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2 April 2012updated 26 Sep 2015 7:46pm

Opinionomics | 2 April 2012

Must read analysis and comment. Featuring healthcare, welfare and the Euro scare.

By Alex Hern

1. Supreme court and health insurance (The Grumpy Economist)

John Cochrane presents a strong anti-Obamacare argument. He still accepts the need for healthcare reform, but as an ardent free-marketeer, wants the change to be focused on allowing the individuals more, not less, control.

2. Cameron’s consistent error (Stumbling and Mumbling)

A few days old, but Chris Dillow argues that the fuel strike debacle highlights the fact that a lot of the government’s errors seem based around the fact that they fail to appreciate the difference between what’s best for each individual, and what’s best for a government to recommend.

3. The Gold Standard and the Euro (Bruegel)

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Two wonkish pieces next; the first, from Bruegel, looks at the Euro crisis now through the historical prism of the gold standard…

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4. Banking Mysticism, Continued (The Conscience of a Liberal)

…and the second, from Paul Krugman, is a small primer on how banks do and don’t make money.

5. Why the sun has not yet set on nuclear… (Independent)

Mark Leftly argues in favour of the continued expansion of nuclear power.