A Journal for Western Man :  Issue CXIV

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Economics

 

How the Free Market Would Handle Quarantines:

Dr. Robert P. Murphy

July 19, 2007:

The free market could deal more effectively with contagious diseases, just as it beats the government when it comes to computers, cars, and crops. The very idea that we should give the government the right to lock somebody up because it classifies him or her as a health risk sounds pretty sick to Dr. Robert Murphy.

 

Historical Analysis

 

Lysander Spooner: Libertarian Pietist:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

July 19, 2007:

We are now beginning to recapture the once-great tradition of an objectively grounded rights of the individual. In philosophy, in economics, in social analysis, we are beginning to see that the tossing aside of moral rights was not the brave new world it once seemed — but rather a long and disastrous detour in political philosophy that is now fortunately drawing to a close. The historical example of Lysander Spooner helps teach us these important lessons. Dr. Murray Rothbard explores the life and legacy of this fascinating and crucial 19th century thinker.

 

Politics

 

Live Earth -- Dead Africans?:

Paul Driessen

July 19, 2007:

The recent Live Earth concerts have been roundly criticized for the overheated rhetoric and hypocrisy of their rock star and political headliners, including former Vice President Al Gore. But Paul Driessen writes that  far more relevant to the debate over catastrophic climate change is this unavoidable fact: if the concerts cause more people to demand that Africa and other poor countries not develop the energy they so desperately need, the false global warming “solutions” could be disastrous for the world’s most impoverished citizens.

 

Taxing the Joy Out of Life:

Alan Caruba

July 19, 2007:

Reports out of Washington, however, indicate that Congress has proposed raising taxes on premium cigars. The increase would be 20,000 percent. No, that is not a typographical error. 20,000 percent! It would raise the cost of a cigar astronomically. Alan Caruba writes that government as carnival sideshow has become the order of the day. The posturing and pandering that occurs in the chambers of the Senate and House would be laughable if it did not lead to the hectoring of the public for every pleasure they enjoy. Smokers are already treated like lepers. This tax is shameless and indicative of the increasing intrusiveness into our right to make private and personal lifestyle choices.  

 

Goodbye America, Hello North American Union:

Alan Caruba

July 19, 2007:

In a month, August 20 and 21, the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico will sit down together in Montebello, Quebec, to discuss making the borders between these three nations disappear. They will discuss progress on a vast highway project passing through America to link Mexico with Canada. Alan Caruba points out that so far, no one has asked the citizens of these three nations whether they want to do this. It is not up for a vote in Congress and, indeed, Congress has no supervision over the gnomes in the U.S. Department of Commerce who are busily “harmonizing” the laws under the auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP).

 

Heads Up! We've Won Some Victories:

Tom DeWeese

July 19, 2007:

2007 and the Democrat-controlled Congress have been some of the greatest tests for the ideas of limited government and preserving the Republic. Tom DeWeese believes that we are winning. Frankly, this Congress has failed to pass a single significant piece of legislation to hurt us. Of course that can change quickly, but we can face that when it comes. For now, Mr. DeWeese advises us to stop fretting and look at the bright side.

 

Globalism:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

July 19, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul urges us remain focused on what ideology underlies the approach being taken by those who see themselves as our ruling class, and not get distracted by the passions of the moment or the rhetorical devices used to convince us how their plans will be “good for us.” Whether it is managed trade being presented under the rhetoric of “free trade,” or the ideas of “regime change” abroad and “making the world safe for democracy” -- the underlying principle is globalism.

 

There is a Conspiracy:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

July 19, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin makes the case that is a conspiracy of elitists from all races and ethnic backgrounds who deeply despise our constitutional form of government and our national independence. Some are communists; others are socialists. Some call themselves liberals, and some even call themselves conservatives. Labels mean little.

 

The Bush-Clinton Dynasty:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

July 19, 2007:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin argues that the connection between the Bushes and Clintons is much deeper than simple friendship. They share a deep socio-political alliance as well. According to Dr. Baldwin, the Bushes and Clintons are political soul mates. Therefore, why should it be surprising that many Bush supporters are now working for the Hillary Clinton campaign?

 

The State versus Liberty:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

July 19, 2007:

Most people, including most political theorists, believe that once one concedes the importance, or even the vital necessity, of some particular activity of the State — such as the provision of a legal code — that one has ipso facto conceded the necessity of the State itself. Dr. Murray Rothbard concedes that the State indeed performs many important and necessary functions: from provision of law to the supply of police and fire fighters, to building and maintaining the streets, to delivery of the mail. But this in no way demonstrates that only the State can perform such functions, or, indeed, that it performs them even passably well.

 

"Private businesses aren't stupid; they don't need the government to order them to keep lepers away."

 

~ Dr. Robert Murphy, "How the Free Market Would Handle Quarantines"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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