Friday, July 29, 2011

A. Barton Hinkle: Does Your Body Belong To You?

Food nannies want the government to control your diet. “Perhaps you’ve noticed the trend among certain people these days,” wrote Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times the other day, “to decide that certain other people are not living acceptable lives and must be reformed.” Yes. There certainly is a lot of that going around. You can see it in the comments from ... MORE

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - Civil Rights Assumptions

Professor Williams injects reason into conventional assumptions.

Jan Brewer, A Phony Federalist

The Arizona governor is a woman of pragmatism. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and former U.S. attorney, has never been keen on his state's Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, which his predecessor, Jon Corzine, signed into law on the last day of his administration. But last week Christie announced that New Jersey will proceed with plans to let ... MORE

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Doom Sells: Climate Witchcraft & Post-Normal Science

by Norman Rogers. French philosophers invented deconstructionism and postmodernism, or the theory that nothing means what it says. Followers of these ideas are adept at finding hidden messages of capitalist oppression in the most unexpected places. A related ideological disturbance is post-normal science. Post-normal scientists favor relaxing scientific rigor in order to ... MORE

VIDEO: The Philosophy of Liberty - Plunder

Audit of Federal Reserve: $16 Trillion In Secret Bailouts

Ever wonder what legalized plunder looks like? The first ever GAO(Government Accountability Office) audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which passed last year. Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal  ... MORE

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The "Balanced Budget Amendment" Is A Trap

by Chip Wood. A lot of good people who believe, as I do, that we need to balance the federal budget have fallen for a very bad idea. I’m referring to the notion that a balanced budget amendment will somehow help solve the fiscal disaster our country faces. I just got a promotional email from Regnery Publishing, one of my all-time favorite book-publishing companies. ... MORE

A. Barton Hinkle: Is The Tea Party Crazy Or Just Nuts?

The media demonizes advocates of limited government. The late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota was a man of the hard left—"the Senate's most liberal member," as Mickey Kaus once termed him in the liberal online journal Slate. Wellstone opposed the first Iraq War—and the second one. He was no friend of the Second Amendment—or the First. He thought the ... MORE 

VIDEO: John Stossel - Green Road To Serfdom

Alex Epstein: Nuclear Power Is Extremely Safe

That's the truth about what we learned from Japan. In the midst of a still struggling and fragile global economy, Germany has announced that it will shut down seven nuclear plants by the end of the year--which means that Germans will be left to run their factories, heat their homes, and power their economy with 10% less electrical generating capacity. Nine more plants   ... MORE

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thomas Sowell: Debt-Ceiling Chicken

Thinking about the long haul. The big news, as far as the media are concerned, is the political game of debt-ceiling chicken that is being played by Democrats and Republicans in Washington. But, however much the media are focused on what is happening inside the Beltway, there is a whole country outside the Beltway -- and the time is long overdue to start thinking ... MORE

VIDEO: The Philosophy of Liberty - Property

Who owns you?

Ira Stoll: Five Facts About the Debt

Setting the economic record straight. Five under-appreciated points about the federal budget and debt ceiling:  1. Whenever I need to get my bearings in the debate over the debt, the deficit, or the debt ceiling, I go to the web site of the White House Office of Management and Budget and download historical table 1.3. The story it tells, in very round numbers ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Job Destruction Makes Us Richer

White House economic ignorance on full display.  Here's what President Barack Obama said about our high rate of unemployment in an interview with NBC's Ann Curry: "The other thing that happened, though — and this goes to the point you were just making — is there are some structural issues with our economy, where a lot of businesses have learned to ... MORE

Monday, July 25, 2011

John Rossomando: Shining Light On Regulation Costs

Inhofe bill would would expose the high cost of regulation. Environmental regulations drain hundreds of billions of dollars from the U.S. economy each year, and it mostly goes unnoticed by the public. But proposed legislation from Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe could make the cost of such government interference more transparent. “Everybody here is    ... MORE

Jason Ivey: Little Green Tyrannists

Their goal is to make us all do with less.  Of tyrannies large and small, irritating me the most is the rise of the Green Police. They've reached heights previously held only by the subject of excessive taxation. First of all, the entire basis for green ideology and the ideologues following and enforcing it is based on a sham of a lie. Global cooling led to global warming led to climate  ... MORE

VIDEO: How Import Tariffs Make Everyone Poorer

Jonah Goldberg: The Terminology Of Taxation

Words mean things. Every political movement has its rhetorical strengths and weaknesses. The Right can wax poetic about liberty and freedom, the Left about the nobility of the poor and downtrodden. Nowhere do these differences come across more starkly than on the subject of taxation. Ask almost any Republican politician, from lobster-roll-eating northeastern “RINOs”  ... MORE