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Political blogs of interest to economists.

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September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773036

A recent New York Times has a quote from Steven Levitt, the freakonomics professor.

 â€œAs an economist, I am better than the typical person at figuring out whether abortion reduces crime but I am no better than anyone else at figuring out whether abortion is murder or whether a woman has an ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773037

Freedom is freedom for truth. Error has no rights. This was the perspective of the Catholic Church for many centuries. It was used to support censorship and persecution in many countries. The same perspective was employed by Protestant countries for the same purposes and by non-religious dictatorships. The freedom was the same; the ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773038

"Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens."  So Justice Harlan wrote in his stirring dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson.  Harlan added that the Reconstruction amendments "removed the race line from our governmental systems."  That stirring language has been the mantra of those opposed to ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773039

Let's conduct a thought experiment.  You have to play a mountain-climbing game.  The higher you climb, the better off you are.  Rarely, players climb solo.  Most of the time, they climb in teams.  The members of each team are connected by pulleys and gears in such a way that, if ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773035

Today's front-page banner headline from the Detroit News screams, PROFESSORS PAID NOT TO TEACH.   I confess I was briefly puzzled:  wow, I thought, some people teach so badly that they get paid to stay out of the classroom?  Okay, so I hadn't yet had enough caffeine.  I quickly realized that ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773034

I'm on all these right-wing email lists.  No, I didn't sign up.  Someone else signed me up, shortly after I started writing for this blog.  Hey, if you're reading this and you're the one who did it:  thanks! it's been tons of fun.

Some of my more overheated email comes from ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773031

The press is chortling over Tom DeLay's farewell to the House of Representatives.  DeLay congratulated himself for standing up for freedom and dignity; he regretted only not fighting harder.  But what caught my eye was this comment, courtesy of the Congressional Quarterly:

Liberalism, after all, whatever you may think of its ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773032

Late-breaking news flash, dateline 5 January 1642 (no, that's not a typo), the Journal of the House of Lords:

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nathaniel Fynes:

Message from the H. C. about the King's coming to their House, to demand some Members.

1. To acquaint their ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773033

On Prawfsblog, Rick Garnett takes the view that: “I certainly share Marty [Lederman]’s (and
Madison's) concern about religious faith being reduced to a convenient means for achieving the government's ‘secular’ ends.  That said, I'm not sure why it should be unconstitutional -- or, in any event, why it would be ‘profoundly ...

September 12, 2017, 1:16 pm, 1773030

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