My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy explains that when governments compete to see which one can most surely and harshly abuse its own citizens – such as when governments wage so-called “trade wars” – the more authoritarian the government, the greater its advantage.

Also on the absurdity of so-called “trade wars” is Eric Boehm.

Protectionists are chicken.

Radomir Tylecote makes the case for free trade.

Here’s David Henderson’s new Concise Encyclopedia of Economics biographical essay on my late, great colleague Gordon Tullock.

Walter Olson writes about the latest bit of craziness from California – this time dealing with coffee.

Steve Horwitz pulls rank – rightly so – on Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions.

Bruce Yandle informs politicians that reality is not optional.

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