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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 [2].  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 [3]” — 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? [4]”  And here are Arnold Kling’s reflections on Russ’s essay [5].

“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 [6].

My friend Richard Tren wisely counsels his fellow South Africans to resist land expropriation [7].

Mike “Mish” Shedlock busts some currently expressed myths about trade, tariffs, and subsidies [8].

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy recently spoke on the radio with Steve Moore and host Bill Walton about trade [9].

Hillsdale College economist Gary Wolfram explains that steel tariffs taxes on domestic citizens who buy steel stunt economic growth [10].

And Colin Grabow documents prominent protectionists agreeing that Trump’s punitive taxes on Americans who buy steel and aluminum will make us worse off [11].

My Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold reviews some of the many ways that Americans’ trade with the Chinese people is good for Americans [12].