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Posted By Don Boudreaux On July 20, 2013 @ 9:55 am In Books,Complexity & Emergence,Crony Capitalism,Myths and Fallacies,Politics,Reality Is Not Optional,Seen and Unseen | Comments Disabled

Mark Steyn weighs in here on Detroit’s bankruptcy [1] – and more here on a part of yesterday’s decision by a judge to declare that bankruptcy “unconstitutional. [2]”  At so many levels, pondering this judge’s “reasoning” causes only despair.  Here’s a slice from Steyn’s longer essay:

So, late on Friday, some genius jurist struck down the bankruptcy filing. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina declared Detroit’s bankruptcy “unconstitutional” because, according to the Detroit Free Press, “the Michigan Constitution prohibits actions that will lessen the pension benefits of public employees.” Which means that, in Michigan, reality is unconstitutional.

Gerald O’Driscoll has just finished reading George Smith’s new book, The System of Liberty [3].  Gerry likes it [4].

Matt Ridley has just finished reading Taxing Air [5], by Bob Carter and John Spooner.  Matt likes it [6].  A slice from Matt’s blog post on this book:

So it is deeply refreshing to read the new book called Taxing Air: Facts and Fallacies About Climate Change by the internationally respected geologist Bob Carter and illustrated by the cartoonist John Spooner, which puts climate change exactly where it should be – in perspective. After demolishing many other arguments for carbon taxes and climate alarm, Carter runs through recent weather events, showing that there is nothing exceptional, let alone unprecedented, about recent droughts, floods, heat waves, cyclones or changes to the Great Barrier Reef.

Here’s Justin Logan on Michael Gerson [7].

Here’s Art Carden on Bastiat and today’s Edifice Complex [8].

Here’s Sandy Ikeda on cities [9].

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[1] Mark Steyn weighs in here on Detroit’s bankruptcy: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/353959/downfall-detroit-mark-steyn

[2] more here on a part of yesterday’s decision by a judge to declare that bankruptcy “unconstitutional.: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/353973/honor-killing-mark-steyn

[3] The System of Liberty: http://www.amazon.com/System-Liberty-History-Classical-Liberalism/dp/0521182093/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374200131&sr=1-1&keywords=System+of+Liberty

[4] Gerry likes it: http://thinkmarkets.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/the-system-of-liberty/

[5] Taxing Air: http://www.taxingair.com/

[6] Matt likes it: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/nobody-ever-calls-the-weather-average.aspx

[7] Here’s Justin Logan on Michael Gerson: http://www.cato.org/blog/michael-gerson-mainstream-republican

[8] Here’s Art Carden on Bastiat and today’s Edifice Complex: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/07/on_bastiat_and.html

[9] Here’s Sandy Ikeda on cities: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/markets-as-cities#axzz2ZYbbR1B7

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