Tag Archives: free trade

The law tells it as it was

One of the more irritating historical memes is the preposterous notion that the American Civil War was not “really” about slavery, it was about tariffs and states rights. Fortunately, it is easy to demolish this claim for the historical canard it is. All one has to do is to read the Constitution of the Confederate […]

On concern trolling

A fair few times in the last month, both Legal Eagle and I have been accused of ‘concern trolling’. LE has copped it more than me, but since my post on ‘local food’, I’ve been written off as a ‘libertarian concern troll’. I’d always had a vague notion that it concerned hiding one’s real political […]

Nemo dat v bona fide

Sometimes, both sides of an argument are right. Not just partly right, or right on odd numbered days, or right only under certain circumstances. They’re both right for all time, and — ceteris paribus — under all circumstances.  Some of the thorniest problems in public policy are of this type, and when they come into […]