We want you

October 24, 2014
by Timothy J Taylor   Timothy J. Taylor

"Democrats and Republicans think that we are slaves. They want you. Prominent authoritarian figures from both statist political parties are beating the statist drum once again for government imposed national service." (10/24/14)


Mexico: Governor steps aside over disappearances

October 24, 2014
ABC News    

"The governor of Guerrero state announced Thursday that he's stepping aside while an investigation continues nearly a month after 43 students disappeared and six people were killed in an attack that has implicated local police and politicians in the city of Iguala. Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero said he is putting his duties on hold and will let the state's lawmakers decide who should lead the southern Mexico state." (10/23/14)


Are placebos ethical?

October 24, 2014
Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman   John C. Goodman

"The power of placebos to heal has long been recognized. Thomas Jefferson wrote about it. So did Benjamin Franklin. Debate over the ethics of placebos also has a long history -- roughly 170 years. But there has been no resolution. Doctors are still in disagreement about whether it is ethical to proscribe a placebo without the patient's consent. Of course if the patient knows the therapy is a placebo, much of its effectiveness is lost. But there is also disagreement about the meaning of the word 'consent.'" (10/21/14)


Official: Escalation likely if Iran doesn’t bow and scrape to DC energetically enough

October 24, 2014

"The alternatives to an international accord preventing Iran from are 'quite terrible,' the chief U.S. negotiator in talks with Iran said. Even so, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said today, the U.S. won’t accept 'a bad deal or even a half-bad deal' to avoid failure. Sherman said in Washington that she can’t predict the outcome of the negotiations as they head toward a Nov. 24 deadline with six nations and Iran still jockeying over constraints on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities and the terms for lifting economic sanctions." (10/23/14)


Understanding “quid pro quo”

October 24, 2014
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary M. Galles   Gary M. Galles

"Quid pro quo is a phrase that has similarly evolved from offering clarity to producing confusion. It originally meant 'something for something.' That offered a useful distinction between voluntary market arrangements, in which people were induced to cooperate by being offered adequate compensation, and government arrangements (or robbery), in which such inducements need not be offered. However, the usage of quid pro quo has evolved to typically mean an exchange of equally valuable goods or services. In the process, it has muddied the distinction between voluntary and involuntary arrangements." (10/23/14)


Ched Evans and the silencing of debate

October 24, 2014
by Luke Gittos   spiked

"The point about the Evans case is that while it is partly a discussion of redemption and responsibility, it is also a discussion about what should and should not be said when discussing rape. The reason the Evans case is so contested is that rape campaigners think that there shouldn’t really be a debate at all. While speaking about murder or manslaughter is unlikely to get too many people’s backs up, the rape campaigning lobby makes debating the issues around rape a fight in itself. Anyone caught questioning the official narrative can face the outrage of campaigners." (10/23/14)


Krugman on Amazon

October 24, 2014
by Alberto Mingardi   Alberto Mingardi

"Amazon is a shop: a gigantic, beautiful, incredibly developed shop -- but a shop. Shopkeepers retain the right of deciding what should be on the shop's shelves. They make deals with different suppliers, and can thus be convinced in promoting with more energy this rather than that particular brand of a given good. Should the government interfere? Perhaps if we're talking about the only shop in town -- which is something Amazon, no matter how big, definitely is not. Amazon's 'market power' is the result of consumers choosing to buy from Amazon .... Paul Krugman has a different opinion. He acknowledges that 'Amazon has not tried to exploit consumers' but, if 'it has systematically kept prices low,' it was just 'to reinforce its dominance.' Stupid you, world customers, who fall into the trap." (10/22/14)


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