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Russ Roberts very much likes Arnold Kling’s new book, The Three Languages of Politics.  A slice:

Once you realize that other groups are coming from a different place than you are, you actually can empathize with their views. It may not be as fun, but you can actually view your ideological opponents as decent human beings who look at the world differently from the way you do. And it shows the foolishness, other than for therapeutic catharsis, of yelling at your opponents oblivious to why they don’t understand the wisdom of your views. The person you’re arguing with just doesn’t see the world the way you do.

We are like the blind men and the elephant where the elephant is some social problem. We grab hold of one part of the problem and fail to see that the world is more complicated.

The lesson to draw from this Alberto Mingardi post is that the reality about European antitrust (like that of American antitrust) is that it is hostile to real competition.

Here’s an interesting interview with Deirdre McCloskey.

GMU Econ alum Ryan Young argues for the abolishment of that great geyser of cronyism, the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Here’s Vincent Geloso on the new work of fiction, Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean.  And here is Zachary Woodman on the same.  And here is Jonah Goldberg on the same.