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 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 2010-02-19: ACLJ on Free Speech and Teachers’ Mailboxes, a Poor Critique of Austrian Economics, others….

    February 20, 2010
    1. ACLJ | Content based discrimination Vodpod videos no longer available.

      A careless misstatement of First Amendment law from the ACLJ. Perry Educ. Ass’n v. Perry Educators’ Ass’n, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled specifically that teachers mailboxes are not public fora for speech. The school may allow certain people to use the mailboxes for limited speech purposes and exclude others. The question is whether the caller’s religious message falls within the limited purpose intended by the school. Jay won in Lamb’s Chapel only because the Court held the Church’s message in that case fell within the school’s limited purpose for opening the forum.  A similar case out of the 9th Circuit: Edward Diloreto v. Downey Unified School District Board of Education, 196 F.3d 958 (9th Cir. 1999), in which the fence around a school’s baseball field was held not to be a public forum open to all advertisers, The school did not violate the plaintiff’s First Amendment rights by rejecting an ad displaying the 10 Commandments. This is settled law.

      Update: Time to correct my own misstatement. It is true that the school may not discriminate against the church simply because it is a church. It may, however, discriminate against the church’s message if that message is not within the limited purpose for which the forum was opened. The church is not entitled to put whatever it wants in the mailboxes merely because the school allows other groups to use the mailboxes.

    2. YouTube | A Critique of the Austrian School of Economics


      The critic misstates why Austrians do not rely on facts and experimentation. Read the rest of this entry »


    links for 2010-02-13

    February 14, 2010
    1. Aggressive Progressive | To win on jobs, we need to move beyond congress: progressive strategy on jobs part 2

      The second installment of an earlier linked series of articles.

    2. World Socialist Party (US) | The “logic” of Capitalism!

      I was hoping for some sort of explanation into possible logical fallacies in capitalist theory. No such luck. All I got was this interesting little bit of irony.