What I'm Reading

2009-12-27 00:56
From: Mises.org
Synopsis: One of the things that has lead me back to the libertarian position is the realization that mainstream Conservatives don't really advocate small government at all. Not even bastions of Conservative thought like William F. Buckley, Jr. Most normal people who identify themselves as Conservative do so, I think, because they know that they are not Liberal so they must then be Conservative. I now believe this is a false dilemma illustrated by P.J. O'Rourke's line, "Republicans are the party that says big government doesn't work and then gets elected and proves it."

The last eight years under Bush and the Republican Congress only serve to underline O'Rourke's point—and illustrate Dr. Hoppe's argument in this article. Dr Hoppe synthesizes Conservative rhetoric supporting government all the while pretending not to—much like the pigs in Animal Farm. It's time we either stop being conservative or kick the "conservatives" out.


2009-12-25 12:09
From: Lewrockwell.com
Synopsis: Henry Bauer describes what happens when scientists dare to take a non-mainstream view. Despite scientists' invoking of the condemnation of Galileo, they participate in a censorship program far more severe than the Catholic church ever did. (The Catholic church only condemned Galileo's philosophical and theological statements, not his scientific statements.)

As I remind my students, 25 years ago, bacteria didn't cause ulcers.


2009-12-25 11:52
From: Lewrockwell.com
Synopsis: Henry Bauer explains why science as we know it is dying. For the past four hundred years, it has been a growth industry on an exponential scale, but there is just not enough money to increase the funding of science. Moreover, as governments have become the primary funders of science, it has lost its impartiality and become an instrument of policymaking. Something has to give.


2009-12-24 15:12
2009-12-17 00:33
From: Times Online
Synopsis: Al Gore lies yet again and gets caught in a most public way. Climate Change is and always has been a scam.


2009-12-15 18:17
From: American Conservative
Synopsis: Robert Murphy explains why Ben Bernanke cannot avoid the coming inflation and why the U.S. government may opt for currency destruction like the Brazilian Cruzeiro or Argentinian Austral or even, the hated Continental. (As Oeter Schiff points out, the people who denigrate the gold standard as old fashioned, "taking us back to the 20s" don't understand that the current fiat currency system is taking us back to the 1770s and 1860s.)


2009-12-13 23:44
From: Mises.org
Synopsis: Art Carden gives a lecture on Consumer Product Regulation on how government regulations can destroy companies while making us less safe. Very listenable. Examples include Marlin toy company, ladders, seat belts, airline seats.

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2009-12-13 23:37
From: Mises.org
Synopsis: As C.S. Lewis admonished, a despot that does things for our "own good" is worse than the regular variety. Obama is trying to make the American government "good."


2009-12-13 23:15
From: American Thinker
Synopsis: Selwyn Duke discusses the thought patterns of rich liberals. Despite their rhetoric that they care, they are less likely to give to charity and more likely to place high emphasis on money. Duke concludes that like the alcoholic who favors banning alcohol so he doesn't have to practice self control, liberals rale against capitalism. I'm not sure that I completely agree with this assessment. While it certainly explains some liberals, it does not explain the obsessive quest for power and influence, the desire to control the lives of other people that characterizes so many liberals.


2009-12-13 18:03
From: LewRocwell.com
Synopsis: Describes some of the political influences that shaped the recent laws and Consumer Products Safety Commission rules for banning lead in childrens' products. Several of the measures in the law and regulations are directly designed to suppress competition for large toy manufacturers such as Mattell. Smaller companies are impacted much more adversely. For example, Mattell only has to test one Barbie doll out of a run of 10,000 or a million, because they are all manufactured the same. Meanwhile, a custom toy company has to test not only every single item it makes, it has to also test every component that goes into every product. Safety regulations and laws in this case are economic monopoly provisions.


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