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 Argumentation
The Liberal Manifesto
Kyrel Zantonavitch

July 4, 2011

Kyrel Zantonavitch describes this piece as his very ambitious attempt to partially answer The Communist Manifesto, but mostly just to discuss and explain politics better than it ever has been before. Mr. Zantonavitch writes that freedom is the beginning, ending, middle, and totality of politics and elaborates on his ideal of the consistently free society.

Nuances of a Free Society and How to Achieve One
G. Stolyarov II

July 4, 2011

Responding to "The Liberal Manifesto" by Kyrel Zantonavitch gives Mr. Stolyarov an opportunity to explore some interesting and complex questions with regard to how a free society would work and how it might be achieved. There is both much Mr. Stolyarov agrees with and much that he would like to challenge and clarify in Mr. Zantonavitch's article. He hopes in doing this to break new intellectual ground in the study of individual liberty, one of the most vital and life-enhancing concepts of all.

Culture
The Lovely and Productive World of Thomas
Robert P. Murphy

July 4, 2011

Dr. Robert Murphy's six-year-old son's interests have changed over the years, but one constant has been his fascination with vehicles. His most cherished vehicle is — in the words of one DVD — "everyone's favorite friend, Thomas." In the present article Dr. Murphy discusses how amazingly "bourgeois" is the world of Thomas the Tank Engine.

4th of July and American Exceptionalism
Charles N. Steele

July 4, 2011

Dr. Charles Steele strongly disagrees with the common dismissal of American exceptionalism today. He writes that it is historically inaccurate, as well as politically dangerous, to ignore what is exceptional about America.
You don't have to be an American to appreciate the principles of the Declaration, or to celebrate its signing.

Economics
The Gold Standard: Myths and Lies
Robert P. Murphy

July 4, 2011

With various states debating measures to elevate the monetary status of gold, the gold standard is more politically relevant now than it has been in decades. When the LA Times (to pick just one example) runs an article stating matter-of-factly that "economists" uniformly oppose gold, you know the defenders of the current system are getting nervous.
Precisely because a gold standard is such a hot topic lately, it's important for people to understand its rationale. In the present article Dr. Robert Murphy tries to clear up a few misconceptions.

The Chicago School versus the Austrian School
Robert P. Murphy

July 4, 2011

People often ask Dr. Robert Murphy, "How are the Austrians different from the Chicago School economists? Aren't you all free-market guys who oppose big-government Keynesians?" In the present article I'll outline some of the main differences. Although it's true that Austrians agree with Chicago economists on many policy issues, nevertheless their approach to economic science can be quite different. It's important to occasionally explain these differences, if only to rebut the common complaint that Austrian economics is simply a religion serving to justify libertarian policy conclusions.

McDonald's as the Paradigm of Progress
Jeffrey A. Tucker

July 4, 2011

McDonald's appears to be responsible for more than half the new jobs being created right now: its April jobs fair added 30,000 people to its payrolls. It has bucked the trend — a bit like swimming against the tide.
But instead of congratulating this great company for doing the impossible, the judgment in the press is harsh. Burger flipping is the only worsk to be had out there? Surely this is evidence of how pathetic economic growth is. Jeffrey Tucker writes that the trouble with this line is that it doesn't recognize how difficult it is for an institution to adapt itself and still grow in this climate. And how does McDonald's do it? It is an old recipe: watch the markets, emulate the successful, adapt and change, and slavishly serve the consuming public.

Politics
How Should Government Treat Energy Producers?
Ron Paul

July 4, 2011

As the economy continues in its downward spiral and talks in Congress about reducing spending have only amounted to political theater, the subject of how the tax code treats energy has become a topic of controversy.  Specifically, should we subsidize, enforce mandates, or give tax credits and deductions to industries like ethanol and natural gas?  Having a thriving energy market domestically is a good thing and something the government should not hinder.  Not only would decreasing our dependence on foreign oil simplify our foreign policy, but it would greatly enhance our anemic economy at home. Rep. Ron Paul explains his approach to this subject, within the framework of the principle that the government should neither inhibit nor subsidize any particular type of energy.

Strange Definitions of War and Peace
Ron Paul

July 4, 2011

In June Rep. Ron Paul joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim that the administration has complied with the clear requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution. In a remarkable act of chutzpah, the administration sent to Congress its response to the growing concern over its abuse of war powers.  Its argument, in a nutshell, is that the War Powers Resolution is not relevant because US armed forces are not actually engaged in hostilities because Libya is so militarily weak it cannot fight back!  This explanation would be laughable if not so horrific.

Another Plea to End the Insanity
Stephen Mauzy

July 4, 2011

Mexico is rapidly withering. Its very life is being siphoned off by a hopeless war on illegal drugs. If ever there was an abject display of national-government pigheadedness and stupidity, it is this ridiculous insistence on banning the unbannable. Stephen Mauzy's article is a plea to end the disastrous drug war.

 "A free press can exist only where there is private control on the means of production." 
~ Ludwig von Mises