Archive for July, 2009

GM’s bankruptcy and government control/ownership

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I also liked this post from the Coyote Blag: Though it [General Motors] was able to shed some plants and employees, it will have most of the same stifling work rules on the shop floor. It did, however, manage to shed a lot of interest payments to creditors who ...

Rahm Emanuel: we can cancel your right to bear arms at any time

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

One of the most telling, and disturbing, facts about Barack Obama was his choice of Joe Biden as VP and Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff. Both are creeps, both are criminals, both are frightening warmongers who are terrible on civil liberties. Here's the latest appalling example from Rahm Emanuel. ...

Pirates: orderly anarchists

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Libertarian psychologist and Skepticblagger Michael Shermer has an interesting review of Peter Leeson's new book, The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates, in the July 9, 2009 issue of Nature. While neither Shermer, nor Leeson, nor I would defend pirate societies as the pinnacle of liberty and cultural progress, ...

Matthew Martens is pure evil

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Today's inductee into the Special Hell is Matthew Martens, the federal prosecutor who used illegal, underhanded, and downright evil tactics to railroad real estate attorney Victoria Sprouse in a travesty of a criminal trial. William L. Anderson sets the record straight with his usual excellence: The prosecution, led by Martens, convinced ...

Obama Defense Dept. advocates post-acquittal detentions

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

We'll see if this actually happens: Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson moved the Obama administration into new territory from a civil liberties perspective. Asked by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) the politically difficult but entirely fair question about whether terrorism detainees acquitted in courts could be released in the United States, ...

Government health insurance, Social Security, private mortgage lenders

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

At this site and others you might have come across the libertarian argument that State-provided medical insurance will out-compete private medical insurance because the State has the privilege of coercing ever-increasing tax revenues out of its captives. For instance, I blagged about Sheldon Richman's recent column putting forth this and ...

Quote of the day

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

"Minarchy is the theory that free market capitalism is best protected by a socialist monopoly." —Less Antman, in response to Sheldon Richman's post