The Invisible Order of the Black Family: Part 2

Part 2: “Swapping” as an Entrepreneurial Response to Poverty (Read Part 1 here.) The central response to poverty observed by Carol Stack in All Our Kin was the formation of kin networks based on de facto acts of motherhood and the willingness of fathers to […]

Some Covid Links

Is the U.K.’s Covid-19 death count inflated? Here’s the opening of a new report by the Daily Mail: Grieving families last night said deaths had been wrongly certified as Covid-19. Demanding an inquiry, top medical experts and MPs also insisted they were ‘certain’ that too […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 26 of Thomas Sowell’s slim yet significant 1981 volume, Markets and Minorities (original emphasis): Economics takes as axiomatic the proposition that more of anything is demanded at a low price than at a high price. Discrimination is no exception. A pair […]

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 58 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s 2011 book, Race & Economics (original emphasis): The real problem is that workers are not wo much underpaid as they are under-skilled. And the real task is to help those people become skilled. […]

Some Non-Covid Links

George Will rightly decries the U.S. government’s unprecedented peacetime fiscal diarrhea. A slice: [Brian] Riedl, a student of ancient (or so it suddenly seems) U.S. fiscal history, remembers that the 2009 stimulus included a $25 addition to weekly unemployment checks. In 2020, Democrats wanted $600 […]

David Henderson on the Economics and Ethics of Lockdowns

Last Friday, David Henderson – in this lecture – offered an economic and ethical case against lockdowns. Comments Original Article

Some Covid Links

Neville Hodgkinson accurately observes that “the Orwellian flavour of our current experience is unmistakable.” A slice: As for the intoxication of power: Boris, Matt Hancock and their cronies – and similar teams in many other countries – seem to me to be taking far too […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 48-49 of Thomas Sowell’s August 4, 2001, column, “Minimum Journalism Evident in Wage Story,” as this column is reprinted (and renamed as “Minimum Journalism”) in Sowell’s 2002 collection, Controversial Essays: The minimum wage law is very cleverly misnamed. The real minimum […]

Thomas Sowell on the Vision of the Anointed

In this 1995 interview with Ben Wattenberg, Thomas Sowell discusses the thesis of his then-new book, The Vision of the Anointed: Comments Original Article

Some Non-Covid Links

Inspired by my late, great colleague and dear friend Walter Williams, my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy wisely counsels that we keep an eye on the many negative effects, on low-skilled workers, of minimum-wage diktats. A slice: Workers who didn’t have a job […]