Archive for August, 2008
The Decline and Fall of Imprimis

Imprimis, the newsletter of Hillsdale College, was once an important part of the libertarian/conservative literary canon, with contributions from people like Henry Hazlitt, Arthur Shenfield, F. A. Hayek, Ben Rogge, Erik Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, M. E. Bradford, Russell Kirk, Malcolm Muggeridge, Forrest McDonald, Sidney Hook, and James Buchanan. Hayek’s important essay, “Coping with Ignorance,”...
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August 9, 1945, a Date that Will Live in Infamy

I note with sadness that today is the sixty-third anniversary of the U.S. explosion of an atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan. The explosion killed an estimated 40,000 to 75,000 persons immediately, and perhaps as many as 80,000 died by the end of 1945 from the effects of their wounds and radiation sickness. Nearly all...
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News Flash: Washington Is Corrupt!

In a touchingly partisan recent essay titled “Follow This Dime,” progressive writer Thomas Frank indicts the federal government under Bush for its having cordially invited and lavishly rewarded corruption by conservative wheeler-dealers: “The ruination they have wrought has been thorough; it has been a professional job.” I have no quarrel with Frank’s characterization of the present federal government and its corporate...
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Hurston and Paterson: Two Libertarians Against the Atomic Bomb

Novelists Zora Neale Hurston and Isabel Paterson had much in common including opposition to the New Deal and a shared belief individualism. Both also opposed the dropping of the atomic bomb. In 1946, Hurston, who later supported the presidential campaign of Robert A. Taft, wrote that she was “amazed at the complacency of Negro press...
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Radical Reform Is Needed in California

Looking at the budget crisis, Governor Schwarzenegger ordered a temporary reduction of the salaries of 200,000 state employees to the minimum wage. This gesture is largely symbolic. Indeed, the pay system is so antiquated in California that it could take six months just to make the salary change. Meanwhile, the governor has proposed a...
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A Predecessor of George W. Bush’s Contempt for the Constitution

Everyone who has paid attention knows that political leaders regard the U.S. Constitution as, at best, a nuisance, and as, in general, an intolerable impediment to their quest for unlimited power. George W. Bush has become justly infamous for his outburst to an aide: “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece...
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Army Recruiters Lie to and Threaten Teenagers with Jail

Despite the barbaric lowering of recruitment standards, teenagers still aren’t enlisting enough for the empire. So now they resort to a bait-and-switch, lying, and threatening these kids with jail time when they back out of commitments they never agreed to. Read the story and prepare to be disgusted and angry. It seems to me...
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More Fun for Travelers

The Fourth Amendment becomes quainter and quainter. As the Washington Post reports: Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. The policy...
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