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Scott Walker reversals piling up as presidential bid looms http://t.co/ZH9HNI8WfC pic.twitter.com/7KjEZEoyWY — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 12, 2015

Amash Wins in Michigan: Pro-Market Defeats Pro-Business Insider

Liberty-respecting Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan defeated a primary challenger put up by so-called business interests and other party insiders: The Liberterian-minded Amash on Tuesday, Aug. 5, soundly beat Ellis, who billed himself as sort of the “anti-Amash” candidate for votes he considered out of touch with Third District voters. Countless endorsements, including the Grand…

‘Movers and Shakers’ Get It Wrong, Again

Across Wisconsin, a majority of counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (As of Tuesday afternoon, the number was at 50 of 72 Wisconsin counties, or about seventy-percent of them. By Wednesday in my area, Rock, Jefferson, and Walworth County were issuing licenses to gay couples.) (See, from Craig Gilbert of the Journal…

Rand Paul on Chamber of Commerce Republicans

Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, often moves (sometimes quixotically) between libertarian and conventionally conservative, Republican positions. Still, there’s unquestionably some libertarian in him, and in his libertarianism he shares a dynamic philosophy (if not party label) with a huge number of other Americans (about 22%, or just under one-in-four people).  Here’s what Paul, speaking…

Why Don’t Politicians and Bureaucrats Get Any Better?

Someone wrote and asked me why I thought that politicians and bureaucrats don’t seem to learn from past mistakes.  When controversies arise, why don’t officials seem to improve, responsively, over time?  Why do they seem to have learned almost nothing? Well, many do learn and improve, but those who don’t are conspicuous. I’ll suggest a…

The Libertarianism of Gamers

Political operatives looking to explore gamers as a voting bloc should know that gamers are more likely to identify themselves as independent than non-gamers and also are less likely to identify as Republicans. Reason-Rupe PollWhen independent gamers are pushed to identify leanings, they are more likely to lean leftward to the Democrats. Mapping onto their…

“Nope, the GOP Still Isn’t Libertarian”

Indeed, as Harry Cheadle writes: Since the party’s 2012 defeat, there’s been a lot of talk in political publications about how to “fix” the GOP. Generally, writers have recommended that Republicans run candidates that have libertarian views on social issues so they can appeal to young people, which dovetails with an idea circulating in the…

‘More Than Sharks Love Blood’

How does one explain politicians like Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, or Mark Sanford? They’ve kept returning no matter how risible their revealed conduct. Their particular motivations are known (if then) only to their families or therapists. It’s possible, though, that a suitable political explanation is available. In the American version of House of Cards, Congressman…

The Three Ways Policy Goes Wrong

How does public policy go wrong? I’m sure the answer’s not complicated. There are a few principal ways, with all else being derivations: (1) bad information, (2) bad ideas, or (3) bad motives. So either knowledge is poor, theory is poor, or ethics are poor. I’ve organized the possibilities this way in order of severity,…

Looking at Japan’s Past to See China’s Future

Over at the Financial Times Alphaville BlogJapan’s lessons for China, about state capitalist China’s systemic economic problems. (Those who write that China’s a perpetual juggernaut either don’t understand fundamental economics, don’t understand that fundamental theory applies universally, or most likely commit both errors). The post outlines China’s four principal economic problems (per Stephen Green, Standard…

Gov. McDonnell of Virginia: Crony Capitalist or Old-Time Moocher??

The New Republic describes Bob McDonnell as a crony capitalist, but their own enumeration of his greed puts McDonnell in a more mundane (but wrong nonetheless) category of self-entitled moocher: McDonnell has not lived up to Democrats’ worst fears as a religious-right zealot. Aside from that brief and disastrous flirtation with the transvaginal ultrasound, he…

Meanwhile, the left is worried about flacking ObamaCare

Funny, but proponents don’t seem to be relying on the law’s own supposed strengths, anymore. Kevin Drum writes that “Republicans will be relentlessly exploiting Obamacare’s rollout problems during next year’s midterm elections.” If these rollout problems weren’t likely to be real problems, the left wouldn’t be so concerned about politics. Via Democrats Better Start Selling…