A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XCV

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Economics

 

How to Privatize to Roads: The Benefits and Mechanisms of Road Privatization:

G. Stolyarov II

April 9, 2007:

In “The Necessity of Road Privatization,” Mr. Stolyarov argued that private ownership of the roads would lead to far greater economic efficiency, customer convenience, and road durability than control of the roads by governments, which often have perverse incentives to specifically commission poor-quality roads in need of constant repair, as a means of favoring select constituencies among politically-connected road construction firms. Now Mr. Stolyarov demonstrates that the transfer of all roads to private ownership is feasible and desirable; he furthermore presents real-world instances in which it has worked.

 

Acting Man (1949):

Ludwig von Mises

April 9, 2007:

In these excerpts from his 1949 magnum opus, Human Action, Ludwig von Mises presents the fundamentals of praxeology-- the science of human action-- and its use as a starting point in economic analysis.

 

Don't Sell Short Selling Short:

Dr. Gary M. Galles

April 9, 2007:

Short sellers receive widespread condemnation. But, writes Dr. Gary Galles, it is undeserved. They are no more self-interested than others in financial markets. They improve the information incorporated in market prices that we all rely on to improve social coordination, as we seek to make the best of a world of unavoidable scarcity. The attacks against them are poorly thought out, and often come from those whose real abuses or regulatory failings short sellers threaten to uncover. It is time we stop selling short the short sellers. 

 

Filosofy

 

The Individual as God:

Kyrel Zantonavitch

April 3, 2007:

The Individual is god, writes Kyrel Zantonavitch. Of all things, entities, beings, and creatures in the known universe, He alone is worthy of being worshiped. He alone is holy and sacred. He alone is properly untouched by beast, man, or god. No duo, trio, or other group is as fundamental, central, and pivotal to natural existence. No assemblage or combination is as powerful, stunning, and awesome as this basic, ultimate One.

 

Politics

 

Agenda 21 or Freedom 21: Making the Right Choice:

Tom DeWeese

April 3, 2007:

Tom DeWeese writes that control today has a name: "Agenda 21." This is the name of a policy document first unveiled at the United Nations’ Earth Summit in 1992. Implementation of the treaty is through a policy called Sustainable Development. This program is now the official policy of the United States and is being systematically imposed in every single state of the Union and in every city and town. Fortunately, if you choose freedom, then there is a counter to Agenda 21 and its Sustainable Development program. It is called Freedom 21, and it is quickly growing into a "freedom movement."

 

Punishment and Proportionality:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

April 3, 2007:

Few aspects of libertarian political theory are in a less satisfactory state than the theory of punishment. Usually, libertarians have been content to assert or develop the axiom that no one may aggress against the person or property of another; what sanctions may be taken against such an invader has been scarcely treated at all. Dr. Murray Rothbard had advanced the view that the criminal loses his rights to the extent that he deprives another of his rights: the theory of "proportionality." In this work, he elaborates further on what such a theory of proportional punishment may imply.

 

New Cult of Darkness:

Dr. Edward Hudgins

April 3, 2007:

Dr. Edward Hudgins notes that a symbol of the deepest social darkness is seen in the recent extinguishing of the lights of cities across Australia and in other industrialized countries, not as a result of power failures or natural disasters, not as a conscious act of homage for the passing of some worthy soul, but to urge us all to limit energy consumption for fear of global warming. Energy is not for conserving; it is for unleashing to serve us, to make our lives better, to allow us to realize our dreams and to reach for the stars, those bright lights that pierce the darkness of the night.

 

James Dobson Just Doesn't Get It:

Dr. Chuck Baldwin

April 3, 2007:

It is Dr. Chuck Baldwin's studied opinion that many, if not most, of our national conservative Christian leaders have lost touch with the reality of our nation's ills and how to cure them; they have become either perilously shallow and unthinking or myopically focused upon their own success. Either way, the leadership being provided by this once-great group of champions seems to be seriously deficient in both discernment and resolve. For example, just last week, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson laid an egg of gigantic proportions when he brazenly proclaimed to U.S. News & World Report senior editor Dan Gilgoff that Republican presidential aspirant Fred Thompson was not "a Christian." This debacle might seem like an insignificant misstatement by the Christian radio guru, but it's not. It represents the kind of shallowness and naïveté that has come to dominate the Religious Right.

 

The Supreme Court's Bad Science and Bad Decision:

Alan Caruba

April 3, 2007:

Alan Caruba writes that sometimes the Supreme Court makes spectacularly bad decisions, and this was manifest on April 2, when five of its nine members yielded to the specious argument by twelve States and several environmental organizations that the science of “global warming” was so conclusive that it could declare that carbon dioxide (CO2) should be regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as “a pollutant.”

 

Defense Services on the Free Market:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

April 9, 2007:

Dr. Murray N. Rothbard writes that a supply of defense services on the free market would mean maintaining the axiom of the free society, namely, that there be no use of physical force except in defense against those using force to invade person or property. This would imply the complete absence of a State apparatus or government. Here, Dr. Rothbard explores how free-market defense might work and answers objections to it.

 

"No man would dare aggress against what he deems sacred. Any deep-seated, sincerely held conviction of the sanctity of every individual’s life—and, correspondingly, his liberty, health, and possessions—will serve as the firmest deterrent against aggression for any given individual."

 

~G. Stolyarov II, "Incentives for Moral Behavior"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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