Some Links

by Don Boudreaux on January 25, 2020

in Growth, History, Inequality, Media, Myths and Fallacies, Philosophy of Freedom, Standard of Living

Jeffrey Tucker rightly laments Trumpism’s swallowing of conservativism. A slice:

Meanwhile, philosopher George Will, something of a guru in conservative circles in the early part of my career, is now the outlier, an isolated dissident in the Trumpization of conservatism. His mighty treatise The Conservative Sensibility proves that the only American conservatism worthy of the name is but an elaboration of the great liberal conviction that society manages itself better than it can ever be managed by state authority. It’s a book for the ages; it has to be because it has made no dent in the march of Trumpism in our own time.

An increasingly popular style of leftist “history” features explanations that mix breathless conspiracy theories with juvenile suppositions about the role of money in order to “explain” pro-market events and ideas. My GMU colleague David Bernstein busts one such “explanation” of the origins of the scholarly law-and-economics movement.

Writing in Reason magazine, David Henderson clears up a great deal of confusion about income inequality. A slice:

I should note that while most consumer goods have been getting cheaper, education, housing, and health care have become more expensive. Interestingly, these are all areas in which governments have had a substantial influence on prices. In education, state and local governments have almost a monopoly; in housing, governments on the West Coast and in the Northeast have so restricted new construction that supply has not kept up with demand, causing prices to explode; and in health care, extensive regulation and subsidization have driven up the cost, though not always the price, of health care.

Here’s Scott Sumner on capitalism and China.

Chris Edwards busts a myth about wealth – a myth perpetrated by Elizabeth Warren.

I agree with Nick Gillespie: we need more people like Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Timothy Taylor is none too impressed with the Gray Lady’s “1619 Project.

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