Taxes, taxpayers, and the public money’s moral matrix

September 3, 2015
by Pamela J Hobart

"Recent debates over Planned Parenthood's involvement in procuring and selling body parts from aborted fetuses have inspired all sorts of proclamations from concerned citizens. Some taxpayers' indignation at the potential implication of tax dollars in abortion provision has been renewed. Others are proud and happy to fund Planned Parenthood, citing its noble work for women's health. While this particular topic has been refreshed for now, the form of these claims is nothing new. The moral status of public money is a complicated one. By what political alchemy does, can, or should tax dollars be washed of the interests of those who controlled them last? What is the proper attitude of a citizen towards the duly authorized expenditures of public funds?" (09/03/15)  

When government fails — Venezuela edition

September 3, 2015
Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall   Abigail Hall

"Some people look at the conditions in Venezuela and point to oil prices as the source of many of its problems. The Venezuelan government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, blames opposition leaders for the nation's many issues. (He also blames Spiderman. No, really. You can read about it here.) But the villain in this situation is obvious to anyone with an understanding of basic economics. The maleficent actor here is the Venezuelan government." (09/03/15)  

Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 09/03/15

September 3, 2015
Peaceful Anarchism

"Please enjoy my recent conversation with Katie Testa. Herein we discussed how she became a Voluntaryist, Anarchist, and Unschooler, Peaceful Parenting, talking to people about Voluntaryism, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), government without guns, be like a joyful child feeding a hungry duck, black and white logical fallacy, human needs are universal, NVC in relationships, NVC in parenting ..." (09/03/15)  

Why economics matters

September 3, 2015
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist   Jeff Deist

"Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton simply are not going to talk much in economic terms or present detailed economic 'plans.' On the contrary, they -- will assume rightly -- that most Americans just don't have any interest beyond sloganeering like '1%,' 'social justice,' 'greed,' 'paying their fair share,' and the like. Candidates on the Right won't be much better. They'd prefer to talk about other subjects, but when they do broach economics they're either outwardly protectionist like Donald Trump or deadly dull. Who is inspired by flat tax proposals? Americans simply aren't much interested in the details, or even the accuracy, of the economic pronouncements of the political class. We want bread and circuses." (09/03/15)  

If you’re going to spy on us at least use the data

September 3, 2015
A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Police have been in overdrive expanding their pervasive surveillance apparatus. They want camera, cell phone interceptor, and license plate scanner coverage throughout the country. Just to enjoy the privilege of driving we're required to submit our personal information, including home address, to the Department of Motor Vehicles so it can print it on a piece of plastic that we have to hand a police when they pull us over so they can check if there are any outstanding warrants. I don't approve of this widespread surveillance but I do ask that they at least use the data they collect to ensure they storm the correct house when they're on one of their domestic dog hunting excursions ..." (09/03/15)  

A tale

September 3, 2015
Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux   Don Boudreaux

"Once upon a time in the town of Crowville, somewhere deep in the heartland of America, the town elders secured the imposition of a poll tax to be paid by everyone in Crowville who votes in any political election in that handsome burgh. The tax took the form of a flat $100 fee to be paid by every man and woman each time he or she seeks admission to a polling place in Crowville. The elders further arranged for the proceeds of this tax to be used to subsidize transportation to the polls of low-income Crowvillians. The elders heartily patted themselves on their backs for their wisdom and charity." (09/02/15)  

VA: Portsmouth officer indicted for murder in teen’s death

September 3, 2015
WAVY 10 News    

"Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney Stephanie Morales and the mother of 18-year-old William Chapman spoke Thursday on the indictment of Portsmouth Police Officer Stephen Rankin. Rankin was indicted Thursday for first degree murder in the death of 18-year-old William Chapman, according to court paperwork. He was also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. In April, 18-year-old Chapman was suspected of having shoplifted from the Wal-Mart on Frederick Boulevard. Security then alerted police .... Multiple witnesses told police the man and the officer started to struggle. At some point during the altercation, VSP said the officer shot Chapman. The officer immediately called for medical rescue, but Chapman died at the scene." (09/03/15)  

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