Worthy Links

Christopher Hayes on the shifting free-trade consensus among economists.

Roderick Long explains why small is beautiful. And by the way, everything this guy writes about economics is well-worth reading.

Rod Dreher notes the permanent deployment of a brigade combat team to the United States. According to the Army Times article he links to, the brigade is training for riot suppression and quelling civil unrest. This is a scary-sounding development, but I’m not sure how worried we should be. Glenn Greenwald sounded the alarm on this issue several weeks ago, and was promptly taken to task for misinterpreting a mundane domestic deployment. But Dreher brings up a compelling article from the American Conservative on how legal barriers to long-term homeland deployments are being gradually eroded. I’m not sure if Dreher’s post is foolish alarmism or due diligence, but this Bill Adama quote from BSG seemed particularly appropriate:

There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

Indeed.

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