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Some Non-Covid Links

My GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan was interviewed on PBS about his book (illustrated by Zach Weinersmith), Open Borders.

My Mercatus Center colleague Liya Palagashvili moderated this discussion, on immigration, among Chandran Kukathas, Alex Nowrasteh, Adam Cox, and Robert Krol.

GMU Econ student Agustin Forzani – inspired by Adam Smith – decries Argentine “meat nationalism.”

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan rightly applauds Bill Maher’s criticisms of what Steven Pinker calls “progressophobia.” A slice:

The comedian Kevin Hart had recently told the New York Times “You’re witnessing white power and white privilege at an all-time high.” Mr. Maher: “This is one of the big problems with wokeness, that what you say doesn’t have to make sense or jibe with the facts, or ever be challenged, lest the challenge itself be conflated with racism.”

He added: “Saying white power and privilege is at an all-time high is just ridiculous. Higher than a century ago, the year of the Tulsa race massacre? Higher than when the KKK rode unchecked and Jim Crow unchallenged?” He acknowledged that “racism is unfortunately still with us,” and its “legacy of injustice” lingers. “I understand best I can how racism singes a person’s soul so much they might see it everywhere. But seeing clearly is necessary for actually fixing problems, and clearly racism is no longer everywhere. It’s not in my home, and it’s probably not in yours if I read my audience right, and I think I do. For most of the country the most unhip thing you could ever be today is a racist.”

Gary Galles explains that you are not paying a higher relevant tax rate than billionaires.

Robby Soave reports on a new survey of college-students’ attitudes toward free speech.

John Stossel exposes some of the errors of the ways of those who criticize capitalism.

In this video presentation, John Cochrane discusses the prospect of inflation. (HT Arnold Kling)

David Boaz shares work by Scott Lincicome on failed government programs.

Sweden’s great Ratio Institute is in good hands.

Here’s George Selgin writing about El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as its official currency.