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The world may return to 100%-reserve
gold-standard currencies without any political reforms at all, writes
Michael Miller. A private company, e-gold Ltd., has started this new
monetary transformation by offering its customers privately-held gold
deposits for purchase and sale. Learn about e-gold and the
opportunities and security offered by it.
Can Trade Ever Harm a Country?:
Dr. Robert P. Murphy refutes a recent
Guardian article's arguments for protectionism; Dr. Murphy warns
against equating "One World" IMF and World Bank bailouts with free
trade and demolishes the argument that developing countries need to
protect "infant industries" by means of barriers to trade.
Five Arguments for the Non-Existence of God:
G. Stolyarov II presents five
principal rational arguments for why God does not and cannot exist.
The Right to Discriminate:
Discrimination has no inherent
connection with racism, writes Michael Miller. It is judgment on the
basis of standards, and this is why the politically-correct
establishment hates it. The right to discriminate is entailed in the
rights of free association, free speech, and free thought.
When Vanity Devours Sanity: Why SOLO Shattered
and the Character-Cannibalizing Culture of "Objectivism":
Orion Reasoner considers the filosofy
of Objectivism fatally flawed, for Objectivism-- he contends-- is
based on two conflicting principles: the pursuit of truth and the
constant upholding of personal glory-- a legitimate pride warped into
a harmful egotism. This contradiction creates some who choose vanity
over truth and become "character cannibals" who turn on other
Objectivists-- like Lindsay Perigo, formerly of SoloHQ and now of
Orion Reasoner: SOLO's Emmanuel Goldstein:
Orion Reasoner describes his own
experience with Objectivist character cannibals, who had pervaded the
former SoloHQ-- now
SoloPassion. Mr. Reasoner was
banned from SoloHQ at the insistence of such cannibals, because the
latter used Mr. Reasoner's expression of an unpopular viewpoint to
demonize him and appear heroic in opposing him.
Mr. Feynman's Politics:
Dr. Robert P. Murphy reviews the
autobiografical writings of Richard Feynman, a renowned 20th-century
fysicist and eccentric genius. Though he had no exposure to classical
liberal theory, Feynman arrived at many of the same conclusions
through his own relentless, autonomous reasoning and questioning.
Good Morning, Ontario!:
wrote this article in 1995, when the future seemed bright for free
markets as the welfare state was in retreat on virtually all fronts.
This article commemorated the election of reform-minded Prime Minister
Michael Harris in Now, in 2006, the statists have recuperated,
precisely because the advocates of freedom have squandered the
intellectual momentum of the mid-1990s. But hope is not lost. The
methods Mr. Miller advocates here can still be used to bring about
victories for freedom.
Free the Colony!:
Michael Miller refutes the case for
Quebec separatism, which he contends has been used as a means to
intimidate the rest of Canada toward appeasing Quebec with government
programs, handouts, politically-correct restrictions, and special
favors. Only the climate of political appeasement has made Quebec
separatism possible and has rendered Canada, in many respects, a
colony of Quebec.
Why Politics Divides People:
Dr. Gary M. Galles analyzes the
incentives of voters and politicians in the political process to show
why the political process produces so much smear-hurling, incivility,
and negative advertising of others-- while the market process is much
more directed toward positive advertising of one's own product.
respect to science, consensus is often simply a sop to scientific
illiteracy. After all, if what you are told is alleged to be supported
by all scientists, then why do you have to bother to understand it?
You can simply go back to treating it as a matter of religious belief,
and you never have to defend this belief except to claim that you are
supported by all scientists except for a handful of corrupted
~ Dr. Richard Lindzen