David Boaz thanks the great John Stossel, whose show – I am sorry to learn – will end this week.  A slice:

John Stossel isn’t retiring. Reportedly, he’ll continue appearing on Fox shows and will also work with Reason.tv and other libertarian organizations on video projects. Meanwhile, much of his work is made available to teachers and students by Stossel in the Classroom, and lots of his specials and regular shows can be found online.

From “The Positives on Deregulation” in 1989 through last night’s “Death by Socialism” and no doubt next Friday’s final show, John Stossel has been bringing a needed dose of reality – and a lot of libertarian scholars and activists – to network television.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Jim Bovard calls on Pres. Trump to help end agricultural subsidies.  A slice:

While generous government subsidies are defended by invoking the “family farmer,” big farmers snare the vast majority of federal handouts. According to a report released this year by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based nonprofit research organization, “the top 1 percent of farm subsidy recipients received 26 percent of subsidy payments between 1995 and 2014.” The group’s analysis of government farm-subsidy data also found that the “top 20 percent of subsidy recipients received 91 percent of all subsidy payments.” Fifty members of the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans have received farm subsidies, according to the group, including David Rockefeller Sr. and Charles Schwab.

Tim Worstall is rightly critical of Barry Ritholtz’s most-recent attempt to defend minimum wages.  A slice:

Also from Tim Worstall is this fine brief on trade-deficit myths.

In today’s USA Today, David Henderson applauds Donald Trump’s pick of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

Emily Ekins summarizes some findings from her new study, Policing in America.

Cathy Riesenwitz explains that women benefit from property rights, innovation, and economic growth.

My Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold argues for a renewal and tweaking of Uncle Sam’s investor-visa program.

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