Forget the argument, examine the psychology

Cato, The Supreme Court, And Biden’s Sellout of Property Rights. Gary M. Galles — “As important as this issue is, I believe that focusing the discussion around whether the moratorium extension was constitutional, as currently interpreted, acts to tone down the crucial importance of the principle being violated — private property — and therefore the width of the abyss between that long-established principle of defensible government action and what was done.” … “what is at stake is not merely an intellectual exercise or inter-party dispute, but as “Cato’s Letters” make clear, it is at the heart of what defines America.”

Build. Alex Tabarrok — “The excellent Eli Dourado in the NYTimes: “How did the most dynamic country on the planet become so sclerotic? We did it to ourselves. We enacted laws that privilege the status quo at the expense of change and progress. We liberally passed out veto rights to anyone with the money and wherewithal to hire a lawyer. If we want to reverse the damage and create a more prosperous future, we must make it easy to build.” … “This is also a good opportunity to plug Ezra Klein’s excellent interview with Jerusalem Demsas, How Blue Cities Became So Outrageously Unaffordable.”

The Mischaracterisation of Conservatism. Kevin Donnelly — “An inheritance drawing on unique concepts such as the inherent dignity of the person, equality and freedom for all, popular sovereignty, free will and a commitment to social justice and the common good.  An inheritance that has evolved over thousands of years that must be nurtured, conserved and never taken for granted.”

This should be hailed, and yet there is mostly silence from the elites. Tyler Cowen — “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a new state treatment plan to help fight COVID-19, announcing Thursday that the state will start dispensing Regeneron monoclonal antibodies through mobile clinics…” — what is notable in both the original report and in some of this links comments is the moral preening, condescension, name calling, hubris, etc.

The problem with climate change politics. Alasdair Macleod — “It is time for a reality check, because on flimsy evidence climate policy is becoming overtly economically destructive, more so than any other statist intervention, outside monetary policy, in peacetime.” … “A prejudice which is little examined is why establishments frequently stick to conviction while denying reasonable debate. There are many fields of government where this is demonstrably true, climate change being one of them.”

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