Issue CCLV

July 18-30, 2010

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Abstract Orderism Fractal XXIII:
G. Stolyarov II
July 30, 2010

This radiant, elegant fractal -- one of Mr. Stolyarov's most complex fractal works to date -- is characterized by a multiplicity of subtle patterns within the boundaries of a decagonal shape whose edges are slightly smoothed. 

Without Rejecting IP, Progress is Impossible:
Jeffrey A. Tucker
July 18, 2010

As Kinsella points out, a major feature of Jacob Huebert’s book Libertarianism Today is that he deals with the reality that issues of “intellectual property” constitute a major area of federal government expansion today and also present a serious challenge to libertarians. The IP issue only emerged at the top of the list of theoretical priorities within the last few years, but Jeffrey Tucker believes that the results have been spectacular, not only in helping libertarians make sense of the existing IP wars (in the news every day) but also in helping to clarify fundamental issues that everyone thought were largely settled (e.g. property rights).

Change Incentives to Improve Public Education:
Gary Wolfram
July 24, 2010

When was the last time you heard someone say that they wished they could move to Detroit in order to enroll their child in Detroit Public Schools?  The fact is, we would be surprised to hear anyone say that. Dr. Gary Wolfram writes that it is well past time to move Detroit Public Schools from a centrally planned monopoly to a competitive system that rewards producing the education that parents desire for their children. This will require some innovative thinking and political skill, but the future of thousands of our youth depends upon it.

Minnesota Government Mistreats Ladies:
Robert P. Murphy
July 30, 2010

Recently the Minnesota Department of Human Rights — a funny title in itself — declared that the practice of "ladies' night" was illegal gender discrimination. Apparently, five establishments in the Twin Cities area were denying men "full and equal enjoyment" of their services because they charged women lower cover and drink prices. Dr. Robert Murphy argues that, besides the unjust (and absurd) violation of private-property rights, the Minnesota government's harassment of businesses will end up hurting female and male customers. The practice of price discrimination — charging different customers different prices even for the "same" good or service — is economically beneficial.

Not Exactly Sweet Reason:
Gary M. Galles
July 30, 2010

Dr. Gary Galles writes that one of the United States' most blatant examples of protectionism — so blatant that it is used as an illustration of the idea in some economics texts — is its sugar policy. The United States imposes import quotas that substantially raise domestic sugar prices, harming domestic consumers to benefit politically powerful domestic sugar producers.

The Federal Government versus the State:
Gary Wolfram
July 18, 2010

Dr. Gary Wolfram addresses many Americans' lack of understanding of the federal system designed by the Founders and the manner in which the state governments' authority ought to supersede that of the federal government. The federal government's continued encroachment on the freedoms of individuals and the spheres of state government has created tremendous economic uncertainty in the United States today.

Mrs. Madoff Exonerates Michael Mann:
Paul Driessen
July 24, 2010

Paul Driessen reflects on the increasingly politicized state of global warming science … and government-funded science generally at America’s universities and other research institutions. The steady flow of money, coupled with the dominant view that research results should advocate a particular point of view on energy and environmental issues, has created a tendency to skew results, manipulate data and peer reviews, and pressure journals to exclude professional papers that challenge politically favored positions. Even worse, when cheating is discovered or alleged, the scientists and institutions tend to look the other way, circle the wagons, actively discount or even hide the transgressions, and conduct superficial investigations that whitewash the offenses and even penalize whistleblowers. The latest example is Pennsylvania State University’s nearly complete exoneration of Dr. Michael Mann, following an “investigation” that did not even permit the introduction of contradictory evidence, statements by adverse witnesses, or cross-examination of Dr. Mann or anyone with knowledge of his alleged misconduct.

Welcome to 1873:
Marita Noon
July 24, 2010

In the state of Montana, an Australian company is ready to bring private-sector jobs and foreign dollars into our weakened economy for the purpose of extracting minerals from the Flint Range Inventoried Roadless Area. Here's the catch: federal red tape is preventing energy extraction by mandating that workers use mules and hand tools for energy extraction. Yes it sounds bizzare, but this absurd exercise was mandated through the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in January 2001, courtesy of the Clinton administration.
Marita Noon describes this absurd situation and the impacts it and others like it have on America's energy situation.

The Death Throes of Pro-IP Libertarianism:
Stephan Kinsella
July 30, 2010

Why the sea change in the prominence of intellectual property (IP) as an issue among libertarians, and their decisive rejection of it, in contrast to the apathetic pro-IP stance of the past? It appears, writes Stephan Kinsella, that IP could be taken for granted only so long as no one looked at it very closely. But as soon as libertarians turned their attention to IP, they realized the case for it was full of holes.

On the Bloated Intelligence Bureaucracy:
Ron Paul
July 30, 2010

Rep. Ron Paul has often spoken about the excessive size of the federal government, and most recently how waste and inefficiency need to be eliminated from our military budget.  Our foreign policy is not only bankrupting us, but actively creating and antagonizing enemies of the United States, and compromising our national security.  Spending more and adding more programs and initiatives does not improve things for us; it makes them much much worse.  This applies to more than just the military budget. Recently the Washington Post ran an extensive report by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin on the bloated intelligence community.  They found that an estimated 854,000 people hold top-secret security clearances. Rep. Paul asks,  "Just what are all these people up to?"

"The critics of the capitalistic order always seem to believe that the socialistic system of their dreams will do precisely what they think correct." 
~ Ludwig von Mises