Some Links

by Don Boudreaux on December 11, 2017

in Books, Crony Capitalism, Legal Issues, Man of System, Philosophy of Freedom, Politics, Subsidies, Trade, War

George Will explains the dangers of expedient foreign policy.  A slice:

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) says, “If we have to go to war to stop this, we will.” By “this,” does he means North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, which it has had for 11 years? Or ICBMs, which it is rapidly developing? If so, Graham must think war is coming, because there is no reason to think North Korea’s regime will relinquish weapons it deems essential to its single priority: survival. As Vladimir Putin says, North Korea would rather “eat grass.” U.S. actions have taught this regime the utility, indeed the indispensability, of such weapons. Would America have invaded Saddam Hussein’s Iraq if he had possessed them? Would America have participated in destroying Libya’s regime in 2011 if, soon after Saddam’s overthrow, Moammar Gaddafi had not agreed to abandon his nuclear weapons program?

Mark Perry brings to us wisdom from Milton Friedman on subsidized imports.

Speaking of Milton Friedman, Peter Lewin is inspired by Capitalism and Freedom.

And also from Mark Perry is this Venn diagram that reveals the hypocrisy of U.S. airline executives.

Kaetana Leontjeva-Numaviciene remembers a little-known champion of freedom: Alexander Yakovlev.

Erik Goepner and Trevor Thrall note that the G.O.P.’s problems are bigger than D. Trump and R. Moore.

Gene Epstein marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner.

Justice Sotomayor unintentionally highlights the danger of having too many laws” (that is, too much legislation).


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