There is something ironic in the idea that the most monopolistic organization of all, the state, should be trusted to maintain competition.
I love this letter in today’s Wall Street Journal on the late, great green-revolution pioneer Norman Borlaug. It’s written by Joe Bouton of Athens, GA, and is in response to a PBS documentary that reveals what is either its writers’ and producers’ appalling priorities or their ignorance of human history (or both) :
I heard Borlaug give a speech late in his career where he addressed criticism of his work. His position was simple—he had met many, many well-meaning (and well-fed) critics over the years, but had never met any willing to starve to death for their beliefs.