Religion

Friday assorted links

1. Megan McArdle on where Obamacare stands. 2. Exactly how weather matters for Covid spread. 3. Covid and brain tissue loss confirmed. 4. The politics of vaccines and Covid in Taiwan. 5. Chilaquiles and migas are not the same thing duh. Original Article

Celebrating the Repeal of the Corn Laws

One week from today – June 25th – is the 175th anniversary of the repeal of the corn laws. On June 25th, 1846, the Duke of Wellington persuaded the House of Lords to join the House of Commons in repealing Britain’s protective tariffs on grain […]

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 […]

It’s Time to Open the Canada-US Border

When infection rates in two areas are similar the argument for closing borders is weak. Canadian and US infection rates are now similar and both countries are highly vaccinated by world standards. The arguments for not opening are mostly psychological, a fear of foreigners. As […]

Caplan on Open Borders

A good interview. I take it personally, however, when Bryan says “it’s bad for me when we let in foreign economists.” 🙁 Do buy Bryan’s excellent graphic non-fiction on these questions. Original Article

Some Covid Links

GMU Econ alum Dan Mitchell supplies further evidence of the recklessness and irresponsibility of politicians – recklessness and irresponsibility that, clearly, are not necessarily tempered during times of crises. Here’s more wisdom and a wise warning from my GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan. A slice: […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 202 of Lord Acton’s late-1890s lecture “The Influence of America,” as this lecture appears in Essays in the History of Liberty: Selected Essays of Lord Acton, Vol. 1 (J. Rufus Fears, ed., 1985; on-line access to this essay is available free […]

The Edward Nelson books on Milton Friedman

Two volumes, such a wonderful book, for sure one of the best of the year. Not quite a biography, more a study of Friedman’s career, but his career was his life so this is a wonderful biography too. Here is one excerpt: Friedman was a […]

John Stuart Mill on the English

From causes which might be traced in the history and development of English society and government, the general habit and practice of the English mind is compromise. No idea is carried out to more than a small portion of its legitimate consequences. Neither by the […]

The political economy of green energy

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Japan seems to be approaching its energy infrastructure with politics at the forefront. It is making a big bet on hydrogen power, which is technologically iffy and expensive, currently about eight times […]