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Archive for February, 2006

Thoughts Along The Same Lines

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Sean Lynch has an interesting discussion at Catallarchy in a post called Connecting The Political Circle. He puts quite a few words into discussing the differences, and similarities, between libertarians (aka anarcho-capitalists) and anarchists (aka anarcho-syndicalists) and socialists. It’s occurred to me that the main difference between libertarians or anarcho capitalists and socialists or communists […]

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Carnival Of Liberty XXXIV

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Carnival of Liberty 34 is up at Committees of Correspondence. Once again, we’ve had another week of great posts contributed. Thanks to everyone who did…..and if you didn’t, why not ? Next week’s carnival will be hosted at Owlish Mutterings. And, if you’re intereted in hosting a Carnival yourself, I’ve got slots open in late […]

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Quote for this Week

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

I’d say this fits in well with our current education discussion. “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt (1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

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Who Is The Sacramento Republicrat???

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Republicrat- “Republicrat” or “Demopublican” (or the shorter “Democan”) are portmanteaus of the names of the two main political parties in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats. The terms are used pejoratively by those on both the right and left who allege the policies of the two parties are in practice indistinguishable, and so […]

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A Final Word On Monopolies

Monday, February 27th, 2006

About two weeks ago, we had quite a spirited debate here about the question of monopolies in a free market system, and specifically the question of whether Microsoft, or any other supposed monopoly was a problem that libertarians and classical liberals needed to concern themselves with. For a recap of those arguments, you should start […]

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Teacher’s Unions: The Enemy Of Education

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Reading Brad and Eric’s posts on education earlier today brought to mind this post I wrote recently: Today’s Wall Street Journal has a piece cataloging the ways in which teachers unions in Florida and Wisconsin are acting to prevent any efforts to reform education in a way that will actually help students. First in Wisconsin: […]

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The Education Monopoly

Monday, February 27th, 2006

The current paradigm in this country is that education for our children is provided by public institutions, paid for with tax money. Not only that, but that education by institutions controlled, either directly or indirectly, by the state is mandatory for all children through the end of high school. I’m positive that some of you […]

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Threat of Teachers Unions

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Neal Boortz made a bold statement on his show the other day. He said “the teachers unions are a greater long-term threat to freedom and prosperity than Islamic terrorists”. I’m guessing he came under some fire for that one, because the very next day, he was talking about it again. He said he’d given it […]

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Freedom Of Speech Means Freedom To Offend

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Writing in today’s Washington Post, George Will uses the example of the recent prosecution of historian David Irving for the crime of denying the truth of the Holocaust to make the point that freedom of speech sometimes means letting some truly offensive people speak their minds. In 1989, in two speeches in Austria, Irving said, […]

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Vouchers: A Panacea?

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Neal Boortz, famed Atlanta libertarian talk show host, commented on something that has the potential to revolutionize the public education system: In Georgia the governor is considering a plan whereby the state could help fund some community social service projects initiated by churches. The truth here is that these private churches do a better buying […]

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Undercover Economics: Free Trade vs. Environmentalism

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Recently, Patri Friedman posted an excerpt from the Copenhagen Consensus over at Catallarchy. He pointed out that economists agree that the removing trade barriers globally is one of the best ways to spend money from a cost/benefit perspective. I commented fairly extensively on that thread, suggesting that free trade really should be ranked #1 on […]

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Read Recently on a Local Forum

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I participate in a local forum for my city. We discuss local and national politics, sports, poker, TV shows, and much more. Sometimes the things I read are just amazing. Like this, for example, in a discussion of the recent redistricting ballot initiative in California. …. the problem with the gerrymandered districts is there needs […]

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Celebrating A Secret Anniversary

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

In today’s Washington Post, Anne Applebaum notes that today marks the 50th anniversary of an entirely secret, yet incredibly important, speech by former Soviet dictator Nikita Krushchev. As Applebaum explains, it was 50 years ago today, that Krushchev spoke to a closed door meeting of Communist leaders and denounced, albeit selectively, the actions of his […]

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It Must Not Be Important

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Interesting that this story is not at the top of the headlines in the country. Iraq is close to exploding into civil war, a scenario that many opposing the Bush Administration’s actions in Iraq predicted would come about. Yet, Google’s current “Top Stories” don’t include it, it’s not on the front page of the San […]

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The Legacy of the Cold War

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

If you haven’t read Raymond’s piece on ideological and memetic warfare, you really should. Although neither Raymond nor I are old enough to remember the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, we both remember the 70’s onwards and many of the points he makes can be seen in the changes from then to now in our culture, […]

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Carnival of Liberty XXXIII

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Its that time of the week again, the latest edition of the Carnival of Liberty, number 33 to be exact, is up at Peter Porcupine. Go check it out. Next week’s edition of the carnival will be hosted at Committees of Correspondence, so start getting those submissions in now. And, if you’re intereted in hosting […]

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The Harvard Fiasco

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

As Stanley Kurtz, at NRO, points out: So Summers behaved badly. But that just shows how serious the problem of our politically correct campuses is. Students face a daily choice between speaking their mind and harming their own career prospects by alienating the professors who control their grades and recommendations. The Harvard faculty continues it’s […]

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Quote for Today

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” — Thomas Jefferson (First Inaugural Address, 4 […]

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Who Benefits Most From AMT Reform?

Monday, February 20th, 2006

In the news recently, and in Congress, discussion has focused upon how the AMT’s net is widening, and the looming “crisis” when it spreads. There’s expected to be an enormous (4x or more) increase in the numbers of taxpayers subject to the AMT in the next year, and the ramifications of this will be brutal […]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Monday, February 20th, 2006

As America celebrates President’s Day by taking the day off, Lee Harris has penned this piece at TCS Daily paying homage to our nation’s first, and arguably greatest, President. As Harris points out, the office of the Presidency as it was set forth in the Constitution was specifically designed with George Washington in mind. In […]

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