A Journal for Western Man :  Issue LXXV

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Economics

 

Microsoft Vendetta Hurts Consumers:

Valentin Petkantchin

October 3, 2006:

After imposing fines of nearly €500-million ($720.2-million) on Microsoft Corp. in March, 2004, the European Commission has levied another huge fine of €280.5-million against the company. The Commission says this new fine should lead Microsoft to comply with the 2004 ruling favoring competition between software publishers and benefiting consumers. Valentin Petkantchin argues that, far from being beneficial, this ruling could rebound against PC users, who face the risk that future software and other products may cost more and provide less.

 

Historical Analysis

 

Mises: Defender of Freedom:

Dr. George Reisman

October 1, 2006:

September 29, 2006, was the 125th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Mises-- Austrian economist and defender of liberty. Mises is important because his teachings are necessary to the preservation of material civilization. As he showed, the base of material civilization is the division of labor. Without the higher productivity of labor made possible by the division of labor, the great majority of mankind would simply die of starvation. The existence and successful functioning of the division of labor, however, vitally depends on the institutions of a capitalist society — that is, on limited government and economic freedom, private ownership of land and all other property, exchange and money, saving and investment, economic inequality and economic competition, and the profit motive — institutions everywhere under attack for several generations. Dr. George Reisman pays tribute to his mentor and hopes that the material civilization Mises championed can be saved through the application of his ideas.

 

The United States Civil Service: The Federalist Beginnings and the Failed Jeffersonian Revolution (1995):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

October 5, 2006:

Murray Rothbard discusses the early history of the American civil service-- including the blatantly partisan manner in which the Federalist Party staffed its bureaucracy with those who supported the expansion of government power and systematically excluded those who disagreed with the party platform. The Republican Party of Thomas Jefferson, when it came into power in 1800, failed to fully uproot the Federalist bureaucracy and had generally rejected the crucial principle of rotation in office for civil officials. As a result, the U. S. bureaucracy continued to grow from 1789 to 1829-- until the Presidency of Andrew Jackson.

 

The United States Civil Service: From the "Spoils System" to the Pendleton Act (1995):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

October 9, 2006:

In this final section of his Bureaucracy and the Civil Service in the United States, Dr. Murray Rothbard discusses the history of the American civil service and rotation in office from the time of Andrew Jackson and his unfairly derided "spoils system" to the passage of the Pendleton Act-- which attempted to create a "merit-based" civil service. The civil service reformers, though well-intentioned and desiring to curb the powers of government, instead got a dramatic expansion of government through the abuse of the very measures they had championed.

 

Politics

 

The Religious Right Needs to Heed the Example of Rev. Dozier:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

October 1, 2006:

For at least the last three decades, conservative Christians (known collectively as the Religious Right), have allowed themselves to become wedded to Republican politicians. They have done this-- argues Dr. Chuck Baldwin-- to the detriment of the very principles they seek to advance. Dr. Baldwin illustrates this point through the example of Rev. O'Neal Dozier, who has done much to support Republican politicians, only to be ejected from numerous lucrative offices upon expressing his dislike of the religion of Islam. Dr. Baldwin praises Rev. Dozier for his willingness to stand on his principles rather than surrender those principles to political ambitions.

 

Global Warming Scares Heat Up:

Alan Caruba

October 1, 2006:

Largely unable to find traction with their anti-war diatribes, the Democrats’ fallback position is to scare everyone with global warming. It began in the summer of 2005 when Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) proposed a bill calling for modest mandatory limits on emissions of greenhouse gases said to cause climate change. These limits are moving forward despite the unanimous rejection of the Kyoto Protocol by the Senate some years ago. Alan Caruba warns us of the hoax that is "manmade global warming" and the devastating political consequences that would follow from heeding the scares propagated by those who would seek to restrict energy use and technological progress. 

 

Upsidedown Luddism: The Case of Immigration:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

October 3, 2006:

Following the pioneering work of Hans Hoppe, Stephen Cox argues on the contrary that it is perfectly consistent for a libertarian to oppose "open borders." Cox's article is lengthy and covers many different points. Dr. Robert Murphy agrees with him (and Hoppe) that there is no such thing as a "right" to immigrate into a country, and thus advocates of open borders should stop using this silly language. Having said that, he disagrees with virtually every other point in Cox's analysis. In this piece, Dr. Murphy focus largely on Cox's economic arguments.

 

Turning Up the Heat on the Kyoto Protocol:

Cécile Philippe

October 3, 2006:

Last May the British organization Christian Aid forecast the death of millions of poor people because of climate change. More recently The Economist published a survey entitled, “The heat is on,” urging governments to take immediate action. Implementing the Kyoto Protocol is invariably cited as a priority. Cecile Philippe could not disagree more. The profound disagreement about all this among those who ought to know, climatologists, is rarely mentioned. But in truth there is no scientific consensus that a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore global warming, can be blamed on human beings. The debate on global warming should not be considered over. Perhaps it has not even started. Certainly we need to examine much more carefully and soberly the danger that confronts us and how best to deal with it.

 

Rethinking Birthright Citizenship:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

October 5, 2006:

A recent article in the Houston Chronicle discusses the problem of so-called anchor babies, children born in U.S. hospitals to illegal immigrant parents. These children automatically become citizens, and thus serve as an anchor for their parents to remain in the country. Our immigration authorities understandably are reluctant to break up families by deporting parents of young babies. But birthright citizenship, originating in the 14th Amendment, has become a serious cultural and economic dilemma for the United States. Rep. Ron Paul proposes remedying this problem by amending the 14th Amendment.

 

Science

 

Predicting Hurricanes. Not!: Part II:

Alan Caruba

October 9, 2006:

The United States is home to some of the best meteorologists using some of the best technology available. Alan Caruba reminds us, however, that this does not mean they have any idea what the weather will be two weeks from now. Mr. Caruba writes of the unpredictability of hurricanes and debunks bogus claims that their incidence is somehow linked to the unproved and fabricated "global warming."

 

"Man is not evil merely because he wants to enjoy pleasure and avoid pain-- in other words, to live. Renunciation, abnegation, and self-sacrifice are not good in themselves."

 

~ Ludwig von Mises

 

 

 

 

 

 

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