A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CIII

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Economics

 

The Gas-Gouging Gaffe:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

May 26, 2007:

On Wednesday the House passed a bill that would make price gouging by oil and gas companies a federal crime. The legislation called for jail time and fines of up to $150 million a day for charging "unconscionably excessive prices" and taking "unfair advantage" of consumers. This proposed legislation is horrendous and would do nothing to help the American motorist. In this short piece, Dr. Robert Murphy outlines some of its major problems.

 

The Arithmetic of Environmentalist Devastation:

Dr. George Reisman

May 26, 2007:

A major demand of the environmental movement, put forward as essential to combating global warming, is the imposition of a massive rollback in global emissions of carbon dioxide accompanied by a freeze on such emissions at the sharply reduced level imposed. Dr. George Reisman performs some quick calculations to show how meeting those demands would have devastating effects on human living standards worldwide.

 

Anti-Trust Regulation on Companies Like Microsoft is Based on Myth:

Molinari Economic Institute

May 26, 2007:

Anti-trust bodies in different countries – like the DG Comp of the European Commission – impose fines or regularly penalize successful companies holding significant market shares in the name of an “abuse of dominant position.” This press release from the Molinari Economic Institute argues that instead of favoring competition, anti-trust interventions decrease actual market rivalry and distort the market process.

 

Ending the Postal Monopoly:

Valentin Petkantchin

May 26, 2007:

In these days of correspondence by e-mail and wireless communication, most European governments still hold a statutory monopoly on a significant part of the postal service market. Valentin Petkantchin makes the case for abolishing the postal monopoly and enabling private carriers to compete with the government for all kinds of mail delivery.

 

Film Analysis

 

Are the Sith Selfish?:

Dr. Edward Hudgins

May 26, 2007:

Dr. Edward Hudgins analyzes the mixed messages of George Lucas's Revenge of the Sith. On the one hand, Lucas masterfully documents how freedom can be lost in a society; on the other hand, Lucas's alternative to the Sith -- the Jedi code of total self-sacrifice and no attachments -- is deeply flawed.

 

Historical Analysis

 

Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln on Ultimate Sovereignty in Interpreting the Constitution:

G. Stolyarov II

May 26, 2007:

Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln articulated two different positions regarding who should have the final say as to what the U. S. Constitution means in the case of a given law or policy. Mr. Stolyarov presents and analyzes these two views.

 

John C. Calhoun's False Arguments in Defense of Slavery:

G. Stolyarov II

May 26, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov analyzes the case that John C. Calhoun made in defense of slavery and shows how Calhoun's arguments might be refuted.

 

The Dred Scott Decision and Criticisms of It by John McLean and Abraham Lincoln:

G. Stolyarov II

May 26, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov analyzes the arguments made by Justice Roger Taney in the Dred Scott decision of 1857, as well as criticisms of the decision made by Justice John McLean and Abraham Lincoln.

 

Key Arguments in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates:

G. Stolyarov II

May 26, 2007:

Mr. Stolyarov analyzes Abraham Lincoln's positions in his "House Divided" speech and the arguments made by Lincoln and Stephen Douglas on the slavery issue in the Ottawa Debate.

 

Politics

 

George W. Bush is GOP's Bill Clinton:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

May 26, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin predicted in 2001 that George W. Bush would do to the Republican Party much the same thing that Bill Clinton did to the Democratic Party. However, he must confess, he could not then realize the magnitude of that prediction. Dr. Baldwin explains how George W. Bush is driving the GOP off the cliff.

 

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."

 

~ John Locke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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