Tagged Don Boudreaux

Some More Piketty Critiques

Let’s run through them: Kyle Smith has six ways in which Piketty’s book fails the smell test. Many of the links have been already linked to by me, but it is nice and useful to have them in one convenient place. Don Boudreaux notes that Piketty doesn’t seem to understand the impact of trade deficits. This has long been a pet peeve of mine. This blog post points out that “the thesis that r > g is the explanation for inequality or an ominous predictor of future inequality is, to be blunt, ridiculous.” And last but not least, there is the indispensable Richard…

More on McCutcheon: Justice Breyer’s Dangerous Ideas on Free Speech

Two blog posts on the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision deserve mention and praise for the way in which they highlight disquieting themes in Justice Breyer’s dissenting opinion. The first is this one by legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, who has spent a laudable lifetime working to leave the state of First Amendment jurisprudence better than he found it. Abrams makes the following outstanding point concerning the dissent in McCutcheon: What seems to me most surprising and disturbing about the ruling, though, is not to be found in the predictably much assaulted (and I believe sound) majority opinion but in the…