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Archive for March 19th, 2012

Violence Against Women Act Sanctions Rights Violations »

Democrats are hoping to make political hay by characterizing Republicans’ opposition to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as “anti-woman.” Republicans are right to be against the Act—unfortunately, however, not for the reasons they cite—as ought all who favor the rule of law and due process. VAWA was originally passed during...
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Capitalism Without Bankruptcy Is Like Religion Without Hell »

Capitalism without bankruptcy is like religion without hell, the saying goes. The grain of truth here is that we depend on markets for error-correction; “people are fallible, but competition selects”, as Adam Smith well noted. But many who fail in the marketplace seek a way out via politics. This includes bail-outs, as well-documented in...
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Biden Boasts: We Support Crony Capitalism »

Last week I posted a blog about crony capitalism, with the suggestion that crony capitalism is undesirable. The next day Vice President Joe Biden was bragging that he and President Obama support crony capitalism, as if crony capitalism is a good thing. Mr. Biden was criticizing Republican presidential candidates for their opposition to the...
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The Specter of Centrally Planned Economic Fascism Continues to Hover over the United States »

During World War II, the U.S. government created and operated a system of fascist central planning. (I have described this system in my books Crisis and Leviathan and Depression, War, and Cold War.) After the war, much of this system was abandoned, but it was revived in large part during the Korean War, and...
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