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In Defense of the Right to Assisted Suicide
September 01, 2011
Should aiding suicide be illegal? That is the question which faces legislators who are being urged to repeal statutes which state, basically, "Every person who deliberately aids, or advises, or encourages another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony." I will ...
Two Simple Secrets to a Great Relationship
August 31, 2011
There are two related things that you can do to make your relationships – not just your marriage, but all of your relationships – happier, stronger and more fun. These are very easy things to do - if you set your mind to it. I always recommend doing all the ...
Mission Accomplished in Libya?
August 30, 2011
Even as a major hurricane hit America's eastern seaboard, the administration is determined to expand the war in Libya while threatening the regime in Syria. Is there any limit to government's appetite to create more problems for our nation and economy? American ...
Intolerable Nudging
August 30, 2011
Champions of government intervention in our lives make every effort, especially in a country with a tradition of libertarian political rhetoric, to disguise that they are embarking upon tyranny. Yes, much of it may be of the petty kind, such as thousands of gov ...
Another Criticism of Animal Rights
August 29, 2011
Though this is a topic that I have visited on several occasions, having recently become an avid fan of the Discovery Channel's series on life in the deep oceans and other seas, I am motivated to observe just how absurd the notion of animal rights really is. Her ...
Bernanke, a Wise Man, Creates Order Out of Chaos…
August 27, 2011
The meme of his ineffable wisdom is established yet again. What the free markets have undone, government can ravel. This is the value of Ben Bernanke, a shill for Money Power. He is trotted out like the proverbial potted plant to make the right statist noises, ...
The Many Collapses of Keynesianism
August 27, 2011
It should be obvious to everyone but the most dedicated adherent of Keynesianism that the stimulus did not accomplish its end. The combination of outright spending by Congress, the desperate schemes to reflate the housing market, the attempt to transfuse bleedi ...
From Machan's Archives: The Deficit and the Tragedy of the Commons
August 26, 2011
Not unless the treasury stops allowing private projects to be funded from its coffers, confining itself to the support of bona fide public projects – the courts, the military, and police – will there be an end that avoids the perhaps greatest tragedy of the ...
Machine Intelligence – Will AI Become Autonomous?
August 26, 2011
Will AI (Artificial Intelligence) or SAI (Strong AI, a.k.a. Superintelligent AI) someday become autonomous (have free will), and if so how will this affect the Human race? Those interested in sci-fi have already asked themselves these questions a million times ...
There They Go Again
August 25, 2011
Picking up where they left off in 2008, the media is in the midst of a campaign to ignore and undermine the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul (they gave me even rougher treatment during my 2010 Senate run). Political pundits just do not know what to do with a ...
Forty Years After the Gold Standard, Investors are Desperately Looking for Safe Havens
August 24, 2011
The US, as was to be expected, raised their debt ceiling once again. It was done without meaningful cuts in spending or tax increases. Subsequently, Standard & Poor's downgraded America's credit rating. The double dip recession in America is now official, with ...
There Is No Virtue in the Selflessness of the Left
August 24, 2011
This quote establishes the fundamental premise upon which all leftist revolutions and totalitarian regimes have rested their moral authority. That principle is the virtue of selflessness. Now, in everyday use the term "selfless" refers to an act of supreme kind ...
The Illusion of Safety
August 23, 2011
Recent incidents of violence in Norway and London have made us understandably uncomfortable here at home, as many fear that a worsening economy will lead to violence and unrest in American cities. This is why Congress must view the economy as its first priority ...
Paper Currencies Finally Redeemed for Gold
August 23, 2011
The basic unwillingness of politicians to face economic and financial realities has caused the United States and European Union to face currency collapse. The politicians are content literally to paper over the problem with massive amounts of newly printed curr ...
Political Hyperbole!
August 22, 2011
I am baffled by how critics of some Tea Party stars engage in rank hypocrisy. For example, they – such as many commentators on CNN-TV – have been claiming to be utterly shocked with former Texas Governor Perry's polemical answers to interviewers. He said, a ...
Stop Clinging to False Hope and Face Reality
August 20, 2011
All week long we have been witnessing a breakdown in global markets, or perhaps better stated – general public confidence. Gee, why would that be, we wonder? Why is it that the general public is not so easily convinced that all will be okay? Where is the usua ...
When Soviet Power Crumbled: The Failed Hard-Line Coup Attempt of August 1991
August 19, 2011
Twenty years ago, on August 22, 1991, I stood amid a vast cheering crowd of tens of thousands of people outside the Russian parliament building in Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union. They were celebrating the failure by diehard Soviet leaders to undertake ...
Egoism & Benevolence
August 18, 2011
Individualism and self-esteem predispose one to benevolence. Why? Benevolence raises one's spirits. Benevolence promotes more harmonious relations. It helps create a superior, more life-serving social environment. Would you rather live in a society whose member ...
Gold and the New Awakening of Colombia
August 16, 2011
Today the sovereign debt and dollar crisis, plus rising energy and gold prices, are combining with Colombia's growing reputation for tourism, real estate investing and retirement to create an investment potential long delayed by past decades of civil unrest. Ma ...
S&P States the Obvious
August 16, 2011
Politicians did not get much time to pat themselves on the back for supposedly rescuing the economy with the debt limit deal last week. The ink was barely dry when Standard & Poor's downgraded the US debt ratings anyway, roiling world financial markets. Anyone ...
The Keynesian Non-Answer
August 16, 2011
The New Republic editorialized recently about the current economic mess and it is worth quoting because the central passage is largely non-hyperbolic, non-polemical: "The classic response to [our current economic] situation, put forth by John Maynard Keynes in ...
The Fix Is In
August 16, 2011
This week's wild actions on Wall Street should serve as a stark reminder that few investors have any clue as to what is really going on beneath the surface of America's troubled economy. But this week did bring startling clarity on at least one front. In its Au ...
Cynicism Versus Happiness
August 16, 2011
The other day, my wife and I were having lunch, and an acquaintance from our kid's school came by. The first words out of her mouth were: "How unusual, a husband and wife actually sitting together and talking with each other." The next day, talking with some pa ...
The Big Corporations Excuse
August 15, 2011
Anytime I mention to someone from the Left that I consider the scope of government way beyond justice and prudence, I am likely to be told that it is big corporations that make this necessary.And, furthermore, they contend, I couldn't really favor liberty for a ...
Fables of the Fourteenth Amendment
August 15, 2011
The more I peruse the current public discourse about the application of the Fourteenth Amendment to the present quandary of public debt that confronts this country, the more I am convinced of the wisdom of the observation of the ancients that "Against human stu ...
Krugman's Failed Analogy
August 13, 2011
Ok, so I'll give him this: finally Dr. Paul Krugman put forth something akin to an argument instead of merely demonizing those with whom he disagrees! (See his column, The Hijacked Crisis, The New York Times, August 11, 2011.) The argument, however, is an analo ...
The Myth of Noble Madness
August 12, 2011
College freshman year abnormal psychology, at least as I remember it from some 30 years ago, can be something of a dark and frightening experience. In it the students are exposed to the variety of mental troubles that we have come to understand through modern d ...
Further Distortions of Libertarianism
August 12, 2011
In his essay "The Tea Party Jacobins," with its hyperbolic and besmirching title, Mark Lilla, whose The Reckless Minds: Intellectuals in Politics I once favorably reviewed, advances the notion that the Tea Party's "libertarian irruptions ... [attracted] individ ...
A Free-Market Sovereign Debt Manifesto
August 11, 2011
There is an eerie disconnect involved with analyzing the frightening financial and economic consequences of the ongoing 2011 Sovereign Debt and Equity Market Crash while sailing around the Greek Islands. But taking a look at Greek history clearly shows some par ...
Day of Reckoning
August 10, 2011
The trigger that apparently caused the market meltdown was the ever-so-slight suggestion from Standard & Poor's that the US government's fiscal health might not be all that it is cracked up to be. This was not a case of the little boy noting the emperor has no ...
Two Opposite World Views: Agency or Victimhood
August 10, 2011
What causes poverty and hardship? Is it scarcity – not enough stuff to go around? Or is it a result of violence and enslavement of one class of people by another? Your answer to this question will fundamentally determine whether your political allegiance is w ...
Super Congress a Gift to K Street
August 09, 2011
The Super Congress created by the recent debt ceiling increase deal is a typical example of something nefarious attached to a bigger bill that is rushed through Congress without giving Members ample opportunity to consider the full ramifications. This commissio ...
What's Happening on Wall Street?
August 08, 2011
In my view, the current downturn in the market is connected with the continuing fiscal crises in the United States and in Europe. In the case of the U.S., I think an important element is market awareness that the government's debt problem has been left complete ...
The Moral Defense of Capitalism
August 08, 2011
One reason that our founding principles are in such deep trouble today is that many years ago our parents and grandparents... and great grandparents, conceded to the enemies of freedom the moral high ground. Those advocating socialism, communism and fascism wer ...
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself from Hurricane Reality
August 06, 2011
Last week I discussed the nature of the "time taxers" and how easy it is for people to blindly be lulled into living their life in service of the State – or those who control it. And in that editorial I suggested that time, being the most precious commoditty ...
The Cost of Liberty Is the Acceptance of Human Nature
August 05, 2011
Self-acceptance involves accepting personal limitations and possibilities. It is a crucial step in any personal development – you first have to be aware of and accept what's true about your life if you want to be able to then change your life for the better. ...
Getting Serious About Recovery
August 04, 2011
This is how economic recovery can be encouraged by all levels of government in the U.S.: 1. Remove all preemptory government regulations of all the professions and businesses. 2. Cut taxes to the bone, when possible totally abolish them. 3. Cut all subsidies an ...
Debt Reduction Delusions and the Menace of Big Government
August 03, 2011
In spite of the rhetoric in the media about a national debt crisis having been averted through a rise in the government's debt limit on Tuesday, August 2nd, the fact is the United States remains very much in the midst of a fiscal disaster. The Congress has appr ...
Cleaver's Bad Theology
August 03, 2011
Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri produced a sound bite following the recent passage in Congress of the compromise bill on the dept ceiling and spending cuts. Even as this bill didn't by any means manage to demonstrate Congress's serious understanding ...
When a Cut Is Not a Cut
August 02, 2011
One might think that the recent drama over the debt ceiling involves one side wanting to increase or maintain spending with the other side wanting to drastically cut spending, but that is far from the truth. In spite of the rhetoric being thrown around, the rea ...
The Fiat Dollar & Debt Democracy Experiments Have Failed
August 02, 2011
Washington claims the federal debt limit extension is a done deal and the threat of default is postponed. This is just more political theatre as the Treasury debt downgrade will happen and eventually a bankrupt America will attempt to inflate the debt away and ...
Debt Deal Is a Blank Check
August 02, 2011
By supposedly compromising to raise the debt ceiling, Congress and the President have now paved the way for ever higher levels of federal spending. Although, the nation was spared the trauma of borrowing restrictions, the actual risk of default existed solely i ...
As America Continues to Tank, What Will You Do?
July 30, 2011
The Internet Reformation is rolling forward. People are waking up to the reality of a money elite controlled world and the gallows that have been erected to enslave them in misery, debt and taxation. People feel the oppressive tax burden that requires them to c ...
Gold and Silver Beyond the Limit
July 29, 2011
Perhaps the debt ceiling should be renamed the "national debt target," for it seems Washington is always trying to reach it. One could say it's their only reliable, time-tested achievement. And without fail, upon reaching their national debt target, they prompt ...
Defining the Moment: The Internet Reformation
July 28, 2011
The Internet Reformation is the culmination of the power and glory of Western civil society and free-market thinking. It is the apogee of all that is best in a sweep of history that began with the ancient Greeks and has culminated in the hearts and minds of mil ...
Just Say No
July 28, 2011
After sustained profligacy comes the dreaded cold turkey. Any kind of habitual indulgence can only be stopped if at some point the "addict" says "no" with no excuses. I would assume most people have been through this. I know a few personally. They have kept up ...
Ideas and the Culpability for Violence
July 27, 2011
The violence perpetuated by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway unleashed the usual torrent of blaming anyone who might have influenced the murderer's thought. He was first described as a right-wing Christian – a description designed to put a certain community o ...
The Debt Crisis and the Fiscal Leviathan State
July 26, 2011
The current fiscal crisis that fills the pages of the newspapers and the news shows on television has all been revolving around the issue of raising the government debt limit. In fact, the present Congressional-approved debt limit of around $14.3 trillion dolla ...
Obama Demagogues Default
July 26, 2011
President Obama has continued and increased the reckless spending of the previous Administration. Now, as the federal debt reaches its statutory limit, he is spreading fear and panic in the hopes of having it raised. Many of the key people responsible for Ameri ...
The Pesky Neighbor and the Debt Ceiling
July 26, 2011
Imagine you had a pesky neighbor who somehow took out a mortgage on his house in your name and by some legal trickery you were obligated to pay for it. Imagine watching this neighbor throw drunken parties, buy expensive cars, add more rooms to the house, and hi ...
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