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My Mercatus Center colleague Adam Thierer rightly lambastes absurd restrictions on commerce in liquor – and celebrates the entrepreneurship that evades these restrictions [2]. A slice:

When governments pass laws that defy common sense, people often find ways to work around them. That is a major theme explored in my latest book, Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments [3]. America’s crazy quilt of liquor laws, many of which are vestiges of the Prohibition Era, provide a particularly good example because such regulations create powerful incentives for people to behave evasively. When people want to enjoy a drink, they are likely going to find a way to get one.

Arnold Kling offers an intriguing hypothesis about an effect of social media [4].

Ethan Yang is favorably impressed with my colleague Peter Boettke’s new book published by AIER, The Four Pillars of Economic Understanding [5].

“Trump’s new Fair Housing Rule prioritizes toxic culture war politics over deregulation” – so reports Reason’s Christian Britschgi [6].

In this paper from 2018, P.J. Hill explores the ideological origins of the rule of law [7]. (HT Tyler Cowen)

The Rational Optimist is now optimistic that the covid-19 calamity will soon be behind us [8].

Mason Gaffney has died [9]. (Many years ago, Mason gave to me a beautiful bound set of the complete works of Henry George. While I never became a Georgist, I find much value in George’s writings – especially in his skilled and nuanced defense of free trade.)

Iain Murray opposes efforts to cancel Aristotle [10].