Archive for August, 2008
A Smart Political Choice by McCain

Truth in advertising. I despise nearly everything McCain stands for and hope he loses. Having said that, unless the media finds skeletons in her closet, the Palin pick is a very smart move on his part. It reinforces his conservative base and helps him with women and independent voters. He might just win this?! A...
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That Convention

What an awful spectacle, without even the pretense of it being an actual convention. It is simply a coronation, with every single speaker praising the Messiah Obama. “We will nominate Obama,” they all admit from the beginning. And what is the program they offer? Change. Variation. No more of the same failed policies of...
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The Onion Understands Antitrust

An oldie but goodie from the Onion, which every day becomes harder to distinguish from, say, the Washington Post. I owe Josh Wright the reminder. A nice complement to R. W. Grant’s Tom Smith and His Incredible Bread Machine, with its classic stanzas: Now let me state the present rules,” The lawyer then went...
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Why Did Cops Stop Covering Up Their Guns?

The first photo is of the El Paso police from 1917 in front of their paddy wagon and the second is a modern SWAT Team. As the first photo shows, it was once standard practice for police officers to wear long jackets to cover up their guns, apparently lest they offend civilians. The cop...
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Libertarian Paternalism

Tim Hartford argues against libertarian paternalism in today’s Financial Times. It’s a rather soft critique; Hartford accepts the basic premise of L.P.—using state power to “nudge,” rather than force, people to make decsisions favored by the state (e.g., requiring employers to change “opt-in” retirement plans to “opt-out”)—but worries about its implementation by British bureacrats. “[R]ather than understanding behavioural...
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School Choice: Really Free, Semi-Free, or Flee as Fast as You Can?

School choice is one of the most popular ideas promoted by liberty-minded writers and politicians. Milton Friedman was the most influential advocate of “school choice.” In Capitalism and Freedom (1962), Friedman argued for school vouchers on efficiency grounds. Forty years later, Friedman devoted himself to this one issue by establishing the Milton & Rose...
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Police to Track All Vehicles into New York City

The New York City Police Department is now planning on tracking the movements of all vehicles entering Manhattan in a federally funded program designated “Operation Sentinel.” Of course, this massive assault on privacy is being done to track and screen out “terrorism.” And according to the Associated Press: Police say Operation Sentinel would rely...
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Robert Higgs on Antiwar Radio

Scott Horton interviewed Bob Higgs on Woodrow Wilson’s right-hand man, Edward House, about whom Higgs has a recent article, and other topics. I will post the interview when it is edited down for Antiwar.com, but you can find the audio now in Scott’s archives: It’s the show from today (mp3), August 20, and the...
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The Corporatization of the War

The Iraq war has used nearly as many contractors as military personnel, far outflanking the ratio of most previous U.S. wars.

Crunchy Credit

Robert Higgs has offered several very interesting posts about the supposed “credit crunch,” (here, here, and here) noting that this is not in fact a technical economic term but rather a phrase invented by journalists and pundits. He asks the important question: if it’s a “credit crunch,” why aren’t real interest rates soaring? Then,...
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