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Posted By Don Boudreaux On January 5, 2014 @ 8:40 am In Economics,Growth,Inequality,Media,Politics,Population,Work | Comments Disabled

The New York Times‘s competence at journalism seems to me to be steeply declining.  James Hamilton, over at Econbrowser, has a ‘for instance. [1]‘  Here’s his opening paragraph:

David Kocieniewski of the New York Times is guilty of some outrageously bad journalism [2] in the form of a groundless ad hominem attack on the reputation of two professors for the sole purpose of reinforcing the prejudices of his misinformed readers.

Here’s my colleague Walter Williams on Pope Francis and capitalism [3].

Speaking of Walter Williams, Marty Mazorra turns to him (and Thomas Sowell) to explain why Harold Meyerson is way-wrong about minimum-wage legislation [4].

David Henderson exchanges tweets with Noah Smith [5].

Thomas Cronin makes a case for term-limits [6].  (I’m sold.)  A slice:

Calvin Coolidge warned [7] that “[i]t is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshippers. They are consistently . . . assured of their greatness.” Presidents, Coolidge said [8], live “in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment,” putting them in “grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”

Check out Johan Norberg’s latest show from the Free To Choose Network:  [9]Economic Freedom in Action [9].

Here’s Nicholas Eberstadt on the human population unbound [10].  Here’s the opening paragraph:

Over the past hundred years, global demographic changes have been more than just historic—they have been so sweeping and profound as to rank almost on the scale of an evolutionary leap. What we have witnessed is nothing less than a departure from the demographic rhythms that previously characterized human existence. Across the world we have seen humanity unshackled from practically all the patterns and limits that bound us before, save for reproduction and death itself.

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[1] James Hamilton, over at Econbrowser, has a ‘for instance.: http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2014/01/a_lack_of_ethic.html

[2] outrageously bad journalism: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/28/business/academics-who-defend-wall-st-reap-reward.html

[3] Here’s my colleague Walter Williams on Pope Francis and capitalism: http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/13/ThePopeAndCapitalism.htm

[4] Speaking of Walter Williams, Marty Mazorra turns to him (and Thomas Sowell) to explain why Harold Meyerson is way-wrong about minimum-wage legislation: http://www.betweenthelines.us/why-would-any-politician-push-for-legislation-that-would-push-unskilled-workers-out-of-the-workforce-it-starts-with-p/

[5] David Henderson exchanges tweets with Noah Smith: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/01/noah_smith_on_r.html

[6] Thomas Cronin makes a case for term-limits: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/term-limits-are-a-check-against-an-american-cult-of-personality/2014/01/03/270d3034-6374-11e3-aa81-e1dab1360323_story.html

[7] Calvin Coolidge warned: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0704.html

[8] Presidents, Coolidge said: http://books.google.com/books?id=iQGS6dqOQoEC&pg=PT319&lpg=PT319&dq=artificial+atmosphere+of+adulation+and+exaltation+which+sooner+or+later+impairs+their+judgment&source=bl&ots=CVU-5P0wQN&sig=d1kJbzFH79VLmMI64X9dnaZKIas&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pn3EUrDEOamysASZ7IDoDA&ved=0CFAQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=artificial%20atmosphere%20of%20adulation%20and%20exaltation%20which%20sooner%20or%20later%20impairs%20their%20judgment&f=false

[9] Check out Johan Norberg’s latest show from the Free To Choose Network: : http://www.freetochoose.net/broadcasts/economic_freedom/index.php

[10] Here’s Nicholas Eberstadt on the human population unbound: http://www.aei.org/article/health/global-health/the-human-population-unbound/?utm_source=today&utm_medium=paramount&utm_campaign=010314

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