Issue CLXXIII

September 24 - October 3, 2008

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Economics
How to Measure Government Oppression:
G. Stolyarov II

October 3, 2008
Many people equate the amount of government spending with how oppressive that government is. This is not necessarily the case, however. Mr. Stolyarov presents an innovative framework for measuring and ranking how oppressive governments are to their subjects based on a combination of how much pain governments inflict of their subjects and how much of their subjects' time governments consume.

What is Public Choice Theory? (2003):
James M. Buchanan

October 3, 2008
James Buchanan, one of the founders of the Public Choice approach to economics, explains concisely the origins, history, elements, and significance of this research into the dynamics and shortcomings of political markets.
 
Ethics
A Rational View of Love:
G. Stolyarov II

September 24, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov outlines and defends the practical rationalist view of love and contrasts it, where appropriate, with both the mystical view of love – the view that characterizes much traditional Western thinking on the subject – as well as a prevalent contemporary view, which might be called the entertainment view of love.

Politics
Save the Planet? How About Saving the Republic?:
Chuck Baldwin

October 3, 2008
The Politico quoted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as saying, “I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet.” She was responding, of course, to pressure that she and her fellow Democrats are experiencing to suspend a congressional ban on offshore oil drilling in the face of skyrocketing energy prices. Dr. Chuck Baldwin writes that it would be really wonderful, however, if the liberal congresswoman could get as energized about saving our once great republic.

AhMADinejad:
Alan Caruba

October 3, 2008
Mamoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, was bouncing off the walls in August. Hardly a day went by without his getting crazier and crazier about Zionism, Israel, and Jews in general. The last guy who talked like this was Adolf Hitler, and he started World War II. Alan Caruba explains why Ahmadinejad is, indeed, mad.

Democrat Deceptions About Oil:
Alan Caruba

October 3, 2008
Alan Caruba writes that the reason this nation is held hostage to other oil producing nations is that the Democrats, going back to President Jimmy Carter, have waged war on the American oil industry. This is especially important insofar as nations ruled by monarchies, corrupt, and communist governments, control 75% of the world’s oil.

Playing God With "Endangered Species":
Alan Caruba

October 3, 2008
Alan Caruba argues that the intended consequences of the Endangered Species Act have been the delay or loss of needed dams, highways, hospitals, and entire subdivisions of new housing for the nation’s growing human population. When some “concerned” environmental group secures a listing of some obscure species, the process mandated by the ESA ensures that progress will slow or defeat any a worthy project that would benefit humans.

Energy Fraud!:
Roy Innis

October 3, 2008
In the opinion of Congress of Racial Equality chairman Roy Innis, few words better describe the latest Democratic “energy” bill than fraud, swindle, con job or hoax. While cons are great entertainment when they’re just a movie, they’re justifiably the source of anger and outrage when they’re perpetrated on consumers and families by corporations … or Congress.

That’s what we’re dealing with here, says Innis: An outrageous swindle, in the form of “expanded offshore leasing” that in reality –

* permanently locks up 88% of our OCS oil and gas – and the revenues and jobs that production would bring; and

* is supposed to be replaced with “alternative energy” that would bring brownouts and blackouts, and wouldn’t survive without costly mandates and subsidies.

Lipstick on a Bailout:
Ron Paul

October 3, 2008
People are right to be concerned about our financial future.  Rep. Ron Paul has been talking for 30 some years about reasons we need to be concerned and change our ways.  We find ourselves now in a position of no good options, and no silver bullets.  But the worst thing we can do is to compound our problems by intensifying the mistakes of the past.  We do have tough economic times ahead, no doubt, no matter what we do, even if we do nothing.  The question, is will we have the courage to take our medicine now and get it over with, or will we prolong the misery for many years to come? 

Videos
Bailout Bill Guarantees a Depression - Video:
Ron Paul

October 3, 2008
Not everybody supported the pernicious pork-laden $700 billion bailout bill that passed in the House of Representatives today. In this brief speech, Rep. Ron Paul displayed his usual staunch, principled advocacy of economic freedom and criticism of reckless government policies that brought the current crisis upon us in the first place.

"There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob." 
~ Ayn Rand