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I am deeply saddened by the death of the philosopher Tibor Machan.  (I lectured often with Tibor, mostly in Europe during the mid- and late 1990s.  He was a principled and powerful champion of liberty.)

Writing in Forbes, Dan Ikenson rightly warns against the common practice of blaming trade for problems caused, not by it, but by poor domestic policies.

Alberto Mingardi points us to Philip Booth’s nice refutation of a recent claim by Mariana Mazzucato.

I’m generally unimpressed by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, but here – when writing about the “bloviating ignoramus,” Donald Trump – Gerson is insightful.

David Henderson again offers good reason to reject the naive conservative shibboleth that terrorism can be defeated, and Americans made safer, by doubling down on U.S. military actions in foreign lands against the likes of ISIS.

Obamacare is not a success.  (HT Warren Smith)

Here’s Bob Higgs writing on ideology.  A slice:

We would therefore be wise never to forget that we are all the prisoners, as it were, of our overarching belief system about social relations. This remembrance also helps us to humanize ideological opponents whom we might otherwise cast, if only rhetorically, into outer darkness.

Speaking of the role of ideology, you can find here Tyler Cowen’s conversation with Jonathan Haidt.

Nicole Kardell explains what should not, but does, require explanation – namely, that protections against prosecutorial zeal protect not only, and not even mainly, those who commit crimes.  Such protections protect innocent people from government overreach.