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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bastiat Gets It

"Never shall we succeed in preventing the production of something that, since it is in demand, has value." Economic Harmonies

Interview with Guillermo Jimenez

Guillermo Jimenez interviewed me recently for Demanufacturing Consent. Here's the audio.

TGIF: James Madison: Father of the Implied-Powers Doctrine

Don't be fooled by Madison's promise that the Constitution would create a government of "few and defined" powers. Read about the real Madison.

Monday, July 22, 2013

From Articles of Confederation to Constitution

My July FFF webinar was titled "From Articles of Confederation to Constitution." Here's the audio.

The Libertarian Angle

In the latest FFF Libertarian Angle, Jacob Hornberger and I discuss some of the differences between libertarians and conservative/"liberals." Enjoy!

Friday, July 19, 2013

TGIF: What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like

Ever since George Zimmerman’s fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin hit the national headlines last year, calls for an “honest conversation about race” have been heard throughout America. (Up until then, apparently, we’ve had only conversations about having a conversation about race.) However, one need not believe that the Zimmerman shooting and verdict were about race — I watched the trial and I don’t — to think that an honest conversation about race is indeed long overdue.

First on the agenda should be the many ways that government policies — either by intent or by palpable effect — embody racism. Let’s call them vehicles for official racism. I have in mind things like the war on certain drug manufacturers, merchants, and consumers; the crusade against “illegal” guns; the minimum wage and related laws; and the government’s schools. All of these by far take their greatest toll on people of color.

Private racism, whether violent or nonviolent, is evil and abhorrent; it is also unlibertarian — yes, even nonviolent racism is unlibertarian, as I point out in “Libertarianism = Anti-Racism.” There I wrote,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Irony of the Zimmerman-Martin Case

Funny, if anyone can be said to have stood his ground rather than retreat, it was Trayvon Martin.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rand Paul, Jack Hunter, and All That

I cringe every time libertarianism is associated with the Confederate States of America. Read Jeff Hummel's Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men to see why you should too.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Scott Horton Show

Scott Horton and I talked about immigration on his show the other day. Here's the audio.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

When Is a Military Coup Not a Military Coup?

When calling it such would harm Israel and anger the American Israel (Jewish) Lobby. The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has all the characteristics of a military coup, but the Obama administration refuses to label it such. Why? Because under U.S. rules, military aid may not go to a country in which the military coup removed a democratically elected president. Egypt's gets over a billion dollars a year in a deal struck among the Egyptian, Israeli, and U.S. governments under the 1978 Camp David Accord, which constituted a peace treaty between the two Mideast nations that had gone to four war times. Under the deal Israel gets about three billion dollars a year in U.S. military assistance. The Obama administration won't cut the aid to the Egyptian military for one simple reason: Israel and its American lobby don't want the aid ended. Since 1978 the Egyptian military has been a key to Israel's continuing subjugation of the Palestinians, particularly those held in the Gaza Strip. Israeli leaders care about only one thing with respect to Egypt: Will its government continue to honor the Camp David Accord? The Egyptian military can be counted on to do so as long as it is dependent on U.S. aid. (Morsi did nothing to undercut Camp David.)

In other words, the billion dollars that go to the Egyptian military is really indirect aid to the Israeli regime and thus a means of enabling the occupation of Palestine.

Word games are a big part of what goes on Washington, D.C.

Op-ed: What the Immigration Bill Overlooks

My latest op-ed points out that the Senate's "comprehensive" immigration "reform" bill missed a few things.

Monday, July 08, 2013

TGIF: Airbrushing Barbarity

In "Airbrushing Barbarity" I explore the insidious practice of discussing public policy in value-free terms.