Issue CLIV 

May 18-19, 2008

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Art
Eventide:
Wendy D. Bateman

May 19, 2008
"Eventide -- she is the sunset; she is the twilight."  This is how Wendy D. Bateman describes this digital painting. Particularly remarkable here are the detail on the hair and Miss Bateman's ability to depict semi-transparent fabric.

Bliss:
Wendy D. Bateman

May 19, 2008
Miss Bateman completed this digital sketch in an astonishing 45 minutes.

Economics
Does Money Taint Everything?:
Jeffrey Tucker

May 19, 2008
There is an ideological import to the use of the term "voluntary" to describe nonremunerative activities. It evidences a bias against the cash economy, as if monetary exchange and profit is a tainted motive, whereas the removal of money makes an action pure and beyond reproach. Jeffrey Tucker argues that this is completely wrong.

Economists and Their Frameworks:
Robert P. Murphy

May 19, 2008
The areas of international trade, monetary theory, and finance are complicated enough when studied in isolation. But when you have to mix them all together, as the current economic crisis requires, it's very easy to make a mistake in reasoning. One common source of error, as Dr. Robert Murphy shows, is the use of tools that work very well in one setting, mistakenly deployed in a different setting. As with everything else in life, competition among conceptual frameworks is very healthy, since it can quickly highlight when an economist is likely abusing his favorite technique.

Are Recessions Deflationary?:
Robert P. Murphy

May 19, 2008
Over the past few months, Dr. Robert Murphy has become increasingly irritated with the confident press claim that recessions lead to lower rates of price inflation. He hopes to convince you that both theory and history show that economic downturns lead to higher price inflation, other things equal.

Did the Fed Cause the Housing Bubble?:

Robert P. Murphy

May 19, 2008
The Fed's role in the housing boom and bust is a classic illustration of the Austrian business cycle theory. Indeed, the Misesian explanation in this case is so compelling that more and more economists and financial analysts are being persuaded. The attempt of economists Jeffrey Hummel and David Henderson to argue otherwise fails, according to Dr. Robert Murphy.

Music
Escalation, Op. 53:
G. Stolyarov II

May 19, 2008
This composition for string orchestra, piano, organ, and timpani conveys an impression of increasing intensity and complexity as the same theme is varied by the addition of new instrumental parts. The melody in the strings is the same throughout the work, and once a melody has been established in any of the other parts, it does not change. The change and movement in this piece come from the "layering" of  newer instrumental parts on top of the older ones.  Length: 2:27. Right-click on the link to save to disk.

Politics
The Nightmare We Call Our Schools:
Alan Caruba

May 18, 2008
It is doubtful still that parents have any idea how bad the situation is in their local schools, even if their children attend those in prosperous suburbs. Alan Caruba describes just how bad the educational status quo is, so that the blinders can fall from their eyes. America's public schools are not safe places conducive to learning; in them, chaos and indoctrination reign.

Act Now to Stop Oklahoma NAFTA Superhighway!:
American Policy Center

May 19, 2008
This press release from the American Policy Center describes plans underway to extend the NAFTA Superhighway from Texas to Oklahoma -- threatening to result in eminent domain seizures of private property and the imposition of international economic regulations on the people of Oklahoma and the United States in general. All of this is being done behind closed doors, without opportunities given to the people to provide feedback.

Tell Senators Real ID is a Real Nightmare and Must Be Repealed!:

American Policy Center

May 19, 2008
The Real ID Act, passed in 2005, would result in disastrous consequences for individual liberty and privacy if implemented. The American Policy Center, in this press release, argues that it is time to fight back against this legislation, letting public officials everywhere know that Real ID is unpopular, immoral, dangerous, and ineffective at combating terrorism.

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone." 
~ Frederic Bastiat

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