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Who owns your kids?

Few things raise my ire as much as reading about parents who take the initiative and awesome responsibility to provide an environment where their children can learn, only to have their children taken away for doing exactly that. Thus, I read with much displeaure this article about a family from my current state of Massachusetts [via Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler]. I want to quote the whole thing here for posterity's sake: Read more »

Mises Institute en fuego

The Mises Institute has been absolutely on fire this week. Earlier in the week was Christopher Mayer's article on universal health care that was discussed below. Read more »

More on health care

Christopher Mayer at the Mises Institute has written a great article on the cries for universal health care that will surely appear with the upcoming election season (year?). Like most bad political ideas, the call for universal health care is based on poor reasoning and emotional tugs. Just as Arnold Kling wrote about The Delusion of Collective Affordability, Mayer refers to the The Impossibility of Making Something out of Nothing: Read more »

A true head scratcher

There is an entry over at Daily Kos which shows how much the national debt has increased under Bush. This by itself is a not all that unusual and even makes a good point. However, in the comments section, I noticed this posting: Read more »

The obesity epidemic

According to Harvard University, an obesity 'epidemic' is sweeping the US. This is an epidemic similar in scope to those seen in olden times, in which infectious agents would spread from one person to the next without warning and literally forced people to run for the hills, like the polio epidemic of 1916 or the yellow fever epidemic of 1878. Read more »

Sullum on Da Ali G Show

Jacob Sullum has a funny article at Reason about Da Ali G Show. Read more »

Victor Davis Hanson on Mexifornia

Here is an interview with Victor Davis Hanson at NRO [via Val e-diction] about his new book Mexifornia.

We know that when immigrants from Mexico ? as in the case, for example, of Cuba ? come legally, and with families intact, and are not followed by a steady cohort of illegal aliens. Within a generation or two they melt into the general fabric and America is better for their presence.

Legislation vs. common law

Paul Marks of Samizdata writes about the negative consequences of legislatures. Some of the things he says probably have a degree of shock value to most readers, because most people have been taught from the time of their youth that the purpose of government is to 'make laws.' I grew up learning how a bill becomes a law, how the Senate and the House must both pass the bill, and how the President must sign the bill for it to become a law. Read more »

The antitrust bugaboo

Altantic blog has some thoughts on Calpundit's assertion that one of things capitalism does poorly is 'deal with' monopolies. Read more »

Blogspot jihad update

My kind of liberal Dean Esmay has saved 24 blogs from Blogspot so far, including a few that I visit daily.

And it looks as if more are in the works.

Ronald Dixon gets 3 days

Ronald Dixon, the man who shot a burglar as he was entering his son's room, has avoided a longer jail term for a shorter one [via Rachel Lucas].

Ronald Dixon, 27, flashed a broad grin yes terday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, a violation that will send him to Rikers Island for just three days, in a deal with Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes. [...]

Revealed preference and economic method

Jane Galt states that surveys are not very useful in political analysis because people lie, the polls are badly designed, and the polls select for a biased population, among other things. She also makes a distinction between stated preference, which is the answer given in polls, and revealed preference, which is the actual action taken. Although Jane is talking about the political realm, her criticism of political metrics such as surveys can be extended into the economic realm under Austrian methodology. Read more »

Arnold Kling on the health care madness

Here is an article written by Arnold Kling over at TCS. He talks about how health care ought to work. This is the money quote: Read more »

Continuing on the education theme