Tag: England

Peaceful Scottish Secession in the Works »

News reports inform us that members of the Scottish Parliament have for the first time voted in favor of Scotland becoming independent. Here is a snippet from the Stornoway Gazette: First Minister Alex Salmond hailed the vote, by 69 to 52, as a “milestone” in the country’s history. He also revealed that 15,000 people…
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Willingness to Soak the Rich Depends Upon the Question »

Further to my post, “Two Wolves and a Sheep,” a new poll out yesterday from The Hill disputes other polls showing a majority favoring taxing the rich more. According to The Hill’s poll, when asked the specific percentage “the rich” should pay, most provide a number lower than the current tax rate on the…
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Magna Carta 2011 »

As did many, former Mayor Willie Brown wrote a tribute of Steve Jobs in his San Francisco Chronicle column this week. Except, in inimitable Willie Brown fashion, his was rather more a tribute to himself—an accolade to Brown’s magnanimous use of his discretionary power to make a San Francisco Apple store possible. It seems…
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George Selgin’s Good Money Now in Paperback »

The Independent Institute is delighted to announce the publication of the paperback edition of George Selgin’s Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage, 1775–1821, winner of the 2009 Bronze Medal IPPY Award. It has long been maintained that governments alone are fit to coin money, but the…
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Book Champions Market-Based Law and Justice »

The provision of justice and security has long been linked in most people’s minds to the state. But are the state’s monopolies on lawmaking and law enforcement really necessary? Those who say “yes” typically assume that any alternative arrangement for law and order would favor the rich at the expense of the poor—or would…
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War on Terror Is Bad for Economy »

President Obama’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council released five “fast-action” recommendations for things the government can do that will result in 1 million jobs on a near-term basis. Among the ideas was: Boost jobs in travel and tourism. This industry is one of America’s largest employers, but the United States has lost significant market share….
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Brit jailed for burning the Koran »

The Daily Mail (U.K.) reports that a British National Party candidate was jailed for burning a copy of the Koran. He was charged with violation of section 29 of the Public Order Act. Under this statute, “A person who uses threatening words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, is guilty…
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You Must Own This Book: Great Wars and Great Leaders »

Anyone who thinks that they know anything about World War I, Harry S Truman, or Winston Churchill should first read Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph Raico. Once they do, they might realize just how little they really know. I have taught and researched American history for a quarter century…
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Student Riots in Britain: Very Disturbing »

You probably have seen stories like this about student riots in Britain last week protesting tuition hikes. The hikes are fairly substantial, roughly tripling the tuition students will be asked to pay. What I find unsettling about this is that people in what we think of as a very civilized country that recognizes individual…
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This Week in The Lighthouse: Britain’s Budget Cuts, Nationalizing Marriage, Privatize Police, Entrepreneurship »

As usual, this week’s Lighthouse deals with a wide range of topics, including British Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to slash public spending (Alvaro Vargas Llosa), same-sex marriage in California (William J. Watkins, Jr.), the virtues of private policing (Bruce L. Benson), and the importance of entrepreneurship (David J. Theroux). Here are links to…
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