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Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct In Fox News exclusive: 'I know I'm Telling The Truth'
Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News

How To spot The New Yorker’s irresponsible, Slipshod Reporting On Brett Kavanaugh
Becket Adams, Washington Examiner

The Assault On Kavanaugh Is Proving Trump Voters Right
Rich Lowry, NY Post

Yale Law School Cancels Classes So That Students Can Protest Brett Kavanaugh
Emily Zanotti, The Daily Wire

Big Labor Drops Big Dollars On Dems
Bill McMorris, The Washington Free Beacon

The Kavanaugh Circus Could Destroy The Me Too Movement
Alexandra Desanctis, National Review

Carbon Tax Could Give Liberals Vast Power To Grow Federal Government
Steve Forbes, The Hill

Senator Hirono Didn’t Always Tell Men To ‘Shut Up’ And Believe Accusers
John Hund, National Review

Michael Moore Belly-Flopping At The Box office
Monica Showalter, American Thinker

Why Care About Economic Freedom
Richard W. Rahn, The Washington Times

New York City Just Sent Its Transportation Industry Back To The 1930s
Jason Snead, Fee

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-- Penn Jillette,

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In Search Of History

4,000 Years Of Price Control

Tablets, said to be 200 years older than the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi ... show that the ancient kingdom of Eshnunna had wage control and price control. The news ought not to have come as a surprise. For the code of Hammurabi itself (unearthed in 1902), which was promulgated earlier than 2000 B.C., fixed prices, wages, interest rates, and fees. This makes price control at least about 4,000 years old. ...

 

Ironically, it is those who now wish to return to this ancient totalitarian device who are fondest of calling themselves “progressives.” They are also fond of saying that those who believe in economic liberty “are living in the nineteenth century.” These controlists have yet to learn that they themselves are still living, as the discoveries in Babylonia attest, in the nineteenth century—B.C.!

-- Henry Hazlitt,