This quote from former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint caught my eye:
"...no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves."
Sorry, Jim, but I don't think we can chalk that advance up to the market, since markets in states like yours sold human beings. As for how all that ended, I seem to recall something the unfortunate Confederate general George Pickett said in another context: "The Union Army had something to do with it." Which was a public institution. Kind of a big one.
COAL MINERS AND CODE. I'm not sure how much Michael Bloomberg knows about coal or coal miners, but he might have been right about the whole coding thing.
SUFFERING AND SUCH. I'm not always on the same page as David Brooks, but he gets a pass with this one.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED