Britain’s Liz Truss chooses a hard road

Is the new approach to economic policy of the Truss government important. Well, just look at the overreaction.

“It has been extreme” says the mild-mannered Tyler Cowen, who goes on to add:

I certainly can see reasons why one might oppose the plan, but the skies are not going to fall.”

Criticism from many of the government’s opponents can be dealt with relatively briskly – it’s usually easy enough to pick out contradictions in their own recent testimony.  Cowen again, with admirable restraint:

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Orban et urbi

Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban doesn’t get a great press – at least outside Hungary where it’s harder to arrange.

So broadminded diversity connoisseurs might profit from a recent speech at the Bálványos Free Summer University and Student Camp (a ‘large-scale intellectual workshop of the Carpathian Basin’ apparently).

It reads both well and revealingly; logically constructed and strategically coherent; its premises stated and conclusions drawn.  Perhaps he could give Zoom lessons to more gushy and less focused global peers.

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The US Supreme Court does its bit to make the case for Trump

The US Supreme Court’s recent decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been discussed mainly in terms of its impact on the Trump administration’s immigration policy.  It’s a demonstration of the importance of the court’s role in America’s separation-of-powers regime.  And it says something about the current relationship between the law and politics in the US.

The substance of the case concerned one president’s ability (Trump’s) to use his executive powers to roll back another president’s (Obama’s) executive decisions. Continue reading “The US Supreme Court does its bit to make the case for Trump”

Breaking news: Trump’s economic policies are inconsistent (also Pope admits catholicism)

Amidst the hurly-burly of impeachment, America’s economic policy seems almost a diversion.  A recent assessment by Canadian economist David Henderson provides a pithy summary of Trump’s successes and failures, and in the process raises some interesting questions on how right-of-centre political parties might need to adapt their policies. Continue reading “Breaking news: Trump’s economic policies are inconsistent (also Pope admits catholicism)”