2. More Scott Sumner on China. In a few places he is responding to points slightly different than the ones I made. More generally, libertarians and classical liberals stress how the protection of private property rights is an essential function of government, and I agree. Actions from the Chinese side have led to what is arguably, in the aggregate, the greatest peacetime theft of property in all of history. So what should be done about that? And why do classical liberals and libertarians not like to bring up this issue?
5. Ross Douthat defends the WASP elites (NYT).