Links for May 31, 2011

May 1, 2011

  • A glimpse into our future?

  • I’d like to follow the Gary Johnson campaign. Read the rest of this entry »


  • Links for November 29, 2010: Raw Milk Raids; Cutting Taxes Is Not a Form of “Spending”; The Impossible Fed Mandate; others….

    November 28, 2010
  • Probably one of the most offensive things I’ve seen in a while. If you aren’t outraged by this, then, I don’t know what to say. All that crap about “liberty and justice for all” must not mean a whole lot to you.

  • The defenders of individual rights need to remind the government that it does not pay or enrich anyone by allowing him to keep what is already his.

    This is a very simple principle that many progressives seem not to understand. No, tax cuts are not a form of “spending”. This article was written in response is N. Gregory Makiw’s The Blur Between Spending and Taxes.

  • In my perfect world, prices would be all stable all the time, but in real life, supply and demand should determine prices, not central planning. Read the rest of this entry »


  • Links for November 22, 2010: AMA interested in re-scheduling marijuana; Much ado about pat-downs; others….

    November 21, 2010

      Nice try, buddy. The fed's drug schedules say otherwise.

    1. The AMA is clearly misleading the public. Everyone knows that the government has classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning that it has no accepted medicinal value…

    2. Chaos didn’t ensue. The War of 1812 ensued, is what ensued.

    3. Lots and lots of buzz lately in the libertarian media about these TSA searches. Reason.tv has posted a series of reductio ad ridiculum videos about them. Of course, airlines stand to lose customers if they can not ensure their safety. Nobody wants to see planes hijacked and crashed into buildings. The airlines should be free to handle security as they see fit, without government intervention and mandates.

    4. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for October 25, 2010: Interview with Marakay Rogers, Libertarian Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor; More “Quantitative Easing” to Come; others….

    October 24, 2010

      Marakay Rogers (OurCampaigns.com)

    1. Not a great interview; It sticks mainly to some few libertarian talking points, but you won’t hear from her during the gubernatorial debate tonight.

    2. The BBC explains “quantitative easing”.

    3. For those who aren’t in the know, “quantitative easing” is doublespeak for printing money.

    4. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for July 19, 2010: To Stimulate or Not To Stimulate; What Police Can Do; much, much more….

    July 18, 2010

      Paul Krugman: Boost aggregate demand! Muahahaha!!!

    1. It’s good to hear Krugman speak and respond to questions. The thrust of this discussion is that the opposition to the stimulus is a visceral reaction, not an intelligent one. Although some guests early on questioned the empirical efficacy of the stimulus, we did really not hear from any Thomas E. Woodses or any Peter Schiffs who maintained, in quite an intellectual fashion, that the stimulus is simply bad economic policy. Krugman remarks toward the end that he doesn’t see stimulus jobs as “makework” jobs. I do not understand how this position can be honestly defended alongside the position that we now need government to “boost aggregate demand”, i.e. create demand where none existed before. What is the purpose of the stimulus if it is not to “make work”? If these were not “makework” jobs, we would do them anyway. We would not need an economic crisis as a pretense for passing $700 billion spending bills. For a response to the assertion that Roosevelt’s slashing of the deficits caused a recession in 1937, see this. For a response to the assertion that World War II spending lifted the U.S. economy out of the depression, listen here, starting at 32:17.  Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for June 21, 2010: Police Shoot Expenctant Father Dead Over Marijuana, The Economics of the Minimum Wage, others….

    June 20, 2010
    1. The victims.

      “One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people. Marijuana does not suppress medical research. Marijuana does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.” ~ Richard Cowan

      … and Marijuana never shoots expectant fathers in the face for making “furtive movements”. If you are not speaking out against these tragedies, then you are telling our lawmakers that you tacitly approve of them. Spread the word, to your legislators and across your social networks, that you do not approve.

    2. It lays out the basic argument. Progressives might revile at the suggestion that the minimum wage is more that a worker “is worth”, but I think this ignores economic reality.  Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for April 12, 2010: Marijuana Policy in Philadelphia, A Critique of Austrian Economics, others…

    April 11, 2010
    1. myfoxphilly.com | D.A. Explains New Pot Policing Proposals Vodpod videos no longer available.

      Seth Williams explains sensible proposal for marijuana arrest procedure, wards off scaremongering. For the latest, check Seth Williams’s recent “Radio Times” interview.

    2. DEA | Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization

      Call from the DEA.

    3. Opposing Views | The DEA’s Top 10 “Facts” on Marijuana Legalization

      Response from NORML. Read the rest of this entry »