4. Scott Sumner on Switzerland. I would note that Switzerland in the 19th century was not so wealthy, or seen as such a model of success. So I don’t think the answer is just “the Swiss people,” or for that matter “Swiss political decentralization.” The Swiss arrangements somehow fit very well into 20th century European economic growth, plus of course the country avoided two World Wars.
6. Long Matt Yglesias post on optimal taxation. Sadly gated but yes you should pay that tax!