Jan 25, 2016
- Mac Owens reviews this week for Law and Liberty the 2013 Bancroft Prize book Lincoln’s Code by John Fabian Witt. Here’s the link to my earlier podcast with Witt on the book.
- So is slower economic growth the result of widening inequality? That’s the question David Henderson @ Econ Log asks in his survey of Scott Winship’s excellent work on economic inequality.
- Featured on the front page of Liberty Fund’s online mothership is the great economist Paul Heyne with a link to his timely essay “Economics is a Way of Thinking.” If you have not yet read Liberty Fund’s publication of Heyne’s Are Economists Basically Immoral?, now is the time.
- Fed-Soc podcast on Proposition 8 oral arguments with Carrie Severino and Dean Reuter.
- So Charles Edel in this short, learned essay explains what John Quincy Adams (link is no longer available) can teach us about foreign policy.
- Hope springs eternal but pessimism’s utility is the abiding truth of man’s condition that we cannot really accept.
- Ayn Rand’s marginalia on C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man, evidently she was no fan. Per Rand, he was an “abysmal bastard,” a “monstrosity,” a “cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-metaphysical mediocrity,” a “pickpocket of concepts,” and a “God-damn, beaten mystic.”