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Genuine Military Defense, Anyone?
March 29, 2012
As much as one may object to Iran's government's efforts to build atomic weapons, the American government isn't supposed to be some kind of meta-police that embarks upon restraining such governments! Certainly spending American taxpayers' funds on conducting mi ...
The Progressive Mistake
March 28, 2012
"A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave." – Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, in "Serenity" The Progressive Movement is based on a mistaken vi ...
A Fistful of Euros
March 27, 2012
This week, my congressional committee will hold a hearing to examine how the Federal Reserve bails out European banks, propping up spendthrift European governments in the process. Unfortunately, this bailout comes at the expense of American citizens, in the for ...
The Tenacity of the Nihilists
March 26, 2012
In the book Reading Obama (Princeton, 2010), James T. Kloppenberg makes a case for how the kind of approach President Obama takes to public policy is now widely preferred, to put it paradoxically, on principle at the most prestigious universities. Obama's rejec ...
The FATCA Partner Framework – Automatic Information Exchange is Firmly Planted
March 26, 2012
"A great wave of oppressive tyranny isn´t going to strike, but rather a slow seepage of oppressive laws and regulations from within will sink the American dream of liberty." ~ George Baumler (Libertarian, Blogger 'Baumler's Rant') Across the world, but particu ...
UN Strikes Back at 'Net With ITU Agency?
March 24, 2012
The Empire is most definitely striking back. Between the huge and secretive data center being built in Utah to intercept and analyze the world's communications, Barack Obama's newly signed executive order that allows him "emergency" powers and the near-passage ...
There are No Magic Shortcuts to Genuine Human Love and Caring
March 24, 2012
When I was a boy, I was very impressed by an old 1936 movie based on an H.G. Wells short story called "The Man Who Could Work Miracles." I am about to spoil the movie for you. George McWhirter Fotheringay is given the power to perform miracles. He stumbles abou ...
Prudence versus Greed
March 22, 2012
Most people mean by greed an "excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions." As to prudence, it is the quality of being cautious with regard to practical matters and especially in regard for one's own economic interests, being careful in ...
Demolishing Due Process
March 20, 2012
It is ironic but perhaps sadly appropriate that Attorney General Eric Holder would choose a law school, Northwestern University, to deliver a speech earlier this month in which he demolished what was left of the rule of law in America. In what history likely wi ...
A Prominent Pair of False Alternatives
March 19, 2012
Jon Gertner, author of the forthcoming The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation,* writes for The New York Times (in an excerpt from his book), about innovation in America. I spotted the piece and immediately suspected there was a hid ...
Winning
March 17, 2012
We track dominant social themes here at The Daily Bell, and the spectacular implosion of the "Stop Kony 2012" campaign is a further example of how these memes are disintegrating under the pressure of what we call the Internet Reformation. We commented on this i ...
Thanks for the Technology!
March 15, 2012
In 1972 I bought a Volvo P1800 off the Chevy used car lot in Santa Barbara, California. I owned that car for 20 years and am still sad to have had to sell it in 1992, after putting 250,000 miles on it and driving it back and forth over the USA about 17 times. I ...
The Virtue of Independent Thought and Action – In Your Investments, Too!
March 15, 2012
"For those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal cord would have sufficed." ~ Albert Einstein In order to keep up with what is going on in the world, and in o ...
An Administration Gone Rogue
March 13, 2012
Have certain parts of the Constitution become irrelevant, as a former Republican leader once told me at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing? At the time, I was told that demanding a congressional declaration of war before invading Iraq, as Article I Section 8 o ...
Having to Fund Immoral Policies
March 12, 2012
At the outset I am talking about what someone considers immoral, not what is objectively immoral. Nonetheless, millions are coerced by governments, backed by other millions, to work and pay for what they consider morally wrong. Is that right? Is it avoidable in ...
Real Reason for Prosecutions of Bodog.com and Megaupload?
March 10, 2012
With the attacks on Internet websites Megaupload and Bodog we find what we call the Internet Reformation is providing us with a good look at the evolving face of Western-style civil and criminal justice. Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, a file-sharing fac ...
No Paul = No Vote in November
March 10, 2012
I would also say of Ron Paul – he doesn't need to win. In his view he is winning already. This is an ideological point he is making. But here's why it's electorally significant – a lot of people, I mean 41 percent in Virginia, only two people on the ballot, ...
Egalitarian Fallacies Galore!
March 08, 2012
I assume that writers like me want to be read, not ignored. But, alas, there isn't much we can do about this except perhaps fine-tune our craft. Even that merely improves the odds. No one can make others read one's works. Thousands are simply left unread. (Do t ...
Culture and Envy
March 07, 2012
We have a genuine problem. Envy, fear of envy and deflecting envy may be the most dangerous and difficult aspects of human nature for us to wrestle with as we seek to progress toward greater freedom. As formerly poor and unfree countries open up and allow the p ...
Fed Up with the Fed
March 06, 2012
While the Fed has recently released an unprecedented amount of information on its activities, there is still much that remains unknown. Predictably, every push towards transparency has been fought tooth and nail. It took disclosure requirements enacted within t ...
Democracy versus Liberty
March 05, 2012
Over the last several decades of American political life the idea of liberty has taken a back seat to that of democracy. Liberty involves human beings governing themselves, being sovereign citizens, while democracy is a method by which decisions are reached wit ...
As Predicted, Electric Cars Foundering: GM Shuts Down the Volt
March 03, 2012
So GM has halted Volt production and laid off 1,500 workers. Government Motors announced on Friday that it has temporarily suspended the production of GM Volts. Here's a report, courtesy of TheHill.com: General Motors has temporarily suspended production of its ...
Faiths and Public Affairs
March 01, 2012
When we discuss political economy, resting one's case on faith places one's ideas on wobbly foundations. By "faith" is meant a mode of belief based on the will to accept or commit, often despite systematic evidence to the contrary, or on belief not based on sup ...
Delegitimizing Government Power
March 01, 2012
Al Gore excoriates us on how we need to restrict our wasteful lifestyles and limit our "carbon footprint" while flying around the world in private jets, using orders of magnitude more energy than any of us little people. Barrack Obama attacks the "fat cats" and ...
Economy Squeezed As Debt Accelerates
February 28, 2012
Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, has pointed out that our per capita government debt is already larger than Greece's. Per person, our government owes over $49,000 compared to $38,937 per Greek citizen. Our debt has just reac ...
The Secret Media War of 2012
February 27, 2012
"See this room? Two-thirds of us laid off when Ron Paul is president." – A hot microphone picked up a reporter attacking Ron Paul recently before a Pentagon briefing began. We are currently in the middle of the long war of the Internet Reformation, altho ...
Why Freedom?
February 27, 2012
Freedom Revived: Few can deny that human beings care about liberty. There are, of course, different senses in which the term "liberty" is used. One sense of it means being without obstacles in life; another, to be able to develop fully with as little hindrance ...
The Mayan 'Decline' and Small Horses … More Climate Change Propaganda?
February 25, 2012
Here we go again. Global warming is suddenly back in the news and I think I know why. But before I discuss that, let's take a look at the latest grim findings. Once more we're reading about the terrible toll that global warming can take. In this case, we're bei ...
What If Democracy Is Bunk?
February 24, 2012
What if you are only allowed to vote because it doesn't make a difference? What if no matter how you vote, the elites get to have it their way? What if "one person, one vote" is just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democra ...
Obamacare and Involuntary Servitude
February 22, 2012
However much one learns to squirm out of one's inconsistencies, logic usually bites one in the butt. Of course, strictly speaking logic is the formal system that's supposed to guide our reasoning process and on its own doesn't serve much more than that vital, i ...
Overspending on National Security Threatens National Security
February 21, 2012
The administration recently released its 2013 budget proposal, and conservatives are correctly alarmed that it calls for unprecedented spending and continued annual deficits exceeding $1 trillion. But the same conservatives complain that the budget does not dev ...
Down With the Presidency
February 20, 2012
The modern institution of the presidency is the primary political evil Americans face, and the cause of nearly all our woes. It squanders the national wealth and starts unjust wars against foreign peoples that have never done us any harm. It wrecks our families ...
Why Not Pessimism?
February 20, 2012
By most accounts there is little good news about any progress toward a freer society; quite the contrary. Around the globe, of course, there are some regions that are making small moves away from tyranny but even in those few, human freedom doesn't appear to be ...
Will Chinese and Western Elites Bring Down the World?
February 18, 2012
As this is apparently "Henry Makow Saturday" (see other article, this issue), I'm going to take the opportunity to comment on an article carried on the Makow website some five days ago entitled "Colonial Elite Rules China for the Illuminati." Written by St. Joh ...
A Small Pleasure of Book Production
February 17, 2012
One of my books is a collection of prominent essays by mostly contemporary libertarian political-economic thinkers. Its title, The Libertarian Reader (1982), was so well chosen that years later someone quite prominent, David Boaz of the Cato Institute, also use ...
Willful Happiness
February 15, 2012
"The best way to use your willpower is to stop screwing up!" – Roy Baumeister Willpower, the capacity to regulate your own behavior, is one of the changeable elements of personality. There are other qualities, like optimism, gratitude and positive emotions, a ...
The Latest Obamacare Overreach
February 14, 2012
Many religious conservatives understandably are upset with the latest Obamacare mandate, which will require religious employers (including Catholic employers) to provide birth control to workers receiving healthcare benefits. This mandate includes certain birth ...
How to Win This One in November
February 13, 2012
Seeing that it looks like Mitt Romney may well win the Republican nomination – though it's too early to be sure about that – it has been a concern of freedom loving Americans whether the nod given to human individual liberty by the Tea Party back in 2010 wi ...
The Personal Is the Economic
February 13, 2012
Feminist Carol Hanisch is famous for opposing the Miss America contest in the 1960s. She is also the person who in 1968 coined the phrase "the personal is the political." Her essay on the topic denounced the idea that women's liberation can come about through i ...
Switzerland Under Siege – Why Privacy Still Exists and Still Matters
February 13, 2012
The long-established and noble rule of Law, one of the greatest products of the character and tradition of British history, has suffered a deadly blow. Blackmail has become respectable. ~ Robert G. Menzies. Switzerland and its banks have been in the news a lot ...
The World the Elites Remade?
February 11, 2012
Robert Kagan has published an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled "Why the World Needs America." Kagan is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and the article is adapted from The World America Made, published by Alfred A. Knopf ...
Dollar: Going, Going …
February 09, 2012
The dollar has been the world reserve currency since 1944 and the Keynesian Fabian socialist economic palaver in New Hampshire's White Mountains. They all should have paid more attention to the deviant Lord Keynes. The situation is now gradually getting despera ...
Ideas That (We are Told) are Too Urgent for Science
February 08, 2012
It's a familiar and effective marketing technique: You make an offer and then you add, "Hurry. Spaces are limited, so sign up now!" or "These models won't last, so act fast!" Of course, in most cases, spaces aren't really all that limited, and whether or not yo ...
Trust Us; We're the Government
February 07, 2012
While much has been made recently of the President's unconstitutional appointment of Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), lost in the hubbub has been any discussion of the unconstitutionality of, or the need for, th ...
Goodbye, OC Register
February 06, 2012
Since the Fall of 1966 (if memory serves me right) I have been a columnist at what was then The Santa Ana but is now the Orange County Register. I cannot count how many columns I produced, nearly all of them concerned with demonstrating the superiority of the f ...
Elite Campaign to Re-Elect Obama in Full Swing?
February 04, 2012
From the Washington Post, we learn that "January job gains have economists rethinking outlooks." Oh, really? Last I looked, the bear leg of the larger business cycle was still in full effect. Nothing's changed in other words, since 2001 – or more pertinently ...
Bedrock of a Free Society
February 01, 2012
Living with integrity is a bedrock skill for living well that requires the use of reason and is always an ongoing work in progress. It is also the primary quality of character necessary for a free society. The best definition of reason that I've ever come acros ...
Failed Fed Policies Prolong the Agony
January 31, 2012
The Federal Reserve's interest rate price-setting board, the FOMC, met last week. They will continue to set the federal funds rate at well below 1%, and plan to keep it low until the end of 2014. That's a year and a half longer than they planned when they met j ...
Review: 'The Poison Plum'
January 31, 2012
While I enjoyed Jesse Ventura's article about Plum Island, "Government's Island of Horror," published over the weekend on LRC, I know from a close friend that Jesse only covered part of the treachery and conspiracy that is the Plum Island cover-up regarding Lym ...
The Lowdown on Obama-economics
January 30, 2012
Economic fairness is impossible: an oxymoron. Since economic activities are inherently varied and often competitive and since one size doesn't fit all and not everyone can win in a competition, no such thing as fairness is possible unless it simply means no one ...
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