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Drug Choices, Bad Choices:
Alan Caruba comments on the sheer
stupidity of consuming drugs like heroin and the deliberate effort it
takes to continue taking them; he also points out the social damages
that wishing to rehabilitate such people through government action
brings about. Many of these addicts are not improved by state-coerced
The Declining Dollar Erodes Personal Savings:
Representative Ron Paul, M.D., is
alarmed at the steady decline in the U.S. dollar's value in the past
years; the dollar's value has declined substantially relative to other
currencies and has shrunk by a factor of three relative to gold. This
will eventually impoverish Americans, unless the U.S. government stops
artificially inflating the currency and incurring enormous deficits.
Government Debt Has No Upside:
Dr. Robert P. Murphy analyzes popular
statements about the government's incurring of debt and picks out the
grains of truth in those statements from the piles of falsehoods. He
warns us not to think of the national debt as innocuous or merely as
"a debt to ourselves" because of its inherently redistributory
And Then a Miracle Occurs:
Dr. Gary M. Galles refutes standard
arguments in favor of unionization, rent controls, the minimum wage,
and government protectionism by showing the logical gaps in these
arguments. These arguments invoke "miracles" which cannot be
rationally explained, and which their proponents often invoke ad
hominem attacks to defend.
Identification: Friend or Foe?:
The religious right needs to stop its
friendly fire against other rightists-- including atheists,
Objectivists, and libertarians-- writes Michael Miller. It needs to
stop aiding the nihilist left through vehement denunciations of egoism
and egoists; rather, the religious right needs to recognize that its
own morality is also fundamentally egoistic, even if the
selfish good religious rightists seek is in part supernatural.
Immigrants, Reconquistas, and Economic Systems:
Why do so many Mexican immigrants
seek to enter America? Because an antiquated, feudalistic system of
stringent government controls over the Mexican economy holds them back
at home, writes Paul Driessen. Some of their attempts at "reconquista"
in the American Southwest would only bring Mexican-style big
government there if they succeed; rather, the Mexican government
should relent in its efforts to control its population and natural
Working on the Fringes: How to Create Effective
Political, Cultural, and Intellectual Change:
G. Stolyarov II advocates an
evolutionary rather than a revolutionary approach to changing the
political and cultural status quo; he suggests that friends of liberty
and reason try to focus on the fringe issues which few people in the
mainstream notice, rather than on contentious core issues where any
forward movement will be thwarted by dominant orthodoxies and
Fanatics, Heretics, and the Truth about Global
Global warming is not science; it is
a new political religion, based on faulty and easily debunked
assertions and statistics twisted out of proportion to justify the
environmentalists' faith in the evils of modern capitalism, writes Tom
DeWeese. This summer, Al Gore's new promised documentary might further
advance this heinous cause, and Mr. DeWeese warns us to be skeptical.
Policing Phone Calls and Perverting Principles:
The Bush Administration's efforts to
collect data about millions of Americans' conversations should be seen
an a major threat to liberty by Americans, writes Dr. Edward Hudgins.
The executive branch is violating the essence of limited government by
refusing to gain the approval of the courts and Congress in these
activities; furthermore, the Bush Administration is setting a negative
precedent that subsequent Democratic Presidents might apply to
"crimes" far more innocuous than terrorism.
Predicting Hurricanes. Not!:
Despite current technology, the
occurrence of hurricanes continues to be virtually unpredictable,
writes Alan Caruba. What we do know, however, is that they are
not caused by global warming; they are brought about by periodic
Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation; currently we are experiencing a
cyclical rise in the frequency of hurricanes, but this has occurred
before, and does not spell the gloom and doom environmentalists
suggest it does.
I am among those who think well
of the human character generally.
~ Thomas Jefferson