Issue CCLXIV

November 13-18, 2010

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Culture
Illiberal Belief #31: We Are All Children:
Bradley Doucet

November 13, 2010
Some people wonder if any of us is really an adult. Doesn’t everyone have some psychological problem, some neurosis or character flaw that keeps him or her from behaving responsibly? And isn’t human nature, with all its imperfections, really better suited to paternalism than to pie-in-the-sky, looks-good-on-paper libertarianism? Bradley Doucet addresses this belief and makes the case for individual responsibility and the freedom of choice for adults.

Economics
The Federal Reserve's Magic Money:
Alan Caruba

November 14, 2010
Historically, the Federal Reserve has had a poor record when it comes to correcting an economic slide into Depression.
This time, writes Alan Caruba, is no exception.

Politics
The 2010 Election: What Revolution?:
G. Stolyarov II

November 13, 2010
Much recent media commentary has characterized the 2010 midterm elections in the United States as “revolutionizing” the political landscape. While the elections certainly changed the composition of the U.S. House, Senate, and many state legislatures, their impact is anything but revolutionary. Mr. Stolyarov explores the question of what the consequences of a real political revolution in the United States might be.

Kill the Frankenstein Michigan Business Income Tax:
Gary Wolfram

November 13, 2010
For the first time since 1998 the Republican Party has won control of both houses of the Michigan Legislature and the governor's office. While gridlock in government can often be a good thing, since at least entrepreneurs can know that the rules of the game are not likely to change over the near term, if one must undo bad legislation it will take a united legislative and executive branch. Unfortunately for Michigan, there is a lot of undoing to do. Terrible creations have done great damage.  Dr. Gary Wolfram writes that an important issue to deal with is Michigan's scary business tax, the MBT.

Real Crimes Against Humanity:
Paul Driessen

November 14, 2010
Paul Driessen addresses repercussions from last week’s elections, and the increasingly desperate ways global warming alarmists are attacking skeptics. Not only are they now accusing those who challenge “manmade climate disasters” as purveyors of “disinformation.” Some are going so far as to accuse them (us) of “crimes against humanity” – for making it more likely that the world’s poor will be pummeled by heat waves, storms and droughts, because the “disinformation” caused the world to avoid taking action to stop carbon dioxide emissions.

Reject the Welfare/Warfare State:
Ron Paul

November 14, 2010
Rep. Ron Paul has for a long time criticized our interventionist foreign policy and the Fed, and he will continue to do so.  In this article, Rep. Paul argues that it is time for Congress to face the fundamental problems that affect Social Security and Medicare, and show the courage necessary to make real changes to both programs by rejecting the welfare/warfare state.

The Civil War of 2010:
Marita Noon

November 14, 2010
The Civil War of 2010 is over. While not a true "war," the battle has been just as divisive as the one that ended April 9, 1865. Instead of bullets, barbs have been fired from side-to-side in the form of nasty comments, caustic debates, and negative ads. In both cases, freedom is the issue. Both left America emotionally divided and financially devastated—making recovery a challenge. Following the Civil War, however, America did recover, it grew and became great. Today, we’ve forgotten how we did it. Marita Noon writes that there are lessons from history that can be applied today to rebuild a wounded and divided country.

The Power of Exit: Boycott Air Travel:
Kevin Carson

November 18, 2010
Even the most authoritarian institutions sometimes find themselves constrained by our power of exit. We may not have any real control — any voice — over how they’re run or the decisions they make. But we can still sometimes refuse to give them our money. This is what Kevin Carson recommends we do in light of the Transportation Security Administration's recent gross abuses of power.

Videos
John Tyner and TSA Tyranny -- Part 1 -- Video:
G. Stolyarov II

November 18, 2010
A reaction to the heroic actions of John Tyner in defying the heinous alternative of being groped or virtually strip-searched. What has the United States become? The land of the oppressed and the home of the slave? Mr. Stolyarov appeals to liberty, dignity, and morality and urges all reasonable, freedom-loving individuals to take peaceful action to end the massive infringements of rights that occur at airports today.

John Tyner and TSA Tyranny -- Part 2 -- Video:
G. Stolyarov II

November 18, 2010

"Use, do not abuse; the wise man arrange things so. I flee Epictetus and Petronius alike. Neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy." 
~ Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire