Archive for April, 2008
The Congressman Is Shocked, I Tell You, Shocked

Stars and Stripes reports: “‘There is nothing inherently wrong with providing information to the public and the press,” [U.S. Rep. Ike] Skelton said. “But there is a problem if the Pentagon is providing special access to retired officers and then basically using them as pawns to spout the administration’s talking points of the day.”...
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Eminent Domain and Civil Rights in Alabama (Op-Ed)

My op-ed piece, co-authored with Ilya Somin, has appeared in the Kansas City Star. We wrote the article in part to promote Tuesday’s public forum at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham on the civil rights implications of eminent domain: Few policies have done more to destroy community and opportunity for minorities than...
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Civil Rights and Eminent Domain

The State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public forum on the civil rights implications of eminent domain. It will be at the famous 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Among those who will appear are minority property owners who will allege eminent domain abuse, government officials, and...
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World War II and Global Warming, Again

Speaking of comparisons between the struggle against climate change and World War II, two Iwo Jima survivors are upset about this Time Magazine cover:

Not Laughing at McCain’s Gas Tax Holiday

I, too, am flabbergasted. Not, mind you, by Senator John McCain’s proposal to suspend collection of the federal excise tax on gasoline temporarily so as to ease the pain of driving to the beach this summer. Rather, I am stunned to learn that Robert Poole (an otherwise insightful contributing author to the recent Independent...
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Fifteen Years After Waco

Here’s my article commemorating the Waco tragedy fifteen years ago. It covers a number of bases—the right to revolution, the problem with liberals and conservatives, the public ideology of statism, the police state, and so forth—but here’s just one excerpt from it relating to the recent FLDS affair in El Dorado, Texas: Waco still...
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Keynes on the Ravages of Inflation

John Maynard Keynes was a member of the British delegation to the peace negotiations at Versailles after World War I. He was disgusted by the Allies’ vindictive, grasping, and short-sighted actions at the conference, and he dashed off a book to denounce those actions and to explain why he thought the treaty would give rise to...
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Gold Bugs versus Theft Bugs

Calling someone a gold bug is rarely a compliment, and often an insult. For most people, a gold bug is a weirdo, at best, and a complete nut case, at worst. Don’t these gold bugs understand that gold does not pay interest or dividends? And as for those who advocate a return to the...
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Gun Owners Are Happier

Arthur C. Brooks on why Obama is wrong about gun owners.

Thomas Jefferson Fan Arrested for Dancing at His Memorial

Yet another gaping chasm can be seen between the Founders’ Republic and that of the United States of America in the 21st century. By way of introduction, let’s first take note of the lofty words of the author of the Declaration of Independence. “Dancing is a healthy and elegant exercise, a specific against social...
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