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So, it turns out that preventing consumers and merchants from doing business now amounts to “peacefully shutting down multiple malls and stores.” Welcome to postmodern America. We’re doomed.

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The Thanksgiving Gift

Today I reprint a slightly edited piece I put together several years ago. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Four centuries after the celebration of the first Thanksgiving, there is still widespread disagreement about the reason for the Pilgrims’ feast. But whether it was a harvest festival, a strictly religious observance, or a thank you to the […]

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Our family purchased some tea on Wednesday night:       Can someone remind me again why we need to mandate GMO labeling? For those interested, that B logo stands for a Certified B Corporation (again, I don’t know how we’d ever survive without government entities certifying corporations …). Here is the CCOF certification, again, […]

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Rest in peace S. Donald Stookey: In 1952, he placed a plate of glass into an oven to heat it, but the oven malfunctioned. Instead of heating to about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven shot up to more than 1,600 degrees. Stookey expected to find a molten mess. Instead, he found an opaque, milky-white plate. […]

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Ken at Popehat has the story. In addition to some basic civil knowledge one might reasonably expect mainstreamed fifth-graders to possess, liberty also requires at least primitive-hominid-level common sense, confirmed Trent. “This guy says critics are criminals, gets no result because of the rule of law and a hundred years of unbroken constitutional tradition, and thenwhines because […]

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In the litany of noise that we hear about “respecting diversity” what I originally imagined was that we should respect diversity because there is a lot of value to be had from learning from, sharing with, playing with, dating, marrying, trading with, writing music with, etc. people who are different than us. And what I […]

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Monday Research Roundup

Here is yet another paper computing “optimal” top marginal income tax rates. As I’ve said a zillion times, the term “optimal” implies a goal. And that goal is obviously not universally shared. Let me ask rhetorically, is the goal of a tax system to maximize revenues to the government? Now this paper actually comes up […]

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Flotsam

Wonkblog: It’s going to take a lot more money to fill the NIH funding gap. Wintercow: hold your breath, but if government is going to be spending money, the NIH is probably a pretty good place to do it. And yes, some of the grant approval process is messed up and the agency is as […]

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One of My Favorite Posts

From Coyote today, which in my experience not only applies to blog posts, but to more formal settings like particular lectures or even entire courses. But I don’t want to be removed from polite company, so I’ll say only a little here. Here is the title: Your Arguments Are Totally Idiotic, Which I Know Even […]

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