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Sarah Skwire explains that “[t]elling a woman how she should vote because she is a woman is no less insulting than telling her that she shouldn’t vote because she is a woman.

Emily Skarbek reflects on Tim Besley’s inaugural lecture as the W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the L.S.E.

Angela Rachidi is correct: poverty isn’t caused by low wages; it’s caused by not working.  (This reality points to the single largest reason to oppose minimum-wage legislation: Even if such legislation does raise the aggregate income of the group of people you, inevitably arbitrarily, choose to classify as “poor workers” – and even if you are so blinded by group- or aggregate-think that you suppose that such an outcome justifies the minimum wage ethically – it does so only by condemning some such workers into the ranks of the unemployed and thereby condemning many of these people to a lifetime of poverty.)

Here’s the opening line of Shikha Dalmia’s latest:

Private companies had as much to do with Flint’s lead poisoning as Adam Smith had to do with the bread lines in the former Soviet Union.

(BTW, Happy Birthday, Shikha!)

In this must-read post by Mark Perry, he explains the toxic mix of disingenuity and envy-stoking with economic, statistical, and factual ignorance that is Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’s condemnation of CEO pay.

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel observes that Hillary Clinton is an empress with no clothes.

George Will rightly hopes that the Supreme Court will become more active in preventing governments from creating monopolies.

On his Facebook page, Bob Higgs sings the praises of his favorite movie, Dr. Strangelove:

Elizabeth just watched “Dr. Strangelove” while preparing our dinner. As my friends know, I hold this film in esteem above all others. Yes, it’s hilarious, but its supreme merit is that despite its seemingly over-the-top characters and story, it is actually a truer-than-true representation of politico-military elites, their thinking, and their actions in the nuclear age over a period of several decades (and perhaps still). The truth is that these people, insofar as we may judge by their words and their actions, were utterly insane, and the world was extremely fortunate to have averted an all-out nuclear war between the USSR and the USA. This good fortune was on many occasions a very close thing.

Randy Holcombe explains that politics creates conflict.