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by Don Boudreaux on April 5, 2017

in Health, Immigration, Legal Issues, Man of System, Myths and Fallacies, Seen and Unseen, Trade

Words truer than these by Bob Higgs were never written.

And here’s yet more wisdom and insight from Bob Higgs.  A slice:

Oh, what a tangled web they weave when once they turn to the government to do—well, pretty much anything.

Laura Bennett Peterson looks forward to Neil Gorsuch’s tenure on the United States Supreme Court.

Like George Will, Jeff Jacoby sensibly proposes that the U.S. Senate filibuster not be abolished but, rather, restored to its older, truer form.

David Bernstein, a GMU colleague from over in the law school, decries the Orwellian language of “diversity.

The results of medical care in America are better than are widely reported and believed.  (HT Tyler Cowen)

This essay by Will Tippens reminds me of my 1994 essay “Losing Touch.”

Pedro Schwartz reflects on Trump and European politicians.  A slice:

Of course, competition is uncomfortable for people who find it difficult to change. So is progress. But if one wants one’s country to be great again, fencing trade off with hurdles border taxes is not the best way. An old libertarian friend of mine, who used to be a member of Margaret Thatcher’s government, repined when I called for Britain fully to open its shores to trade unilaterally. I reminded him of Milton Friedman’s call in Capitalism and Freedom for the United States to reduce their tariffs across the board by 10% every year, whatever other nations did. First, Friedman said, consumers would gain immensely from cheap imports. Second, foreign competition would force American producers to improve their goods in quality and price. In any case, in the modern world it has become almost impossible to know which part of imported goods had earlier been made in the US and which abroad. My friend was not convinced, when I recalled British unilateral dismantling of trade protection from 1820 to 1840, principally to make bread and sugar cheaper for the working classes. So I used another example: in World War I and World War II the German Navy tried its best to stop the British importing goods from abroad; this no doubt gave a boost to home agriculture but it made life miserable to the beleaguered Brits. It is a grave failure of us economists not to be able to convince the public of the advantages of globalisation, especially for the deprived of the world. Even more uphill it is to convince the locals to welcome immigrants for their contribution to economic prosperity. People say they care for equality, but all, Americans and Europeans alike, dislike foreign competition and resist the call of the Statue of Liberty’s to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore”.

Mark Perry proposes that, if we mark “Equal Pay Day,” that we also mark “Equal Occupational Fatality Day.


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