Issue CXC

March 15 - 28, 2009

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Constitutional Political Economy
Investmentocracy: A Challenge to Conventional Democratic Principles and a Framework for a New Free Society:
G. Stolyarov II

March 17, 2009
The system of investmentocracy, described and defended here, offers a viable alternative to the conventional democratic principles of “one man, one vote” and the illegitimacy of vote transfers and vote pooling among individuals. Investmentocracy, which rewards contributors to the government with a number of votes proportional to their contributions, permits a viable elimination of compulsory taxation. Investmentocracy also entails remedies for voter irrationality and strong protections for all individual rights, including the rights of non-contributors. Mr. Stolyarov uses the Freecharter, a constitution of his own design, to provide a specific framework within which investmentocracy can be viably embedded. Here, both protections for individual rights inherent to investmentocracy itself and protections contained in other parts of the Freecharter will be examined. 

Light Up the World for Humans:
Edward Hudgins

March 28, 2009
Environmentalists worldwide are urging people to turn off all their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm local time. “Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming,” declares the “Earth Hour” website. Edward Hudgins argues that Earth Hour demonstrates how evil ideas, wrapped in soft symbolism, can kill. And it demonstrates how only a morality of rational self-interest can sustain life on earth.

Bankruptcy is Economic Stimulus:
Ron Paul

March 28, 2009
The distraction on Capitol Hill this week had to do with the jackpot bonuses that executives at AIG recently received.  The argument is over a relative drop in the bucket. The total amount of bonuses given out was $165 million.  The government has put $170 billion into AIG so far.  Many now are demanding we get this money back.  Ron Paul argues that we ought to be spending our time and effort doing something more worthwhile, like figuring out how the Federal Reserve is handling the trillions of dollars they are creating and pumping into the economy, and how that is affecting the purchasing power of dollars in your pocket.

An Introduction to Seasteading:
Chuck Grimmett

March 15, 2009
Chuck Grimmett offers a presentation and lecture notes that give an introduction to the new endeavor of seasteading -- the establishment of floating ocean platforms that can one day become autonomous commnunities where experimentation with various forms of government can thrive

Missouri Scraps MIAC Report:
Chuck Baldwin

March 27, 2009
Well, there is still hope for liberty after all! After multiple thousands of phone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications from outraged citizens, the State of Missouri has rescinded its controversial “militia” report. Chuck Baldwin argues that the most effective way to fight an ever-encroaching federal leviathan is to focus on our individual states.

It's Time for a Greed Czar:
Selwyn Duke

March 27, 2009
With the recent passage of the “TARP bonus” bill, it’s obvious that our politicians are finally serious about tackling the problem of greed.  It’s about time, too.  We’ve long had “hate crime” laws, so one had to wonder when the next deadly sin would make it on the legislative agenda. This satire by Selwyn Duke suggests appointing either Rod Blagojevich or William Jefferson to the proposed post of Greed Czar.

The Myth of Global Warming:
Jim Hollingsworth

March 28, 2009
Jim Hollingsworth argues that the present emphasis on man-caused (anthropogenic) global warming is a myth, in fact a carefully orchestrated hoax, not to further science, but to gain more control over the peoples of the world.  It is incumbent on each of us to search out the truth in this matter and act accordingly. 

Obama's War:
Alan Caruba

March 28, 2009
Alan Caruba writes that the decision by the new Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, to move more troops into this situation ignores the reality of waging war in Afghanistan. If he had no stomach for the war in Iraq, it is doubtful he will be willing to sustain the increased casualties that will result from simply putting more of our troops in harm’s way.

States, Not Washington D. C., Need Our Attention:
Chuck Baldwin

March 28, 2009
If the principles of freedom and independence have any chance of surviving the next few years, it will be because individual States have the courage to pick up the banner and fight. Therefore, writes Chuck Baldwin, freedom lovers need to focus their energy and attention more on State governments and less on national politics.

Obama Kicks Crutches from Crippled Soldiers:
Edward Hudgins

March 28, 2009
Dr. Edward Hudgins writes that we have seen this week just what sort of warped morality guides Barack Obama and his administration. And we have seen just what we can expect if we allow them to take from us our freedom to make decisions concerning, among other things, our own health care. The rapacious gang in Washington wanted to generate $540 million in revenue by refusing to pay for treatment of military veterans who suffered disabilities and injuries in the line of duty. Instead, the Obama administration wants to force veterans’ private insurance providers to reimburse the government for such treatment.

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." 
~ Thomas Jefferson

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