Monetary Policy

Lord Sumption on Covid Derangement Syndrome

Freddie Sayers, of UnHerd TV, talks with the wise and liberal Lord Sumption. Do watch. Comments Original Article

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 10 of the late Harvard historian Richard Pipes’s marvelous 1999 volume, Property and Freedom: But men who take pride in their pragmatism often follow trails cleared by idealists. Comments Original Article

Can economists be trusted?

For the most part, economists don’t give people advice on how to run their lives. Rather we tend to focus on explaining the behavior of consumers and businesses, usually assuming they are at least somewhat rational. One exception is when there is a “principal-agent problem”, […]

Postscript: Orwell for Socialism

[Scroll to the end for a couple final reactions to comments .] In a reflective moment, George Orwell wrote, “Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand […]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Joe Rogan on the Derangement of Lockdowns

Magnitudes more good sense is conveyed in this ten-minute-long conversation between Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Joe Rogan than is conveyed in any randomly chosen ten-million-word segment from the media, from government’s public-health “experts, and from typical politicians simultaneously intoxicated with new-found powers and quaking like […]

Some Covid Link

Jacob Sullum reports on the inaccurate and over-the-top hysterical fear-mongering sparked by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s loosening of Covid-19 restrictions. Jordan Schachtel understands that Abbott, along with the other governors who are less tyrannical than are the strongmen in states such as California and New […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from Edmund Burke’s 1765(?) Tracts Relative to the Laws against Popery in Ireland: Let me add that the great inlet by which a colour for oppression has entered into the world, is by one man’s pretending to determine concerning the happiness of another, […]

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 335 of the “Random Thoughts” section of Thomas Sowell’s 2010 book, Dismantling America: Some people are so busy being clever that they don’t have time enough to be wise. Comments Original Article

Walter Williams and Me On the Minimum Wage

In the March 13th, 2012, edition of the Wall Street Journal, Walter Williams and I had an op-ed on the minimum wage. Walter did not often write with others; I’m very proud that he agreed to write this piece with me. I believe that I […]

Keyhole Solutions: The Song

When you do a Jack Stafford podcast, he writes and records an original song inspired by the interview. Are you ready for “Keyhole Solutions: The Song”? No joke! P.S. The actual podcast is here. Original Article