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My colleague Bryan Caplan identifies a favorite tactic of demagogues.  A slice:

The demagogic connection is straightforward.  The intellectually lazy masses have no patience for thoughtful arguments or big picture surveys of the evidence.  So how are you supposed to persuade them of anything?  Simple.  Cast all epistemic scruples aside.  Wait around for recent events to go your way.  Then loudly claim that these events “show” the very thing you’ve long yearned to make the masses believe.

Richard Rahn reflects on the contributions of

Gary Becker, John Blundell, Leonard Liggio, Gordon Tullock and Henry Manne, all of whom passed away during the last eight months.

And FEE’s Larry Reed – with help from Cato’s Bob Levy – joins in to remember Henry Manne.

On Facebook Peter Lewin adds productively to the point I made in yesterday’s post on Brad DeLong’s argument that the living standards of ordinary Americans have stagnated since 1979:

Note, in reference to his [Boudreaux’s] criticism of remarks by Brad DeLong, he might have noted that DeLong commits an astoundingly basic error. He [DeLong] ignores the creation of consumer surplus that the arrival of new technology has occasioned. New electronic “toys” that have added significant value to our lives and are, indeed, woven into the very fabric of business at every level, may take up a small proportion of our budgets. This is because their prices are low relative to the value they provide to us. To use this low price and low budget share as an indication of little value provided is almost laughably wrong. But it does indicate how wrong we can go by focusing only on measured value to the exclusion of value that is not directly seen – as in the case of aggregates like GDP.

As does my friend George Selgin in another context, John Cochrane helps to deflate fears of deflation.

Here’s a talk that the Independent Institute’s David Theroux gave recently to the C.S. Lewis Society of California.

Jim Dorn argues that more-intrusive government harms the economy.


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