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More government hypocrisy

I've been picking on Kevin Drum a bit in the past few posts, so I'll note some agreement with his latest post, revealing that senators' stock performance beat the market by 12%, and senatorial stock picks included stocks that did nothing prior to purchase, then soared, as well as stocks that were flat until sold by a senator, at which point they dropped like a stone. Read more »

I welcome our new robot overlords

Tyler Cowen explains that either supernaturally productive Indians or Robots will take all of our jobs, and we'll like it.

Robin Hanson has more.

The record of Pontius Pilate

Is the record of Pontius Pilate properly understood and appreciated? Read more »

The proper way to muck with the constitution

Calpundit points out that President Bush has in his first term has supported 5 amendments to the Constitution, ranging from a flag burning amendment to the recently proposed federal marriage amendment, and that this flurry of (in his view) trivial amendments shows that Bush thinks the Constitution is merely a rough draft- echoing similar criticisms of leftist activist judges and theorists who also think of the Constitution as a "living document" open to constant reinterpretation as politics dictates. Read more »

Neo-mercantilism vs. direct handouts

Alex Tabarrok explains the recent "anti-outsourcing" act by the Indiana governor to intentionally pay $8.2 million more for a contract as essentially paying 50 new workers $162,000 a year from the Indiana tax revenues. Note, of course, that even assuming 50 new jobs are 'created' by the contract is optimistic to say the least. [via The Agitator] Read more »

Changing Keynes' mind

It is true that Keynes said ?When the facts change, I change my mind ? what do you do, sir??

Would that mean that Keynes would be either Neo-classical or Chicago now, and repudiate Krugman et al. who still adhere to Keynesian theory even though its been relentlessly repudiated both empirically and theoretically?

Just wondering.

[inspired via Crooked Timber]

Calpundit calls for Empire

Commenting on Colin Powell's wise decision to firmly rule out military intervention in Haiti (who would we intervene for? Philosophical concepts such as Democracy need to have individuals in which to act...), Kevin Drum takes an interesting tack: Read more »

The Georgist Land Value Tax considered

When I was an undergraduate economics student and before I came to understand and embrace Austrian economics, I had a particularly interesting class with a visiting professor, Fred Foldvary, on Comparative Economic Systems. It was through his class that I was pointed to the Austrian school, as our in-class debates suggested to him that I may already be an Austrian (rather, he said "so, you agree with Mises on this", and I replied, "huh?"). Read more »

Public Service Announcement


(from Allahpundit)

New Mexico votes to violate the 4th Amendment

Truly sickening news: Read more »

Quibble with Quiggin

In a recent post on Cyprus, celebrating the good things that are going on (a referendum on unification & normalizing the island's politics), John Quiggin takes a moment to indulge a little UN triumphalism:

Why should settlement of a long-running dispute on a Mediterranean island, with no recent flare-ups, be so important ? Let me count the ways.

First, this is another victory for the boring old UN processes so disdained by unilateralists.

Quote of the Day

"I can?t help but think some people admire totalitarian regimes not because they want to live in one, but because they want to be in charge of one."

Mars, utopia, and the frontier

Stanley Kurtz, taking a rare break from same-sex marriage, went to a debate recently about Mars colonization and its feasibility:

A pose or principles?

With a brilliant translation of The Nation's open letter to Ralph Nader at Hit and Run, Nick Gillespie ponders a very important question:

From the outside looking in (i.e., from a political perspective that also purports to find the major party candidates repugnant), I'm left wondering what the point of being a "progressive" is if you're still supposed to dutifully pull the lever for a Democrat come November.

Pictures of matchstick men and you

(via Crooked Timber)

Continuing with the line of CT links lately, I noticed that Chris Bertram posted a rather neat flash animation on "The Philosophy of Liberty," which explains the (very) basics of general libertarian theory, at least as far as the ideas of self-ownership and the non-initiation of force. Read more »