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Does Wilmington needs it own RTP?

Almost certainly not, but politicians love to copy things that have succeeded elsewhere in the belief that they will be equally successful in their own jurisdictions. As Bob Smith writes here, Wilmington has decided to establish something much like Research Triangle Park. Will it be the great success that Wilmington officials hope for? Not likelyContinue Reading

If it weren’t for specious arguments, would they have any at all?

I refer to the statist case for minimum wage hikes and against anyone who disagrees. They’re invariably based on bad logic and/or the creation of strawmen they think they can easily defeat. In that regard, consider the idea advanced in Mother Jones that because minimum wage increases in the past haven’t led to economic doom,Continue Reading

My nominee for the stupidest bit of economic writing of the year

April 15 gets people thinking about taxes, but “progressives” think the silliest things. In the letter below, Don Boudreaux responds to a clueless AP piece: Mr. Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press Dear Mr. Ohlemacher: Writing about tax day in the U.S., you assert that “it’s not that bad. Aside from the complicated forms, tax season generatesContinue Reading

The latest college fad: sustainability

Higher education is a big target for activists who want to transform America into the country they want (or at least think they want). The sustainability movement attracts both red and green authoritarians who are absolutely certain that they know how to make everyone else live properly, so as to avoid global catastrophe. Over theContinue Reading

You might be a progressive if….

If you think that the way to argue against someone is to link him to someone else he is supposedly in agreement with, and then misrepresent the actual views of that other person. That’s relevant to a snide hit piece on Rand Paul by one Ian Millhiser of the laughably misnamed “ThinkProgress.” Millhiser demonizes PaulContinue Reading

Ready for Hillary?!

In this sharp Freeman essay, Jeffrey Tucker disabuses readers of the idea that Hillary Clinton would pursue policies good for women — or good for anyone other than the apparatchiks of our vast governmental leviathan.

Willingham and Smith’s book Cheated: a full expose of the UNC athletics scandal

When the big scandal over the big operation to keep football and basketball stars eligible to play began breaking, top UNC officials did all they could to sweep it under the rug, while assuring faculty members who smelled deep trouble that the whole thing would be  investigated and all problems rectified. Two who didn’t buyContinue Reading

How much does the average American overestimate business profits?

By about five times. That’s Mark Perry’s point in this post. Americans think that companies average about 36 percent profit, but that is roughly five times more than the correct number.  As Perry says, this explains a lot, especially support for policies like increasing the minimum wage.

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