March 12-20, 2011

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Commodify My Grass, and Everything Else
Jeffrey A. Tucker

March 12, 2011
Jeffrey Tucker writes that private lawn care is the flash in the darkness that shows the way forward. Commodify yards, commodify water and trash, commodify everything. Then and only then will we become what all Americans secretly dream to become: lords of our estate in every sense.

What's Wrong with Government Debt
Robert P. Murphy

March 20, 2011
The news abounds with arguments and even riots over so-called austerity measures. Whether in the Middle East, Europe, or even certain US states, the public is realizing just how deep a hole various governments have dug for themselves. In this article Dr. Robert P. Murphy outlines Uncle Sam's position and then explains why it's such a problem.

Modern Banking is Broken: A Review of Chris Leithner's The Evil Princes of Martin Place
Bradley Doucet

March 12, 2011
How do you take a subject as potentially dry and sleep-inducing as the ongoing Global Financial Crisis and turn it into a book that is engaging and fun to read? The short answer is: you get Chris Leithner to write it. As regular readers of Le Québécois Libre already appreciate, Leithner knows the English language, and he knows his stuff. And it’s a good thing, too, because the subject he has chosen to write about is as vitally important as it is widely misunderstood. Bradley Doucet reviews Mr. Leithner's new book, The Evil Princes of Martin Place.

Liberty in the Middle East Means Liberty at Home
G. Stolyarov II
March 12, 2011
Finally, the people in the Middle East are taking decisive action to overthrow the authoritarian regimes which have held back liberty, prosperity, and economic growth in the region for decades. Mr. Stolyarov points out that the long-term implications of successful revolutions in the Middle East include tremendous liberation in the West as well. Simply put, a less illiberal Middle East will render both Islamic fundamentalist terrorism and the US War on Terror obsolete.

Ideas Can Overthrow Regimes
Robert P. Murphy

March 12, 2011
The political upheaval in the Middle East underscores one of the most profound aspects of Ludwig von Mises's worldview: all governments ultimately rely on the consent of the governed. Although the claim at first sounds preposterous — who could possibly argue that a dictatorship is subject to the will of the people? — there is an important sense in which it is true. Mises's insight has ramifications for choosing methods in the struggle for liberty, and it shows the critical importance of educating the masses in sound doctrines. Dr. Robert Murphy explains.

Buying Friends Creates More Enemies
Ron Paul

March 12, 2011
Rep. Ron Paul fears that the conflicts in Africa and the Middle East can be made worse if the U.S. government attempts to intervene and support certain candidates or factions. Such intervention would not further US interests or win us new friends, but in fact would undermine the legitimacy of any government that may emerge after the end of old regimes.  

No-Fly Won't Fly Constitutionally
Ron Paul

March 20, 2011
Rep. Ron Paul would like to make sure we actually follow the black letter of the law provided in the Constitution that explicitly grants Congress the sole authority to declare war.  It is alarming how casually the Obama administration talks about initiating acts of war, as though Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution does not exist.  Frankly, it is not up to the President whether or not we intervene in Libya, or set up “no-fly” zones, or send troops.  At least, it is not if we follow the Constitution.

Dangerous Fallout from Japan's Nuclear Panic
Marita Noon

March 20, 2011
With the earthquake/tsunami drama in Japan, the media has been consumed with the resulting situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant—to the point of obscuring the tragedy of human life. Preoccupation with the nuclear plants has diverted attention from the much greater tragedy that has taken place—the likely death of over 10,000 persons from the earthquake and tsunami that has struck Japan. Marita Noon writes that the most dangerous potential fallout from Japan’s earthquake could be the inability to be energy-autonomous in thirty years. America’s future mandates a greater emphasis on energy, and nuclear power is an important part.

My Dream: A Prosperous Uganda
Cyril Boynes, Jr.

March 20, 2011
Long-time civil-rights and Congress of Racial Equality activist Cyril Boynes has written an important column on the vital role of energy for the economic growth and well-being of Uganda, Africa, and the entire Third World. It points out that laws, freedom, and property rights are essential to bringing health and prosperity to a nation. But they will accomplish very little, unless another vital element is also present: ENERGY, the Master Resource – abundant, reliable, affordable energy, especially electricity to power all the tools and technologies that improve and safeguard human life today. Cyril’s article is a clarion call to Uganda’s – and all of Africa’s and the Third World’s – government, business, and civil-society leaders, to help generate health and prosperity, by attracting investors and building the infrastructures that will generate the electricity and other energy that any modern society needs, if it is to join the world’s already developed and affluent nations. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Mr. Boynes also has a dream: A prosperous Uganda and Africa, powered by reliable, affordable energy.

The TSA Makes Us Safer?
Steven Horwitz and Art Carden

March 20, 2011
The debate over the TSA's recent "security" measures has shown how few are the real defenders of liberty, since even the “liberal” media have lined up with the federal government. The debate has also demonstrated people’s willingness to believe there is a tradeoff between liberty and security. In the view of Steven Horwitz and Art Carden, no such tradeoff exists: More liberty and less federal-government intervention would provide better security.

 "Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law." 
~ Ayn Rand