==> Daniel J. Mitchell tries to stay friends with everybody in this post (by linking to Ed Stringham’s work at the end). I really liked the way he flipped the Oliver Wendell Holmes quote about taxes and civilization; check it out.
==> Speaking of Dan, he joined Tom and me on the latest Contra Krugman to discuss whether Obama has had such a great record after all.
==> George Selgin takes on David Graeber.
==> See free-market economists discuss voluntary transactions that occurred during Holy Week but are morally odious (one being the worst in human history). Note that “JC” in the interview is not Jesus Christ.
==> Guys like Don Boudreaux and me have been mad at Krugman for throwing free traders under the bus, when he used to lead the pack. But Thomas Palley gets mad at Krugman for the opposite reason. This part in particular is hilarious: “Even as he [Krugman] tries to slip in to a new skin, the politics remains unchanged. Senator Sanders, the longtime opponent of neoliberalism, is described as irresponsible and feckless. Hillary Clinton, the longtime advocate of neoliberalism, is portrayed as a model of trade policy responsibility.”
In context, Palley is talking about a Krugman column where Krugman had argued that Sanders was being irresponsible for pledging to rip up any existing trade deals that hurt US workers. But, at the same time, Krugman was saying those deal *were* bad for US workers and so President Clinton should think really hard before signing any more.