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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy decries the cronyism that is occupational licensing. A slice:

Today, by contrast, government is trying to “protect” us from pillows that don’t match, poorly constructed caskets, and bad massages. The state now obstructs entry into occupations like truck driving ( beyond showing that you can drive a truck), florists, funeral attendants, and hairdressers, and so many more professions. This is crazy as the only license that anyone should need to be free to sell her services to another adult is the willingness of a buyer to purchase the service. The buyer’s willingness to spend his own money on the service certifies that it meets the buyer’s standards. And if the consumer isn’t happy, he won’t come. There is no need for the state to intervene.

My GMU Econ colleague Dan Klein tells the tale – equal parts sorry, scary, and infuriating – of the academic witch hunt for Noah Carl. A slice:

It is vital that we stand up against leftist incivility. When socialists take over “the commanding heights” of the economy, there is little we can do. When they take over the commanding heights of culture, however, we do not lie prostrate: We make those heights less commanding, by developing dissent, criticism, and alternative culture. The sons and daughters of liberal civilization shall not go quietly.

Are academic economics articles too long? (Yes.)

You can attend a conversation between Robert Doar and George Will.

Jeff Jacoby draws a lesson from the lack of “diversity” among the winners of this year’s spelling bee.

David Bier asks what will the E-Verify program next be used to surveil.

Bruce Yandle warns us to beware of any political candidate boasting a “plan.

George Selgin decries the Fed’s shifting of its goalposts.