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This coming Wednesday, at noon at the Cato Institute’s Washington headquarters, a special live edition of EconTalk will be held featuring Cato’s George Selgin, my colleague Larry White, and (of course) Russ.  The title: “Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution: Reforming Government’s Role in the Monetary System.”  Note that this event will also be live-streamed.

Cato’s Doug Bandow warns against the hubris, folly, and unintended consequences of U.S. military adventurism.  A slice:

The two parties usually attempt to one-up each other when it comes to reckless overseas intervention. Yet Uncle Sam has demonstrated that he possesses the reverse Midas Touch. Whatever he touches turns to mayhem.

Warren Meyer offers a solid candidate for “worst argument for regulation ever.

Many people believe that the main purpose of occupational-licensing legislation is to protect consumers from incompetent physicians, electricians, interior designers, shampooers, and other professional service providers.  This paper (co-authored by my former GMU Econ colleague Mark Klee) identifies another – I think much more likely – purpose of occupational-licensing legislation.  (HT Jason Clemens of the Fraser Institute)

Citing my GMU colleague David Bernstein’s superb 2011 book, Rehabilitating Lochner, George Leef defends Rand Paul’s defense of the 1905 Lochner decision – which case, by the way, was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court exactly 110 years ago today.

My Mercatus Center colleague Brent Skorup identifies five myths about so-called “net neutrality.

Prompted by this post from yesterday, Tim Worstall sent me this 2005 “Stumbling and Mumbling” post entitled “Minimum Wage Effects.