Issue CXXXI - December 11, 2007

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Economics
Dominick T. Armentano's Arguments for the Repeal of All Antitrust Laws: Part I:
G. Stolyarov II

Dominick T. Armentano’s arguments against all antitrust laws in Antitrust: The Case for Repeal (1999) are influenced by Austrian – and, particularly, Rothbardian – economic ideas. Armentano advocates wholesale abolition of all antitrust laws, contending that a piecemeal reform effort to make antitrust laws more reasonable is insufficient and runs the risk of being too readily reversed.  Mr. Stolyarov explains Armentano's case.

Historical Analysis
The End of Ford: It Began in the New Deal (1953):
Garet Garrett

The Great Depression had revolutionary political and social consequences, some of them irreversible, some of them still acting with unspent force. It began in 1930 and continued like a nightmare of Prometheus in chains until the nation's energies were released again in preparation for World War II. Garet Garrett writes that this was also the time during which the innovative spirit of the Ford Motor Company was crushed by government in collaboration with labor unions.

Literary Analysis
Atlas Shrugged at 50:
Edward Hudgins
Dr. Edward Hudgins writes that Ayn Rand's ideas in Atlas Shrugged, which provided an effective counter to Marxist collectivism, are needed even more today to provide the philosophical basis for a much-needed culture of principled individualism.

Politics
An Appeal to My Fellow Pastors:
Chuck Baldwin

Recently, Iowa pastors gathered to hear Dr. Chuck Baldwin's presentation in Des Moines on behalf of Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul. After listening to him, they then heard ten-term Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul himself. Integrity: that is the issue drawing millions to Ron Paul, including young people. Dr. Baldwin explains why Ron Paul is the only candidate currently running who can be relied on to defend liberty and the Constitution.

Bob Jones Dances With the Devil:
Chuck Baldwin

The Washington Times carried an Associated Press report entitled, "Bob Jones III endorses Mitt Romney." Chuck Baldwin believes that Bob Jones's endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor illustrates just how low the Religious Right will go in compromising bedrock principle for the sake of political expediency.

Christians Should Support Constitutional Government:
Chuck Baldwin

When any constitutionally-elected officeholder assumes office, he or she promises to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. They don't promise to represent "conservative principles" or to be "loyal to a political party," etc. The Constitution is the contract between "We the people" and our civil magistrates. Dr. Chuck Baldwin advises all Christians (and all Americans generally) to support political candidates that promise to defend the Constitution above all.

Dobson is Right About Giuliani:
Chuck Baldwin

Since Dr. Chuck Baldwin has been critical of the compromises made by many of America's Christian leaders, he believes it is only fair that he would commend them when appropriate. Accordingly, he wants to praise James Dobson's recent statements that he could not support either Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, or John McCain.

The "Fix" is In:
Chuck Baldwin

"Bush quietly advising Hillary Clinton, top Democrats." This is the title of a much under-reported news story, which appeared in The Examiner on September 24th. The Examiner opens the story by saying, "President Bush is quietly providing back-channel advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to modulate her rhetoric so she can effectively prosecute the war in Iraq if elected president." Chuck Baldwin does not find this surprising; he has warned for years the the Bushes and the Clintons only feign rivalry but are in fact close friends who pursue nearly identical policies.

A Giuliani Nomination Dooms the GOP and Maybe America:
Chuck Baldwin

Chuck Baldwin says it plainly: a Hillary Clinton administration would be no worse than a Rudy Giuliani administration. In some ways, it might not be as bad. At least, with a Democrat in the White House, conservatives might try to act like conservatives and muster the energy to actually oppose some of her liberal proposals. The record is clear: when a Republican is in the White House, conservatives not only lose their backbone, they also lose their brain cells. They walk around in a daze without the ability to even see what is going on right before their eyes. They become "mind-numbed robots" with no commitment to principle whatsoever.

President Bush Defends Rapist-Murderer to Appease Mexico:
Chuck Baldwin

It seems President George W. Bush will stop at no lengths to appease Mexico and place the United States under international authority. His latest fiasco, however, twists logic, mocks justice, and defies decency. Dr. Chuck Baldwin is referring to the fact that President Bush is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the death penalty of an illegal Mexican alien convicted of brutally raping and murdering two Houston, Texas, teenagers back in 1993.

"When labor itself has the power to say what the wage shall be and how much it will give for the wage received, it claims for itself the first benefits of mass production; the consumer is forgotten. Thus the true economic ends of mass production are defeated, and all you have left is a method of producing goods."
~ Garet Garrett