A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CX

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Economics

 

How and How Not to Desocialize (1992):

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

June 24, 2007:

Dr. Murray Rothbard gives ideas about how to effectively desocialize previously planned economies. Raising taxes, cracking down on black markets, and confiscating the people's money are out of the question, while minimizing the role of government as much as possible is the desired solution.

 

The Mythology of Capital (1936):

Friedrich A. Hayek

June 24, 2007:

Friedrich Hayek critiques Frank Knight's static view of capital, which assumes the existence of a separate substance of capital apart from its manifestation in concrete capital goods, a "fund" of a mystical quantity which cannot be described or defined but which, if Professor Knight has it his way, is to have a central position in our analytical apparatus.

 

Investment That Raises the Demand for Capital (1937):

Friedrich A. Hayek

June 24, 2007:

Friedrich A. Hayek writes that an increase in the rate of investment, or the quantity of capital goods, may have the effect of raising rather than lowering the rate of interest, if this increase has given rise to the expectation of a greater future supply of investable funds than is actually forthcoming.

 

Ethics

 

A Crusoe Social Philosophy:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

June 24, 2007:

Dr. Murray Rothbard writes that if Crusoe economics can and does supply the indispensable groundwork for the entire structure of economics and praxeology the broad, formal analysis of human action a similar procedure should be able to do the same thing for social philosophy, for the analysis of the fundamental truths of the nature of man vis--vis the nature of the world into which he is born, as well as the world of other men. Specifically, it can aid greatly in solving such problems of political philosophy as the nature and role of liberty, property, and violence.

 

Property Rights and the Theory of Contracts:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

June 24, 2007:

The right of property implies the right to make contracts about that property: to give it away or to exchange titles of ownership for the property of another person. Unfortunately, writes Dr. Murray Rothbard, many libertarians, devoted to the right to make contracts, hold the contract itself to be an absolute, and therefore maintain that any voluntary contract whatever must be legally enforceable in the free society. Their error is a failure to realize that the right to contract is strictly derivable from the right of private property, and therefore that the only enforceable contracts (i.e., those backed by the sanction of legal coercion) should be those where the failure of one party to abide by the contract implies the theft of property from the other party.

 

Historical Analysis

 

How Martin Luther and John Calvin Conducted Witch Hunts and Persecuted Dissenters:

G. Stolyarov II

June 24, 2007:

The early 16th-century Protestant reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin were not enlightened, forward-thinking individuals. They were brutal, superstitious, intolerant, and repressive individuals who exploited popular stereotypes of "witches" in order to persecute those who disagreed with their views. Mr. Stolyarov examines the manner in which Luther and Calvin actively aided in the witch hunts of their day.

 

The History and Significance of the Machine Gun:

G. Stolyarov II

June 24, 2007:

Did you know that Richard Gatling originally invented the machine gun with philanthropic considerations, hoping that its destructive power would serve as a deterrent against future wars? Mr. Stolyarov presents facts about the invention, development, and impact of machine guns.

 

Politics

 

The Worst-Case Scenario:

Alan Caruba

June 24, 2007:

Alan Caruba describes the worst-case scenario with regard to America's conflict against Islamic Fundamentalist fanatics: the destruction of one or more of America's cities by means of nuclear weapons in the hands of the terrorists.

 

Satire

 

Why the Government Should Regulate the Weather:

G. Stolyarov II

June 24, 2007:

In accordance with the rising tide of public opinion in support of government-imposed climate controls, Mr. Stolyarov would like to take an already popular idea one step further. In this satiric piece, he suggests that the federal government should impose regulations on all weather within the boundaries of the United States under the plan he describes.

 

Science

 

Exploring Interesting Questions About the Human Brain:

G. Stolyarov II

June 24, 2007:

Why did human intelligence evolve in the first place? What can we not remember our first months as infants? Why is the brain so heavily focused on vision? Mr. Stolyarov explores and answers such questions.

 

"The best scheme of public finance is, to spend as little as possible; and the best tax is always the lightest."

 

~ Jean-Baptiste Say

 

 

 

 

 

 

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