Jonathan Bean Archive
Don’t Know Much About History: Colleges Teach U.S. History with Politics Left Out (Is that Good or Bad?)
By Jonathan Bean • Thursday January 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM PDT
The good news from the NAS study of American history survey courses: if Hayek was right, then American college graduates–the next generation–will learn a lot about racial oppression, class, and gender (all from a left-wing perspective) but precious little about State Power. Forget what you think of State Power (force for good or source of evil). Americans will know NOTHING. I’ll venture they know nothing already. . .
What do readers think? Is it better that Americans know little about history? Is it better than having them learn Zinn-style history on issues unrelated to race, class, gender?
By Jonathan Bean • Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM PDT
ObamaCare is about correcting for the “problem” that some people are not buying insurance. Rather than identify needy individuals and pay for their insurance, the bill mandates that everyone buy insurance that meets the prescription of government health czars (not too much, not too little, but “just right”). The government argues the following: by...
By Jonathan Bean • Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM PDT
To think as a young man I longed to live in southern California. Today, the state is one big caricature of Political Correctness. News item: The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms. Presumably, they can perform their on-air sex acts outside Los Angeles. What is the point?...
Tags: bi-sexuals, California, Censorship, condoms, Criminal Justice, gays, Hotel California, lesbians, Liberty, Los Angeles, Los Angeles City Council, Morality, Nanny State, porn, pornography, Privacy, Progressivism, Regulation, The Eagles, Victimless Crimes
By Jonathan Bean • Thursday January 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM PDT
[*UPDATE: Fed Joked About Housing Crash in 2006! Here is a good interview from PBS] “Tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right.” “Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.” —John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government “The historian is . . . one step nearer to direct power over public opinion than is the theorist.” —Friedrich A. von...
By Jonathan Bean • Friday November 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM PDT
Sean Gabb (Libertarian Alliance of UK) recently sent me a press release protesting the British Medical Association’s call for a ban on smoking in cars. With the usual caveat that smoking is dangerous, kills, causes impotence, flatulence, and everything in between. . . There are people opposed to cigarette smoking (myself included) and then...
By Jonathan Bean • Sunday November 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM PDT
Classical liberals are used to being the “odd one out” but how many of us have lived through a strike with its demands for “solidarity”? I believe in voluntary association and even joined the Faculty Association (union) some years ago. I also believe that workers may strike but they are not entitled to a...
By Jonathan Bean • Friday October 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM PDT
This lecture by Stephen Davies is the most concise and articulate 45 minute presentation I’ve ever seen or heard about the libertarian tradition and its place in the context of American history and politics. For further reading on the libertarian tradition, see nearly anything published by the Independent Institute, especially Robert Higgs, Crisis and...
By Jonathan Bean • Tuesday September 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM PDT
Professor Brad Birzer, a man of unbounded energy, asked several of us to contribute a “top ten” list of books that make us human. Quite a challenge: limited to ten books, what would you (dear reader) choose and why? See my list at The Imaginative Conservative web site. It starts with a book by...
By Jonathan Bean • Thursday August 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM PDT
In response to my recent essay “Obama and Hoover: Two ‘Smart’ (Stupid) Presidents”, one commenter did me the service of rehashing the old myths about the 1920s and the causes of the depression and how Herbert Hoover did little, FDR did a lot and Hoover has nothing in common with “Wonder Boy” Obama. (Coolidge...
Tags: American History, Austrian School of Economics, FDR, Great Depression, Herbert Hoover, Herbert Stein, Housing, housing bubble, Keynesian economics, macroeconomics, Money and Banking, mortgage, Politics
By Jonathan Bean • Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM PDT
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