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Steve Horwitz – inspired by the recent controversy in Indiana – writes wisely on tolerance and freedom.  A slice:

Tolerance lies at the core of the libertarian worldview. Living peacefully with each other means accepting our differences and allowing others to engage in behavior that we might dislike but that does not harm third parties. “Anything that’s peaceful” is our lodestar, as Leonard Read reminded us. Such tolerance does not require that we associate with people we disagree with, only that we leave them in peace. And this idea cuts to the core of the debate in Indiana.

If, like me, you think that gays and lesbians are not doing anything harmful to anyone, and that they should be treated just like other human beings, you might call the behavior of those who refuse to, for example, provide photography services at a same-sex marriage “intolerant.” Perhaps it is in some sense, but those who have such views are not engaged in any attempt to prevent gays and lesbians from getting married — or anything else — by refusing to provide them with a service. They are, in fact, tolerating them, but also refusing to associate with them. True tolerance does not mandate association.

On the same topic, here’s John Stossel.

My colleague Bryan Caplan is unimpressed with Paul Krugman’s understanding of the range of the public’s political opinions.  (Although I like Bryan’s post very much, I do agree with a commenter at Bryan’s post that Bryan’s use of the term “economic liberalism” here is confusing.)

Jon Murphy weighs in wisely against the minimum wage.

David Henderson sensibly suspects that some stymie-the-competition motives explain at least some expressed support for government efforts to address climate change.

Even the Washington Post – normally blind to the costs of government interventions into the economy – is skeptical of the Export-Import Bank’s assertions that it makes profits for taxpayers.   (HT Veronique de Rugy)

Mark Perry explains that if U.S. firms each year had to pay all of their annual expenses before declaring any earnings to be profits, most firms wouldn’t see a cent of profit until December – and in many cases not until late December.  Merry, merry.

George Will rightly bemoans the overcriminalization of American life.

Bjorn Lomborg argues that “[w]ith one simple policy – more free trade – we could make the world $500 trillion better off and lift 160 million people out of extreme poverty.