No golden age of American liberty. David Boaz, Reason. (Thanks, Browser.)

Consider a VAT. Isabel Sawhill, Brookings. Paul Volcker agrees, much to WSJ's disgust. My thoughts on the matter: here, here and here.

The new paternalism. Glen Whitman, Cato Unbound. Lead essay in a Cato symposium on Sunstein and Thaler's "liberal paternalism". Thaler responds. Bryan Caplan's pithy comment sums up my on view on the idea.