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My GMU Econ colleague, writing in The Atlantic, makes a powerful case – one that is economically and ethically sound and right – for eliminating national borders.  Nation-states and their vile practice of restricting immigration and emigration – that is, of restricting people’s freedom to move and to associate with whomever they please – are atavistic.  Here’s Alex’s conclusion:

Closed borders are one of the world’s greatest moral failings but the opening of borders is the world’s greatest economic opportunity. The grandest moral revolutions in history—the abolition of slavery, the securing of religious freedom, the recognition of the rights of women—yielded a world in which virtually everyone was better off. They also demonstrated that the fears that had perpetuated these injustices were unfounded. Similarly, a planet unscarred by iron curtains is not only a world of greater equality and justice. It is a world unafraid of itself.

Doug Bandow asks who, exactly, does government help?

Peter Jaworski calls for a free market in human blood donations.

Here’s Anthony Randazzo’s and Jonathan Haidt’s excellent contribution to the Econ Journal Watch issue on the concurrence of support for regulation by government and for the welfare state.

Speaking of this Econ Journal Watch issue, I’ll be on a panel tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at the Mercatus Center (on GMU’s Arlington campus) devoted to this issue.

John Goodman, writing in Forbes, argues that Obamacare is no good for the middle class.

David Boaz reflects on government’s track record of offering guidance on nutrition.


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