Assorted Links (9/27/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading lately:

It’s Easier to Be Brilliant than Right

“There is a danger with intellectual brightness. It is to overemphasize and develop a bias for cleverness, quickness, facility with data, and the ability to persuade.”

Curb Corruption or Lose the War in Afghanistan

“In The Wall Street Journal, former CIA official Rufus Phillips says that association with the agency has given some Afghan officials impunity, threatening Gen. David Petraeus’s counterinsurgency strategy.”

How to Grow Out of the Deficit

“In The Wall Street Journal, Hoover Institution fellow Edward Lazear says that limiting spending increases to inflation minus 1% would balance the budget in less than a decade.”

Jeffrey Goldberg is Fidel’s Latest American Dupe

“In The Wall Street Journal, Americas columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady notes that the Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg is not the first American journalist to cuddle up to Castro.”

The Regulation Tax Grows

“In The Wall Street Journal, Lafayette College economists Nicole V. Crain and W. Mark Crain say that federal regulatory burdens, not Chinese competition, are responsible for the decline of U.S. manufacturing.”

The Seduction of the Tea Partiers

“Will the rhetoric of the House Republicans’ Pledge to America win over Tea Party members?”

The Weekend Interview With Tony Blair

“In the Wall Street Journal, Global View columnist Bret Stephens interviews former British prime minister Tony Blair, who defends the West and Third Way politics.”

Tax Cuts and Revenue: What We Learned in the 1980s

“In The Wall Street Journal, Richard Rahn says that supply-siders never argued that all tax cuts pay for themselves. But the evidence is clear that lower rates on high earners do produce more revenue over time.”

Jim Towey: Pastors For ObamaCare? –

“In the Wall Street Journal, the leader of George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives office writes that if the office is going to be used as a propaganda unit by President Obama, it might as well be shut down.”

Book Review: John Kenneth Galbraith, the Non-Economist’s Economist

“James Grant reviews Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings, published by the Library of America.”