Commentary

The constance of crony capitalism

October 15, 2012
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Reason Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"Cronyism is the practice by which government officials -- Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives -- give preferential treatment to particular firms or industries in exchange for votes, campaign contributions, or the pleasure of promoting pet projects. Favored companies reap financial rewards, reduce their exposure to risk, and gain an advantage over rivals who don’t get the same government help." (for publication 11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9le7f2h  

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The strange case of Senator Mike Gravel

October 15, 2012
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Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by Bill Walker  

"Recently I received an email concerning the National Initiative. This is a constitutional proposal by former Alaska senator Mike Gravel. Part of his proposal involves using an Article V Convention to bring his proposal into effect. Fundamentally, I agree with the senator’s proposal though some of its details may require re-examination." (10/14/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8olpdag  

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The creaming of Paul Ryan

October 15, 2012
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"In the first exchange of the presidential election season over foreign policy issues, the neocons -- in the person of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan -- got creamed. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Ryan got creamed by Joe Biden -- who serves in an administration that is pursuing each and every one of the neocons’ policy goals, and doing a much better job of it than George W. Bush ever did." (10/15/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8womzkp  

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If two men go into the woods without a police officer, how many will come out alive?

October 15, 2012
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LewRockwell.com
by Mark R. Crovelli  

"Five armed men sitting in a field dozens and dozens of miles from a police officer having a civil chat about anarchism without any one of us trying to rape, rob or kill any of the others is a rather remarkable thing if Thomas Hobbes is right about human nature. Equally interesting is the fact that none of us feared or even contemplated the possibility of being raped, robbed or killed by anyone out there in the wilds of the Colorado plains that day. Like Coloradoans of the 19th century, we met scores of armed men over the course of the day, none of which we personally knew, and yet it never even crossed any of our minds to be concerned for our chastity, our wealth or our lives." (10/15/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/crovelli/crovelli71.1.html  

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European Union gets Nobel Peace Prize, laughs

October 15, 2012
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Marian L. Tupy  

Cato Daily Podcast featuring Marian L. Tupy. [Flash audio or MP3] (10/12/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8qgdrrw  

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Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP (Libertopia 2012)

October 15, 2012
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C4SIF Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  

Audio of a lecture on "intellectual property," and a panel on same. [Flash audio or MP3] (10/13/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9l8urrr  

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How to stop the Fed’s counterfeiting and keep your earnings

October 15, 2012
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"QE3 is a counterfeiting operation that will raise prices and diminish your earnings. This Federal Reserve policy will inflate the money supply by almost half a trillion dollars per year. It creates money out of thin air -- a.k.a., counterfeiting. You can defeat the FED with the Free Competition in Currency Act (HR 1098). The FED can counterfeit because it’s a monopoly. Competition would arrest their scheme and preserve your wealth." (10/11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/93nf6zb  

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Neither real nor right

October 15, 2012
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  

"A charter school may be better than a failing public school, but it is still based on a failing premise: although they are run by parents and teachers, these are still government schools. Salaries are still funded by local property taxes, and students are still tested according to federal standardized guidelines. The film even ends with a rap version of Kennedy’s famous message: 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' The first is socialism, the second is feudalism. Neither bodes well for creativity and individual success." (10/12/12)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/913  

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How to stop a runaway horse

October 15, 2012
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Casey Research Casey Research
by David Galland  

"Modern society, like a runaway horse, has got the bit of utopianism in its teeth and is running full speed toward an uncertain future. And, if history offers any guidance, a serious accident." (10/12/12)

http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/how-stop-runaway-horse  

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Hi$tory repeat$

October 15, 2012
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"Allowing a secret group the ability to create money with paper and ink is the guarantee they will. Permitting the select to distribute the new money is the certainty the wealth will consolidate in the hands of the few. Granting them the authority to control the volume of printing is the assurance there will be no practical limit." (10/11/12)

http://idaholiberty.com/?p=1841  

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Respecting liberty to fix America

October 15, 2012
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Any government employee, from the president to the Congress or the Supreme Court, is a legitimate government authority only as long as he or she strictly obeys the law that sets out his job parameters. When he fudges that obedience he is no longer a legitimate authority and you owe him nothing." (10/12/12)

http://www.cnjonline.com/digest/respectinglibertytofixamerica.html  

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True by definition: Redistribution and economic freedom

October 15, 2012
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EconLog EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The truth is that size of government and economic freedom are inextricably connected. Any definition of 'economic freedom' that doesn't directly incorporate the size of government is a crummy definition." (10/15/12)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/10/true_by_definit.html  

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Paedomania

October 14, 2012
posted by

Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"On the one hand, the hysteria surrounding the late Jimmy Savile shows the continuing degradation of the English character. Touching up girls in their mid-teens is an unseemly thing to do, and should probably attract some kind of legal penalty. It is, however, rather low on the scale of human wickedness. Yet, while real monsters like Tony Blair go unscathed about their business, Jimmy Savile is being made an unperson as if he were a disgraced member of Stalin’s Politburo." (10/14/12)

http://libertarianalliance.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/paedomania-2/  

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Chewing the fat

October 14, 2012
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"Whether you're pro-fat, like the woman who's worked up about Minnie, or anti, like Michelle claims to be, it's more important to do something about war than anything else. A hydrogen bomb doesn't care whether you're svelte or zaftig. We must end war before it ends us. We must outlaw conscription, end all taxation, disarm the state, and arm the people. " (10/14/12)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2012/tle692-20121014-02.html  

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California’s crony capitalist problem

October 14, 2012
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Reason
by Steven Greenhut  

"In much of the country, the mere mention of the name, Jerry Brown, signifies the otherworldly nature of California politics. Many people in other states have come up to me and said something to this effect: 'You Californians are so weird that, in tough economic times, you re-elected that retread from the 1970s.' Yet in this season of bill signings, vetoes, and elections, Gov. Brown has remained the last bulwark against the truly crazy left-wingers who run the Capitol." (10/12/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9zlv6ma  

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Society as an organic body

October 14, 2012
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A Passion for Liberty
by Tibor R. Machan  

"Karl Marx, in his posthumously published work Grundrisse identified his view of humanity very clearly. Humanity is an organic whole (or body). People aren’t individuals but the cells of this organic entity whose development and maturation Marx tried to chronicle in his works. When you have an organic body you are looking out for, if some part of this body is faltering, another part may need to be called upon or sacrificed so as to help mend it." (10/13/12)

http://tinyurl.com/98jayu8  

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Time to investigate the Bureau of Labor Statistics

October 14, 2012
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Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara  

"Who needs the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), when you have Rush Limbaugh? Limbaugh predicted almost a year ago that the unemployment rate reported last Friday would fall below 8% for the first time since Obama entered office. Limbaugh by his own admission is no economist. So how did he know? Maybe because we are in the realm of politics now, rather than economics." (10/10/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9pyel96  

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Founding Fathers — William Ellery

October 14, 2012
posted by

Liberty For All
by staff  

"Ellery was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Rhode Island. In 1747 William Ellery graduated from Harvard College where he had excelled in Greek and Latin. Ellery returned to Newport where he worked first as a merchant, next as a customs collector, and then as Clerk of the Rhode Island General Assembly." (10/14/12)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=8196  

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Burning the candle

October 14, 2012
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"I’ve grown weary and cynical, waiting for America’s bright, fiat-money light to burn out. I was a kid when people first started predicting the dollar’s fall. I shrug at the latest dire warning. Still, the bright glow of a fiat money economy 'will not last the night.' I don’t know what’s going to happen any more than the latest dire predictors do. But it just feels as though this winter could be the time when we’re plunged into the dark." (10/12/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9r3tjdh  

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China struggles with innovation

October 14, 2012
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Hawaii Reporter
by Jack Dini  

"China ranks 151st out of 181 countries in the World Bank's annual survey of environments for entrepreneurs. 'China has a long way to go before it will be anything like the US in its ability to foster innovation or entrepreneurship,' says Daniel Altman. Yet hardly a week goes by without a headline pronouncing that China is about to overtake the US and other advanced economies in the innovation game." (10/11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8wb5rzg  

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Free Health Care!

October 14, 2012
posted by

Strike the Root
by Jim Davies  

"That was the promise, made by politicos in the England of my youth; health care, they said, is a right, an entitlement. In Churchill's wartime cabinet, William Beveridge, whom I briefly met 15 years later, had designed a scheme by 1945, and it was rushed through and implemented in 1947. The exodus of British doctors to North America began shortly afterwards. I now much regret not having the libertarian understanding, in 1960, to ask His Lordship where exactly that 'entitlement' came from." (10/14/12)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/free-health-care  

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Clinton’s legacy: The financial and housing meltdown

October 14, 2012
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Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Bill Clinton is certainly full of himself these days. That might have something to do with the fact that no one is likely to ask why he hasn’t owned up to his share of the blame for the housing and financial bust. The former president is treated like an elder statesman whose tenure in office was so good that even some Republicans look back fondly on it." (10/12/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1210l.asp  

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An economy of illusions

October 14, 2012
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Tim Kelly  

"For the past four years, talking heads, pundits, and other regime apologists have been looking for 'green shoots' and other signs of an economic recovery to vindicate the U.S. government’s fiscal and monetary shenanigans." (10/11/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1210k.asp  

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Missing: Regulatory transparency

October 14, 2012
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews and Ryan Young  

"Every spring and fall, as certain as the turning of the seasons, the General Services Administration’s Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) issues a new edition of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Or it did, until this year." (10/11/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8bd4gdk  

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What should we really fear?

October 14, 2012
posted by

Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Recently, over 1,000 people marched in Dearborn, Mich., protesting anti-Muslim 'hate-speech.' According to the Detroit Free Press, the controversial movie Innocence of Muslims served as the catalyst for the protest. The film denigrates Mohammad, depicting him as a womanizer and a fool." (10/14/12)

http://tinyurl.com/952h9oj  

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