Issue CLV 

May 20, 2008

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Economics
Prosperity and the Freedom to Cooperate:
Brad Taylor

May 20, 2008
Why have countries in the West been able to emerge from poverty comparable to that of the rest of the world and accomplish prosperity? Brad Taylor explores this issue extensively and shows that only free markets could have brought about the tremendous economic growth that began in the West in the 18th century. 

Politics
Birds of a Feather:
Chuck Baldwin

May 20, 2008
There is an old adage that, for the most part, has proven itself to be true: "Birds of a feather flock together." In other words, one can discern much about a person by the company he or she keeps. Accordingly, Dr. Chuck Baldwin gives a sample of the quirky company of Senator John McCain.

Three Peas in a Pod:
Chuck Baldwin

May 20, 2008
Chuck Baldwin requests that this year--just this once--we think for ourselves. Let's vote our principles. Let's forget what the pundits and experts say. Let's quit allowing the radio and TV talking heads to tell us who to vote for. And let's not be afraid to vote outside the two major parties. No, check that. Let's make a commitment to vote outside the two major parties.

If I Were President:
Chuck Baldwin

May 20, 2008
Dr. Chuck Baldwin, now a presidential candidate for the Constitution Party, describes what changes he would implement if he were elected. Although TRA does not endorse Dr. Baldwin's stances on illegal immigration and trade with China, it considers him largely pro-limited-government and in favor of protecting individual liberties in virtually all other areas. Thus, Baldwin is a far superior choice to John McCain, Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton.

Why the Possibility of Miscarriage Does Not Justify Abortion:

G. Stolyarov II

May 20, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov argues that the possibility of miscarriage does not nullify the futuristic certainty of a pregnancy when the ceteris paribus assumption is used, as it must be when discussing the isolated impact of any particular human decision. Moreover, advocates of legalized abortions illegitimately invoke the possibility of miscarriage to specifically target pregnancies that would not have ended in miscarriage absent intervention.

Why a Woman's Right to Her Body Does Not Justify Abortion:
G. Stolyarov II

May 20, 2008
Does a woman have a right to decide what happens with her body? Yes. Does that right justify abortion? A resounding “No!” All individual natural rights are mutually consistent and compatible, and it is possible to enforce both a woman’s right to her own body and a fetus’s right to life. Mr. Stolyarov explains how this is possible.

The Economy: Another Casualty of War:
Ron Paul

May 20, 2008
This week, as the American economy continued to suffer the effects of big government, the House attempted to pass two multibillion dollar "emergency" spending bills, one for continued spending on the war in Iraq , and one increasing spending on domestic and international welfare programs.  Rep. Ron Paul writes that both bills spell disaster for an already troubled U. S.  economy.

Has Capitalism Failed? (2002):
Ron Paul

May 20, 2008
Rep. Ron Paul writes that capitalism didn't give us this crisis of confidence now existing in the corporate world. The lack of free markets and sound money did. Congress does have a role to play, but it's not proactive. Congress's job is to get out of the way.

It's Time for Another Broadside on the SAVE Act!:
American Policy Center

May 20, 2008
Under the pretext of fighting illegal immigration, the SAVE Act (H. R. 4088) threatens to establish universal surveillance and reporting requirements for all employees in America, irrespective of immigration status. This American Policy Press release describes the SAVE Act's gargantuan threats to liberty, privacy, and economic prosperity.

Why We Should Negotiate With Iran:

Jim Camp

May 20, 2008
Expert negotiator Jim Camp believes that it is essential for the United States to attempt to negotiate with Iran. Mr. Camp uses arguments from historical precedent, the current political situation in Iran and the Middle East, and Iran's vulnerabilities that could bring it to the negotiating table.

"Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation." 
~ Frederic Bastiat

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