Archive for January, 2008
Higgs on the Politics of Fear

Bob Higgs has an important speech here, which he delivered at the Institute in December: “Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?” Definitely worth reading.

Words Matter: Rebate, Bonus, or Free Money?

One of the reasons I find economics is fascinating is that many of its assumptions and research are based on psychology. Here is a timely example: (Nicholas Epley, “Rebate Psychology,” New York Times, January 31, 2008) Save your “rebate” or spend your “bonus?” This findings of one study: give $50 to one group of...
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When did you stop beating your wife?

[The following is in response to a student’s criticism of capitalism because companies have no concern for safety. He cited the seat belt law, which “kooky” libertarians oppose. Where would we be without government regulations? It’s a common baiting tactic used on those skeptical of government’s beneficence. Here is my answer] **************** Dear Concerned:...
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Defending Open Immigration: A Reply to Hoppe

Walter Block and I have this article [pdf] in the Mises Institute’s newest edition of the Journal of Libertarian Studies, edited by Roderick Long, in which we address some of Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s arguments against having open borders in a highly politicized, state-run society.

Afghan Journalist Sentenced to Death for Internet Printout

Say, I thought we liberated this country. Of course, the Islamist theocracy that persists in the Middle East is no joke. But it does seem as though many Americans look the other way when a nation we are ostensibly allied with, or helped secure freedom for, engages in such totalitarianism.

I Wish I’d Written That

From the Department of Pith: Bob Higgs, on American foreign policy: “The U.S. state is breaking eggs hither and yon, but where’s the bloody omelette?” Jimmy Breslin, on Giuliani: “[H]e’s a little man in search of a balcony.” Daniel Larison, on the soon-to-be-forgotten Fred Thompson: “[H]e always inspired more feelings of pity than indignation,...
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The Effects of Mass Deportation

Trevor Bothwell has a great article at LewRockwell.com about what fully enforcing America’s immigration laws, through mass deportations, would really entail. A choice excerpt: To say this would be a messy affair would be an understatement of magnificent proportion. SWAT-style assaults and home invasions would be the order of the day. Today’s ruthless, tyrannical...
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Local Opposition to the Central State’s Border Fence

Is there any remaining question that the more the federal government cracks down on illegal immigration, the more power for Washington, the less voice for localities, the less liberty for the American people? The AP reports: “Leaders in a small Texas border city felt blindsided Wednesday after learning that a judge had ordered public...
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Rac(e)ing through Presidential Time

Which candidates had ancestors who allegedly owned slaves? Not that it makes a difference but members of both parties, including John McCain, John Edwards, and Barack Obama! http://tinyurl.com/2nybq9 Well, there goes the reparations issue! Then again, wait and see—Democrats circulated pamphlets by an Ohio professor (William Chancellor) stating that Warren G. Harding had a...
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Poor Bill

Pity poor Bill Clinton. Obama has accused him of being dishonest. This campaign has encouraged people to remember Bill’s financial sneakiness. And so he lashes out at the “biggest fairy tale ever.” He’s just not as slick as he once was. I would have preferred this version of the man, desperate like a wounded...
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