Ultimate foundation of private property, part 2: Presuppositions of communication

April 24, 2014
Daily Anarchist
by Christopher Zimny   Daily Anarchist

"In Part 1 I disputed the foundation on which Hans-Hermann Hoppe builds his argument for private property. Because his argumentation ethics is based on the implications of argumentation (i.e. private property and non-aggression), the foundation for private property, as he sees it, leaves no room for recognition of ownership by actors who do not argue with one another. In Part 2 I will review these points, but mainly focus on reconstructing Hoppe’s argument using the general act of communication, rather than the act of argumentation." (04/24/14)


Apple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy

April 24, 2014

"Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, just weeks before a high profile trial had been scheduled to begin. The settlement was disclosed in a court filing on Thursday, which did not spell out terms. The case has been closely watched due to the potentially high damages award and a steady disclosure of emails in which Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and some of their Silicon Valley rivals hatched plans to avoid poaching each other's prized engineers." (04/24/14)


The sustainability hoax

April 24, 2014
Cato Institute
by Randal O'Toole   Cato Institute

"All over the country, city and regional governments are writing 'sustainability plans,' which are supposedly aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While the goal may be laudable, for the most part these plans won’t significantly reduce emissions. However, they will certainly impose huge costs on urban residents and taxpayers." (04/24/14)


Our oligarchs can thank James Madison

April 24, 2014
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken   Ryan McMaken

"Are interest groups and wealthy elites more powerful than the average American? Certainly evidence of that is all around us, with perhaps the most obvious and dramatic example in recent years being the passage of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) engineered by the Bush administration in 2008 to bail out wealthy hedge fund managers and bankers who had run their companies into the ground. Prior to the passage of TARP, members of Congress admitted that calls from their constituents were 95 percent or more against the passage of TARP. Congress passed the legislation anyway, handing about a trillion dollars of taxpayer money to wealthy corporations, bankers, and other interests." (04/24/14)


The reason for America’s economic decline

April 24, 2014
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger   Bumper Hornberger

"The New York Times is reporting that 'the American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. ... After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada -- substantially behind in 2000 -- now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.' Statists would argue that the reason for this phenomenon is that Europe embraces statism to a much larger degree than the United States. ... Not surprisingly, libertarians have a different explanation for America’s economic decline." (04/24/14)


Bleeding heart in Honduras: Give “free cities” a chance

April 24, 2014
The Canal
by Alex Clark-Youngblood  

"Critics of the free cities (also known as startup cities) claim that Honduras has stood on its own two feet for decades now, and opening the doors to foreign influence will bring a dramatic halt to the progress that has been made. The question I ask is, what progress? I have lived and worked in the most violent and insecure parts of Honduras for nearly a year now. I interact daily with some of the most impoverished members of Honduran society, both young and old. The country is plagued by violence, corruption, inefficiency, and complacency." (04/24/14)


CEI Podcast, 04/23/14

April 24, 2014
Competitive Enterprise Institute
by   Competitive Enterprise Institute

"Senior Fellow John Berlau argues that a bill from Senators Tim Johnson and Mike Crapo intended to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would only make things worse." (04/23/14)


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