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Auditing Our Auditors

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, January 24, 2019

When anyone assumes that they should be uniquely above all suspicion, they will eventually earn suspicion.


Beware Of Populist Antitrust Law

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Professor Tim Wu of Columbia University has emerged as America’s most vocal champion of populist antitrust policies. His recent book—The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust law in the New Gilded Age— is a direct takeoff of the work of Louis D. Brandeis, who coined this phrase “the curse of bigness,” before he joined the Supreme Court in 1916.. Wu is on record, for predicting that the consolidation of American businesses is the prelude to more inequality and human suffering, leading in some instances to the rise of fascism.

In the News

Dan Fagan: New Orleans Gun Buyback Event 'A Waste Of Time And PR Stunt'

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The New Orleans Advocate
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

American economist and social theorist Thomas Sowell once wrote, “What do automobiles, guns and home-schooling all have in common that makes the liberals hate them? All these things reduce individual dependence on the government and the grandiose schemes for other people’s lives created by liberals and imposed by government.”

In the News

At The One-Issue White House, The Standoff Over A Border Wall Displaces Other Priorities

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia The New York Times
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

For the last month, President Trump’s public schedule has mostly been a sparse document. The one issued for Tuesday, for instance, listed only his daily intelligence briefing and lunch with the vice president. No new policy announcements. No new cabinet appointments.

Analysis and Commentary

Walls Around Houses Differ From Walls Around Countries

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My wife and I were at a dinner party on Saturday at which one of the guests, who favors President Trump’s proposal for a wall, claimed that if you object to a wall, you have no right to object to someone coming on your property without your permission. I said that one doesn’t follow from the other: a wall keeps people from coming into the country without the government’s permission whereas a wall around your property prevents people from coming on to your property without your permission.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mueller Squirrel Cage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted yet another peripheral character in his Trump probe, Russian attorney Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, for alleged money laundering in a matter quite separate from Trump.

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Immigration And The Census

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Judge Furman was on solid legal ground in striking down the Trump Administration’s citizenship question.

Analysis and Commentary

Should The FBI Run The Country?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, January 20, 2019

Since the media would doubtless answer that loaded question, “It depends on the president,” let us imagine the following scenario. Return to 2008, when candidate Barack Obama had served only about three years in the U.S. Senate, his sum total of foreign policy experience. And he was running against the overseas old-hand, decorated veteran, and national icon John McCain—a bipartisan favorite in Washington, D.C.

Analysis and Commentary

Find The Contradiction

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, January 18, 2019

In a Reason story about a humane man who tried to save a deer’s life and got nailed by the government for doing so, Pennsylvania Game Commission Press Secretary Travis Lau admits that there’s “a good possibility the deer would have been euthanized…because deer are poor candidates for rehabilitation.”

Analysis and Commentary

Jennifer Doleac On Crime

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 21, 2019

This week, economist Jennifer Doleac of Texas A&M University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her research on crime, police, and the unexpected consequences of the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include legislation banning asking job applicants if they've been in prison, body cameras for police, the use of DNA databases, the use of Naloxone to prevent death from opioid overdose, and the challenges of being an economist who thinks about crime using the economist's toolkit.


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