Archive for June, 2009

Weekend links

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Not much time to blag; here are my favorite readings from the last couple weeks (apologies for not including something good that you wrote; I don't have much time for reading, either). Will the American auto industry fail? at No Third Solution. How zoning rules would work in a free society by ...

Obama’s impossible healthcare reform promises

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Another excellent column by Sheldon Richman. He quotes Obama: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. Then Richman ...

This just in: Americans are stupid

Friday, June 19th, 2009

No, this isn't just stupid. It's stupid and evil and inhumane. As if electing complete idiots with no economic knowledge and no regard for individual rights to the presidency every four years for the last several decades weren't proof enough: A jury ruled in favor of the RIAA, against the ...

Fish in a barrel

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Here are a few issues or news stories that I've come across recently that I could offer easy and obvious solutions or objections to, or that libertarianism has already provided an easy and obvious answer to: Philip Morris supports new FDA regulations on cigarettes. Why, when they've opposed previous interventions in ...

Conservatism is fatally flawed

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Is capitalism fatally flawed? asks Paul McDonnold in the Christian Science Monitor. Recessions, like hurricanes, leave wreckage behind—bankrupt businesses, high unemployment, and sometimes even tattered philosophies. No, they don't. Inflationary booms leave bankrupt businesses and unemployment, not to mention devalued currency, behind. Recessions correct those mistakes. The only "tattered philosophy" I've ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

From Chris Floyd, as incisive and unforgiving as usual, RE: the Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act of 2009: What kind of country passes such a law? Why, a cheap, corrupt, third-rate junta state, which has elevated war and militarism into its supreme value, its "ultimate concern," its divinity—that's what kind of ...

Quote of the day

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

From Roderick Long's chapter in Anarchism/Minarchism: The confused assumption that a legal framework must (or even can) be external to what it constrains tends to make political structure invisible except insofar as it is realised in familiar state-monopoly institutions. And this in turn helps to explain what anarchists often find puzzling: ...