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The great Steve Davies – one of the most learned, thoughtful, wise, and searingly smart people I know – reviews Ian Morris’s new book, War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots.

Over at A Force for Good, Jon Murphy explains one reason why it is so difficult in practice to detect significant disemployment effects of minimum-wage legislation in the U.S.

Writing in the Toronto Sun, Gerry Nicholls defends free speech from those who would say they aim to improve politics by, in effect, muffling political speech.

Jonah Goldberg exposes the double-standard (to put it mildly) that “Progressives” have about racial identities.  A slice:

So: We live in a world where Bobby Jindal is a fake Indian, but it’s racist to say an older white woman [Elizabeth Warren] isn’t a real one (the correct term being “Native American,” of course). Nikki Haley is a villain for “suppressing” her Indian roots, but Senator Ted Cruz is a fraud for touting his Cuban roots.

David Henderson, writing in Regulation, reviews Alex Epstein’s The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

The United States is today, thank goodness, not close to the fiscal train wreck that is Greece.  But this reality is no cause for complacency about the size of the debt incurred by Uncle Sam and that, therefore, is a burden to taxpayers today and, especially, tomorrow.

David Boaz recalls when, in 1990, Cato’s then-President Ed Crane presented a bust of F.A. Hayek to Yevgeny Primakov (who died this past Friday at the age of 85).