Links for April 19th, 2010: What is a Libertarian?, Marijuana Law Enforcement in Philly, R.I.P. Jack Herer, others….

April 18, 2010
  1. The Cato Institute posts this excellent intro to Libertarianism to share with your interested friends and family. At the end, Stossel asks for alternatives to the term “Libertarian”. I liked the term a lot until I learned that it used to be the term for “leftist anarchism”. I’d like to come up with another term to avoid the confusion.

  2. A step in the right direction for marijuana policy in Philadelphia. Now I wish I’d voted for Seth Williams. :-/ Read the rest of this entry »


Links for 2010-02-17: LAPD Harasses Sidewalk Food Vendors, Learn Marx’s Capital via Podcast, others….

February 18, 2010
  1. reason.tv | Taco Truck Takedown! Why is the LAPD harassing food carts?

    Forty-five days in jail for selling hot dogs? And you thought this was a "free" country…..

  2. LibriVox | Capital Volume 1 by Karl Marx

    The real deal? Das Kapital in a free audiobook podcast.

  3. David Harvey.org | Reading Marx's Capital

    Ooh! A 13-part video podcast on Das Kapital. Can't watch now, but my comments will surely follow! Read the rest of this entry »


links for 2010-02-12

February 13, 2010
  1. La Vida Locavore | Soda Consumption vs. Diabetes

    More on the Soda/Diabetes link. Any "extraneous variables" in there?

  2. Reason Magazine | Obama's Pardon Drought Continues

    It is what it says.


links for 2010-02-09

February 10, 2010
  1. John Birch Society | Obama Making Same Mistakes as FDR

    Here's an "atta boy" for the John Birch Society: highlighting the foolishness of some of FDR's New Deal policies. I still find it hard to believe that an American president actually set minimum prices for food and destroyed food at a time when an unnaturally large portion of Americans were dirt poor. Please, someone, tell me that this isn't true, and that we didn't have such a fool for a president. —Now, in the 21st Century, we had a "cash for clunkers" program wherein the government bought thousands of functional automobiles and destroyed them.

  2. World Socialist Party (US) | American Public Opinion and the S-Word

    Interesting poll results on the terms "socialism", "capitalism", "government-managed", and "free market".

  3. John Birch Society | The Real Problem with Pro-choice Men

    "After all, we limit choice all the time. For instance, doing so is the very business of government, and a law by definition is the criminalization of a choice; it’s also the business of religion, whose teachings may label certain choices as sins." — Another reason I'm not a Bircher. Again, I like their economic stuff, but this is not the language of the libertarian. On whether abortion is "murder", think of it this way: We have a right to shoot those who invade our homes. We call it self-defense. Women also have a right to expel those who invade their bodies. It is called self-ownership. I'm sorry if Selwyn Duke finds self-ownership to be a "tough sell" because it has some unpleasant implications. It would take a dedicated blog to explain those implications in full, and I'm not going to sugar-coat those implications to make them an easier "sell". Reality is unpleasant at times. For now count me as a man who would not criminalize abortion. Read the rest of this entry »


links for 2010-02-07

February 8, 2010
  1. Stop the Drug War (DRCNet) | Obama's Drug War Budget Destroys the Myth of Change

    Strong rebuke for the White House's 2010 drug war budget.

  2. Mises Economics Blog | "Who dat" owns the term "Super Bowl"? – Douglas French

    Commenting on the trademark infringement involving the term "Super Bowl".

  3. Mises Institute | Wage Earners and Employers – Ludwig von Mises

    More reason not to fear the Citizens United case: "It is a myth that there prevails a conflict between the interests of the corporations and firms and those of the people employed by them. In fact, good profits and high real wages go hand in hand." —Still, though, I'm hearing from many different sources that the court brought up the First Amendment issue "sua sponte". If this is true, as it is looking more likely to be, I would consider that to be 'judicial activism'. I will have to update my prior posts where I denied the claim…. Read the rest of this entry »


links for 2010-02-04

February 5, 2010
  1. Huffington Post | Mark Green: Why Citizen’s United Is a Fraud: A Guide for Non-Lawyers

    I commented earlier that the parties must have wanted to talk about the First Amendment because it played such a prominent role in the oral arguments. Here it is clarified that this was not an issue in lower courts and it was not an issue during an earlier trip to the Supreme Court. So it looks like I need to go back a little further to research the origins.

  2. PBS | Bill Moyers Journal: Monica Youn and Zephyr Teachout

    The errors of thought: 1) Corporations all speak with the same voice. 2) They speak in opposition to “the people”. It just might be the case that some corporations may agree with some of “the people” on some of the issues. If you save money at Wal-mart, or if you buy a Ford automobile that enriches your life, then, in at least one sense, your interests are in line with those of the corporations. You will cheer for those corporations when they spend gobs of money to speak in your interest in opposition to other corporations who disagree. As to the judicial over-reaching, Youn and Teachout claim that the parties stipulated that this case would not be about a narrow issue and not the First Amendment. For what it’s worth, the oral argument available at SCOTUSWiki speaks of nothing but the First Amendment for at least the first ten pages of its transcript (all I’ve listened to so far: http://is.gd/7F0Kw). Somebody other than the justices was interested in discussing the issue.

    Update: I’m interested in reviewing the “activism” question. See the above link for more info. I need to review the case thoroughly and come to my own conclusion. Read the rest of this entry »


links for 2010-01-31

February 1, 2010
  1. Mises Institute | How to Fix the Jobs Problem

    Boom. QED. This is an application of the more general theory that “markets clear”.

  2. Stop the Drug War (DRCNet) | Obama Launches YouTube Forum on Legalizing Marijuana

    April fool! Too funny. Although it is time we got some straight answers instead of snickering.

  3. Aggressive Progressive | Progressive Strategy on Jobs and Economic Justice

    No. The job comes first, then comes the spending. Read the rest of this entry »