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My intrepid, heroic, and highly effective Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy exposes the lies told by rent-seeking corporations (and their often-unwitting apologists) in their efforts to reactivate that great geyser of cronyism, the U.S. Export-Import Bank.  A slice:

Even if the use of credit supports is good for GE, it doesn’t mean that it is good for the country as a whole. There are many unseen victims of Ex-Im like schemes. Export subsidies tend to boost the jobs and profits of the industries being subsidized but hurt non-subsidized industries by shifting jobs, economic growth, capital and other good stuff from the non-subsidized to the subsidized. If the French government wants to hurt its economy overall to subsidize GE, be my guest. The U.S. government should abstain.

Diane Katz has more.

Grad Students: Enter the 2015 Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Student Essay Competition.  (The deadline is October 9th.)

Alberto Mingardi reflects on Fred Smith’s review of Charles Murray’s new book.

Steve Landsburg exposes a popish plot to keep poor people poor.

Jason Kuznicki warns of the nefarious state.

Steve Horwitz offers prudent strategy on making people freer.