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Over at EconLog, Alberto Mingardi weighs in on Paul Krugman’s strange if unsurprising hostility toward Amazon.

In my latest column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review I remember two people who played especially important roles in my life: Michelle Bailliet and Leonard Liggio.  A slice:

Also great was Leonard Liggio, a man who did more than any other individual over the past half-century to build the libertarian intellectual movement. A lifelong bachelor, Leonard attended seemingly every significant conference, anywhere on Earth, at which ideas related to free markets and limited government were discussed. Not only did Leonard speak at these conferences, he networked brilliantly. He met everyone in the libertarian movement and tirelessly introduced to each other people he suspected would work together productively. Leonard’s goal was never to affect the outcome of the next election. He correctly understood that society is made more free or less free by the ideas that prevail in society. Electoral outcomes are consequences of ideas, not causes. So, what matters most is getting the ideas right.

George Leef is unimpressed – and rightly sometimes frightened – by government-sponsored research.   (See also Judge Napolitano.)

Jonah Goldberg productively ponders environmental complexities and trade-offs.

A former GMU student of mine, Romina Boccia, makes a case for reducing Uncle Sam’s girth and reach.

Thomas Sowell rightly criticizes the predatory politics that feeds in part on opposition to pay-day lending.

Shikha Dalmia on “The Left’s Creeping Totalitarianism on Affirmative [Sexual] Consent.”  Here’s Shikha’s concluding paragraph:

Throwing sons and brothers under the bus for crimes they haven’t committed in a utopian quest to protect women from their lovers perverts justice, and reminds us that utopianism and totalitarianism are often two sides of the same coin.