Showing posts with label reason. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reason. Show all posts

Scott Sumner: Milton Friedman Saw The Euro Crisis Coming

He predicted Europe's current problems 17 years ago.  Among the general public, Milton Friedman is mostly remembered for the libertarian views outlined on his PBS show Free to Choose.   Among economists, he is best known for his monetarist position on Fed policy. What's less well known is that he was also a soothsayer,         ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: 5 Popular Drugs Scares Vs. Reality -- The Disconnect Between Drug Use And Public Alarm About It

Dangerous drug use is on the decline.       Last year I noted the disconnect between rising public alarm about methamphetamine and falling rates of use. By 2005, when Newsweek identified "The Meth Epidemic" as "America's New Drug Crisis" in a sensational cover story, illicit methamphetamine use had been declining for years. A new     ... MORE

Reg-Crazed Bureaucrats Continue War On Common Sense

by Thomas Novelly.   Indian restaurant fined for wanting ‘experienced Indian waiter.’ The New York City Commission on Human Rights issued a $5,000 fine to an Indian restaurant for hiring an Indian waiter, the New York Post reported Wednesday. Shalom Bombay in Midtown Manhattan posted an ad in October of 2013 on Craigslist, asking for an   ... MORE

Michael J Hurd: Obama’s Phobia Of Ayn Rand

The philosophy of reason is not the president's ally.      In a speech at Georgetown University this past May, we learned two things about President Barack Obama. One, he loves the Catholic leader, Pope Francis. Two, he hates Ayn Rand. No, it’s not really a surprise. But the specifics of Obama’s comments — and the fact that progressives  ... MORE

VIDEO: Ayn Rand - Reason And Atheism

Felony Murder Case Linked To Marijuana Deal Illustrates The Need For Jurors To Know About Jury Nullification

Because justice is a result, not just a process.    A murder case that prompted a Wichita woman’s run for governor last year is in the hands of a Sedgwick County jury. Kyler Carriker, the son of former gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Winn, faces a life sentence without parole eligibility for 20 years if he is convicted of first-degree felony murder in the  ... MORE

Milo Yiannopoulos: In Defense Of Ayn Rand

The monster under the progressive bed.   Liberals are constantly begging for more female authors and female lead characters in literature, but one woman author and philosopher remains stubbornly absent from progressive reading lists. Her name is Ayn Rand, and she is responsible for a theory called objectivism, which holds that reality exists     ... MORE

VIDEO: The Science Of Racism

No One Owes You Anything

Harry Browne's christmas gift to his 9-year-old.   Every once in a while you come across something that really sticks with you. You read the article, and it wrenches your mind in a direction that you are unfamiliar with. It leads to an “ah-ha!” moment. A few weeks ago, I came across one of these. Harry Browne, former Libertarian Party      ... MORE

Chris Ingraham: Portugal Decriminalized Drugs 14 years Ago – And Now Hardly Anyone Dies From Overdosing

The result of ending the drug war are in. Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it — Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine    ... MORE

Jeffrey Tucker: 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Libertarians

How to sustain a lasting passion for liberty. What does it mean to be an effective advocate of liberty? It means to love what you do and adopt sustainable patterns of thinking and living that contribute to making the world a freer place. Sustainability is key. Most of today’s attacks on freedom lovers include a dismissal that libertarianism is an ideology for idealistic (or maybe deluded) kids, not one for adults. ... MORE

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J.D. Tuccille: Check Out On Your Own Terms

Tragic or self-empowering?     Every couple of years, some well-intentioned scribbler pens a hand-wringer about the national tragedy of suicide among the elderly. "Suicide rate for elderly men is alarming," noted Dennis Streets in the Chatham Journal last month. "Suicide rates are high among the elderly," cautioned Paula Span in a 2013 New York   ... MORE

Craig Biddle: What Is Objectivism?

Reason, egoism and capitalism.  It is widely believed today that our moral, cultural, and political alternatives are limited either to the ideas of the secular, relativistic left—or to those of the religious, absolutist right—or to some compromised mixture of the two. In other words, one’s ideas are supposedly either extremely “liberal” or extremely    ... MORE