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Rob Bradley describes T. Boone Pickens as a “contra-capitalist.

My Mercatus Center colleague Christine McDaniel argues that the trade war we Americans are embarking upon is a civil war.  A slice:

For instance, the Solar Energy Industries Association stated that the 30 percent tariffs on solar panels would cancel billions of dollars in investment, weaken demand, and eliminate 23,000 installation jobs in America. Worse still, solar panel installer is the fastest growing occupation across America. Requiring only a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job training, these jobs are sorely needed for much of our workforce. Meanwhile, the domestic firm that the tariff is meant to help employs just 300 people.

Jeff Jacoby is no fan of Trump’s new tariffs on American buyers of washing machines and of solar panels.

Vincent Geloso ponders monopsony power.

In this interview, my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy discusses (with Chad Reese) Trump’s State of the Union address.

Antony Davies and James Harrigan explain that America relies on immigrants.

For those of you in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, Deirdre McCloskey is speaking in a public event at SMU on the evening of February 28th.

George Will admires Tim Sandefur’s new biography of Frederick Douglass – and admires also, of course, Douglass himself.  A slice:

Douglass opposed radical Republicans’ proposals to confiscate plantations and distribute the land to former slaves. Sandefur surmises that “Douglass was too well versed in the history and theory of freedom not to know” the importance of property rights. Douglass, says Sandefur, was not a conservative but a legatee of “the classical liberalism of the American founding.” His individualism was based on the virtue of self-reliance. “He was not,” Sandefur says, “likely to be attracted to any doctrine that subordinated individual rights — whether free speech or property rights — to the interests of the collective.”