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 June 14, 2010: Christopher Hitchens on disagreeing with the Left, Study alleges progressives are poor at basic economics, others….

June 13, 2010
  1. I would never make a political disagreement the cause of a quarrel with a friend. I think it’s silly to do that. But there is a tendency on the left—and I bet there are people here who know what I’m talking about—to think that if someone in any way disagrees with the left, it must be for the lowest possible reason, and that if you’ve found the lowest possible motive, you’ve found the right one. There’s this whole culture of: no one would leave us or quarrel with us if they weren’t a sellout. It’s actually a very sick mentality, and very widespread, and people who think like that or feel like that can dump me if they want, but that’s almost to as much as to say that they weren’t much of a friend.

    Yes, I know what he’s talking about. Speaking of sell-outs, Christopher Hitchens will be speaking to a sold-out crowd tomorrow, June 15, at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

  2. This study purports to find that self-identified progressives and liberals are less “economically enlightened” as compared to conservatives and Libertarians. I believe the result is essentially correct because every day I read articles from progressives who advocate feel-good policy proposals without examining economic consequences or responding adequately to economic concerns. I regularly comment on this very phenomenon here on this blog. Unfortunately, this study is so biased and flawed that it will not convince anybody.  The condescending title of this article alone will rightfully repel the very people who should receive the message most.  See a rebuttal here and a forum discussion here. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for May 24, 2010: The War on Airline Carry-On Fees, Columbia Police Chief Wishes Marijuana Reform Movement Success, Thoughts on Oil, others….

May 23, 2010
  1. The fun part of being a libertarian is that you get to blame the government for all your problems. The hard part, and the part that drives people away from the ideology, is that you have to relinquish your sense of entitlement. No, you are not entitled as a matter of natural right to carry your luggage onto an airplane at no charge. The airlines are providing a service for you, and they have certain terms that you must either accept or reject. Who knows? The baggage charge might reward those who economize by reducing their overall ticket price…..

  2. The chief of police of Columbia, Missouri, where the now-viral video of a marijuana raid was filmed, wishes the marijuana law reform movement success. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for April 26, 2010: Illusory Tax Cuts, Tea-Party Distractions, others…

April 25, 2010
  1. You are hearing a lot nowadays about how, contrary to the bellows of tea-party protesters, Obama has reduced—not raised—taxes for 95% of Americans. This article from January 2009 explains why tea-partiers are not impressed, and why the protests will continue.

  2. A party-line libertarian op-ed from the Cato Insitute via the Wall Street Journal explaining some of the problems with enforcing regulations.   Read the rest of this entry »


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 2010-02-09

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 »