Archive for August, 2009

The Anti-Bunk Party’s Candidate for President »

As the race for the presidency began to get rolling in 1928, the editors of Life magazine (at that time an outlet for satirical writing) prevailed on my fellow Cherokee Oklahoman Will Rogers, arguably the best known and best loved man in the country, to run for the office as the candidate of the…
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Bastiat on “Cash for Clunkers” »

My old friend John Chapman channels Bastiat in a new op-ed: A lesson from the parable is that government spending cannot create wealth; it can at best redistribute it, often accompanied by waste. The clunkers program certainly helps auto manufacturers, sellers and participating buyers, today; this is what’s seen. But it hurts used-car buyers,…
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Will Cameras Save Us from the Police State? »

Practically every day, a new video is circulating on the internet showing severe examples of police misconduct. As the police become increasingly militarized and brazen in their violent attacks—for example, see this story on a Baptism party in a private backyard broken up for excessive noise, ended when cops tasered a grandfather and a…
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Make Summer Vacation Exciting and Enlightening! »

Attention High-school Students & College Undergrads: Don’t let your intellect atrophy! Make summer vacation a time to delve into new subjects or to probe topics that have sounded intriguing to you. The Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar explores economics, liberty, and society using lectures, discussion, directed reading, and multimedia presentations. Students consistently give our…
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Onion News Network: U.S. Stages Fake Coup to End National Debt »

The Onion News Network hilariously and insightfully satirizes the escalation of the gigantic spending, debt, and disregard for constitutional law by the U.S. government, “U.S. Government Stages Fake Coup to Wipe Out National Debt:” U.S. Government Stages Fake Coup To Wipe Out National Debt To understand the folly of Barack Obama’s New, New Deal,…
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Bank of America Fined $33 Million: This Is Justice? »

Here’s the story: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Bank of America of concealing information from investors regarding bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch execs prior to the Bank’s take-over of Merrill. Bank of America has settled the issue by paying $33 million to the federal government, without admitting any wrongdoing. SEC officials say…
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Cash for Clunkers, Obamacare, and Sustainability »

Sustainability is a compelling concept these days, although it always seems to be applied to people’s private choices. Meanwhile, everybody knows the federal government has committed to an unsustainable flow of future expenditures. The promises the federal government already has made for Social Security and health care cannot possibly be met. If our legislators…
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I Worked for the Government Today without Pay »

According to the entry for me at Wikipedia, which I hope is reliable, I am a libertarian anarchist. Why would any person who fits that description work for the government at all, not to speak of working without pay? Well, my story is straightforward. Some time ago I received in the mail from the U.S….
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The U. S. Should Emulate, Not Censure, Honduras »

When Honduras’s president Manuel Zalaya attempted recently to unconstitutionally extend his powers, in this case to thwart his term limit, Honduras’s Congress—controlled by the president’s own party—and Supreme Court acted quickly and decisively to remove him from office, and utilized the military to enforce their rulings. In contrast, as a series of U.S. presidents…
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