Jul 12, 2011

Tuesday Reading: Caylee's Law, Epstein, Alito, & more

Balko at HuffPo: Why Caylee's Law Is a Bad Idea
  • Radley Balko, now at HuffPo, explains why "Caylee's Law" is a bad idea
    HuffPo: Why Caylee's Law Is a Bad Idea
  • Ilya Somin elaborates and explains the role of political ignorance and laws named after crime victims
    Volokh Conspiracy: Political Ignorance and Caylee's Law
  • Richard Epstein discusses federal automobile regulations
    Defining Ideas: Our Curious CAFE Culture
    Yes, we should eliminate CAFE standards, but we should not eliminate all regulation on automobile emissions. In particular, two types of regulation seem appropriate. The first is a set of user fees that are based on a combination of congestion and wear and tear on public highways. The second item to regulate is the emission risk from tailpipes. In addition, taxing standards should be set to induce new, lower-polluting cars to enter the market, thereby increasing the incentive to substitute in clean for dirty cars.
  • Adam White profiles the newest conservative Supreme Court Justice
    Weekly Standard: The Burkean Justice
  • David Bernstein on Breyer
    Volokh Conspiracy: Oliver Wendell Breyer
  • New poll from Reason suggests that Americans are more radical than their politicians
    Reason/Rupe Poll: Cut the Debt By Cutting Government
  • Matt Ridley discusses the secret behind humanity's rise
    WSJ: Humans: Why They Triumphed
  • Quote of the day:
    There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as caring and sensitive because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he is willing to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he will do good with his own money — if a gun is held to his head.
    P.J. O'Rourke

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