- Caplan reviews World on Fire. Foseti reviewing the same book.
- Sonic Charmer on the God-metric. My name is Aretae, and I endorse this message.
- Kent McManigal on preference vs. law. I hereby outsource the venting of my libertarian rage to Kent. He just does it better than I do...and more frequently too.
- Dan Mitchell discussing flat tax/fair tax differences. This is the big discussion on what sucks least for inefficiencies in taxation.
- Kling sends us to Wagner Today discussing William Easterly on "guy named Bob" theory. I encourage you to follow all 3 links. Summary: Benevolent autocrats suck. Next choice?
- Ken Anderson @ Volokh quotes the Mark Perry in the WSJ on US Manufacturing: We make more stuff than ever before...we make more stuff than China, with 1/4 the people China has...the shrinking US manufacturing sector is almost 100% a result of huge productivity gains.
- Foseti links to Mangan's on Texas (unsanitary link -- Mel). Instapundit links to Rick Perry on Federalism. I grew up in California, but am nonetheless a native Texan, having spent 10 years there. Furthermore, I think this is another test-case for economics vs. HBD folks. I believe that Texas continues to be a better and better place to live, as growth skyrockets, and growth drives all good. HBD folks think that (yes, simplified) IQ/race drives all good. Texas, with fabulous growth and crappy (from HBD perspective) demographics should provide a solid point of Bayesian updating. Anyone want to bet a beverage?
- David Henderson expands on John Goodman on Government Failure.
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