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by | Apr 15, 2016

Last night in my seminar on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations my students and I covered Smith’s chapters on public goods. During the course of the discussion one of my superb students, Chris Kuiper, mentioned in passing that Paul Krugman, in a…

by | Apr 14, 2016

Politico is reporting that the Palm Beach County DA will not prosecute Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for assaulting former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Once this is announced we can expect Trump to send out some juvenile tweets calling Fields’ character into…

by | Apr 14, 2016

The Golden State Warriors made NBA history with a 125-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the final game of the regular season. The Warriors finished the 2015-2016 season 73-9 besting the 72-10 mark set by the Chicago Bulls 20…

by | Apr 13, 2016

On Monday & Tuesday night, I watched both parts of Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson mini-series on PBS. I was already familiar with most of Robinson’s biography, but was fascinated with the light shed on his post-playing career particularly his political involvement with…

by | Apr 12, 2016

A short while ago I got a chance to meet Fred Lynn. For those of you outside of Boston or not of a certain age, Fred Lynn was the man in 1975. He was first player in MLB history to…

by | Apr 12, 2016

This afternoon House Speaker Paul Ryan said he absolutely, positively does not want to run for President of the United States. But six months ago Paul Ryan absolutely, positively did not want to become House Speaker. Now I do believe…

by | Apr 12, 2016

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking some heat for telling, for lack of a better phrase, an off-color joke over the weekend. The incident took place at the City’s annual Inner Circle Dinner, a roast of sorts…

by | Apr 11, 2016

Great powers usually have client states. Although a sign of influence, the latter often are more trouble than they are worth. North Korea increasingly appears that way for Beijing. The Chinese-North Korean relationship was oft said to be like lips…

by | Apr 11, 2016

Saturday’s mail brought a copy of Peter Lindert’s and Jeffrey Williamson’s new book, Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality since 1700. I’ve not yet read as much as the first page, but I’m already eager to read the whole book….

by | Apr 11, 2016

To give you an idea of how close I was sitting to Iain Matthews during his concert last week at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, every time I said, “Yeah!” after he introduced a song he would smile and respond, “Yeah!” …

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