Links for Monday, August 15th, 2011: Riots, Spending, Banning Ourselves to Prosperity, others….

  1. Synopsis: According to Darcus Howe, London youth are rioting because of police brutality and harassment in the form of racially motivated stops and searches. Howe calls it “an insurrection of the masses of the people.”

  2. Stirring images of wanton destruction in London. The youth there are also fed up with the brutality and suspicionless searches apparently perpetrated by historic London furniture stores and jewelry stores (note sarcasm).

  3. The situation in London.

    An “insurrection of the masses of the people” would have directed its retaliation against aggressive government forces, not uninvolved third parties.

  4. Written by an assistant professor of economics and finance, this paper lauds self-service bans at gas stations in New Jersey and Oregon, citing numerous benefits such as improved safety, reductions in certain business costs, environmental benefits, public support, and job creation.

    Needless to say, I disagree. My comments are too lengthy to post in this roundup, but look forward to a short feature in the near future. 

  5. The host asks “Why aren’t we hearing more about that?” I don’t know what to say. Libertarians talk about it all the time. My guess is that the host does not follow Libertarian media. Actually, the number has jumped around a lot over the past couple years. The number I was used to was about $70 trillion. Then I’ve heard numbers over $100 trillion. I think we all agree that the number is pretty f’n huge.

    Cutting spending by about 43%, by the way, is Gary Johnson’s campaign promise.

  6. You don’t need a handgun to ______ (fill in the blank). … It creates a tense situation. … We’re here to avoid the tragedy … There are very real threats out there. … Let’s not have a proliferation of weapons on Main Street. … When you’re out in Main Street, California, we also have sworn officers who are there to serve and protect the public. … Having your gun on your hip walking down Main Street is something from a Western movie. We don’t think of Main Street, California, or the mall in the same way, and to try to make it be the same way, again, I think is going back in time, not forward in time.

    California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino’s Constitutional analysis is very, um…. interesting.

  7. Taxation without Representation.

  8. Peter Schiff found this video disconcerting enough to share on his facebook page.

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

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