Tag: tyranny
Catching the Hint of Liberty in “Catching Fire” and “The Hunger Games”
Catching Fire, the second installment in the trilogy of films based on The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins, is burning through the box office, raking in revenues of more than $360 million since its November release. This makes the movie the third highest grossing movie of the year. And this bodes well for...
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Robert Higgs Interviewed: The Expanding Pork for Military Pay and Towns
Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio on the widening gap between public and private sector pay, the increasing affluence of military towns compared with others, the disappearance of traditional checks on government power, and the predation and incremental “ratchet effect” of expanding governmental powers that increase...
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C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism, Part 3 (Final)
Here Is the Final Part Continued from Part 2: Part 1 Scientism For Lewis, science should be a quest for knowledge, and his concern was that in the modern era science is too often used instead as a quest by some for power over others. Lewis did not dispute that science is an immensely...
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Jon Stewart Bashes Obama as Hypocritical Enemy of Civil Liberties
On Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart powerfully attacks President Barack Obama as a hypocrite and power-mongering opportunist regarding the writ of habeas corpus and other legal standards as protected under the U.S. Constitution. As Stewart shows, Obama repeatedly claimed that he was going to reverse the unconstitutional assaults on civil liberties...
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Iran Watch: 50,000 Buses and One Million No Shows
Before the USSR collapsed, “smart” observers bet that the regime had broad support and the people only wanted reform. This was a theme of writers like Stephen Cohen and required reading during my graduate school education. Similarly, outside observers assumed that nominally democratic Iran maintained broad support for the Islamic Republic. Sure, sure, college...
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C.S. Lewis on the Welfare State: Dangers of Obamacare
With the enormous expansion of the welfare state with the passage of Obamacare, C.S. Lewis’s insightful essay on the dangers, dehumanization, and immorality of welfare/therapeutic statism, “Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” (from his book, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics) is especially timely and noteworthy. Here are...
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Would the World Be Better Without Religion?
A Facebook friend of mine posted his response to a poll: “Would the world be better without religion?” two days ago, generating, to date, 3,627 comments—by far the most I’ve ever seen for any single Facebook posting, and remarkable for one with 481 “Friends.” While I haven’t read all of the comments, the general...
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Today, SNL or the Onion, Tomorrow . . . ?
From the opening sketch of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live: My administration intends to do to every industry in this country, exactly what we are doing to the automakers. Every company will be vetted for fiscal soundness. Those judged best able to compete in the global economy will be offered a governmental subsidy. The...
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Barack Obama and The Road to Serfdom
In 1944, a book was published that shook the intellectual and political cultures of the Western world. Dedicated to “The Socialists of All Parties,” The Road to Serfdom was authored by the Austrian School economist Friedrich A. Hayek, who subsequently received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1974. In his book, Hayek vividly showed...
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C.S. Lewis on Tyranny “for the Good” of Its Victims
Following up on Anthony Gregory‘s recent posting, “A Caring State is a Controlling State,” the following incisive words from C.S. Lewis are noteworthy: If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. . . . In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put...
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