Issue CXXXIX - January 13-18, 2008

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Economics
Don't Bite the Hand That Cures Us: A Case Against Price Caps on Pharmaceuticals:
Joseph McCleary

January 13, 2008
Joseph McCleary writes that enacting price caps will have four disastrous consequences: There will be less research and fewer specialized cures; new companies will avoid the pharmaceutical industry; and current researchers will leave the pharmaceutical industry. Each of these consequences will indirectly lead to more Americans falling ill and dying every year. This is because price caps hamstring those who research, develop, and sell our cures.

Santa Claus Under Attack by French Regulators:
Valentin Petkantchin

January 18, 2008 
Christmas time is behind and good children have certainly received gifts or toys from Santa Claus. But despite his goodwill, Santa is having more and more hard time delivering the goods because of over-regulation, especially in countries like France. Valentin Petkantchin explains the obstacles Santa Claus faces from an irrational, hyper-controlling French government.

Ethics
I Don't Have To:
David Kelley

January 15, 2008
David Kelley writes that to say "I have to" is to speak the language of compulsion, duty, authority—the language of injunctions imposed on us from without. Objectivism is not a duty ethic, but an ethic of values, the ultimate value being one's own life and happiness. The language of values is "I want" and "I will": I want this, and I will do what it takes to get it.

Politics
Congress Conjures Up an Energy Deficit:
Alan Caruba

January 13, 2008
When Congress passed a so-called energy bill in mid-December that demanded more “fuel efficiency” by a measure of forty percent, requiring that automobiles be built to get 35 miles per gallon in 2020 as opposed to the former mandate of 25 mpg, it was essentially telling American auto makers to start making cars out of paper mache or something so lightweight that the driver and passengers will have to be extracted from a crash with a sponge. Alan Caruba believes that the American people could have filled the House of Representatives and the Senate chambers with chimpanzees and probably gotten a better “energy bill” than that foisted upon us by our elected representatives.

Legislative Forecast for 2008:
Ron Paul

January 15, 2008
Congress is re-convening this coming week and Rep. Ron Paul would like to take this opportunity to give his legislative forecast for the coming year.  Here are a few things we can expect to see from Washington.

Ron Paul's Israel Problem:
Chuck Baldwin

January 16, 2008
Dr. Chuck Baldwin argues that Ron Paul's position on Israel is not problematic for Israel's future security or prosperity. And neither is it problematic for America's future security and prosperity. In fact, Ron Paul's foreign policy is compatible with both historic American principles--not to mention constitutional government--and with deeply regarded Christian principles. The real problem is that many evangelical Christians have themselves lost their appreciation and understanding of these principles.

We Desperately Need the "Confessing Church":
Chuck Baldwin

January 16, 2008
For those of us living in a country and time far removed from Hitler's Germany, it is hard to comprehend how that nation's Christians--and especially its ministers--could have been so thoroughly taken in by old Adolf. We assume such an event could never happen again--especially to us. However, writes Chuck Baldwin, to any honest observer of history, the conditions of the Church in America today are eerily similar to those of the Church in Nazi Germany.

The Race for the American Mind:
Selwyn Duke

January 16, 2008
Selwyn Duke explains why the old media fears the new one. The latter watches the watchers, polices the police. It has cut into the Rathersphere’s market, causing a diminution of circulation, viewership and – this is what really gets their collars up – power.  They can no longer propagandize with Tass-like impunity, for the e-hills have eyes. Yet this is no time for a victory dance.  The new media is under attack, as the left aims to silence dissent before it grows strong enough to block the thought police’s coup de grace.  This is the race for the American mind.  And we are losing.

Proposed Polar Bear Listing Threatens Your Future!:
American Policy Center

January 18, 2008 
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne is dropping hints that he will declare the polar bear a threatened species - within the next few weeks. If he does, any activity that arguably adds to hypothetical global warming ... and thus supposedly causes arctic ice melting, habitat loss and polar bear deaths ... will be subject to DOI and FWS control. This decision would effectively put the Fish and Wildlife Service - and an army of bureaucrats, activists and judges - in charge of every energy and economic decision in the land. This American Policy Center press release explains that the impact could easily be worse than the Kyoto Protocol.

Myths and Truth About Libertarianism (1979):

Murray N. Rothbard

January 18, 2008 
Libertarianism is the fastest growing political creed in America today. Before judging and evaluating libertarianism, it is vitally important to find out precisely what that doctrine is, and, more particularly, what it is not. It is especially important to clear up a number of misconceptions about libertarianism that are held by most people, and particularly by conservatives. In this classic 1979 essay, Murray Rothbard enumerates and critically analyzes the most common myths that are held about libertarianism. When these are cleared away, people will then be able to discuss libertarianism free of egregious myths and misconceptions, and to deal with it as it should be on its very own merits or demerits.

Videos
Why I Call Myself an Atheist - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
January 13, 2008

PETA: People for the Evil Treatment of Animals - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
January 15, 2008

Government Regulation is Unhealthy - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
January 15, 2008

Why I Choose Atheism Over Agnosticism  - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
January 15, 2008

Four Common Reasons for Atheism  - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
January 18, 2008


"Few people realize that Congress forced Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) on us. HMOs rose to prominence through federal legislation, incentives, and coercion." 
~ Ron Paul