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The value of one's time

Kevin Brancato of Truck and Barter on the very unique value of every hour for every individual.

Kling on vouchers

Arnold Kling has a new column up at TCS on the topic of school vouchers.

"I'm a geneticist," the woman said, as she began an impassioned speech against vouchers and school choice. "I don't want to see schools where students are not taught evolution. And I want to make sure that they get sex education and learn to use a condom." [...]

Along those same lines...

...from the NY Times:

Adopting a new tactic in pursuing businesses that refuse to withhold taxes from their employees' paychecks, the Justice Department filed three lawsuits yesterday asking federal judges to compel the withholding and inform workers about the actions.

One of the business owners named in the suits said he would not comply with any such court order. [...]

IRS sues to make Quakers pay taxes

The IRS is suing the employer of a pacifist Quaker for refusing to garnish her wages.

Adams is the only employee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting who doesn't voluntarily pay income taxes, although a few take other actions such as refusing to pay federal telephone taxes that go to the military, Castle said.

US hits South Korea with tariffs

This article is somewhat related to the earlier story about what to do when Americans start importing drugs from countries where price caps exist:

The Commerce Department found last month that Hynix dynamic random access memory semiconductors (DRAMS) were unfairly subsidised.

Agents of mass stupidity

An amusing yet grim anecdote of what happens when every citizen is a suspect:

"The FBI is here,"Mom tells me over the phone. Immediately I can see my mom with her back to a couple of Matrix-like figures in black suits and opaque sunglasses, her hand covering the mouthpiece like Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder. This must be a joke, I think. But it's not, because Mom isn't that funny.

Medical personnel might be 'recruited' for 'service'

The Department of Defense is planning to draft medical personnel for military service in the event of a large scale biological or chemical attack, and others may follow:

The Pentagon will draft experienced medical personnel, including medics, nurses and physicians, in the event of a national emergency.
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Hazard to navigation

They're not just yearning to breathe free.


They're also creative.

Desire as value

House approves lower-cost drug imports

On one side, Rep. Dan Burton (R):

"It's not about safety, it's about money," said conservative Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., practically hissing the word. "There's a woman ... who's dying of breast cancer," he added. "... How do you tell her when she goes to buy tamoxifen that she can't afford it but she could go right across the border to Canada and get it for one sixth or one seventh the cost."

On the other side, Rep. John Dingle (D): Read more »

American essence

One of the themes of this blog that I like to emphasize is the difference between society and state. Thomas Paine wrote eloquently about this crucial distinction, and the large part of viewing the world through the liberal meta-context is in recognizing it.

Thus, I offer Bill Whittle's latest essay. He has a gift like no other to capture America. Not the United States, but the civil society called America. Convertibles, optimism, Fleetwood Mac, freedom, Cool Ranch Doritos, big sky country, Normandy, entrepreneurism,... Read more »

Transport Blog: goals

Rights in emergencies

Perry de Havilland of Samizdata makes an interesting case for different approaches to property rights during emergencies. Read more »

Hobbes was wrong

Labor's last legs

An article by Lance Compa in today's Washington Post tries to give some hope to labor enthusiasts in the face of declining union membership.

Since then the drip, drip, drip of annual falling membership figures tortures labor advocates. Is it the sound of blood?