Archive for December, 2010
By Lindsay Boyd | Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM PST | 0 Comments
Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa was interviewed at Pepperdine University. Download mp3 file. Also, please see the following books from him: Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty Lessons from the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Tags: Bailouts, China, economic development, Economics, Employment, free enterprise, Free Market, Government subsidies, Immigration, international trade, Latin America, Liberty, Mercantilism, Pepperdine People, Politics, Poverty, Property Rights, Regulation, Socialism, Trade, Welfare
By Lindsay Boyd | at 2:49 PM PST | 1 Comment
Download mp3 file. Here also are relevant books from Dr. Higgs: Depression, War, and Cold War Neither Liberty nor Safety The Challenge of Liberty Against Leviathan Crisis and Leviathan
Tags: Against Leviathan, American History, Austrian School of Economics, Bailouts, Civil Society, Constitution, Crisis and Leviathan, Culture, Depression War and Cold War, Economics, Employment, Federal Reserve, free enterprise, Free Market, free markets, Government subsidies, Great Depression, Inflation, Keynesian economics, Liberty, Nationalization, New Deal, Obamanomics, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, regime uncertainty
By Lindsay Boyd | at 2:41 PM PST | 0 Comments
Download mp3 file. The Government Cost Calculator is a project of the Independent Institute’s Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation. To find out what Washington’s spending spree is costing you, please go here!
Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation, federal debt, Federal Reserve, federal spending, fiscal crisis, Free Market, Government Cost Calculator, Government subsidies, Government waste, Obamanomics, profligacy, Social Security, Taxation
By Robert Higgs | at 10:15 AM PST | 13 Comments
Sixty-nine years ago, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, provoking the United States to declare war against Japan. When Japan’s ally Germany declared war on the United States on December 11, 1941, the United States immediately reciprocated. These actions brought the United States into open warfare against the Axis powers and...
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Tags: American History, Axis powers, Day of Deceit, Day of Infamy, Defense, FDR, foreign policy, Germany, government lies, Imperialism, Japan, Military, Munich, Peace, Power, Propaganda, Robert Stinnett, The State, War, World War II
By William Shughart | at 6:22 AM PST | 2 Comments
According to a report published on the front page of the December 6, 2010, Wall Street Journal, Congress is close to negotiating a compromise in which the so-called Bush tax cuts will remain in place temporarily (for two years) in return for an extension of yet unknown duration in federal benefits for the long-term...
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Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Bush tax cuts, Employment, Fiscal policy, recession, Taxation, Unemployment
By William Watkins | at 5:33 AM PST | 0 Comments
The Wall Street Journal reports: The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether eight states and other plaintiffs can proceed with lawsuits that seek to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by utilities. The lawsuit is part of a push by some states for “greenhouse gas” regulations that go further than efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection...
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Tags: American Electric, carbon-dioxide emissions, Clean Air Act, climate alarmism, Energy, Environment, EPA, Global Warming, greenhouse, judicial restraint, Law, public-nuisance law, Supreme Court, The State
By Robert Higgs | Sunday December 5, 2010 at 8:46 PM PST | 10 Comments
Consider the following commentary on the economic situation: Foolhardy procedures which are divorced from economic realities, or whose economic implications are not understood by their promoters, do not perforce become sanctified and wise merely by designating them as “action”; tilting at windmills does not draw water. [W]hen a recovery program, which, while it may...
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Tags: American History, Banking and the Business Cycle, Business, Business Cycle, C. A. Phillips, cheap money, credit expansion, Economics, Employment, federal government, Federal Reserve, Fiscal policy, Great Depression, Inflation, Keynesian economics, Money and Banking, New Deal, Obamanomics, R. W. Nelson, recession, T. F. McManus, Unemployment
By William Watkins | at 1:51 PM PST | 6 Comments
The Washington Post reports that “Conservative activists are looking to build momentum for a long-shot amendment to the Constitution, introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House, that would allow states to repeal pieces of federal legislation they find onerous.” The Post is referring to the “Repeal Amendment” drafted by Randy Barnett. This proposed amendment provides...
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Tags: Constitution, Federalism, Law, Liberty, Politics, Power, Randy Barnett, Repeal Amendment, State Rights', The State
By Art Carden | Saturday December 4, 2010 at 10:14 AM PST | 5 Comments
In my Econ 100 class, we discussed Milton Friedman and monetarism on Thursday. Some of my students mentioned Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, and I emailed everyone links to Robert Lawson’s and my paper “Human Rights and Economic Liberalization” and my review essay on Klein’s book. After I distributed the published version of my...
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Tags: Alvaro Donoso, American History, Aylwin, Bachillet, Banco Concepcion, Budget and Tax Policy, Chile, Chilean junta, Christian Democratic Party, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Corruption, Culture, economic development, Economics, El Salvador, Free Market, free-market revolution, Frei, Guatemala, Hernan Buchi, Integrity, Jorge Cauas, Jose Pinera, Korea, Lagos, Law, Liberty, Military, military government, Money and Banking, Morality, Naomi Klein, Nationalization, Pakistan, Personal Liberty, Philippines, Pinochet, Police, Politics, Power, Presidential Power, Privatization, Propaganda, Property Rights, Ricardo Marin, Robert Lawson, Rolf Luders, Socialism, Terrorism, The State, Torture, University of Chicago, USAID
By Randall Holcombe | Thursday December 2, 2010 at 7:20 AM PST | 2 Comments
Even President Obama, the architect of our $1.4 trillion deficit, sees that it is a problem. One indication is his call for a two-year pay freeze for federal workers. (This seems like a tactical error, in that it will have hardly any actual effect on the deficit, and will antagonize federal workers, who would...
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Tags: Bernanke, Budget and Tax Policy, Deficit Reduction Commission, Economics, Federal Reserve, federal workers, government borrowing, Humor, Money and Banking, Obama, Politics, The State, Treasury securities, Video, YouTube