Archive for March, 2012

Some years ago, Dr. Warren Farrell published a much-debated book called “Why Men Earn More“. At that time he also gave a bunch of interviews that have gained importance now that even the European Union believes it must act.

If men earn a dollar for each 76 cents that women earn for the same work, why would anybody hire a man to do anything?

 

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Although his great show Freedom Watch was cancelled some weeks ago, there are still new videos of Judge Andrew Napolitano. In one of them he describes the long history of US politics from the Stamp Act to Obama Care:

Whatever happened to the right to be left alone?

The last time a central government in America tried to force all Americans to buy something against their will, it was the King of England and his Stamp Act. And that fomented the Revolution.

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The other day, I got this interesting book by Professor Rummel from the University of Hawaii:

In any case, the empirical and theoretical conclusion is this: The way to end war and to virtually eliminate democide appears to be through restricting and checking power.

The less freedom people have, the greater the violence; the more freedom, the less the violence. I offer this proposition here as the Power Principle: power kills, and absolute power kills absolutely.

In my view, Rummel’s analysis presents a strong case in favor of strictly limited government. The book mainly consists of data, so it is not the type of history book you might expect. But all those numbers really tell a story. So, if you still believe that democracy is bad, that government power should be great, or that the Nazis killed more than anybody else, get a copy of the book.

And if you believe that a history book is no longer relevant, now that more and more countries become democratic, watch this:

The Constitution says that if the government wants your life, or your liberty, or your property, it has to articulate to a jury what law you have violated and prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Thinking about the disappointing field of Republican candidates this year, one might ask what has happened to the Grand Old Party. Back in 1964, leading Republicans were way better – with respect to style and substance. During the Goldwater campaign, Ronald Reagan delivered the great speech “A Time for Choosing”:

No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income.

We are spending $45 billion on welfare. Now, do a little arithmetic and you’ll find that if we divided the $45 billion up equally among those nine million poor families, we’d be able to give each family $4’600 a year. And this added to their current income should eliminate poverty.

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gas prices explained

Following the well-known video on Quantitative Easing, there is a new brilliant and definitely related video explaining the recent rise in gas prices:

Bernanke says his policies have nothing to do with rising gas prices. But doesn’t he keep taking credit for rising stock prices?

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Nobel laureate Milton Friedman discusses the support for a free market system. Decades old but as important and true as ever.

All economists favor the market in general, but many oppose it in particular.

Fundamentally, the Soviet Union is a market economy. But it is a distorted market economy.

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fair

Just recently, Thomas Sowell published another article worth reading in the Jewish World Review. He discusses the issue of fairness:

The Fairness Fraud

High tax rates in the upper income brackets allow politicians to win votes with class warfare rhetoric, painting their opponents as defenders of the rich. Meanwhile, the same politicians can win donations from the rich by creating tax loopholes that can keep the rich from actually paying those higher tax rates — or perhaps any taxes at all.

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Some weeks ago, Endorse Liberty, a political action committee supporting Ron Paul for President, presented an interesting short film. Unlike those 30-second TV ads used by other candidates, “Blowback” takes the time to carefully detail the truth of what Americans need to know about their country’s foreign policy.

He understands the importance of history.

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Yesterday, ReasonTV shed some light on what is probably the most overlooked issue in libertarian thinking: the ability of parents to freely choose what school their children should attend. Fortunately, Friedman’s idea of educational vouchers is gaining more and more traction. An article by the Wall Street Journal, for instance, called 2011 the Year of School Choice. Also on my blog, there has been a nice comparison of schools and supermarkets.

We are only asking that the public school system should compete, should be open to competition. If it is really as good as you people make it out to be, it has nothing to worry about.

 

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Recently John Stossel hosted a show called “Illegal Everything” to discuss the absurdities of America’s current business laws. If you thought starting a business was easy, or that opening up a lemonade stand was legal, watch this:

Newcomers should be squeezed out.
(Washington Lobbyist)

 

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