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Mike Munger is correct: a country is not made great by its government. A slice:

But the U.S. is now becoming more like Europe, in the sense that we are trusting more and more of the authority to use force to naïve majority rule. When President Obama said, “Elections have consequences, and I won!” he was elevating elections over rule of law.  When he said that he had a pen, and he had a phone, and could use those to govern through executive order rather than depending on the Congress, the rule of law took another hit.

I love how George Will applies an important lesson about market processes to the current state of Major League Baseball. Here’s his conclusion:

Baseball — the game on the field, not just the business side — resembles a market system because constantly evolving strategies create demands for different tactics, and thus different skills, which are then supplied by people and teams eager to excel in the new forms of competition. Before restricting managers’ and players’ interesting choices by limiting shifts (and certainly before softening the ball; or moving the pitcher more than 60 feet, 6 inches from the plate), give the market — freedom for fan-pleasing ingenuity and adaptation — a chance.

Deirdre McCloskey understandably doesn’t believe that Facebook is a problem.

Chris Edwards and Vanessa Brown Calder aren’t keen on so-called “opportunity zones.

Here’s my brilliant colleague Bryan Caplan firmly at his best.

Insight from Paul Rosenberg. (HT Walter Grinder)

Mark Perry reports that “America’s thriving manufacturing sector just produced a record level of output.