Issue CLVIII 

May 28-30, 2008

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Culture
Why the Right Should Stop Attacking Homosexuality:
G. Stolyarov II

May 29, 2008
Here, Mr. Stolyarov makes an appeal to everyone on the political Right to cease attacking homosexual individuals as immoral, obscene, vicious, flawed, self-destructive, or unnatural. He urges the withdrawal of all objections to homosexual marriage or open manifestations of homosexual preferences – provided that those manifestations are done civilly and in accord with the same expectations of good taste as accompany manifestations of heterosexual preference.

Economics
The Economics of a Free Society (1984):
Ron Paul

May 29, 2008
More government cannot possibly offer the solution to the problems we face. Big government is the cause; freedom is the answer. In 1984, Ron Paul outlined future troubles he predicted for the United States government and economy. While the cataclysmic events he described have not yet come to pass, they may be on the horizon -- especially given the current U. S. government's egregious mismanagement of virtually all political and economic dimensions of life. Here, Dr. Paul also outlines the principles on which a free society and government would be based.

How the World's Richest Governments Starve the World's Poorest People:
Bogdan C. Enache

May 29, 2008
World food prices have increased dramatically, by almost 60 percent on average since March of last year, according to the index compiled by the World Food and Agricultural Organization, and there's no sign yet that they're going to substantially fall back in the near future. Bogdan C. Enache argues that the governments of wealthy countries have caused this catastrophic situation via extensive biofuel mandates.

Liberty is Worth the Abuse:
Gary M. Galles

May 30, 2008
We get a lot of abuse, those of us who publicly defend private property rights and voluntary arrangements against the varied depredations of government. Having to constantly face such attacks is a substantial part of the cost of speaking out, and probably explains why more people don't take the risk. For those who might be considering publicly taking up the cause of "life, liberty, and property," Dr. Gary Galles offers the following example to give you a taste of what you can expect.

Not Just Survival; Not Just of the Fittest:

Gary M. Galles

May 30, 2008
To view capitalism as "dog eat dog" social Darwinism, in which only the very fittest survive at everyone else's expense, is not only erroneous, but in several ways, the exact opposite of the truth. Dr. Gary Galles explains.

Fiction
Scrubs May be Cool, But Gowns are Not: Adventures in a Teaching Hospital:
James d'Acier

May 28, 2008
It is not surprising that medical care is often expensive.  Good medical care often requires direct, intensive, person-to-person delivery of services that involve substantial specialized human capital. This short story by James d'Acier explains this idea and concludes the author's fictionalized account of his experiences at a teaching hospital.

Historical Analysis
The Postwar Renaissance II: Politics and Foreign Policy:
Murray N. Rothbard

May 28, 2008
In the realm of direct politics during the post-World-War-II period, it seemed clear to libertarians like Murray Rothbard that there was only one place for those not totally disillusioned with political action: the "extreme right wing" of the Republican Party. Rothbard describes some of the extreme right's efforts to combat Harry Truman's collectivist and interventionist domestic and foreign policies. 

Politics
Anarchist's Progress (1927):
Albert Jay Nock

May 28, 2008
Albert Jay Nock recounts his intellectual journey toward anarchism, resulting from his recognition of the fundamental defects of all governments and their inability to achieve their stated aim -- namely, justice.

Robert Nozick and the Immaculate Conception of the State:
Murray N. Rothbard

May 29, 2008
Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia is an "invisible hand" variant of a Lockean contractarian attempt to justify the State, or at least a minimal State confined to the functions of protection. Here, Murray Rothbard critiques Nozick's approach and shows that Nozick's arguments fail to provide a justification for a minimal state as opposed to anarcho-capitalism.

Challenge to America: A Current Assessment of Our Republic (2001):
Ron Paul

May 30, 2008
Rep. Ron Paul delivered this speech to Congress in February 2001, warning of the many grave problems that would plague the United States in the decade to come. The wasteful spending, the violations of civil liberties, the Federal Reserve's mismanagement of the financial system, and the scarcity of those who fundamentally question the existence of the welfare state have continued, inexorably leading to crisis unless Dr. Paul's warnings are taken seriously.

"The plans differ; the planners are all alike." 
~ Frederic Bastiat

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