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Alberto Mingardi reviews Matt Ridley’s The Evolution of Everything.  A slice:

The reluctance to accept coincidence lies also at the heart of a faith in government action. In fact Ridley compares social planning to “creationism.” In Human Action (1949), Ludwig von Mises remarked that “The historical role of the theory of the division of labor as elaborated by British political economy from Hume to Ricardo consisted in the complete demolition of all metaphysical doctrines concerning the origin and the operation of social cooperation.” Ridley wholeheartedly agrees.

In a way, this book can be read as a conversation between Ridley and his scientist friends. They fall prey to an inherent contradiction. Understanding evolution in nature, they have deep admiration for the beauty of self-organized ecosystems. But concerning the human things, they often take a top-down view, under which the human self-organizing ecosystems call for corrections from the bright and the bold.

Over at Alt-M, Jim Dorn draws lessons about money and banking from pre-Maoist China.

Thanks to FEE for reminding us of Aaron Ross Powell’s March 2013 essay on the barbarism of paternalism.

Speaking of hubris-lathered paternalists, George Akerlof’s and Robert Shiller’s Phishing for Phools is the subject of the latest essay by Adam C. Smith and Stewart Dompe.

Here’s the paper that Deirdre McCloskey presented at last week’s ASSA meetings.

George Will explains why the U.S. Supreme Court should better protect workers’ First Amendment rights against the pretensions and aggressions of labor unions.

The latest nominee to the Arizona Supreme Court is Clint Bolick – a co-founder of the Institute for Justice and long-time champion of liberty and the rule of law.