Issue CXXXII - December 13, 2007

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Economics
Former Chicago Health Inspector Confesses to Making the Market Freer:
G. Stolyarov II

Mr. Stolyarov writes that governmental corruption is not always undesirable. When corrupt government officials are willing to overlook stifling and unjust regulations and enable the free market to function as it would have in the absence of state controls, such corruption might save an economy from collapsing. The recent case of former Chicago Publich Health inspector Henry Fields provides a prime example of this.

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

Dominick T. Armentano presents the substance his critique of  antitrust laws in Chapter 2 of Antitrust: The Case for Repeal (1999). Armentano gives eight primary reasons to repeal all antitrust laws and then explores three views of antitrust. Mr. Stolyarov discusses Armentano's arguments.
 
The Historical Setting of the Austrian School of Economics (1969):
Ludwig von Mises

What is known as the Austrian School of Economics started in 1871 when Carl Menger published a slender volume under the title Grundsätze der Volkswirtschaftslehre. Ludwig von Mises discusses the early years of Austrian economics and Menger's methodological disputes with the German historicists. 

Historical Analysis
When Did the Right Unravel? (1991):
Murray N. Rothbard

Murray Rothbard writes that it was National Review that, consciously and cleverly, transformed the content of the Old Right into something very like its opposite, while preserving the old forms and rituals, such as lip service to the free market and to the Constitution of the United States. It was, as the great Garet Garrett said about the New Deal in the American polity, a "revolution within the form." As Rothbard's book, The Betrayal of the American Right, points out, the Right happened to be vulnerable to takeover at this time, its old leaders recently dead or retired.

Politics
Board of Trustees Exposes Blatant Fiscal Abuse at Chicago State University:
G. Stolyarov II
It is always heartening to find instances of financial accountability on the part of government institutions. It is also heartening to find cases in which such institutions police themselves. As such, Mr. Stolyarov believes that congratulations are in order to Chicago State University’s trustees, who have taken steps to crack down on blatant misuse of funds on the part of some of the University’s employees.

Government Regulation is Unhealthy:
G. Stolyarov II
Imagine that, in the late 18th century, the Congress of the United States decided to pass a law ensuring that every person afflicted with the common cold get proper medical treatment so as to ensure a speedy recovery. This law would mandate that all cold victims have their veins opened and bled by a qualified medical professional – so as to remove all of the “bad blood” that the leading experts of the day considered to be the cause of the ailment. If you had been alive then, would you support such a law if it were proposed? Would such a law actually end up making people healthier than they would have been otherwise? Mr. Stolyarov shows how government regulation of individuals’ lifestyles can often achieve the exact opposite of its intended effect.

The Truth About "Alternative Energy":
Roy Innis
We often hear that “clean, free, inexhaustible” renewable energy can replace the “dirty” fossil fuels that sustain our economy. Roy Innis writes that a healthy dose of energy reality is needed.
Fully 85% of America’s total energy comes from fossil fuels. Over half of its electricity comes from coal. Gas and nuclear generate 36% of its electricity.

How Free Are We Really?:
Selwyn Duke
We Americans take great pride in our freedom.  We call ourselves “the land of the free, home of the brave,” have Lady Liberty in New York Harbor and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.  America is synonymous with freedom in the minds of most.  Much of the rest of the world, however, is thought a land of darkness which doesn’t benefit from our unencumbered bliss.  Thus do we speak of the free and unfree worlds. In reality, it’s not that simple. Selwyn Duke reminds us that there is neither such thing as a people with complete freedom nor one completely bereft of it; it’s a matter of degree. 

Government Cannot Do the Church's Job:
Chuck Baldwin
One thing that Christians should come to terms with is the truism that government cannot do the church's job. Not in any shape, manner, or form. Yet, by the way many Christians and pastors behave these days, one gets the impression that they don't really understand this truth. Instead, it seems to Dr. Chuck Baldwin that many Christians and ministers see the government--especially the federal government--as an extension of the church.

The Right to Ignore the State (1851):
Herbert Spencer
As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry. If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state — to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying towards its support. Herbert Spencer makes a case for allowing individuals to voluntarily dissociate themselves from government protection.

"No matter how greatly knowledge of health has improved, we cannot assert that it has reached anywhere near perfection or certainty; furthermore, we cannot claim that any current scientific understanding of health will never be repudiated."
~ G. Stolyarov II