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My Mercatus Center colleague Alden Abbott criticizes the Federal Trade Commission for its overreach in labor markets.

John Danforth calls on the GOP to reject populism. A slice:

Populists are now attempting to uproot policies deeply planted in Republican conservatism. We are the party of fiscal discipline, but the national debt rose nearly 40% during Mr. Trump’s presidency. We are the party of limited government, yet in the name of helping working people, populists support massive intervention in the marketplace through federal controls on prices and interest rates and, as in Disney’s case, using government to punish a corporation for expressing “woke” opinions. In their big-government activism, populists more resemble progressive Democrats than traditional Republicans.

Eric Boehm, of Reason, reports on Biden’s pandering to the one percent.

In an essay for the Cato Institute’s “Defending Globalization” project, Jim Bacchus separates the myth from the reality about the World Trade Organization.

I always enjoy being on Amy Jacobson’s and Dan Proft’s “Morning Answer” radio show.

Richard Salsman decries “the multiyear decline in US economic freedom.”

Arnold Kling explains why he believes that there is no stable equilibrium that would support anarcho-capitalism.

David Henderson reflects intelligently on Andrew Jason Cohen’s case for reparations.

Adam Martin reasonably disagrees with James Broughel’s interpretation of some of the economics of GMU’s late Nobel-laureate economist, James Buchanan.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Editorial Board warns its readers of what Americans will get if voters return Trump to the White House. A slice:

How about a campaign pledge to abridge the First Amendment? Mr. Trump: “Comcast, with its one-side and vicious coverage by NBC NEWS, and in particular MSNBC, often and correctly referred to as MSDNC (Democrat National Committee!), should be investigated for its ‘Country Threatening Treason.’ . . . I say up front, openly, and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage.”

Mr. Trump also uses Truth Social to amplify unhinged posts from others, including one recently calling the 2021 Capitol riot a “Fedsurrection,” involving Antifa leftists in MAGA disguise, and “the Deep State coordinated their actions through proxies.” Mr. Trump or his social-media team hit the button to “retruth” this lunacy to his millions of followers.

Vinay Prasad tweets: (HT Jay Bhattacharya)

Fauci interview- Science mag
Fact: Spring 2020 he went on TV numerous times to say DeSantis was wrong & dangerous to reopen schools.

DeSantis was correct; Fauci kept schools closed for 18 mo in blue cities. Damage is catastrophic. He refuses to be honest about his errors