Links for March 28, 2011: Barter as Terrorism; The Visa Lottery

March 27, 2011
  • I hope you like inflation because, for the time being, there is nothing anyone can do about it. Bring on the appeals!

  • Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.

    Wow. Private currency is a form of terrorism. I didn’t know that. You learn something new every day, I suppose. Hey don’t look now, but there’s been an active terrorist cell in Ithaca, New York, for the past 20 years.

  • Only 65,000 work or H1B visas are issued each year and in the past there have been as many as 145,000 applications so even after a worker has passed the employment tests and been hired, the visas are only issued after a lottery. “You have about a one in three chance of getting one,” she says. For a company that has spent considerable time and money recruiting, interviewing and hiring a worker and filling out all the forms and paying the fees, that means it all could come down to the luck of the draw.

  • Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

    Links for March 21, 2010: Backlog O’Links 2

    March 13, 2011
  • It just makes sense.

  • But it’s been a challenge to convince anyone otherwise. “This is the heart of the problem—money from the Byrne grants,” Piper says. It’s money for overtime. Money for promotions. It’s policing for profit.”

    This great Philadelphia Weekly cover story highlights the embarrassing racial disparity among marijuana arrestees. There is also a great discussion on police incentives to boost pot arrests to show they are making use of stimulus money. And for what? Marijuana prohibition is simply crooked all around.   Read the rest of this entry »

  • On “The Dangers of Libertarian Social Engineering”

    March 11, 2011

    The French Enlightenment was robbed! FIRE THOSE UMPS!

    In my January 31st edition of Links, I linked to Daniel Kuehn’s article in the Journal of Austrian Economics about the Depression of 1920. He had written a critique of the Austrian view of that depression as advanced by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. and other members of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Kuehn responded to me and notified his own readers of my post. He added that he liked my self-description, which I have since updated to reflect my not-so-recent graduation from law school:

    I am a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. My main career goal is to use the law to force my Libertarian ideals on people I’ll never meet. If these people could subsidize me as well, that would be a bonus.

    Kuehn said that this description reminded him of an earlier post of his entitled The Dangers of Libertarian Social Engineering, which I’d like to discuss today as a case study in how uninspiring arguments against libertarianism can be, even—or perhaps especially—when these arguments come from people who claim to have libertarian sympathies.  Read the rest of this entry »