Archive for March, 2011

Bruce Benson Discusses His Book Property Rights »

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Bruce Benson discusses his 2010 book, Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined, in a twenty-minute podcast produced by Kosmos available here. The interview was conducted by Jeanne Hoffman last October, but it is as timely as ever. Topics in the interview include: the use of the courts and…
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Is the CIA Helping More al-Qaeda Associates? »

Obama has reportedly signed a secret order authorizing CIA operations in Libya, where the agency is there “to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and to contact and vet the beleaguered rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces, according to American officials.” Al-Qaeda, a great enemy of the Libyan regime, has also offered assistance to these…
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The President Should Set Goals for His Administration, Not Those that Follow »

President Obama announced what this article called an “ambitious goal” of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025. He’s setting a goal to be accomplished 14 years from now, when at most he will be in office for less than six more years. Even if President Obama is re-elected, and his successor serves two…
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The Civilian and the Military: Foreword by Ralph Raico »

The following is the Foreword to the Independent Institute’s new printing of The Civilian and the Military: A History of the American Antimilitarist Tradition, by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. See also Anthony Gregory’s review on The Beacon. In 1783 a treaty ending hostilities between Great Britain and its rebellious colonies along the eastern seaboard…
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Why They Hate Us »

Because the population stands by its government and war machine, despite years of continuing murder, torture and unspeakable spectacles of inhumanity like this. If you don’t have the stomach to see the photos, here’s a bit of prose from the Rolling Stone feature to digest: [A] review of internal Army records and investigative files…
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Charles Peña Critiques Obama’s War in Libya on Fox Business Channel »

Senior Fellow Charles V. Peña was interviewed by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Business Channel’s “Freedom Watch” to critique President Barack Obama’s speech on and launching of U.S. military interventions in the war in Libya. See also Charles Peña’s new article on the war in Libya, “The Libya Folly”.

The Anti-Suffragette: War-Mongering Women’s Place Is Not in Power »

I would never have been a suffragette, and have rather been disappointed with women choosing to engage in the fundamentally anti-liberal realm of politics. I would have preferred seeing women holding and pursuing the more principled path of securing equal rights for everyone, protected against every infringement by the State. For I am thoroughly…
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Charles Peña to Reply to Obama on Libya: Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel Tonight »

Set your DVRs or tune in live tonight when Independent Institute Senior Fellow Charles V. Peña joins Judge Andrew Napolitano to respond to President Barack Obama’s remarks on Libya. Mr. Peña is former Senior Fellow with the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, an adviser to the Straus Military Reform Project, co-author of…
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Has Economic Science Stagnated? »

Ask a group of economists what the leading academic journal in economics is, and an overwhelming majority will say the American Economic Review. The Review is 100 years old this year and the lead article in the February 2011 issue, co-authored by six well-respected academic economists, is titled “100 Years of the American Economic…
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Comparative Advantage in Fiction »

From the third volume of John C. Wright’s fascinating, but difficult, sci-fi series, The Golden Age: Dimoedes said, “Aren’t men right to fear machines which can perform all tasks men can do, artistic, intellectual, technical, a thousand or a million times better than they can do? Men become redundant.” Phaethon shook his head, a…
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