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On his Facebook page, Bob Higgs writes wisely about the importance (huge, but not sufficient) and nature (not Lockean, more Jasay-ian and Hayekian) of property rights.  Here it is:

You will need to search long and hard to find a stronger supporter of private property rights than I. Yet I do not believe that any theory of private property rights can serve as a complete theory of morality. Many libertarians have made themselves look silly in the attempt to force every moral question and answer to fit within the scope of this Procrustean bed. There is more to life than property rights, and more to morality than strict adherence to the Non-aggression Principle. Libertarians would also do well to abandon their quest to derive all just property rights from a Lockean homesteading source. For one thing, it’s completely impractical. In my view, the concept of property rights as evolved conventions, a la Anthony de Jasay, makes more sense and fits the whole of reality more closely.

Speaking of Bob Higgs, here’s a brief summary of his new book, Taking a Stand.

Warren Meyer identities regrettable trends that of late describe the experiences of entrepreneurs and small-busness owners in America.  (HT Dorothy Olson)

Adam Ozimek issues a sensible plea that people be more consistent in their assessment of the performance of schools.  (HT Tyler Cowen)

Cato’s David Boaz is impressed with Rand Paul’s recent performance on the campaign trail.

Sandy Ikeda explains that “Progressivism” is illiberal.  A slice:

While it’s a caricature to say that what progressives would not forbid, they would make mandatory, they show a pattern of using force to ban what they don’t like and of mandating what they do. If you think that sounds illiberal, you’re right. Progressivism isn’t liberalism, especially of the classical variety. But even the watered-down liberalism of campus radicals of the 1960s paid more heed to the principle of tolerance than progressives today do.

Here’s another entry (in this instance from Arnold Kling) for the “You’re More Believable When You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” collection.