More Evidence that Paul Krugman Is a Partisan Hack

Behold. As though more evidence were actually needed.By the way, at times like this, it is worth remembering that Krugman burst onto the scene as a superstar economist because of his work regarding international trade theory. Credit where it is due; that work is actually quite good and I agree with the basic thrust of Krugman's arguments …

Paul Krugman Remains as Arrogant and Epistemically Closed as Ever

Don't believe me? Read this, in which he reviews Thomas Piketty's new book and says the following: So what’s a conservative, fearing that this diagnosis might be used to justify higher taxes on the wealthy, to do? He could try to refute Mr. Piketty in a substantive way, but, so far, I’ve seen no sign …

Kudos to Eugene Volokh and the Volokh Conspiracy

He and they are the subjects of a properly admiring profile, one that describes very accurately the scope of the Conspiracy's influence: Last week, when the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether religiously owned corporations like Hobby Lobby should be exempt from providing contraception coverage to their employees, the government’s reply brief cited dozens of cases and …

Quote of the Day

The name of my Defining Ideas column is “The Libertarian.” The title of my recent book on constitutional law is “The Classical Liberal Constitution.” Clearly, I consider myself a proponent of limited government. So does Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has moved the term “libertarian” to the fore of our national political debates. In …

Sauce for the Goose

David Bernstein: Petard hoister. With the title of his blog post asking "Why is the Obamacare Rollout Failing?", Professor Bernstein gives the following cheeky answer: Why, it’s obviously because President Barack Obama and his top aides hate government, and therefore can’t be trusted to run a major government program. When the government is run by …

“Libertarians Are the New Communists”?

I think not. Far more accurate to say that Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu are the new Joseph McCarthy: Hanauer and Liu's mode of argument consists of repeating negative statements ("Radical libertarians would be great at destroying," they are "fanatically rigid," they are "economic royalists" who are "mirror images" of communists, etc.) and writing opponents out …