Archive for June, 2011

Redefining War Downwards »

So let me get this straight. Obama is not in his actions in Libya violating the War Powers Resolution, passed in 1973, because Libya doesn’t count as a war? You can’t make this stuff up. It goes without saying that if Bush had done something so brazen, Obama and many of his other left-liberal…
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We’ve Always Been at War With Yemen »

As Congress and the American people are finally waking up to Mr. Nobel Peace Prize’s illegal presidential war in Libya, a nation that never posed a threat to the United States—and as the Bush-Obama wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to fatigue the nation and, in many cases, bore a complacent media—we find ourselves…
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Summer 2011 Issue of The Independent Review Now Available. Discuss. »

It’s always a treat to announce the publication of a new issue of our acclaimed quarterly journal, The Independent Review. If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to write up essay-type questions based on the new issue’s contents—and thereby bring to mind (to my mind, at least) those recurring Saturday Night Live skits,…
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The House of Representatives Does the Right thing »

Once in a great, great while, one or both houses of Congress do the right thing. Even more rarely is something good passed with strong bipartisan support. Majorities in both parties in the House of Representatives have voted to defund the illegal Libya war. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

Land Use Planning Takes a Step Back in Florida »

Florida’s new Governor Rick Scott promised to cut government and make Florida more business-friendly when he campaigned. In addition to overseeing a reduction in state spending, which I wrote about here, he also dialed back the state’s land use planning by cutting state oversight, and abolishing the agency that was the overseer. The bill…
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Blessed Anonymity »

Critics of the market, from Marx and Karl Polanyi to Alasdair MacIntyre, John Gray, Robert Putnam, and some contemporary sociologists, decry the anonymity of commercial relations. Strong, local, community ties, they complain, are being displaced by long-distance, ad hoc, impersonal, weak ties. “Increasingly,” writes anthropologist Stephen Gudeman, “we commoditize things, leisure, body parts, reproductive capacities,…
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Facebook Gets Multicultural About China and Censorship »

In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal quotes Mark Zuckerberg, the kid from Harvard who heads the CEO of a company-not-yet-public. (Goldman-Sachs VIP insiders only, please). What disturbed me about the article is not that another company is breaking into the so-called China market after the Google row over censorship. I’m more disturbed…
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Government “Waste” Is the Least of Our Problems »

Sometimes I swear we are living in a dystopian novel whose author is courteous enough to provide us mere extras in his story with plenty of comedic relief to make the days tolerable. The USA Today headline reads: “Obama, Biden again target government waste.” Yes. That’s in fact what it says. The administration that…
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War Costs Soar, and Yet More War Than We Bargained For »

Those hoping Obama would have been even slightly less belligerent than the last president must be truly disappointed now. I know I am. First, we learn the Libya war, where airstrikes have again intensified, is costing more than previously estimated. Not really much of a surprise. But the earlier Pentagon projection of $40 million…
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US Should Stay Out of Greek Bailout »

In a recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama “…pledged to cooperate fully in working through these issues, both on a bilateral basis but also through international and financial institutions like the IMF.” The US should stay out of Greece’s financial problems, for several reasons. First, the US is running budget deficits…
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