A Libertarian Reacts to ‘What’s A Rigged Economy’, from AJ+

February 26, 2016
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I think Dena Takruri would make a good libertarian.

AJ+ and Now This are the new producers of hip, left-wing minute-news designed for the facebook attention span. It’s a brilliant format from which propagandists of all political stripes could benefit. I don’t really see a whole lot of short, flashy, hip-looking conservative videos ‘splaining the whole one-man, one-woman thing, or how to beat the terrorists with more military boondoggles.

Libertarians have Learn Liberty from the Institute for Humane Studies, but I don’t know if it has quite the same allure. The focus is more on economic theory than current events. Reason.tv produces short videos, but they are often kind of jokey. It’s not quite the same as a sweet, punchy AJ+ video, like the one I saw this morning about our rigged economy. Please watch this video now, and read my libertarian reaction below.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for August 22, 2011: Obama on Medical Marijuana: “Herp derp, uh duuur.”; Krugman and Schiff on the Economic Benefits of Fake Space Alien Attacks; The FDA Protects Us From Cow Pee; others….

August 21, 2011
  1. Vodpod videos no longer available.

    Well, you know, a lot of states are making decisions about medical marijuana. As a controlled substance, the issue then is, you know, is it being prescribed by a doctor, as opposed to, you know — well — I’ll — I’ll — I’ll — I’ll leave it at that.

    There you have it, folks. That’s why medical marijuana is illegal at the federal level. Straight from the mouth of the President of the United States of America. I was debating a drug war supporter a few weeks ago who offered this rationale: “Actually, I’m not attempting to convince anyone. The laws that you don’t like are already in place. It’s you that needs to convince others. Not me.” Perhaps this is also the President’s position.

  2. Vodpod videos no longer available.

    This has been going on for years, not weeks. Remember 2008? But hey. At least Ron Paul was invited to the debate this time, unlike some other Gary Johnsons I know.

  3. Of course, Krugman is just using space invasion as an example.

    Absolutely. This is a great example of how foolish stimulus and war prosperity myths can be! Peter Schiff responds directly here: New York Times Breaking News: Superhero Paul Krugman Saves World from Imaginary AlienRead the rest of this entry »


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

August 14, 2011
  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.  Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


  • 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 July 6, 2010: Kagan on Corporate Speech, an Easter Egg in the Health Care Bill, Knocking “Deficit Hawks”, others….

    July 4, 2010
    1. Elena Kagan: How hard will she fight corporate free speech? (Photo: Doc Searls)

      An attorney’s job is to be a zealous advocate for her client. I becomes a sort of theater of the absurd. It does not necessarily follow that she will retain this mentality on the bench. On the other hand, perhaps it is not so wise to turn someone who has built a career arguing on behalf of the government into a Supreme Court Justice. Habits are sometimes hard to break. Contrast with Ralph Nader’s 36 Questions for Elena Kagan, wherein the author’s first ten questions attempt to gauge Kagan’s support for free corporate speech, seemingly unawares of her very office’s zealous efforts to limit it.

    2. I wouldn’t be surprised if this were one of many Easter eggs hidden in this bill that the American people did not bargain for. That’s generally how sprawling legislation works, is it not?

    3. The FAA has granted the company an extra 110 pounds to the LSA limit of 1,320 pounds maximum takeoff weight. Terrafugia says this will allow the extra safety equipment and a still allow the airplane to compete with other LSA aircraft in terms of range and the amount of payload it can carry.

      Kudos to the FAA for getting out of the way of progress. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for May 31, 2010: Withholding Medical Marijuana from Vets, The 5 Circles of Immigration Hell, Tony Williams on School Choice, others….

    May 30, 2010
    1. So, you think you deserve to be free? Let's see if you survive my little trial by ordeal. Heh heh heh....

      Happy Memorial day, everybody!  Have you suppressed medical research from a vet today?

    2. …because only those who can afford to do all this deserve to be free! (?)

    3. I need to get back into following alternative currencies. Here’s two from Berkshire, Massachusetts and Detroit Michigan.  Read the rest of this entry »