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Posted By Don Boudreaux On April 4, 2012 @ 11:23 pm In Books,Complexity & Emergence,Economics,Law,Other People's Money,Population,Taxes,The Future,Video,War | Comments Disabled

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, GMU Law professor David Bernstein identifies an especially egregious case of law-professor hypocrisy regarding judicial activism [1].

Here’s Anthony Gregory on non-interventionism [2].

Despite innumerable reasons for pessimism, I (inexplicably?) share Art Carden’s optimism about the future [3].  I’m especially fond of this observation from Art:

[T]he sheer economic cataclysm we would have to suffer in order for average people to return to the standards of living of the 1970s—to say nothing of the Great Depression—would be many times more severe than the Great Recession.

Speaking of reasons for optimism, Matt Ridley has 17 of them [4].  (HT Mark Perry.)  I depart slightly from Matt on the matter of population.  I’m not at all sure that it’s cause for applause that population growth is expected to slow.  People – at least, people in free societies – being the ultimate resource, I want as many people as possible to be born and to live long lives.  The prospect of slowing population growth saddens me.

Steve Landsburg on Paul Krugman on last-week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of Obamacare [5].

Last week on GMU’s Fairfax campus, the great Deirdre McCloskey was on hand to discuss, along with Pete Boettke and Dan Klein, Dan’s fine new book Knowledge and Coordination [6]Here’s a video of that enjoyable event [7].

Tyler Cowen here, in the American Interest [8], expounds on what “export-oriented America means.”

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby reflects on America’s uncivil income-tax system [9].

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[1] GMU Law professor David Bernstein identifies an especially egregious case of law-professor hypocrisy regarding judicial activism: http://volokh.com/2012/04/04/judicial-activism-for-me-but-not-for-thee/

[2] Here’s Anthony Gregory on non-interventionism: http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd1112e.asp

[3] Art Carden’s optimism about the future: http://www.forbes.com/sites/artcarden/2012/04/04/its-the-final-crisis-of-capitalism-charlie-brown/

[4] Matt Ridley has 17 of them: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/reader%27s-digest.aspx

[5] Steve Landsburg on Paul Krugman on last-week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of Obamacare: http://www.thebigquestions.com/2012/03/30/block-grants-and-bad-faith/

[6] Knowledge and Coordination: http://www.amazon.com/Knowledge-Coordination-Interpretation-Daniel-Klein/dp/019979412X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327583094&sr=8-1/invisiblehear-20

[7] Here’s a video of that enjoyable event: http://mercatus.org/video/daniel-kleins-knowledge-and-coordination-philosophy-politics-and-economics-book-discussion

[8] here, in the American Interest: http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=1227

[9] Jeff Jacoby reflects on America’s uncivil income-tax system: http://www.jeffjacoby.com/11484/an-uncivil-income-tax-system

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