Issue CXLIV 

February 7-13, 2008

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Economics
Better Than Hillary Care: Some Good News on Health Care Entrepreneurship:
Charles N. Steele

February 9, 2008
The increasing expense of medical services is also a problem, particularly for those with low incomes. But here’s some exciting news: a great breakthrough in affordable health care is underway!  Wal-Mart plans to open 400 walk-in clinics in its stores by 2010. Dr. Charles Steele comments on the benefits of this plan for virtually all consumers and on the general vast improvements Wal-Mart has brought to millions of lives.

Wildcat Banking in the Virtual Frontier:
Matthew Beller

February 13, 2008
Thus far, Linden Lab, Inc., the creator of Second Life, has taken a mostly hands-off approach to its economy, with the notable exception of its fiat currency scheme. Unfortunately, Linden's aversion to paternalism changed in January with its announcement that it would be banning most interest-paying banks from Second Life. Matthew Beller discusses this decision and its implications.

Ethics
Civility: A Powerful Weapon:
G. Stolyarov II

February 13, 2008
Advocates of political freedom and strong ethical standards have a powerful weapon on their side – if they choose to use it. In an age where too many people are ready to hurl insults at one another at the onset of any discussion or debate, civility sets one apart from the crowd and gives one a chance to actually persuade people of the soundness of one’s views. Mr. Stolyarov explains.

Politics
The Wrath of John:
Selwyn Duke

February 7, 2008
Selwyn Duke writes that, once having ascended to the White House, John McCain will both have less incentive than ever to listen to traditionalist voices and more reason to despise them. If he is elected to office, John McCain is likely to become a consistent and spiteful foe of principled conservatives.

Beware: "Free" Medical Care Will Kill You - On Purpose!:
Tom DeWeese

February 7, 2008
The great debate on medical care is taking place in this year's presidential campaign. Much is made of the fact that care costs too much and that government isn't doing enough to provide coverage for the poor and elderly. Tom DeWeese urges you to be careful; you may regret ever encouraging government-controlled medicine.

The Illusion of Competence:
Fred Reed

February 7, 2008
At first glance, the whole enterprise of government reeks of inexorability and omniscience. But, writes Fred Reed, on slightly more penetrating examination, one sees that countries blunder about like idiot children more often than they act wisely, or even sentiently. This is obvious in all fields of national endeavor, but most conspicuously so in matters martial. Armies usually aren’t very good.

Message Regarding the Future of the Ron Paul Campaign:
Ron Paul

February 9, 2008
Ron Paul addresses the supporters of his run for President, expressing his determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as he can get.

McCain Madness:
Chuck Baldwin

February 9, 2008
Despite a liberal, Big Government track record, many Republican "conservatives" who have always been critical of John McCain are already beginning to warm up to him, feeling that his nomination is inevitable. Dr. Chuck Baldwin warns us just how dangerous McCain is -- both politically and personally. All men of principle must oppose this man's election as the next President.

America is Running Out of Electricity:
Alan Caruba

February 10, 2008
The provision of electrical power nationwide has become the chosen battleground for environmental groups laboring night and day to insure there will not be enough of it to meet our needs. Alan Caruba writes that an energy catastrophe is looming for the nation, and Americans cannot even look to Congress to avert it -- all because of environmental groups seeking to undermine our standards of living.

Second Amendment Battle in DC:
Ron Paul

February 13, 2008
As a United States Congressman, Rep. Ron Paul takes his oath to uphold all of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights very seriously. Unfortunately, too many in Washington DC believe they can pick-and-choose which provisions of the Constitution they can uphold. For example, many politicians, judges, and bureaucrats believe they have the power to disregard our right to own guns, even though the Second Amendment explicitly guarantees the people's right to "keep and bear arms."

Videos
Power Symmetries and Asymmetries: #6: Asymmetry Examples 1-5 - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

February 7, 2008


Power Symmetries and Asymmetries: #7: Asymmetry Examples 6-10 - Video:
G. Stolyarov II

February 7, 2008

What is the Purpose of "The Pure Liberal Challenge"? - Video:
Kyrel Zantonavitch

February 9, 2008

What is a Hero? - Video:
Kyrel Zantonavitch

February 9, 2008
Going the Distance - Video:
Ron Paul

February 13, 2008


"When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads." 
~ Ron Paul

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