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The Plans Always Go Wrong

I hate making plans. Plans are like straitjackets. They constrain you to doing something or other for a certain period of time. It’s like going to prison. But if I make plans for myself, I can at least abandon the … Continue reading

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The Malthusian Illusion

Thomas Malthus still exerts great influence. Malthus was a demographer before he was ever considered an economist. He first came to prominence for his 1798 publication, An Essay on the Principle of Population. In it, he raised the question of … Continue reading

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No Faith In The Law

Following on from yesterday, I’m reminded that I have very little faith in the law. I have very little faith in lawyers and judges and courts and legislatures. After all, smoking bans are an example of law in action. And … Continue reading

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Justice In The End

In a comment this morning under the recent thread about the late Beulah Toombs, evicted from her HUD apartment for smoking in it, Audrey Silk wrote: Third, the logic in preferring to support one affected individual rather than supporting something … Continue reading

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The Idle Theory of Government

In Idle Theory, all wealth is idleness. And economic growth is growth in social idleness: as the economy grows, people need to do less and less work to stay alive. And so, over time, thanks largely to technological innovations – … Continue reading

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The Complete and Utter Corruption of Law

From Clicky in the comments yesterday, this piece in Reason: A policy that is scheduled to take effect next Monday prohibits smoking in and near public housing throughout the country, affecting 1.2 million households in units managed by about 3,300 … Continue reading

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The Enigma of Article 13

In the Smoky Drinky Bar last night, RdM was expressing some doubt over whether the EU really was proposing a ‘link tax’, as I reported yesterday. He couldn’t find one in the relevant EU publication. Having read in Breitbart (and … Continue reading

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