Monday, June 24, 2019


There are many possible futures we hope are not in our future. Nuclear war, meteor colliding with Earth, infectious diseases that we cannot stop, many others.  The consoling thought is that (for all we know) the odds of a bad outcome are low. But here is a scary future that is by no means low-odds: is crony capitalism inevitable?

The widespread acceptance of "green" policies (accompanied by the constant bleating that climate armageddon is inevitable) is a case in point. Here is Matt Ridley. Does Bjorn Lomborg appear on school syllabi except in isolated cases?

As the wise Bruce Yandle showed us, when bootleggers and the baptists hold hands, we are in trouble. I just started reading George Will's new book. He gives up on today's Republican Party as being sensible on this (or other) issue(s).

What to do? A Constitutional convention is unlikely.  Executive of legislative action is, by definition, unlikely. That leaves the courts. This morning's WSJ editorial on the court suggests that a new seemingly originalist court is finding its legs.  Perhaps there is an antidote to ever more cronyism. Perhaps.


Bjorn Lomborg interviewed by Russ Roberts.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Road diets

It's clear that most people like their cars. But it is also true that many people like to complain about cars and traffic. Some of the confusion comes from the fact that the auto-highway system is poorly managed.  Access and parking ought to be priced. But many planners see pricing as exotic and/or nefarious. Bob Poole's latest book is a great reference.  These are policy failures even though textbooks still call congestion a market failure.

The latest in a long list and variety of policy mis-steps in the transportation field involves "road diets."  There is nothing exotic or arcane here. Take lanes from normal traffic (in the interests of cyclists or just plain anti-auto animus) and first responders cannot get through. And people die. Nothing says policy failure more than needless death.

Look at the HBO Chernobyl history. Or look here. Needless death from politically inspired incompetence. Thirty (perhaps more) people died.  We will kill many more with our road diets.


From the anti-auto hysterics.