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Richard Ebeling identifies the poisonous root of the NBA’s recent kowtowing to the authoritarians in Beijing. In this slice, Richard makes the solid point that two wrongs don’t make a right:

In the hysteria of an American political election season, the worst thing that could happen would be if politicians and pundits now propose to legislate or regulate the response by the NBA or the Houston Rockets to the Chinese government. With all the chatter about the Chinese attempting to abridge the freedom of speech of Americans through the weapon of financial intimidation if they want to do business in China, it then would be the U.S. government dictating what those sports teams and their NBA representatives could say and agree to in trying to salvage their growing business in China.

More broadly on the same topic is George Will. Here’s his conclusion:

Unfortunately, however, [Beto] O’Rourke, [Elizabeth] Warren and [NBA Commissioner Adam] Silver demonstrate the tendency of too many progressives to cut constitutional corners, to despise and bully adversaries, and to practice theatrical but selective indignation about attacks on fundamental American principles, some of which they themselves traduce. Just what we did not need in our dispiriting civic life — additional evidence that there really is no such thing as rock bottom.

On October 23rd, Steve Landsburg will speak (along with, among others, GMU Econ alum Paola Suarez) at Kennesaw State University.

Ben Zycher exposes problems with ‘renewable’ energy. A slice:

In the larger context, the opposition to conventional energy that is the core of the GND is fundamentally anti-human, because one major implication of the opposition to fossil fuels is an aversion to increases in the value of human capital and other parameters that have the effect of increasing the demand for conventional energy. Moreover, the authoritarian implications of the GND are serious, however unnoticed.

In this letter in the Wall Street Journal, Tom Grennes again exposes the absurdity of the Jones Act.

James Pethokoukis observes, accurately, that this time is an especially strange one for the West to tremble in fear of the Chinese economy.

Also from James Pethokoukis is this podcast with the eloquent and learned Scott Lincicome, who today has few peers in defending free trade.