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David Boaz’s discussion of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) offers further evidence that being pro-business is not at all identical to being pro-free-market (or pro-free-enterprise).  Mr. Amash, thankfully, is not pro-business; he’s pro-free-market and pro-liberty.  (Mr. Amash, by the way, is one of the tiny handful of elected officials in Washington who I would welcome into my home as a guest – and that’s not just because I’m told that he reads Cafe Hayek.  The reason is that Mr. Amash seems to be a genuinely principled, pro-liberty person.  Nearly all of the other politicians who haunt Pennsylvania Ave. are smarmy, duplicitous, and officious rent-creators and rent-distributors.  I would no more allow into my home any U.S. President or the typical buffoon in Congress than I would allow into my home someone who makes his or her living as a shoplifter or embezzler.)

Speaking of rent-creators and rent-distributors, my Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy weighs in (this time with GMU Econ PhD student Andrea Castillo) yet again against that monument to cronyism, the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Over at EconLog, Scott Sumner writes wisely about economic inequality and Thomas Piketty (although I’m far less enthusiastic than Scott seems to be about taxing consumption – but that’s chiefly because I want nothing to be taxed).  A slice:

Unfortunately, most of the Piketty supporters seem to think it’s better to have lower tax rates on a wealthy person who devotes his wealth to riotous living, as compared to a wealthy person who is thrifty, putting the money into capital formation, charity, and/or his children’s welfare. I have yet to see a persuasive justification for this bizarre policy preference.

Also especially noteworthy at EconLog is this nice, short post by David Henderson.

Reading the New York Times, Marty Mazorra finds evidence that popular myths die hard.

Here’s audio from Econ Journal Watch – specifically, Morris Kleiner discussing, with my colleague Larry White, his (Kleiner’s) research on occupational licensing.

I’ve not read all of these yet (indeed, I’ve read only one of them), but George Smith’s essays on Thomas Paine versus Edmund Burke promise to be splendid.  (HT Dan Klein)

My colleague Tyler Cowen points us to yet further evidence – evidence in addition to that mentioned in his New York Times column – of the decline in global inequality.