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Capital Controls Have No Place in a Free Society
May 30, 2012
The characteristic mark of a tyrannical regime is that it eventually finds it necessary to erect walls to keep people from leaving. This is why we should be troubled by the "Ex-PATRIOT Act," an egregiously offensive bill recently introduced in the Senate. Follo ...
Psychiatry's Hammer
May 30, 2012
You know the adage: When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Psychiatry has one big hammer, psychiatric medications, with which to address a nail: psychological disorders. Without a public that believes in and accepts the use of th ...
Krugman's Apologetic for Government Regulation
May 28, 2012
Paul Krugman, not unpredictably, once again (in The New York Times, Monday, May 14, 2012) went to bat to hit a home run for government regulation of, well, everyone (except the members of his own profession, namely, eggheads). His piece is titled "Why We Regula ...
As Commandos Raid Tampa, US State Dept Demands Power to Declare War?
May 26, 2012
It happened again at the recent Tampa-based conference, "Building the Global SOF Partnership" ... The US military staged a mock drill in violation of 130+ years of the Posse Comitatus Act that bars domestic forces from active use on US soil. It wasn't just the ...
Adversity and Excellence
May 25, 2012
Nobody wants adversity. It is, after all, adverse – antagonistic to what you want. But adversity is also often what makes us who we are, in the best sense. My first year playing water polo at UC Santa Barbara was one of those times for me. I thought for some ...
Business Versus Business
May 24, 2012
One of Karl Marx's less notable mistakes was his belief that people in the world of business would promote their self-interest. If by self-interest we include, as I believe we ought to, the most rational social-political principles in support of a sound human i ...
Choosing the Golden Rule
May 23, 2012
There are several qualities that define our humanity. Today I want to talk about two of them: our capacity for conscious empathy and our ability to consciously redirect our emotional impulses. You have a choice of whether and how you will use these. Empathy is ...
On Indefinite Detention: The Tyranny Continues
May 22, 2012
The bad news from last week's passage of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act is that Americans can still be arrested on US soil and detained indefinitely without trial. Some of my colleagues would like us to believe that they fixed last year's infamous ...
Revisiting the Responsibility of Business Managers
May 21, 2012
People buy stocks, shares in a firm, mainly so as to delegate to the officers the job of securing for them economic prosperity. What else did all the folks who purchased the IPOs of Facebook want? (There is, of course, much more to living a successful human lif ...
If the Euro Ends, So Will the World as We Know It?
May 19, 2012
Robert Chote, the head of the Office of Budget Responsibility for the British Tory regime, claims the "British economy may never quite recover from a severe Euro collapse." According to a UK Telegraph article, "Britain's economy may suffer 'permanent' damage an ...
A Potpourri of Issues, Minor and Not So Much
May 17, 2012
Justice Kennedy's observation that the mandate changes the relationship between government and the individual is doubtful since there really are quite a lot of actions that citizens are forced to take, like it or not. Jury duty, for one; sending one's kids to s ...
Greece: Dump the EU Now For An Economic Recovery!
May 16, 2012
"Attempts to form a government in Greece collapsed on Tuesday, jolting financial markets at the prospect leftists opposed to the terms of an EU bailout could sweep to victory in a June election and nudge the euro zone crisis into a dangerous new phase." – CNB ...
Mastering Happiness is Mastering Life
May 16, 2012
I study, speak about and write about happiness. I do this all the time. It's my life's work. I coach people to help them to live a happier life and I teach groups of people how to do the same. But this is not, objectively, a happy time. We are weaker as a count ...
The Fed: Mend It or End It?
May 15, 2012
Last week I held a hearing to examine the various proposals that have been put forth both to mend and to end the Fed. The purpose was to spur a vigorous and long-lasting discussion about the Fed's problems, hopefully leading to concrete actions to rein in the F ...
Revisiting a Confusion About Basic Rights
May 14, 2012
In his book Basic Rights (Princeton, 1970), Henry Shue argued that there is no valid distinction between negative and positive rights; his argument has recently resurfaced among so-called left-libertarians (otherwise also known as bleeding heart libertarians), ...
Treasuries and Derivatives Blow Up? So Where Do You Go …
May 12, 2012
Here's some interesting news along the lines of "man bites dog." According to a recent Reuters article, US financial advisors are actually growing leery of US Treasury bonds. This is almost unheard of and one could certainly make a case that it is a sign of mos ...
Resilience and Success
May 09, 2012
A happy, successful life does more than make you feel good. It also serves to strengthen you, and to open your mind to options and opportunities that you would otherwise not see. In difficult times, this can make the difference between living in fear and flouri ...
Enduring Commitments Abroad
May 08, 2012
Last week President Obama made a surprise pre-dawn trip to Afghanistan to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden and to sign a document further extending the US presence in that country. The president said, "We're building an enduring p ...
The Face of Egalitarianism
May 07, 2012
A few weeks ago they ran the famous Oxford v. Cambridge rowing race on the Thames but a fanatical egalitarian, Mr. Trenton Oldfield from Australia, ruined it for everyone by jumping in the river and blocking the race in the name of resisting the elitism of rowi ...
'Civilized People Don't Buy Gold'
May 05, 2012
"Civilized people don't buy gold," Munger told CNBC yesterday in an exclusive "sit down" interview. It wasn't some off-the-cuff remark, either, as he went on to remind us that "gold is only useful if you're a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939" and "sewing it" int ...
Rich Bashing Is Unjust and Vicious
May 04, 2012
The casual manner in which President Obama proposes that various progressive tax measures be implemented against the so-called rich – ones who earn more than two million a year – is indicative of just how deep-seated and widespread is the prejudice against ...
The Physical Case for Happiness
May 04, 2012
We are all familiar with the basic guidelines for good health: exercise, eat right - more fruits and veggies, less red meat, more fish, fewer calories, more fiber, less sugar, don't smoke, don't abuse alcohol or drugs. If people would follow these guidelines an ...
The Costs of War
May 01, 2012
This month Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced the addition of some 1,900 mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to its existing workforce of 20,590 mental health staff in attempt to get a handle on the epidemic ...
Fox TV versus The New York Times
April 30, 2012
My team of media researchers is on vacation just now, so I have to do this by myself, based on my non-scientific study of the journalistic lay of the land. What I have concluded from years of observation is that Fox TV news is widely scoffed at by erudite folks ...
If Attacks on Libertarianism Get Problem Wrong, Can the Solution Be Correct?
April 28, 2012
The alternative media shop Truthout has posted an article intended to "stimulate a healthy dialogue about whether there is a conservative political tradition that can actually work with progressives." The article focuses on today's American conservatism, which ...
The Banality of Tyranny
April 27, 2012
German-Jewish (and eventually naturalized American) philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) outraged the Left with her definitive account of modern tyranny, The Origins of Totalitarianism. Written in 1951 when Stalin was still ruling the Soviet Union and worshipp ...
The Economic Tyranny of the Interstate Commerce Clause
April 26, 2012
Here is an instructive comment from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the recent oral arguments presented about Obamacare: "People who don't participate in this market are making it much more expensive for the people who do; that is, they will ge ...
CISPA is the New SOPA
April 24, 2012
Earlier this year, strong public opposition led by several prominent websites forced congressional leaders to cancel votes on two bills known in Washington as "SOPA" and "PIPA." Both of these bills threatened search engines and websites with possible shutdowns ...
Altruism Isn't Generosity
April 23, 2012
A big error has haunted humanity for centuries: it's the equivocation between generosity and altruism. The former is a virtue any decent human being will practice: It asks of one to reach out to deserving others in times of dire need. The latter is a policy of ...
Is Zimmerman America's Dreyfus?
April 21, 2012
I've been tracking the George Zimmerman case and it does seem to have some surface parallels to the infamous Dreyfus Affair. For those of you who may not know, Dreyfus was a Jew who was accused of passing French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. ...
The JOBS Act: Washington Takes One Step Back Toward Capitalism
April 20, 2012
I know my editorial credibility and reader confidence will suddenly collapse when this goes to print but I have some good news out of Washington and Congress. Yes, I know what you are getting ready to do but don't hit the delete button just yet! The JOBS Act is ...
Paradoxes About Intruding on Nature
April 19, 2012
Whether this is deliberate I don't know, but many movies made for children these days have strong moralistic messages that say: "We human beings are the scourge of the universe!" The very popular production of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park onto the big scree ...
Professor Obama Gets an F
April 17, 2012
Last week President Obama made some rather shocking comments at a press conference regarding the Supreme Court's deliberation on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. His comments belie a grasp of constitutional ...
On Misreading Sunstein
April 16, 2012
A while back The New York Times Magazine ran what amounts to a puff piece about Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, President Obama's long-time friend, former colleague and one of America's regulation czars. It was penned by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who is iden ...
Panic
April 16, 2012
Panic: 'of Pan,' the god of woods and fields who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots (World English Dictionary). At the famous Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, the outnumbere ...
Merck baldness drugs destroy sperm, cause infertility and ejaculation disorders, even after you stop using them
April 15, 2012
Hey, men! Looking for a way to ruin your sex life and become infertile? Try Propecia or Proscar, two drugs from the vaccine giant Merck, whose top vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman already admitted that Merck's vaccines contained "stealth viruses" that cau ...
Regulation, Kobe Beef – and the Titanic, Too
April 14, 2012
What do Kobe Beef and the Titanic have in common? They both are the subjects of articles this week that deal with regulation. Regulatory democracy is surely a meme of the 20th century, a dominant social theme of what we call the power elite, a small group of dy ...
Part II – Paul Supporters: Why Our Political Future Is In the GOP
April 12, 2012
So What is the Future for Liberty in Our Closed Political Monopoly? Let's take over the GOP from the inside rather than fight them in a rigged election process where third-party candidates are hidden by a news blackout enforced by both parties and the main stre ...
What About Those Hoodies?
April 12, 2012
Actually, I didn't encounter such an explanation at the time, nor since then, after the role the hoodie had in the Florida fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, the African-American teen, a shooting that has unleashed much controversy about hoodies, starting with F ...
Part I – Beware the Establishment's Third Party Trap
April 11, 2012
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." – Albert Einstein Recently, Justin Raimondo wrote a thoughtful editorial, "Ron, Don't Let Your Heroic Effort End In Tampa." I agree with Justin about how the GOP is actually ...
In Praise of Private Charity
April 10, 2012
One of the great fallacies of our time is that if government doesn't do something, no one will. Its corollary is that if you are opposed to the government doing something, you are opposed to anyone performing that function at all. These disastrous fallacies col ...
America's JOBS Act Power Elite Yelp
April 09, 2012
Did you read that on March 27th Congress passed the JOBS act, which stands for "Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups." There have been several write-ups of this bill now, including a lengthy one in the Economist magazine. Is this the beginning of a reversal of the ...
Instead of Zoning…What?
April 09, 2012
I have argued before why zoning laws are inconsistent with a free society's principles, in particular with the principle of private property rights. Basically they amount to impositions by some people on others of conditions for using property that the owner is ...
Tax Bill Is Beginning of Formal Debt Criminalization
April 07, 2012
The United States Congress is steadily headed to a place where those who owe money to the US government shall be treated criminally. The first shot in this latest campaign took place in 2010 when US President Barack Obama signed into law The Foreign Account Tax ...
How Not to Treat Ideas
April 05, 2012
The philosophical school I consider most sensible sees ideas as the means by which human beings gain understanding of reality. Ideas are what help us navigate reality so we can live successfully, which is why so much effort has been spent on developing, critici ...
Sleep Like a Hobbit: Calming a Mistaken Anxiety
April 04, 2012
Hobbits, as you know, are the adorable and heroic creatures of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and "The Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy. When it comes to sleep, we may be more like hobbits than even Tolkien imagined. Getting a good night's sleep is one of the fundamen ...
The Supreme Court and Obamacare
April 03, 2012
Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments concerning the constitutionality of the Obamacare law, focusing on the mandate requiring every American to buy health insurance or pay fines enforced by the IRS. Hopefully the Court will strike down this abomination, ...
Ayn Rand's Case for Human Liberty
April 02, 2012
Although most libertarians and classical liberals are champions of human (individual) liberty, the reasons they give vary. Some are utilitarians and hold, along with John Stuart Mill, that when free, men and women are most likely to advance the cause of the gre ...
Afghan al-Qaeda 'Plotting' Another 9/11?
March 31, 2012
The UK Telegraph is reporting that "Al-Qaeda fighters have returned to Afghanistan and will use the country as a base to launch September 11-style attacks on Western cities." This gem has been launched – like a lead balloon – by the American ambassador to K ...
Disputing Positive Rights
March 30, 2012
An influential idea in contemporary political philosophy is positive rights (or liberty). It has been advanced by political thinkers on both the Right and the Left. In contrast to the theory of basic natural rights that John Locke developed, in terms of which e ...
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