Tag: Entertainment

Progress Has Made Some Song Lyrics Obsolete »

Economic progress manifests itself in a continuous stream of new goods and services generated by, to use Joseph Schumpeter’s term, creative destruction. We tend to focus on the new stuff we have—the microwave ovens, the cellphones, the flat screen televisions—as a sign of progress, barely noticing the things they have replaced. Auto repair shops...
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Joseph Sobran, 1946-2010 »

With sadness, I report the death of an old and cherished friend, Joe Sobran. Joe wrote and edited for National Review until he and William F. Buckley, Jr., had a falling out; he had a long-running engagement with CBS Radio as a commentator; and he wrote a syndicated newspaper column. For most of his life,...
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C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism, Part 3 (Final) »

Here Is the Final Part Continued from Part 2: Part 1 Scientism For Lewis, science should be a quest for knowledge, and his concern was that in the modern era science is too often used instead as a quest by some for power over others. Lewis did not dispute that science is an immensely...
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This Week in The Lighthouse: Economic Recovery, Double-Taxing Energy, Afghanistan, Bullfighting »

This week’s Lighthouse (available online here) deals with a wide variety of topics, including economic recovery (Robert Higgs), double-taxation of income of gas and oil producers (William F. Shughart II), Afghanistan (Ivan Eland), and bullfighting in Spain (Alvaro Vargas Llosa). Links to the individual items appear below: 1. How to Revive a Stagnant Economy...
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The Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit: Available Now! »

This real product is available at BSRemoval.com. You can order the Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit (also known as the BS Removal Kit) to send to friends, family, and all those still deluded. Here is the firm’s product description: You were drawn in by the promise of hope and change—so much so that you...
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Viva Las Vegas! »

Jeffrey Tucker reports from FreedomFest. I’m not there, but Vegas is one of my favorite cities. It’s a place that’s coursing with energy. A couple of quick thoughts: 1. Market forces aren’t doing anything about the weather outdoors, but they’re helping alleviate it. My guess is that there’s someone on every street corner who...
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LeBronomics! »

Florida’s tax structure is a factor in LeBron James’ decision. They call it LeBronomics!

Should We Subsidize Media? »

There has been much hand-wringing over the decline of traditional media. Katherine Mangu-Ward consoles those who fear a post-paper media environment and offers some helpful suggestions; in The Freeman Online, Ed Lopez asks whether the decline of newspapers is a market failure and explains why it isn’t. He shows that this is a case...
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Why Beauty Matters with Roger Scruton »

In an excellent article in the American Spectator, British philosopher and author Roger Scruton discusses his superb new documentary, Why Beauty Matters, that has recently been shown on the BBC. Scruton incisively examines the importance of beauty in the arts and our lives, including fine arts, music, and architecture. In the process, he illuminates...
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Profile in Cowardice: Allah is Great! Die South Park Die! »

In recent years, threats from Islamic extremists have resulted in murder of those simply depicting Mohammed (forbidden by Islamic tradition, although not unknown to Islamic culture). From a prominent woman who fled Islamic death threats: “‘South Park’ and the Informal Fatwa” In a profile of cowardice, Comedy Central responded to a recent death threat...
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