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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy laments the many lamentable economic distortions that infect the market for medical care in the United States.

I’m thankful – we should all be – that the Free To Choose Network recorded and now makes available this hour-long recording of a conversation that Bob Chitester had with the great Julian Simon (1932-1998).

George Will is correct that, despite its incontestable value, stare decisis is no bar to changing bad legal precedents. (How curious that the U.S. Supreme Court’s progressive members – who are seldom hesitant to re-interpret the actual words of the U.S. Constitution in a manner that changes the Constitution’s meaning to one that suits progressive sensibilities – insist that certain court decisions from the past are made by stare decisis so sacrosanct that these decisions must never be overturned.)

Jeff Jacoby rightly fears rule by presidential fiat.

Peter Van Doren is unimpressed with New York State’s new rent-control measure.

Are you a hipster who likes minimalism? Well then, as Jeffrey Tucker says, thank globalization.

Sally Satel and Erica Sandberg are right that San Francisco’s new ban e-cigarettes is immensely foolish.

David Henderson explains that remittances from immigrants are private foreign aid.