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Here’s the great Bob Higgs on money, monetary theory, and Austrian theory versus theories that rest on overly large – and, hence, highly misleading – aggregates.

In this post, Bob Higgs asks the sensible question:

What is the difference between a government and a criminal gang or protection racket such as the mafia?

Chris Mayer channels Julian Simon.  (HT Walter Grinder)  Here’s Mayer’s conclusion:

So here is my prediction: I believe we are on the cusp of even greater levels of innovation and development — another industrial revolution is in progress right now. So ignore the gloom and doom on natural resources. Contra [Jeremy] Grantham, the days of abundant resources and falling prices are far from over.

How’s this for a Valentine’s Day treat?  Steve Landsburg is speaking on February 14th in Baltimore – at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus – on More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics.

My former GMU student Alex Nowrasteh reviews, over at Cato@Liberty, the good and the ugly of the current immigration reform now being proposed on Capitol Hill.

Over at The Economist, Jagdish Bhagwati debates Harry Moser on the question Do multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence in their home countries?

Here’s Marty Mazorra, from a few months ago, on the myth of middle-class stagnation.

One of the greatest and finest men I’ve ever known is the late Manuel Ayau.  I do not exaggerate.