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The Moral Case for Recycling Only When Directed To Do So by the Market

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s a follow-up letter to the student at Oregon State: Mr. S__: Thanks for your follow-up e-mail in response to my note on recycling. You write that I put extreme faith in market prices. The market may fail to realize the true social value of recycling household plastic containers and cardboard. That’s why the moral case for recycling is of huge importance. You’re correct that the market is never...

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Recycle – When It’s Not Wasteful To Do So

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s a letter to a junior at Oregon State University who plans to write a long paper next semester on recycling: Mr. S__: Thanks for your e-mail. You ask where I “stand on recycling.” My answer is easy: I’m all for recycling when it doesn’t waste resources. Trouble is, most of what is today called “recycling” is wasteful and, thus, I counsel against it. I recycle only when it’s worthwhile to do...

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(Don Boudreaux) TweetPhil Magness and James Harrigan have read the transcript of the recent deposition of Fauci. A slice: That said, the email records we do possess contain ample evidence of Fauci’s involvement in the “take down” order [of the Great Barrington Declaration], plainly contradicting his sworn deposition. In those emails we see [Francis] Collins colluding with Anthony Fauci (while fantastically CCing Lawrence...

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(Don Boudreaux) TweetMy GMU Econ colleague Dan Klein decries the governmentalization of social affairs. A slice: We limit governmentalization by upholding liberal principles. Governmentalization is a cancer, and liberal principles shrink it. The medicine does not bring on euphoric sensations, it simply reduces the evil. In other metaphors, governmentalization is pollution, poison, a plague of locusts. Liberal principles are the...

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(Don Boudreaux) TweetGeorge Will writes on yet another occurrence, here in the U.S. of A., of the banana-republic practice of civil asset forfeiture. A slice: Civil forfeiture is the power to seize property suspected of being produced by, or involved in, crime. The property owners must prove that they and their property are innocent of such involvement. Proving this can be, and government has a motive to make it be, a protracted,...

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetThe Wall Street Journal‘s Editorial Board rightly praises the CDC’s recent move to a more reasonable response to omicron infections. A slice: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the agency revised its guidelines because there “were starting to be limitations in society” due to the extended worker quarantines. She added: “This guidance is only as good as society’s...