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George Will rightly – and eloquently – warns of the looming danger of the combination of new National Security Adviser John Bolton with Donald Trump.  A slice:

Bolton’s belief in the U.S. power to make the world behave and eat its broccoli reflects what has been called “narcissistic policy disorder” — the belief that whatever happens in the world happens because of something the United States did or did not do. This is a recipe for diplomatic delusions and military overreaching.

Russ Roberts asks: “What protects us from exploitation?”  And here are Arnold Kling’s reflections on Russ’s essay.

“When government officials are given the power to regulate speech they deem professional, they abuse it — immediately and with unseemly zeal.” – so write, in the New York Times, Institute for Justice attorneys Robert McNamara and Paul Sherman.

My friend Richard Tren wisely counsels his fellow South Africans to resist land expropriation.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock busts some currently expressed myths about trade, tariffs, and subsidies.

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy recently spoke on the radio with Steve Moore and host Bill Walton about trade.

Hillsdale College economist Gary Wolfram explains that steel tariffs taxes on domestic citizens who buy steel stunt economic growth.

And Colin Grabow documents prominent protectionists agreeing that Trump’s punitive taxes on Americans who buy steel and aluminum will make us worse off.

My Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold reviews some of the many ways that Americans’ trade with the Chinese people is good for Americans.