The Future

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 56 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s 2011 book, Race & Economics (original emphasis): The minimum-wage law has imposed incalculable harm on the most disadvantaged members of our society. The absence of work opportunities for many black youngsters does not […]

A Discussion about Lockdowns

Freddie Sayers and Unherd TV host this discussion featuring Tory MP Charles Walker and Lord David Blunkett of the Labour Party. Comments Original Article

Some Non-Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins decries the intellectual state of humanity these days. A slice: Especially but not exclusively on the left, it seems bad form nowadays, and even evidence of some kind of guilt, to subject any passionately-made claim to cool examination. Consider […]

Dan Klein on Adam Smith on Slavery

My colleague Dan Klein – one of the finest living scholars of Adam Smith – discusses the Great Scot’s analysis of, and attitude toward, slavery. Comments Original Article

Some Covid Links

Art Carden is correct: There are indeed libertarians in a pandemic – and even in pandemics, governments do not operate as econ textbooks presume. A slice: As we approach the second year of the two-week flattening of the infection curve, the simple points Cochrane makes […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 249 of Thomas Sowell’s December 2008 column, “Freedom and the Left,” as this column is reprinted in Sowell’s 2010 collection, Dismantling America: Most people on the left are not opposed to freedom. They are just in favor of all sorts of […]

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 81 of Thomas Sowell’s 1993 collection, Is Reality Optional?: Running left-wing movements has always been the prerogative of spoiled rich kids. This pattern goes all the way back to the days when an over-indulged and affluent young man named Karl Marx […]

Is Bernie Sanders Working Undercover for Racists?

My late, great colleague Walter Williams would have put the following point far more eloquently than I do in this letter to the Wall Street Journal: Editor: Suppose that a KKK Grand Wizard is caught on tape squawking out the following: “Compared to white workers, […]

Single-Minded Obsessions are Irrational and Lethal

In my latest column for AIER I try my hand at writing fiction – yet fiction that is not very different from today’s reality. It’s a (very) short story of a woman who is single-mindedly obsessed with avoiding one particular danger. A slice: Vicky refused […]

Bernie Sanders Is to Economics What Road-Runner Cartoons Are to Physics

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal: Editor: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants to punitively tax certain firms that pay any employees less than $15 per hour (“Plan B for a $15 Minimum Wage,” March 1). Sen. Sanders clearly believes that employers are responsible […]