“The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye. The good economist also looks beyond,” asserted Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson, first published in 1946.

For this Valentine's Day weekend, moviegoers looking for a date-night movie with their significant other have a choice between two extremes. On one end of the spectrum is Fifty Shades of Grey, a film based on the perverse novel by the same title. On the other end of the spectrum is Old Fashioned, an indie film that portrays a budding romance between two unlikely lovers and does so with a focus on honor and fidelity.

In their book Common Sense Economics, four university teachers specializing in economics and public policy warn that a “nation of economic illiterates” is “easily misled by leaders who tell us of their good intentions — their passion to solve our problems.”

Disappointed Americans in great numbers see no reason to sweep the Williams mendacity under a rug. It remains to be seen how many will be willing to skip over lies told by Hillary Clinton.

Why are so many well-educated parents refusing to have their infants immunized against Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella (M.M.R.), as well as diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)?