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by Don Boudreaux on October 2, 2017

in Books, Crony Capitalism, Environment, Growth, Legal Issues, Politics, Taxes, Trade, Work

David Henderson reviews Johan Norberg’s Progress.  A slice from David’s review:

Even the environment is doing better. The amount of oil spilled in the ocean between 2000 and 2014 was 257,000 tons. This sounds big—it is big—but that was the amount spilled annually in the 1970s. Air pollution is much lower than it used to be in richer countries. Norberg tells of the horrible smog in London in December 1952 that killed as many as 12,000 people. With less burning of coal for heating, that just doesn’t happen in London anymore. The improvement, moreover, is worldwide. Out of 178 countries whose environmental progress is measured in the Environmental Performance Index, 172 improved between 2004 and 2014. A big part of the reason is that environmental quality is what economists call a “normal good.” As real income per person rises, people want a better environment. And they achieve it partly with laws and regulations and partly with their own voluntary changes in behavior.

Randy Holcombe argues that Trump’s proposed tax reform is on the right track, at least compared to what currently exists.

Jeff Jacoby is an eloquent and principled defender of freedom of speech.

George Will ponders court involvement in (re)drawing electoral districts.

Speaking of George Will, his recent column on silliness in Seattle inspired Mark Perry to create yet another spot-on Venn diagram.

The Jones Act is really atrocious.

Jacob Sullum isn’t favorably impressed with Nicholas Kristof’s case for gun control.

Here’s Marian Tupy on the happy, rapid growth worldwide in the use of cellphones.


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