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Herd Immunity to Violence

I praised Juan Williams the other day. Let me balance that out. On Tuesday’s The Five, a Fox news opinion chat show, in the wake of the Mall of America terrorist threat, Greg Gutfeld decried “gun-free zones” advancing the “more guns, less crime” argument that economist John Lott has more

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Robert Reich, Mythed Up

onsumer sovereignty is the idea that in markets consumers call the shots. In capitalism, most mass production is indeed for the masses, and the masses have a big say in what gets done. All profits and wages of successful businesses come from consumers. But don’t take this too far. Consumers

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Over-Feed At Your Own Risk!

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No Back Doors

President Obama wants a conversation about encryption. “I lean probably further in the direction of strong encryption” than do some in law enforcement, he says; but he knows the “pressure they’re under to keep us safe.” We had a “conversation” about our right to robustly encrypt our stuff in the

Job Growth in 2014

President Barack Obama takes full credit for the job growth in 2014. Democrats on the Internet relentlessly push these growth rates with typically goofy superlatives like “highest ever” or “highest growth rate in decades.” So, what did Obama and the Democrats do in 2013 and 2014 that led to the

The Education Nightmare

Ever have a nightmare . . . about school? I can’t remember enduring a “dog ate my homework” or “naked in front of the class” dream recently — it’s been a long time since graduation — but economist Bryan Caplan discusses a different variety on EconLog: those nightmares in which one “realizes” that

Subsidy for Everybody!

According to Vice President Joe Biden, the debate is over. Health care, by which he means medical assistance, is a basic right — to be obtained through government, and made effective by the Affordable Care Act — not a “privilege.” By “right” he means  “something others are forced to provide,”

Endless Fog of Endless War

Yesterday, NBC’s Chuck Todd opened a “Meet the Press” segment by calling U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq “wars now without an end.” “The U.S. now seems to be in a semi-permanent state of war,” added Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel. “Right now, we’re just in damage control,” explained Lt.

Rand Paul Raises Banner

Last weekend, 60 Minutes offered up a fascinating profile of outgoing Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma). Coburn has prostate cancer, and is leaving Washington for his home state before his term is up. My trouble with the segment? It didn’t mention Coburn’s views on term limits, or make any point about

The Madness Method?

To those nattering nabobs of negativity who don’t trust government to do the right thing, or even to stop doing the wrong thing once discovered, I just want to say: “You’re right.” Again. Last April, a Washington Post exposé about a bizarrely tyrannical debt collection program caused the Social Security

Another Insider?

Earlier this week, Jeb Bush, former governor of the State of Florida, announced on Facebook that he is “exploring” a 2016 run for the Republican nomination for the presidency. I have mixed feelings, to say the least. There’s the whole dynastic problem. Another Bush? Or, is Jeb the cost of

Aeschylation

“In war,” the Greek dramatist Aeschylus told us, “truth is the first casualty.” This came to mind when Secretary of State John Kerry testified in the Senate last week. The new Iraq War has been pitched exhaustively to the American people as “only air strikes” and “absolutely no boots on

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