Today, the New York Times writes about the increasing movement to require even first-time DUI offenders to have ignition-interlock systems installed on their cars that would require them to pass a breathalyzer test before they could start their cars: WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 — The threat of arrest and punishment, for decades the primary tactic against [...]Continue reading What Should Be Done About Drunk Driving ?
Archive for November, 2006
Over at JasonPye.com, one of their more conservative (i.e. less libertarian) bloggers, Larry Stanley, is railing against immigration, highlighting this quote by Tom Tancredo (R-CO) (emphasis added by Larry, which I will continue here): “People have to understand what we’re talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist. He is going [...]Continue reading North American Union?
So argues Donald Boudreaux, Chairman of the Economics Department at George Mason University in a column in today’s Christian Science Monitor: Back in 1748, Baron de Montesquieu observed that “Peace is the natural effect of trade. Two nations who differ with each other become reciprocally dependent; for if one has an interest in buying, the [...]Continue reading Want Peace ? Support Free Trade. Want Protectionism ? Support War.
November 19, 2006 will go down in American history as the date when America’s newest party, the Collectivist Party, replaced the old Democratic Party of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as the America’s major party. The only party that can somewhat challenge them is a regional party from the Deep South known as the Republican [...]Continue reading The Collectivist Party
There are few symbols of Islam that arose more controversy in the West than the burqa, a covering that some Islamic women wear, either by force or by choice, that completely covers their body and hides even their eyes from public view. In what may well be a sign of things to come in Europe, [...]Continue reading Religious Freedom vs. The War On Terror
Rep. Charles Rangel, who is set to become the Chairman of the House Ways And Means Committee (or, as I like to call it, the Ways-To-Be-Mean Committee), has called for the reinstatement of the military draft: WASHINGTON — Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming [...]Continue reading Prominent Democrat Wants To Reinstate The Draft
UPDATE: My reading comprehension took a breather today. Replace Oklahoma with Arkansas for most of this post. I guess I had Oklahoma on the brain after the tattoo story. Suffice to say that I did have a point in that all states like to use taxation or outright bans of unpopular behavior or activities based [...]Continue reading Oklahoma: Two Steps Forward, One (Potential) Step Back
David Boaz has an article up at TCS Daily about the legacy of Milton Friedman: Friedman was born in New York in 1912, at the end of a long period of peace and prosperity. The first half of his life witnessed a series of catastrophes for peace and freedom – World War I, the Bolshevik [...]Continue reading Milton Friedman: Advocate For Liberty
This news came across my inbox today. With sadness, I must pass it along: Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who advocated an unfettered free market and had the ear of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, died Thursday. He was 94. … In more than a dozen books and in his column in Newsweek magazine, [...]Continue reading Milton Friedman Dies at 94
Over at The American Spectator, Andrew Coulson wonders what might happen if coffee shops were run the same way we run public education: Imagine what would happen if coffee shops were run like schools. Let’s say that state and local officials granted Starbucks a “public coffee” franchise, paying it $10,000 annually per customer (about what [...]Continue reading What If Coffee Shops Were Run Like Public Schools ?
The Republican Party, after losing their majority in the midterms, should be looking at themselves and realizing why they have lost. The key word in that sentence is should. Instead, the Republicans appear to be ready to reelect their House leadership and a man whose only qualification is that he’s a Bush loyalist will be [...]Continue reading No, They Haven’t Learned Their Lesson
Over at Control Congress, there’s a post about How Bad Trade Deals are Destroying the Middle Class. It was a call for greater protectionism, because the authors believe that we are not negotiating trade deals that are free: These days comparable numbers are imports are 16.22% of GDP and exports are 10.46% of GDP. Per [...]Continue reading American Economy As A Family
And fails. In a piece about “corporate social responsibility” the New York Times interviewed someone from the Competitive Enterprise Institute and came away with this unique undertanding of libertarianism: OVER 35 years ago, the economist Milton Friedman wrote a famous article for The New York Times Magazine entitled, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to [...]Continue reading The New York Times Tries To Understand Libertarians
In an article published on Election Day, Reason Magazine asked Congressman Jeff Flake, a member of the Republican class of 1994 2000 and of the Republican Liberty Caucus, what happened to the Republican revolution that started in 1994. His response, was, in a word, depressing: Reason: Whatever happened to the class of ’94? Flake: I [...]Continue reading Well If That’s All You Can Come Up With….
Apparently, the public no longer considers the GOP the party of small government: The Club for Growth today released new survey data that shows the Republican Party has completely lost its brand as the party of limited government and low spending. The poll is instructive since it surveyed voter attitudes in 15 battleground districts where [...]Continue reading Why The Republicans Lost, Part II
Much has been written, and much will continue to be written, about what happened on Tuesday and why the Republican Congressional majority that was created in the revolution of 1994 crumbled so quickly in 2006, but I don’t think anyone has said it better than the man who led that revolution twelve short years ago: [...]Continue reading Why The Republicans Lost
This post was originally posted at The Unrepentant Individual, where I’ve been posting about college football a lot lately. It drifted over into the territory of monopolies, so I thought I’d cross-post it here. ——————————————————————— Over the past few years, cable companies have been battling ESPN over the cost of carrying the ESPN channel. It’s [...]Continue reading ESPN Power Struggles
After all, it is election season… in fact tomorrow is election day; why hasn’t a brilliant and insightful commentator such as myself opined on this election? Honestly, I just can’t stand to write anything about politics right at this moment. I’m getting two dozen (no exaggeration) political calls a day between my home phone, and [...]Continue reading Why no politics?
This election is putting most classical liberals in a bind. We don’t really want to see the continuation of the borrow-and-spend behavior of our current one-party rule, but we likewise don’t want to see the tax-and-spend-even-more behavior of the Democrats. We don’t want to see the enforced-morality of the paternal state our current one-party rule [...]Continue reading Plans for the Mid-Term Election
Over at Catallarchy, Patri Friedman makes the case against drug prohibition, in a way that doesn’t rely on the ideas of personal liberties, natural rights, or any other theoretical basis: I think all this talk of incentives and local vs. global control is making way too complex an argument which in this case is completely [...]Continue reading The Case Against Prohibition