Wednesday Linkage

Rebecca Luella Miller writes about the role of the passive voice in one’s writing.

Peter J. Boettke on the relationship between economic law and public policy. A slice:

Perhaps if we could rely on pixie dust, politicians would be much happier and their acts of promisory politics would not have unintended and undesirable consequences. It sure would be nice if we were all smarter, friendlier, healthier, and wealthier. But our ability to achieve these desired ends as a society is a function of public policies not pixie dust, and those public policies must be grounded in a recognition of the refractory reality within which human beings exist. Both sides of the aisle prefer pixie dust policy to serious economic analysis of public policies and that is our problem. “Wishing,” from the right or from the left, “doesn’t make it so.

Tyler Cowen alerts us to yet another critique of Piketty; this time, it’s a paper about the variables in Piketty’s equations.

Samuel Gregg talks to the National Catholic Register on the Catholic origins of free market economics and entrepreneurship theory.

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