Rick Perry: Libertarian AND/OR Theocrat?

Perry has received a lot of negative press lately. Yesterday, a piece in Politico asked a simple question: Is Rick Perry Dumb?  There was no definitive answer in the article, although there was a Perry quote that I found a bit endearing: “My brain is like a chicken pot pie.” Today the Washington Post has … Continue reading Rick Perry: Libertarian AND/OR Theocrat?

Land-Use Regulation and Growth

I want to piggy-back here on Mark's great post on urban planning and the poor. I've been playing around with some state-level data on local land-use regulations and cost of living. The last decade in the U.S. has been one of very slow productivity growth. As a result, fast-growing states tend to be those with … Continue reading Land-Use Regulation and Growth

Sunday Morning Quotation – Milton on Losing Liberty (Arab Spring Edition?)

English poet John Milton (1608-1674) with some thoughts on the English Revolution that might be helpful for those contemplating or participating in the Arab Spring? That a nation should be so valorous and courageous to win their liberty in the field, and when they have won it, should be so heartless and unwise in their … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Milton on Losing Liberty (Arab Spring Edition?)

Less Economic Freedom, Less Personal Freedom

This proposal in the UK to tax "fatties" highlights once again how once government gets deeply involved in funding health care, the pressures to control people's lifestyles become significant. This is the same argument we hear from supporters of sky-high cigarette taxes, smoking bans, seat-belt and helmet laws, ad nauseam. "We all pay for it." … Continue reading Less Economic Freedom, Less Personal Freedom

Will Organized Labor Defect? Will Anyone Notice?

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is threatening to refocus union funds to promote unionization rather than the election of Democrats. Having been disappointed on card check and dismayed by the administration’s post-2010 shift to deficits over job creation, Trumka is questioning whether the AFL-CIO will participate in the Democratic National Convention (to be held in North … Continue reading Will Organized Labor Defect? Will Anyone Notice?

Urban Planning and the Poor

Many government interventions in markets though they are often justified in terms of the ‘public interest’ work to the disproportionate benefit of organised interests – often the rich or relatively rich – and at the expense of the unorganised and often relatively poor. One area of public policy where this pattern is particularly evident is … Continue reading Urban Planning and the Poor

Progressives: Ron Paul Better than Obama, But We Still Wouldn’t Vote for Him

At least, that's what Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic claims. He reviews criticisms of Paul from Matt Yglesias and Adam Serwer, which basically boil down to: he's pro-life; he favors enforcing immigration laws; he's a bit kooky about the importance of the Fed. Friedersdorf then puts the boot in: Wow. They make Ron Paul sound … Continue reading Progressives: Ron Paul Better than Obama, But We Still Wouldn’t Vote for Him