Issue CLXXXV

January 29-30, 2009

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Economics
Hey Kids, It's a Depression!:
Alan Caruba

January 29, 2009
Alan Caruba points to signs that show that the recession of 2008 is worsening into a depression. Meanwhile the new "recovery act" advocated by the Obama administration is almost completely misguided in failing to cut taxes, remove regulations, and allow free individuals and businesses to provide a genuine economic recovery.

Stimulating Our Way to Rock Bottom:
Ron Paul

January 30, 2009
With attention turning to the next big economic stimulus package, questions are still swirling about our economic troubles.  How did we get here?  How do we get out?  As usual, Washington has all the wrong answers.  According to many politicians, we got here by not spending enough, not consuming enough, and not regulating enough.  Now government, like some mythical white knight, is going to ride in to save the day by blanketing the economy with dollars, hiring an army of new bureaucrats, creating make-work jobs, and sending everyone some form of a bailout check. Ron Paul writes that  talk like that would be comical, if the results weren’t going to be so tragic.


Strengthening or Weakening the Economy?:
Ron Paul

January 30, 2009
Ron Paul insists that we must ask ourselves what strengthens this country, and what weakens it. Government is a monumental drag on this economy. Government at all levels currently absorbs about 35-40 percent of GDP, which is still not enough for its voracious appetite. While productivity is already overtaxed, the government routinely spends more than it takes in and makes up for the shortfall by constantly borrowing or debasing our dollars through inflation.

Politics
An Evaluation of Barack Obama's Inaugural Address:
G. Stolyarov II

January 29, 2009
In this 22-minute audio lecture, Mr. Stolyarov gives his impressions -- both positive and negative -- of Barack Obama's Inaugural Address.

The Battle to Stop the Constitutional Convention:
Tom DeWeese

January 30, 2009
Tom DeWeese argues that it is essential to prevent the effort to call for a Constitutional Convention among the states. Once 34 states petition Congress to convene a Constitutional Convention, the matter is completely out of the states’ hands. There is absolutely no ability to control what the delegates do in the convention. Attempting to instruct delegates to only discuss a balance budget is absolutely impossible. Instead, once the convention starts the delegates become super-delegates who can take any action they desire concerning the Constitution. In short, at the convention the Constitution can be literally put on an operating table, and each delegate can take a scalpel (pen) to it and change any section or even the entire document if they desire.

New GOP Chairman Should Remove Party from the International Democrat Union:

Tom DeWeese

January 30, 2009
Not many Americans, particularly Conservative Republicans, have heard of the International Democrat Union (IDU), but most would be very surprised to learn the names of its membership and its true goals. The Republican Party is a member of the IDU, which subscribes to the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tom DeWeese questions this declaration as not being truly in favor of individual rights, but rather espousing a view of individual rights as subordinate to the "common good."

Government and Fraud:
Ron Paul

January 30, 2009
Billions of dollars were recently lost in the collapse of Bernie Madoff’s self-described Ponzi scheme, in which too-good-to-be-true returns on investments were not really returns at all, but the funds of defrauded new investors. Rep. Ron Paul points out, however, that the government itself runs a fraud much bigger than Madoff’s. Our Social Security system is the very definition of a Ponzi, or pyramid, scheme.

Transition and Hope:
Ron Paul

January 30, 2009
As a new year begins, there are some important transitions ahead of us. Not just transitions to a new administration, but also economically, politically, and culturally. Through the coming months and years, our nation will find itself at many crossroads, as all manner of socialist, corporatist, protectionist, and nationalist initiatives will be thrown at the economy to see if anything will reflate it. Ron Paul hopes that as all these attempts fail, more people will demand freedom, and see that it is the only way. Government can only get so big before the country goes broke.

Opportunities for Peace and Nonintervention:
Ron Paul

January 30, 2009
Our interventionist foreign policy stands ready to be put on a new course with the new administration. Unfortunately, it seems the new administration is likely to continue the mistakes of the past. Ron Paul has often discussed interventionist foreign policy and the resulting blowback. The Bush administration’s foreign policy has created a huge impetus for blowback against the United States.

Videos
The Immortalists -- Video:
Jason Silva

January 30, 2009
This video by Jason Silva explores the idea of engineered radical life extension and biological immortality. It includes interviews with some of the most renowned immortalists of our time -- including the prizewinning inventor and author Ray Kurzweil.

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~ Robert Ingersoll

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