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Silent Fall

Things to remember on Earth Day.

More things to remember, this time featuring Julian Simon and Paul Ehrlich. Especially good to know on Earth Day, when all your coworkers and friends try to debate with you.

Jonathan Rauch, Gay Marriage, and Utopia

The gay marriage issue is not one that really gets any passion aroused in the hardcore segment of the libertarian population. If governments have no business at all in marriage, what benefit can expanding the pool of relationships on which they have a claim have?

In fantasyland, the government has no involvement one way or the other with marriage (depending on your flavor, there might not even be a government). However, this is not particularly useful in the actual world, especially for people who wish to get married by cannot. Read more »

Kerry the hawk

Libertarians have known this for a long time: there is very little real difference between Democrats and Republicans. This is one of the answers given every election cycle when grumpy losing Republicans complain about how Libertarian Party voters "spoiled" their chances. Given that this assertion is so easily verifiable, it's surprising how long it's taken for it to reach the mainstream. Well mark your calendars, because today, at least one foreigner gets it. Read more »

A Horse of A (Slightly) Different Color

As a libertarian and occasional anti-war activist, people often ask me what I think about George Bush, John Kerry, and the Iraq invasion. My reply is usually that now, with the damage done, Kerry is not going to get out of Iraq. Unfortunately, I'm right. And let's not forget that Kerry voted for the use-of-force resolution. Robert Higgs, in a harsh but accurate op-ed, pointed out:

There's always more to the story...

In a Reuters report at Wired News, Saudi foreign affairs advisor Adel Al-Jubeir says that the Saudis are not entirely to blame for high oil prices. According to him, there is actually a slight surplus in the production of crude oil. The problem is environmental laws and a lack of refining capacity in the United States.

Leaping Socialism

It's rare that an article is published in the mainstream press which so thoroughly reveals almost everything that is wrong with the state at once. Congratulations, Washington Post, you've done it.

The Maryland House of Delegates voted yesterday to expand health care coverage for the uninsured, approving a $154 million plan to enlarge the state's network of community health centers and to increase Medicaid eligibility for poor adults for only the second time since the 1960s.

Authority on Past Trends

This is the city of TOMORROW--

Express Traffic--
Local Traffic--

--each will be given
a clear path by 1960.

authority on future trends

"When traffic delays and confusion seem hopeless, remember that men of vision are working on the problem. Already traffic engineers are planning city streets and country highways free from stop and go...

"1. Sidewalks will be elevated -- you'll walk and shop ABOVE Main Street, actually cross OVER it. Read more »

The Passion of the Ralph

On Saturday, March 27th, I went to see Ralph Nader speak. I was a little surprised at myself, but it happened.

Naturally, I disagree with almost everything that Nader says on any topic. Even when he correctly diagnoses a problem (e.g. corporate welfare), he gets the root cause or the optimal solution wrong. Yet he is a very popular man in young peoples' politics. Why? Read more »

It's a deal, it's a steal...

In light of continuing problems concerning's Iraq's new constitution, I want to do my part as a concerned American. I propose that instead of writing a new one we give them ours, since we're obviously not using it.

The Two Years Hate

All bases are covered in this Reuters article about Osama bin Laden's impending capture. Not only does it discuss how troops are closing in on bin Laden, to reassure the rest of the world, but it mentions that he keeps avoiding capture, so they have an excuse when several months from now he's still roaming free. Moreover, even if they do catch him, it won't matter.

French Gen. Henri Bentegeat:

Lessons from the Second City

To a person from Atlanta, public transportation means: riding a train that hardly takes you anywhere you want to go; paying too much for a ride; riding with some less-than-desirables; and only riding if driving is absolutely out of the question.

As far as I can tell, to a person from Chicago, public transportation means: riding a train that takes you to the front door of any place in town, even to the suburbs; paying a decent amount for a ride; riding with a healthy slice of the Chicago socio-economic spectrum; and riding anytime you want to go somewhere. Read more »


It's never to late to try to knock a defiant man down for Charles Krauthammer. In a Washington Post article he criticizes The Passion of the Christ for, get this, being anti-Semitic.

Enough already.

Krauthammer says:

The hate-mail will roll right in: Objectivist meeting, pt. 2

As a follow-up to Micha's post earlier today (see the comment section), I want to share something specific to this meeting. First, as a positive example of being familiar with an opposing philosophy, I offer my fellow Catallarchists, who are firmly opposed to Marxist ideas, but who know them in and out. Second, Rand and Co. Read more »

Take a Number

After all the fuss in Haiti against Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his flight to the Central African Republic, U.S. Marines are back in Haiti. It was only ten years ago that Bill Clinton sent them there to restore Aristide to power after a coup. (It's clear that the Bush administration did not want him in power, or else it would have done the same thing. Instead, it sent Marines after he fled, implicitly supporting the new president, former Chief Justice Boniface Alexandre.) Read more »

Be All You Can Be

James Gillray's excellent 1793 pictorial of John Bull's Progress should be painted on the wall of the president's bedroom in the White House.