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by Don Boudreaux on September 5, 2016

in Books, Civil Society, Competition, FDA, Growth, Health, History, Myths and Fallacies, Politics, Regulation, Seen and Unseen

The great Bruce Yandle looks into the reasons for the current sluggishness of American economic growth.

P.J. Hill offers a more compelling explanation of the mass slaughter, in the late 19th century, of the American bison.  A slice:

This lack of well-defined and enforced property rights is the root cause of virtually all environmental problems. But upon closer examination, it does not adequately explain the demise of the bison during this period. In a recent academic article, published in the Independent Review, I offer an alternative explanation: the bison were slaughtered not because of a lack of property rights to them, but because there was a higher-valued use of the land on which their massive herds thundered.

Bob Higgs asks: What really does make a society peaceful, orderly, and prosperous?  A slice:

People who think, work, create, invest, plan, and carry out productive projects make the world work. People who collect taxes, create mountains of unnecessary regulations, threatening violence against those who fail to comply with them, and devote vast amounts of extorted resources to wreaking senseless death and destruction at home and abroad also make the world work—but much, much for the worse.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth explains that government in the U.S. unnecessarily raises the costs of child care.

I’m eager to read Johan Norberg’s new book, Progress.

Alex Tabarrok points us to Mike Rowe’s inspiriting defense of his work with the Koch brothers.

Nick Gillespie weighs in productively on the EpiPen controversy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch endorses Gary Johnson for president.


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