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Jonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of History at Southern Illinois University.
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It’s Housing, Stupid! Parallels Between the 1920s and the 2000s



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...
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Media Blackout of Ron Paul: Jon Stewart asks “How did Ron Paul become the 13th floor in a hotel?”



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Obama and Hoover: Two “Smart” (Stupid) Presidents



For the past year, I have been researching how the housing bubble of the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression when the bubble burst. My study involves reading many articles and speeches by Herbert Hoover, first as Commerce Secretary (1921-1928) then as president (1929-1933). As the nation endures the Obama presidency, I see much...
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Liberty on Film: Hayek and Others



A colleague sent me a link to the following collection of Hayek interviews, now available online. Other useful sites include: http://miltonfriedman.blogspot.com/ http://www.missliberty.com/ – updates to Miss Liberty’s Guide to Film and Video http://www.youtube.com/user/independentinstitute http://www.cato.org/events/archive.html http://reason.tv/ William F. Buckley, Jr.’s Firing Line show included interviews with people across the political spectrum, now collected at the Hoover...
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Drink, Don’t Drive: How Obama’s Green Obsession Led me to Drink (and it’s good for the planet!)



Get ready for life in ultra small cars, shorn of spare tires and other unnecessary weight. The Obama administration has set the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 mpg! There will be fines (read: added costs) if you choose the wrong kind of vehicle or buy from an auto company that fails...
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FDR Redux: A Cartoon Guide to Cutting the National Debt by 40% with the Stroke of a Pen! (Part II)



(Continued from previous post). During the 1932 campaign, Franklin Roosevelt had a reputation as a mealy-mouth politician who made many promises but held his real plans close to his chest. The following cartoons capture that well: Of course, we now know that with his First Inaugural address (listen here), FDR took on the role...
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FDR Redux: A Cartoon Guide to Cutting the National Debt by 40% with the Stroke of a Pen! (Part I)



Robert Higgs noted here on July 6th that FDR defaulted on the national debt by “going off the gold standard.” Moreover, FDR was (and is) much praised for his courageous action in favor of the “little guy” and against “sound money” bankers. FDR did this with a stroke of the pen (Executive Order) and...
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The Killing (and Queering) of History: Why Government Schools are the Problem



This past week the governor of California signed a law that requires the teaching of gay history in textbooks used in government schools. That’s bad, but not for the reasons so-called “conservative” groups imagine. Government schools in California and Texas determine what is used in textbooks nationwide. The textbook boards in California lean toward...
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JAMA: State Should Seize Fat Children from Parents



Welcome to the next chapter in our continuing coverage of Police State USA. In a JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) opinion piece, the authors argue for taking “super-obese” children from parents and putting them in foster care. Having just researched the dark side of well-intentioned “Progressivism” (early 20th century), I find this...
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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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