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October 2, 2011

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History
The Revolt against Rationalism (1945)
Ludwig von Mises

October 2, 2011

In this excerpt from The Clash of Group Interests (1945), the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises writes that the most remarkable fact in the history of the mid-20th century is the revolt against rationalism, economics, and utilitarian social philosophy; it is at the same time a revolt against freedom, democracy, and representative government. It is usual to distinguish within this movement a left wing and a right wing. The distinction is spurious. The proof is that it is impossible to classify in either of these groups the great leaders of the movement.

Moderates, Extremists, and Liberty
Gary Galles

October 2, 2011

As Dr. Gary Galles has observed the mainstream media (MSM, to the cognoscenti) over the past few decades, he has noted a growing infatuation with the words moderate and extremist. Those words, paired together in a particular way, have become far more common. However, Dr. Galles recently discovered that this tendency is of longer standing than he had been aware of. In an "electoral manifesto" published in November 1830, Frederic Bastiat offered a dead-on discussion of the same problem in France. Since Bastiat expresses himself with his characteristic clarity, wit, and irony, Dr. Galles thinks it is worth recalling.

Eugenics: Progressivism's Ultimate Social Engineering
Art Carden and Steven Horwitz

October 2, 2011

According to the received account of the Progressive Era, an enlightened government swept in and regulated markets for goods, labor, and capital, thereby protecting the hapless masses from the vicissitudes of unrestrained laissez-faire capitalism. The Progressives had faith that experts would rise above self-interest and implement wise plans to create a great society. The resulting state-level workplace safety regulations, restrictions on child labor, and minimum wages restored dignity and safety to the trod-upon and exploited workers.
Despite the widespread acceptance of this narrative, there are many reasons to question whether it accurately portrays the motivations and hopes of some Progressive-Era reformers. In particular, write Art Carden and Steven Horwitz, these same reformers often advocated brutal and inhumane programs of eugenics, targeting "unfit" persons on the basis of race and ethnicity.

Literature
Other People's Money: A Tale of Capitalism and Creative Destruction
Edward W. Younkins

October 2, 2011

Jerry Sterner’s 1989 play, Other People’s Money, plays to different groups of people as key players battle for the principles on both sides of a corporate takeover attempt. Both the play, and director Norman Jewison’s 1991 film based on the play, present, in dramatized form, both the arguments for and against corporate takeovers. Dr. Edward Younkins offers a philosophical analysis of the play and its characters.

Politics
Rip Their Lungs Out!
Edward Hudgins

October 2, 2011

This one will take your breath away and, when you recover, teach you a life-saving philosophy lesson. The Obama administration’s Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of over-the-counter epinephrine inhalers used by thousands of asthma sufferers. Those who literally want to breathe will be required to use another type of device that will be available by prescription only and cost up to $60, compared to the less costly $20 devices. Why? Do the current inhalers, which are quick and easy to obtain by those who feel an attack coming on, in fact harm the user? No! The excuse of Obama’s FDA is that the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) aerosol in the current devices harms the ozone layer. According to Dr. Edward Hudgins, this is a particularly heinous example of the anti-human consequences of the political pressure exerted by many environmentalist groups.

Trying to Snooker Smucker
Paul Driessen

October 2, 2011

As Al Gore tries to plug holes in his sinking “manmade climate chaos” ship, self-styled “corporate social responsibility” activists are pressuring companies to endorse their global-warming, "sustainability", "fair"-trade and organic-farming agendas. Among the recent targets is the J. M. Smucker Company, maker of jams, syrups, and coffees. Paul Driessen eviscerates the Calvert and Trillium campaign against Smucker – shooting holes in many of their central assertions, and urging 
Smucker to continue resisting the activist pressure. Staying the course, Mr. Driessen argues, will protect the company’s growers, customers, and bottom line alike.

What the Frack is Going on Here?
Paul Driessen

October 2, 2011

Hydraulic fracturing sends “huge volumes of toxic fluids” deep underground at high pressure, to fracture shale rock and release natural gas, Food & Water Watch claims. “Billions of gallons of toxic fluids” will “contaminate” groundwater and drinking water “for generations.” We need to “Ban Fracking Now.”
Environmentalists used to support “clean natural gas.” Paul Driessen asks, “Whence the intolerant new attitude?” In this article, Mr. Driessen presents evidence that, with proper safety measures, hydraulic fracturing can be a harmless and beneficial practice.       

DC-Brand Red Tape Results in Severe Economic and Social Impacts
Marita Noon

October 2, 2011

Communities all over the country feel that their hands are tied with one-size-fits-all DC-Brand Red Tape, writes Marita Noon. The federal environmental rules and regulations prevent them from doing what is best for their specific circumstances. The situation has escalated to the point where elected officials are now taking charge to do what is local and logical.  What took place in September 2011 in the rural New Mexico town of Cloudcroft could become the model for all who want to cut the red tape. Hundreds of people were at what is being called the “Otero County Tree Party” in support of realigning the federal government and putting it back where it belongs. 

President Obama's Jobs Plan: Silly or Sinister?
Marita Noon

October 2, 2011

President Obama is on a multi-stop tour trying to sell his jobs plan—yet Marita Noon writes that a deep look at the proposals shows that it isn’t really about jobs. Ms. Noon was shocked to see that of the 14 proposed tax increases, 10 directly target the oil and gas industry. Because oil and gas are essential to all that makes America great, singling out this one industry is like an increased tax on all American taxpayers.

The EPA Gets Caught in a Big, Fat Lie
Alan Caruba

October 2, 2011

Alan Caruba writes that the EPA is the American equivalent of the Gestapo, a ruthless enforcement agency with a very Green agenda that is opposed to the use of many beneficial chemicals, every form of energy, and the right of people to be left alone. The most recent big news—the kind even the mainstream media were unable to ignore—was that the EPA’s own inspector general has released a report accusing the agency of cutting corners regarding the “science” cited to justify its effort to declare CO2 a “pollutant.”

 "Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms." 
~ Ron Paul