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My Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold reacts to Donald Trump’s latest diatribe against immigrants.  A slice:

As much as I disagree with Mr. Trump on the substance of his immigration plans, his uncompromising speech has the virtue of presenting Americans with a clear choice on the issue. The anti-immigration wing of the Republican Party has its man at the top of the ticket. Nov. 8 will be a test of whether their inward-looking, nativist vision of the party is a winning formula for a national election.

On the substance of his proposals, Mr. Trump’s argument relies on two big fallacies — that illegal immigrants make working Americans less well off, and that illegal immigrants are responsible for a wave of violent crime.

K. William Watson reacts to Trump’s recent visit to Mexico.  A slice:

One big problem with this approach [of Trump to trade] is that there is no economically rational or morally justified line to tell us who belongs in the us group and who is them.  Nationalism is a politically convenient sort of tribalism, but there’s no objective reason why Michigan and California should be considered economic friends on a team that fights against Mexico.  Just as socialists have to claim that class lines are hard and objective, nationalists have to convince people that some lines on a map matter more than others.

Citing work by my colleague Larry White, David Henderson correctly and rightly disputes Ben Bernanke’s praise for the economics espoused by Alexander Hamilton.

George Will rightly condemns the executive branch of the U.S. Government unconstitutionally helping itself to money that it has no business helping itself to.

Jeffrey Tucker understandably praises Ludwig von Mises’s 1922 book, Socialism – the best, in my opinion, of all of Mises’s books.

Nick Gillespie ponders Clump’s proposed immigration restrictions.

David Boaz identifies some ominous parallels.