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  • A Surprising Supply of Communist Dupes, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
    What actually happened under communism was rather different.  Communist regimes began with mass murder of their political enemies, businessmen, and their families.  Next, they seized the peasants’ land, leading to hellish famines.  In time, they launched major “industrialization” campaigns, but obsessively focused on building up their militaries, not mass consumption.  And no communist regime has ever tried to “divide wealth for equal advantage.”  Bloodbaths aside, communist regimes always put Party members’ comfort above the very lives of ordinary citizens.
  • Gregory Wolniak on Maximizing Post-Graduation Earnings – The Atlantic
    Wolniak: Majors are the single biggest driver of earnings. Deciding your major plays a bigger role in determining your career earnings than does where you go to school or even deciding whether or not to attend at all. In other words, the average between attending and not attending is less than the differences we see among bachelor’s completers once we compare earnings across fields.
  • NAFTA and other trade deals have not gutted American manufacturing — period – Vox
    Try to calculate the share that those three “bad trade agreements” played in the processes of manufacturing job loss, of widening income inequality, and the coming of the overclass of the Second Gilded Age, and — as long as you calculate honestly — you get a share of responsibility of less than 5 percent, and usually less than 1 percent
  • Beaches That Should Be On Your Bucket List | Frugal Travel Guy
    Playa del Amor, (Hidden Beach) Marietas Islands, Mexico This spot is so special that you’ll almost wish it had never been discovered. Only accessible by going through a long water tunnel, it looks like something out of a fairy tale. With its vibrant blue waters and silky surf, it’s hard to believe that this watering hole was created by the Mexican military conducting bomb testing. But not to worry, it’s now a national park and you’ll have little more than the laughter of fellow sunbathers or the cry of a blue footed boobie to disturb your sun-induced slumber.


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