Some Links

by Don Boudreaux on January 31, 2012

in Inequality, Man of System, Politics, Seen and Unseen, Trade, Video

Stuart Anderson sensibly proposes mandatory national-service for New York Times columnists.  (Why is it that so many people, upon noticing – or imagining that they notice – a “social” problem, immediately jump to the conclusion that deploying government-directed force is the best way to “solve” that problem?  Such an attitude reveals an astonishing (1) lack of historical knowledge; (2) confidence in both the integrity and ability of political officials; and – most tellingly – (3) reality that the coercion-happy adult has an imagination no more refined than that of a six-year old.)

Shikha Dalmia exposes Pres. Obama’s calls for “insourcing” to be the economically uninformed rants that they are.

The brilliant Mark Pennington explains some of the problems that are posed to the political left by public-choice theory and research.

Industrial policy (regardless of its intended color) = picking losers.

In this five-minute-plus video – from the Institute for Humane Studies’s LearnLiberty project – I challenge Robert Reich’s recent assertion that the gains from America’s economic growth during the past 30 years have gone almost exclusively to the rich.

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