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Sheldon Richman remembers Leonard Liggio.  (I only just today discovered this essay from October by Sheldon.)

George Selgin entertainingly and informatively reflects on his own relationship to Austrian economics.

Ben Zycher reflects on “Progressives'” opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.  (BTW, I, too, oppose this pipeline if building it requires the use of eminent domain.  Kudos to Rep. Justin Amash on this front.)  A slice from Ben’s essay:

At a broader level, inventiveness—the ability to use intelligence to overcome the obstacles inherent in nature after the exit from the Garden of Eden—is uniquely human, and one striking feature of modern environmentalism as an ideology is a pavlovian opposition to much technological advance. Genetic engineering, childhood vaccinations, nuclear power (whatever the underlying economics), hydraulic fracturing, advanced herbicides, the pharmaceutical industry, ad infinitum: The left hates it all regardless of the specifics. However narrow the Keystone XL issue may appear to be, the battle is both economic and more fundamentally ideological. It is, therefore, well worth fighting.

Jeff Jacoby rightly recommends that U.S. Supreme Court justices stop attending State of the Union addresses.

Driven largely by my vanity, I link here to Mark Perry’s most recent post – a post in which Mark adds productively to the discussion of the minimum wage.  Pay especially close attention to the figure at the bottom of Mark’s post and recognize that that figure offers empirical evidence of the likely consequences over time of the minimum wage.

Michael Marlow explores the science behind nudging.

My Mercatus Center colleague Bob Graboyes explains why health-care must be liberated from government’s clutches.