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Archive for February, 2007

Conservatives, Libertarians, And Fusionism

Friday, February 16th, 2007

To put it nicely, the political alliance between those who consider themselves classical liberals and/or libertarians and conservatives has been under strain for some time now. During the Cold War and the rise of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the two groups were united in opposition to Communism and the growth of the welfare state. In […]

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Venezuela Undergoes 1000% Deflation

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Or so Hugo would have you believe… President Hugo Chavez said he will chop three zeros off new bolivar currency bills to bolster Venezuelans’ perception of a strong currency in a bid to curb inflation, which is now highest in Latin America. But an ex-central bank director said the measure may have the opposite effect […]

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The FCC Wants To Regulate Television Again

Friday, February 16th, 2007

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission says that Congress should grant it the authority to regulate violence on television: WASHINGTON — Television networks are free to sprinkle their programs with shootings, slashings, torture and other gore because the government has no regulatory authority over violent programming. But a draft report being circulated at […]

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Federal Judge Places Limits On Police Videotaping

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

A U.S. District Court Judge in New York has placed strict limits on a police practice that has become common in New York City since September 11th: In a rebuke of a surveillance practice greatly expanded by the New York Police Department after the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge ruled yesterday that the police […]

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The Present And Future Of The Blogosphere

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

A few days ago, I reposted The Future Of Liberty, in order to set the stage for a post on the American’s article on Milton Friedman & blogging. Yesterday, though, Doug jumped in between steps A and B with his own post… But I think there’s more that can be said. A lot of people […]

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Bank Of England Honors Adam Smith

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Adam Smith is widely regarded as the father of free-market capitalism, and that status will be honored by the Bank of England The contribution of world-renowned 18th century philosopher and economist, Adam Smith, is to be acknowledged on a new-design £20 banknote the Bank of England is to introduce into circulation next Spring. Changes to […]

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Health Care @ Coyote Blog

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Over at Coyote Blog, Warren takes WaPo columnist Steven Pearlman to task for an article on health care. It’s far too extensive to summarize, but I highly recommend taking a look. An excerpt: But let’s get into all that money-grubbing. Mr. Pearlstein reads the study as saying the problem is all that profit. Because we […]

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Giving Libertarians Their Due

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

John Fund reviews Brian Doherty’s new book Radicals For Capitalism and in the process has this to say about the contribution of libertarian ideas to the United States: Scores of books have been written on the role of communists and socialists in the U.S., dour chronicles of welcome failure. But very few writers have devoted […]

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Anne Frank — Killed By US Immigration Policy

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

I saw this and was immediately saddened… Anne Frank’s father tried to get to U.S. (emphasis added) Anne Frank’s father tried to arrange U.S. visas for his family before they went into hiding, but his efforts were hampered when Allied and Axis countries tightened immigration policies, according to papers released Wednesday. Otto Frank also sent […]

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Protectionism— Wall Street Style

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

When jobs go offshore, it’s normal for the affected industries to go crying to Congress. Usually, Wall Street tells those affected industries to suck it up and stop whining. What happens when foreign market exchanges start attracting business away from Wall Street, though? They go crying to Congress… When Main Street jobs go overseas, Wall […]

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Venezuela continues to suffer under Chavez

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Chavez is threatening to take over more privately controlled markets: President Hugo Chavez threatened Wednesday to nationalize any privately owned supermarkets and food storage facilities caught hoarding inventories or violating price controls imposed on basic goods. Accusing private companies of hoarding beef and other foods, Chavez warned supermarket owners and distributors that he would nationalize […]

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Will Toyota Become A Trade War Scapegoat ?

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Sometime in the coming year, Toyota will surpass General Motors to become the largest carmaker in the world and executives at the company are afraid that event will serve as an excuse for the anti-trade forces to make Toyota a scapegoat in the continuing debate over interenational trade: Toyota Motor Corp. is bracing for possible […]

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The Blogosphere As A Spontaneous Order

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

American Magazine has an interesting article arguing that the blogosphere is the perfect example of a spontaneous order in action: Left to the free market of ideas and instant reader feedback, good writing, quality and reliability in blogging secures a readership and reputation solely on merit. The analogy to “democracy” may be clichéd but the […]

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Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Barry Goldwater: “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to […]

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The War On Drugs Helps Terrorists

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

James Joyner and Steven Taylor both write about a Time Magazine story of an Afghan warlord and ally of Taliban leader Mullah Omar who came to the United States in April 2005 prepared to aid the United States in the continued hunt for Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden, only to find that the War […]

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Ron Paul Speaks On Attacking Iran

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

United States House Of Representatives February 6, 2007: It’s a bad idea. There’s no need for it. There’s great danger in doing it. America is against it, and Congress should be. The United Nations is against it. The Russians, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Pakistanis are against it. The whole world is against it. […]

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Lou Dobbs On The War On (Some) Drugs

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Not content to continue solidifying his reputation as a raving economic nationalist, Lou Dobbs has waded into the debate over the War On (Some) Drugs: NEW YORK (CNN) — We’re fighting a war that is inflicting even greater casualties than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, incredibly, costing even more money. We’re losing the […]

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Why The Federal Budget Keeps Rising

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Robert Samuelson has an excellent column in today’s Washington Post explaining why the federal budget keeps going up, and why neither political party wants to do anything about it: The welfare state has made budgeting an exercise in futility. Both liberals and conservatives, in their own ways, peddle phony solutions. Cut waste, say conservatives. Well, […]

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Thomas Paine: More Harm than Good?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Thomas Paine is one of the least respected figures of the American Revolution and early American history. Many of Paine’s compatriots believed that his anti-religious ideas found in The Age of Reason were so dangerous that they would undermine the moral character of America (Keane 475). Paine further caught the ire of the American public […]

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In memory of Charlie Norwood (R-GA)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

I’ve been a fan of Charlie Norwood since I’ve been paying attention to Congressional politics. He had been a member of Ron Paul’s Liberty Committee, a group of libertarian leaning members of Congress. He was the only Republican member of the Georgia delegation to vote against the 2003 expansion of Medicare. He also voted for […]

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