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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.

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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