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From Shortage To Surplus

From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to extend a warm "f&#! you" the folks who try to engineer our little society here for creating a centralized regulatory and legal system that stood between me and a vaccine this year. Read more »

Will the AMA Vote Against Self-Interest If I Become A Member?

In an article I wrote last year about the War on Drugs, I quoted the AMA's stance on the government's policy:

(The AMA) encourages the undertaking of comprehensive research into the potential effects, both positive and adverse, of relaxing existing drug prohibitions and controls and, that, until the findings of such research can be adequately assessed, the AMA reaffirm its opposition to drug legalization.


I'm not neglecting the debate I've tried to (re)start with regard to medical paternalism and prescription gatekeeping with Chris Rangel, et al. I will hopefully get to that tomorrow. In the meantime, let me move this from Lisa Casanova up from the comments to the top shelf: Read more »

Some People Just \"Get It\"

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink, in a recent dialogue with James Surowiecki, makes the following statement: Read more »

You Know What Happens When You Assume

To nobody's surprise:

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended against the over-the-counter sale of a Merck cholesterol-lowering drug, saying that while millions of Americans could benefit from taking it, they should not begin such a regimen without a doctor's advice.

You Have No Right To Attempt To Improve Your Health..

...without first paying a medical professional, of course. Read more »

And the Awards Just Keep Rolling In

Jim Henley has awarded this humble blog as "Best Libertarians in a Libertarian Role" (though John T. Kennedy may disagree) in his "Unqualified Successes 2004". Read more »

I\'ll Have To Add This To My CV

I've just been named "Person of the Year" by ABC News. OK, I have to share that title with over 5 million other people, but it's still an honor.

And We Have a Winner

Jonathan Dingel of Exploit the Worker just won himself a donut. He points us to this to answer my challenge to find the obligatory broken window fallacy in the wake of the horrific tsunami. From the Daily Breeze: Read more »

Disaster Dance

We've seen recently Don Boudreaux's obligatory post-disaster smack-down of price controls. Today brings the scheduled follow-up to the same-ol' tired objections to price gouging. In addition, Doug catches the necessary ignorance of private actions. Read more »

50 Years of Zero Price

My answer: hopefully, a free market in organ exchange. Read more »

Blog Rounds

Glen Whitman and Radley Balko respond to Matthew Yglesias and David Adesnik's call for universal college education. Read more »

Fly Throttled

But most importantly, it about property rights - and the fact that when it comes to social security, you have none. Read more »

Breaking News: All Medicines Have Risks...

...and to make matters worse, we don't know what all of them are. I am reminded of this now that the FDA has issued a warning for naproxen, based on evidence of some cardiac risk. For information, naproxen is an old heavy duty NSAID, ibuprofen on steroids. It's sold under the brand Aleve, but it's also available as a cheap generic; most people take it for acute gouty attacks and some other assorted aches and pains. Read more »

Natural Rights and Consequences

Glen Whitman discusses natural rights vs. consequentialism in his own always unique and enlightening way. I couldn't find a simple little snippet to quote so just go read the whole damn thing.

The gist if it is the rehashing of the argument that if natural rights philospophy meant clutching to them as the earth implodes in anarchy, maybe it isn't such a good philosophy. I think it's pretty fair to call Glen a consequentialist from his post. Read more »