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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy decries Janet Yellen’s effort to create a global tax-collection cartel. A slice: Under this cartel of countries, with foreign governments committed to refusing to compete for capital by cutting tax rates, the incentives for U.S. companies to avoid high U.S. taxes are seriously reduced. So are the incentives for governments to keep their own tax systems modest. Inspired by a new collection of original papers from AEI, Richard Reinsch...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby eloquently explains why the incessant fretting over America’s trade deficit is utterly unjustified. Two slices: Imagine an American household with a Japanese car in the garage, whisky from Scotland in the liquor cabinet, Costa Rican coffee in the pantry, wineglasses from Austria in the kitchen, a laptop from Taiwan on the desk, and a deck built from Canadian lumber in the backyard. The family in that house has a lifestyle that plainly relies on imports....

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Some Non-Covid Links

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, John Miller praises Milton’s Areopagitica. A slice: Amid the rousing rhetoric and lofty abstractions, “Areopagitica” offers a compelling case for the social value of free expression: “Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.” Restricting it, wrote Milton, “will be to the discouragement of all learning, and the stop of Truth.” Even...

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Some Non-Covid Links

In a letter in response to a solicitation of funds by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Steven Pinker pushes back – eloquently yet firmly – against the politicization of science. (HT James Freeman) A slice: Science magazine appears to have adopted wokeism as its official editorial policy and the only kind of opinion that may be expressed in the magazine. An example is the recent special section on the underrepresentation of African Americans among physics majors,...

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Some Non-Covid Links

GMU Econ alum Nathan Goodman, writing at EconLog, reviews electoral-politics’s ABCs. A slice: B is for Bundling Even when voters do know about a political action they find unacceptable or upsetting, their ability to offer feedback by voting is still limited. One reason for this is that in most elections issues are bundled. When you vote for a presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, or mayoral candidate, you are not voting in a referendum on any specific policy issue. Instead, you are...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Johan Norberg, writing at Reason, ably defends the proposition that trade promotes peace. Two slices: The theory of “peace through commerce” has been voiced by Enlightenment thinkers and classical liberals like Immanuel Kant, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Jeremy Bentham, Richard Cobden, Herbert Spencer, and Frédéric Bastiat, as well as modern peace activists and free traders like Norman Angell and Ludwig von Mises. They witnessed borderlands where traders made secret peace agreements while...

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Some Non-Covid Links

George Will proposes an excellent amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an amendment which would read: “No senator or former senator shall be eligible to be president.” A slice: Presidents who have never run anything larger than a Senate office. Who have confused striking poses — in the Capitol, on Twitter — with governing. Who have delegated legislative powers to the executive — for example, who have passed sentiment-affirmations masquerading as laws: Hurray for education and the...

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Some Covid Links

Jacob Sullum says the following about Anthony Fauci: “The president’s COVID-19 adviser embodies the arrogance of technocrats who are sure they know what’s best for us.” Another slice: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki concurred: “Public health decisions shouldn’t be made by the courts. They should be made by public health experts.” But Mizelle did not make a public health decision; she made a legal decision, based on her understanding of the relevant statute. Contrary to Psaki’s...

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Reich Is Wildly Wrong

Here’s a note to a correspondent: Mr. H__: Because when you sent to me the following tweet by Robert Reich you provided no commentary, I can’t tell if you approve or disapprove of its contents, which are in full: Perhaps there’s something wrong with a system that allows a 35-year-old, unelected, Trump-nominated judge — whom the American Bar Association deemed unqualified — to strike down the travel mask mandate for the entire country? Yet sensing that you find Reich’s tweet to be a...

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Some Covid Links

Eric Boehm provides yet another – and an especially strong – piece of evidence that Anthony Fauci has the heart, mind, and soul of a tyrant. Two slices: Anthony Fauci is “surprised and disappointed” with this week’s federal court ruling that overturned the mask mandate on planes, trains, and public transportation. That’s not because the president’s chief medical advisor disagrees with the substance of Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s ruling. No: Fauci thinks the problem is that the courts...

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