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Political violence is unacceptable

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Political violence is unacceptable

In the wake of the ratification of the CETA agreement, environmentalists and anti-free trade zealots are ganging up on politicians who voted for it. This can't become the new normal.   Incidents in France   The French National Assembly recently approved CETA, a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada. The left-wing media outlet Mediapart consequently published…

What is that Phillips curve everyone is talking about?

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What is that Phillips curve everyone is talking about?

Federal Reserve’s Chairman Jerome Powell testified last month before the House Committee on Financial Services. As usual, Powell answered questions regarding the present and future of monetary policy. During the testimony, Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked Powell about the weakening of Phillips curve and its relevance for today’s monetary-policy decisions.…

Book Review: The Ethics of Voting

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Book Review: The Ethics of Voting

The Ethics of Voting By Jason Brennan Princeton University Press, 2012. 229 pages, $16.44 Voting in local, national, or supranational elections is in general seen as an act of good citizenship. Even though participation rates vary from country to country, a large percentage of the population in advanced democracies go to the polls quasi-religiously in every election. Yet few people reflect…

Independence and specialization: part I

Independence and specialization: part I

Despite the contemporary narrative surrounding the decline of low-skill manufacturing jobs, specialization as the only source of stability and career path is the historical norm. During the Colonial era, the standard professional arrangement was tradesman, and with it apprenticeships.  As part of the apprenticeship process the final stage was achievement of Master status obtained either…

Americans: Your Euro trip will show that big government sucks

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Americans: Your Euro trip will show that big government sucks

Let a Euro trip be your lesson: big government on the old continent is way worse than some politicians would have you believe. During the summer months, many young Americans make a trip across the pond to visit the old continent. They have good reason to do so. Europe is a gorgeous continent of stunning beauty and amazing cultural heritage. Americans are very welcome tourists, notably because…

EU websites are not your platform

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU websites are not your platform

EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis likened British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in a blog post published on the website of the Commission. The point of contention is not so much about the comparison itself as it is that Andriukaitis is abusing his bureaucratic office for political purposes.   A political Commission?   The question…

What's the new triumvirate worth?

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
What's the new triumvirate worth?

On Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed by the European Parliament as the new President of the European Commission. According to the latest plan, current Dutch Commissioner Frans Timmermans and Danish Commissioner Magrethe Vestager would become Vice-Presidents on equal footing.   The deal   The Renew Europe (RE) group leader Dacian Cioloș made one point and one point only in…

Government bloat: societal divide

Government bloat: societal divide

In his writing regarding the ratio of federal employees to federal contractors (1.5 million : 15 million), economic historian and professor Brian Domitrovic argued that the contractor bubble is rooted in a desire to undermine the private sector. His argument is that federal contractors are in reality federal employees under a different name. The root of Domitrovic’s thesis lies in American…

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