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Elaine Schwartz confronts the myth that American manufacturing is declining.  A slice (click to enlarge):

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Rightly annoyed and disturbed by the idiocy that is today sweeping across so many college campuses in America, George Will writes that “2015 has raised an important question about American higher education: What, exactly, is it higher than?”  (I note that at GMU Econ and GMU Law neither faculty nor students have any truck with the sort of nonsense that is much in the news from schools such as Yale and Missouri.)

George Will also rightly praises Justice Clarence Thomas for his efforts to restrain the growth of the administrative state.

Frank Rose reviews Matt Ridley’s new book (The Evolution of Everything) in the New York Times.

Speaking of Matt Ridley, the New York Times interviewed him last month.  A slice:

[What is] The last book that made you furious?

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” It uses all the tricks of a fire-and-brimstone preacher to sell a message of despair and pessimism based on a really shaky, selective and biased understanding of the science of climate change.

(Note that elsewhere in this interview one of the authors that Ridley mentions as being among his favorites is Deirdre McCloskey.)

The Wall Street Journal appropriately criticizes Uncle Sam for illegally, immorally, and uneconomically harassing American consumers who wish to buy catfish from Vietnam.  (gated)

My former GMU student Liya Palagashvili and one of her students at SUNY-Purchase, Nawaphon Sittisawassakul, expose many of the economic fallacies deployed today against Uber and Lyft.

Karen Horn (in a guest post at Coordination Problem) explains how economists’ incentives to do genuinely sound research might be distorted.