America 2050: Forget the Forgotten Mode

Half truths, innuendo, and pseudo-science form the basis of a response to my recent Cato paper, Intercity Buses: The Forgotten Mode. The response is produced by America 2050, a project of the Regional Plan Association, a New York City–area regional planning organization. The response’s basic thesis of the response is that intercity buses have a […]

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Atlas Shrugged Comes to Detroit

In a perverse way, I’m glad that there are places such as Greece and Illinois. These profligate jurisdictions are useful examples of the dangers of bloated government and reckless statism. There also are some cities that serve as reverse role models. Detroit is a miserable case study of big government run amok, so I enjoyed […]

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What to Read on the Financial Crisis, Part III: Scholarly

Previously I’ve offered suggested readings for understanding the financial crisis.  Part II focused on “popular” works.  What follows is my list of suggested books, written mostly by academics, that give a more scholarly analysis of the crisis.  Also see my Part I.  They are, by definition, less accessible than the popular works, but they do […]

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Cuccinelli Corrects an Injustice

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli reviewed the evidence and concluded that one Thomas Haynesworth had been wrongly imprisoned–so he persuaded Governor Robert McDonnell to grant him parole.  Not a full vindication, because Haynesworth still has a felony record, but freedom.  Remarkably, Cuccinelli went still further and added Haynesworth to his staff while promising to work to clear his […]

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Wyden Pressing Intel Officials on Domestic Location Tracking

Back in May, during the debates over reauthorization of the Patriot Act, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) began raising a fuss about a secret interpretation of the law’s so-called “business records” authority, known to wonks as Section 215, arguing that intelligence agencies had twisted the statute to give themselves domestic surveillance powers […]

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People Think of Something as Their Business When it Is Their Business

A WSJ interview with Bill Gates includes this pivotal observation: “I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.” Compared with R&D spending in the pharmaceutical or information-technology sectors, he says, next to nothing is spent on education research. “That’s partly because of […]

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The Norwegian Killer’s Anti-individualist Nationalism

Does it matter what political agenda motivated Anders Behring Breivik, who is allegedly responsible for two attacks in Norway that killed some 93 people? In some sense, no. He’s a mass murderer, and he deserves society’s severest punishment (which in Norway is apparently 21 years in prison, or approximately three months for each murder). But […]

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Bastiat on Free Trade and Living on the State

The estimable James Grant reviews a new collection of writings of the brilliant Frederic Bastiat, published by the beneficent Liberty Fund, in the always scintillating Review section of the Saturday Wall Street Journal: Because nobody else can understand them, modern economists speak to one another. They gossip in algebra and remonstrate in differential calculus. And when […]

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This Week in Government Failure

Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this past week: It’s time to repeal New Deal labor laws. A new Cato video on the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” proposal. $2 trillion in spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling isn’t enough. Congratulations to Sen. Tom Coburn’s staff for […]

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Ayn Rand on the Front Page of Ecuador’s Major Newspaper

El Universo, the newspaper with the largest circulation and the paper that publishes my weekly column, ran a mostly blank front page today that features only this quote from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need […]

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