David J. Theroux Archive
By David J. Theroux • Saturday December 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM PST
Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed here by Thomas Woods on “The Peter Schiff Show.” Dr. Higgs discusses how the federal government prolonged and deepened the Great Depression of the 1930s that lasted until after World War II when such policies were either ended or radically reduced. Moreover, the current attempts at central-government planning...
Tags: American History, Audio, Austrian School, Austrian School of Economics, Bailouts, Books, Budget and Tax Policy, Corporatism, deficit spending, Economics, Employment, federal debt, Federal Reserve, Free Market, free market economics, Government subsidies, Great Depression, Inflation, Keynesian economics, Mercantilism, Money and Banking, Nationalization, New Deal, Personal Liberty, Politics, Price Control, Progressivism, Regulation, Socialism, Taxation, The State, Unemployment, Welfare, World War II
By David J. Theroux • Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM PST
As if the climate alarmist scams revealed in Climategate I and Climategate II were not enough, not to mention the deliberate misrepresentations in Al Gore’s propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth, we now learn that the BBC faked a key scene in the £16 million, seven-part TV series, Frozen Planet, in which polar bears were...
Tags: Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, climate hysteria, climate skeptic, Corruption, Culture, David Attenborough, Entertainment, Environment, Global Warming, global warming fraud, Government subsidies, Media, polar bear, Politics, post-normal science, Science, Video
By David J. Theroux • Monday December 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM PST
Independent Institute Research Director Alexander Tabarrok is interviewed here by Ray Lehmann on the FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate News) Podcast for the Heartland Institute. The interview discusses many government barriers that exist that block innovation and what policy reforms could be adopted now to restore entrepreneurship and prosperity. Issues addressed include patents...
Tags: bankruptcy, Books, deregulation, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurship, Free Market, free market economics, free markets, genetic testing, health and wealth insurance, human organ markets, Intellectual Property, intelligence gathering, investor protection, legal gridlock, Mercantilism, patents, Privatization, probation and parole, Property Rights, Steven Landsburg, Technology, urban transit
By David J. Theroux • Saturday December 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM PST
The following was nationally distributed in the United States by the Associated Press and appeared in the New York Daily News on Friday, November 4, 1949. The measures being referenced are those in the Fair Deal, the cradle-to-grave welfare state proposal of President Harry S Truman to follow up on Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal...
Tags: American History, Budget and Tax Policy, Civil Society, Corruption, Culture, Employment, entitlements, fiscal insolvency, Government subsidies, Harry Truman, Humor, Liberalism, Media, Nationalization, New Deal, New Freedom, Politics, Progressivism, Ron Paul, soak the rich, Socialism, tax the rich, Taxation, The State, Unemployment, Welfare, welfare state
Richard T. Ely’s Social Gospel of “Progressivism”: Socialism, Fascism, Racism, Eugenics and Militarism
By David J. Theroux • Tuesday November 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM PST
In a recent podcast interview (please see below) of the economist Clifford F. Thies at Econ Journal Watch (EJW), he discusses the ideas and impact of Richard T. Ely (1854–1943), the highly influential “Progressive.” Ely was co-founder, first Secretary, and subsequent President of the American Economic Association (AEA), that continues to take great pride...
Tags: American History, Audio, Clifford F. Thies, corporate state, Corporatism, Economics, Fascism, Immigration, Imperialism, interventionism, Labor, Lawrence H. White, Liberalism, Nanny State, Nationalism, Power, Progressivism, Regulation, Religion, Socialism, The State, Utilitarianism, War, Woodrow Wilson
By David J. Theroux • Tuesday November 22, 2011 at 11:34 PM PST
As reported in The Guardian and elsewhere, a new batch of 5,000 emails (“FOIA2011”) has just been leaked that follow up on Climategate of 2009 and the more recent scandal of the BEST studies that further reveal the deliberate and coordinated efforts by key climate alarmist scientists to distort the scientific record in order...
Tags: Ben Santer, carbon tax, Climate Change, Climatic Research Institute, Corruption, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, IPCC, junk science, Keith Briffa, Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann, Muir Russell, Phil Jones, Politics, Propaganda, RealClimate, Regulation, Science, Tom Wigley, Transparency, University of East Anglia
By David J. Theroux • Monday November 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM PST
The following invocation was delivered by the Very Reverend Alan W. Jones, Dean Emeritus at Grace Cathedral of San Francisco, at the Independent Institute’s 25th Anniversary Dinner: A Gala for Liberty, November 15th, in San Francisco: INVOCATION We thank you that you have called the human family into freedom and shown us its painful...
By David J. Theroux • Saturday November 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM PST
The New York Times reports in “A Gold Rush of Subsidies in Clean Energy Search” that NRG Energy is receiving nearly $1.6 billion in government subsidies for its new compound in California of almost one million solar panels. The Times further notes that: Similar subsidy packages have been given to 15 other solar- and...
Tags: Bailouts, Business, California, corporate welfare, Corporatism, Corruption, Energy, Environment, Exelon, GE Energy Financial Services, General Electric, Global Warming, Goldman Sachs, google, Government subsidies, Mercantilism, Morgan Stanley, NRG Energy, Obamanomics, political pork, Politics, Presidential Power, Socialism, Technology
By David J. Theroux • at 3:38 PM PST
In the aftermath of the Solyndra cronyism debacle, the Los Angeles Times now reports that a no-bid contract was awarded last May to a firm controlled by a billionaire Obama supporter for the highly unlikely national security threat of a small pox attack: Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a...
Tags: Andy Stern, Bailouts, Barack Obama, corporate welfare, Corporatism, Corruption, crony capitalism, Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Drugs, Liberalism, Mercantilism, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, political corruption, Politics, Presidential Power, Siga Technologies, small pox vaccine, ST-246, Transparency
By David J. Theroux • Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert “takes on” Occupy Wall Street in a hilarious yet actual segment with protest representatives from “the consensus within the press group,” Justin (“a male-bodied person”) and “Ketchup” (“a female-bodied person”), in a “Co-Optportunity” with what Colbert calls a cult, oh sorry, I mean “movement”.
Tags: anti-capitalism, Bailouts, Budget and Tax Policy, Business, Civil Society, cults, Culture, Entertainment, Government subsidies, Humor, hypocrisy, leftism, Liberalism, Morality, Nationalization, Occupy Wall Street, Power, Propaganda, Religion, Socialism, Stephen Colbert, Video