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College students can now apply for the Independent Institute’s 2016 Challenge of Liberty seminars.

In Econ Journal Watch, Mitchell Langbert discusses the leftist bias in the field of industrial relations.  In doing so, he documents the heroic effort of my GMU Econ colleague Jim Bennett to fight that bias, largely by starting, in 1980, the excellent Journal of Labor Research.

Here and here are two excellent recent posts by the promising young economist Jon Murphy.

The Mackinac Center’s Mike LaFaive reacts to a truly awful bumpersticker.

In my most recent column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I reflect on an inconsistency in political commentary.

Steve Landsburg (before the Iowa caucuses) offered sound advice to Ted Cruz.

George Will discusses the wisdom of slashing corporate taxes.

Larry McQuillan exposes the cronyism that infects Tesla Motors.

Ilya Somin, a GMU colleague over in the law school, remembers Frederick Douglass – including Douglass’s defense of Chinese immigration.  Here’s Douglass (as quoted by Ilya):

I submit that this question of Chinese immigration should be settled upon higher principles than those of a cold and selfish expediency.

There are such things in the world as human rights. They rest upon no conventional foundation, but are external, universal, and indestructible. Among these, is the right of locomotion; the right of migration; the right which belongs to no particular race, but belongs alike to all and to all alike.

It is the right you assert by staying here, and your fathers asserted by coming here. It is this great right that I assert for the Chinese and Japanese, and for all other varieties of men equally with yourselves, now and forever. I know of no rights of race superior to the rights of humanity, and when there is a supposed conflict between human and national rights, it is safe to go to the side of humanity. …

Not the least among the arguments whose consideration should dispose to welcome among us the peoples of all countries, nationalities and color, is the fact that all races and varieties of men are improvable. This is the grand distinguishing attribute of humanity and separates man from all other animals. …

The fact that the Chinese and other nations desire to come and do come, is a proof of their capacity for improvement and of their fitness to come…

Let the Chinaman come; he will help to augment the national wealth. He will help to develop our boundless resources; he will help to pay off our national debt. He will help to lighten the burden of national taxation.