Issue CCXXII

December 7-9, 2009

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Economics
New Ideas for Roads:
Jeffrey Tucker
December 9, 2009
Is there nothing new in the world of libertarian ideas? There is plenty with Walter Block's remarkable new treatise on private roads, a 494-page book that will cause you to rethink the whole of the way modern transportation networks operate. It is bold, innovative, radical, compelling, and shows how free-market economic theory is the clarifying lens through which to see the failures of the state and to see the alternative that is consistent with human liberty. Jeffrey Tucker reviews Dr. Block's The Privatization of Roads & Highways, available via the Mises Institute.

No More Gifts, Please:
Jeffrey Tucker
December 9, 2009
Jeffrey Tucker writes that recessions make the world less wasteful and, in this sense, forge a framework for increased prosperity down the road. But some bad business practices have survived this downturn, and number one on Mr. Tucker's list is the practice of sending gifts to customers during the holiday season. Mr. Tucker simply cannot believe that this highly inefficient practice still goes on.

Why Some People Are Poorer (1972):
Henry Hazlitt
December 9, 2009
In this classic 1972 essay, economist Henry Hazlitt explores the question of why some people remain significantly poorer than others in advanced, Western societies. What can explain "pockets" of poverty and individual poverty in recent history?

Education
Will the University Survive?:
Tim Swanson
December 8, 2009
Tim Swanson believes that a free market in degree granting, one liberated from political regulation and business myopia, is just around the corner. While Mr. Swanson does not believe that distance education and online courses are a perfect substitute for the intimacy of round-table discussions with high-caliber teachers, he thinks that universities will need to adjust to market incentives and new technological realities in order to survive.

Politics
Climategate: Melting the Chains of Tyranny:
Tom DeWeese
December 7, 2009
Rarely has a political movement with so much power collapsed so fast, certainly not since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is astonishing that the mighty force of Climate Change has fallen so hard, so fast due to the revelations of the Climategate e-mail scandal. But, writes Tom DeWeese, it is a gift we must not waste. Now is the time for all lovers of freedom to rise up, throw the scoundrels out, throw off our “climate chains of tyranny,” and take back our American freedoms.

The Copenhagen Conference: Emission Impossible:

Michael Economides and Art Horn
December 7, 2009
Emission Impossible is what Obama’s preposterous pledge to “cut in emissions” in this week’s Copenhagen conference is shaping up to be. “Climategate” has shown the motivations of the advocates and alarmists are as political as most suspected. Michael Economides and Art Horn write that the science shows much different conclusions from those of the “consensus.”

Who Wants War?:
Ron Paul
December 7, 2009
If anyone still doubted that this administration’s foreign policy would bring any kind of change, this week’s debate on Afghanistan should remove all doubt.  Rep. Ron Paul writes that the President’s stated justifications for sending more troops to Afghanistan and escalating war amount to little more than recycling all the false reasons we began the conflict. It is so discouraging to see this coming from our new leadership, when the people were hoping for peace.

The Bush-Obama War:
Chuck Baldwin
December 8, 2009
Now it's Barack Obama's war. After campaigning against "George Bush's War" in the Middle East, Obama has escalated that war. By transferring thousands of America's forces from Iraq to Afghanistan, and by sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, the liberal Democrat has demonstrated that his administration is not so different from that of his "conservative" Republican predecessor. Dr. Chuck Baldwin had predicted that this would happen.

Science
Science or Nonscience?:
Clifford F. Thies
December 8, 2009
Hacked or possibly leaked emails appear to indicate that a lot of what passes for climate-change science is propaganda. Data appear to have been filtered, altered, or falsified, in order to deny the obvious: the earth is not continuing to warm up in accordance with climate change models; global temperature has been fluctuating for hundreds of thousands of years due to natural variation; and the earth is no warmer nowadays than it has been at several prior times in history.  The black mark earned by alarmists during the 1970s, for predicting continued global cooling, may be replicated for global-warming alarmists. Clifford Thies writes that the real tragedy, however, may be that — one day — scientists will cry wolf to a public that has learned to ignore them.

Baby, It's Cold Outside:
Alan Caruba
December 9, 2009
Alan Caruba writes that one of the great ironies of the Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen is that its focus is on “global warming” at a time when Planet Earth has been in a cooling cycle for the past decade.

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