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Mike Munger draws an important lesson from the history of tamales.

Speaking of important lessons, Barry Brownstein reminds us of one from George Orwell.

Northwestern University law professor John McGinnis explains why some “Progressives” are prone to making baseless accusations of racism. A slice:

But another explanation for the ever expanding accusations of racism is that the left (and it almost always is the left that makes such accusations) is trying to change the sense of “racism” to connote something like “a policy position that opposes progressivism.” We live in turbulent times and social upheaval has distorted settled meanings of words before.

Chris Edwards reveals the ubiquity of government subsidies.

Richard Epstein warns us to beware of populist use of antitrust. (HT Bob Hessen) (I go even further: I believe that antitrust even in the hands of well-meaning and non-populist bureaucrats, judges, and juries is anti-competitive.)

Richard Rahn warns of some abuses of power by Robert Mueller.

What did the Nazis borrow from Karl Marx?

Mark Perry features 20 quotations on the superiority of free markets over socialism.

My Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold warns against giving Trump even more power to obstruct Americans’ trade with foreigners. A slice:

Ultimately, a tit-for-tat approach to tariffs threatens to blow up the postwar trading system that prevents countries from discriminating against U.S. exports and keeps the general level of trade barriers low around the world. That system requires that tariffs be applied on an “unconditional most favored nation” (MFN) basis, which means that import duties must be applied in a uniform and nondiscriminatory manner. President Trump’s reciprocal tariff approach would invite retaliation, exposing U.S. exporters to higher and discriminatory tariffs, and undoing decades of multilateral negotiations to lower duties worldwide.