is misleading, Steve Davies argues

The Economist has published a Special Report on immigration (significantly entitled “The magic of migration”), by Robert Guest, whose arguments will sound familiar to readers of Bryan’s and particularly of his excellent comic book essay, Open Borders. Such views are nicely complemented by a recent column by Steve Davies for AIER. Davies’ article is of particular relevance for libertarians, among whom “there is an increasingly bitter division between those who support...

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GMU Econ alum and Institute for Humane Studies President Emily Chamlee-Wright explores the socialist propaganda surrounding the Berlin Wall, and laments the fact that the lessons of Iron Curtain socialism have so quickly been forgotten. A slice: For those of us who still believe in the liberal concept of human freedom — that is, freedom from coercion, freedom to engage others as they voluntarily choose to engage with us, and the freedom to think for oneself — any attempt to define...

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Review of Open Borders

You might expect that I, as an immigrant and as an economist who favors the free movement of labor, would find the idea of open borders to be an obviously good policy. If you also learned that in 1977, the Immigration and Naturalization Service tried to deport me, you might think that I would also be emotionally, and not just intellectually, in favor of open borders. At times I have been. At other times, though, my enthusiasm for open borders has flagged. When I...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy – reporting on new research by Brian Blank – is appalled by the cronyism that forms the heart of protectionism. George Will is understandably dismayed at what is becoming of much of American higher education. A slice: In the Chronicle in March, the University of Washington’s Bessner said we are in a “crisis of capitalism,” by which he seemed to mean a shortage of jobs for people like him: left-wing academics. “Given that there are...

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Can Republicans Afford to be Pro-Immigrant?

This is a slightly redacted email from a social scientist who prefers to remain nameless.  Reprinted with his permission. Hey Bryan, I just finished Open Borders last night and I want to say great job! […] I’m a conservative/libertarian who was convinced by the arguments that Ann Coulter and others made that demographics change America will be forever liberal. One thing that changed my view was “The Great Awokening,” seeing how white liberals changed their views on...

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Inspired by a recent New York Times op-ed on Switzerland, Scott Sumner rightly warns against thinking of countries as anecdotes. A slice: Anecdotes are a really bad way to think about countries.  America has launched an ill-fated trade war with China partly due to anecdotes about China stealing intellectual secrets. It’s true that China steals intellectual secrets, as does India, Vietnam, and lots of other developing countries.  But that’s no more an important feature of China than the...

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