By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Friday May 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM PST | Comments Off on Pope Francis’s Failure to See Entrepreneurs as Good Samaritans Undercuts the Poor
On April 25, a videotaped talk by Pope Francis was released at the international TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. The 18-minute talk, titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” can be viewed here. Francis highlighted three themes, beginning with the observation that community is central to human existence: [L]ife flows through our...
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Tags: Africa, anti-poverty, Bible, capitalism, Charity, classical liberal, classical liberalism, community, crony capitalism, cronyism, Developing countries, dictatorship, economic freedom, economic growth, entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Aid, Good Samaritan, government redistribution, israel kirzner, Morality, Pope Francis, Poverty, private charity, private property rights, Property Rights, redistribution, TED, TED talks, The Independent Review, William Easterly
By Sam Staley | Monday August 1, 2016 at 1:43 PM PST | Comments Off on Privacy Rights, Cronyism, and Jason Bourne
Hollywood’s rediscovery of freedom is cropping up in interesting places more and more. I’ve discussed themes emphasizing individual responsibility and skepticism about government in films such as Captain America: Civil War, the Divergent trilogy, and other media, but these ideas might have real staying power if what I just saw in Jason Bourne, the Matt Damon vehicle...
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Tags: Big Brother, CIA, Civil Liberties, crony capitalism, jason bourne, Julia Stile, mass surveillance, matt damon, privacy rights, Robert Ludlum, Tommy Lee Jones
By David J. Theroux | Saturday November 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM PST | 0 Comments
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...
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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 Robert Higgs | Monday March 21, 2011 at 8:45 AM PST | 7 Comments
A review of James Ledbetter, Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011. 268 pp. $26.00. On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final presidential speech, which turned out to be his most memorable by virtue of this warning: “In the councils...
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Tags: American History, Books, C. Wright Mills, Chance for Peace, Cold War, Corporatism, crony capitalism, Defense, Defense Department, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Economics, garrison state, Imperialism, interventionism, James Ledbetter, Journal of Cold War Studies, Liberty, merchants-of-death, Military, military spending, military-industrial complex, national security state, New Left, Peace, Power, Russia, Stalin, technocratic elite, The State, Unwarranted Influence, USSR, War, war economy, warfare state, Weapons, William Proxmire, Wilsonianism