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Sacrifices Must Be Made

In the course of my political evolution from unreflective parrot of my parents' poltical views, to libertarian, to anarchist, I have become increasingly sensitive to both pro- and anti-freedom messages in the popular culture I consume. I now find it difficult to enjoy books, movies and TV shows which assume a statist worldview, which is why I love Farscape but can no longer tolerate Star Trek. Read more »

The socialism of war

Randall McElroy weighs in on the difficulties of reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

Socialism has never worked anywhere, but the allegedly pro-market architects of the Iraq debacle apparently aren't aware. In an especially revealing article, the Washington Post reports that an Iraqi cement factory damaged in the bombing got back online with $250,000, despite the plans of the Army Corps of Engineers for a $23 million reconstruction. Read more »

Prague-matic leadership

Czech President Vaclav Klaus warns of the dire consequences of Europe's "dream world of welfare, long vacations, guaranteed high pensions and cradle-to-grave social security." He also fears the erosion of freedoms that come with layers of regulations. Perhaps we can tweak the rules a bit, and draft Mr. Klaus to run for the U.S. Presidency in 2004?

The Matrix: Lobotomized

It's not Andy and Larry Wachowski's faults I hated The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. It's my fault. In any work of authorship that is released in volumes, whether it be a TV show, a series of novels, or a trilogy of movies, once the material is digested by the audience, every viewer is going to formulate an interpretation of the story, which will include the ideas he wants to see explored, and the questions he wants to see answered in future volumes. Read more »

Holes in natural rights

From a prior entry below, an offshoot discussion about holes in natural rights theory has become very interesting.

The quagmire of war

Although, in this case, I'm not referring to Iraq.

I'm referring to a trade war, born out of Bush's decision to slap a 30% tariff on imported steel in order to placate the domestic steel unions a couple years ago. One of the many negative side-effects is now about to come true: The Europeans are considering enacting trade tariffs of their own, making many American imported goods harder to sell overseas. Read more »

That's Good Headology

"You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage. Besides, you don't build a better world by choppin' heads off and giving decent girls away to frogs."

— Granny Weatherwax, Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

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Does the First Amendment apply to college campuses?

Via a story referenced in Neal Boortz' column today, I came across a USA Today article on conservative students and student groups on today’s college campuses, and how many of these students are finding freedom of speech and press difficult to come by. Read more »

California bill may drive wedge in collegiate sports

As if rampant tax-and-spending and mismanaged forest fires weren’t enough to keep the powers in Sacramento occupied, two Democratic senators in California believe college student-athletes deserve even more perks than are allowed under NCAA regulations, ranging from stipends to agents to health insurance. And the arm of government is ready to provide a greater helping hand at the taxpayer expense. The passage of the state government’s bill could result in the universities being banned from NCAA competition. Read more »

A free society represented in cinema

No, sorry, I don't have one for you. I'm asking you for examples. Read more »

Pop Quiz

I'm taking an elective course this semester called Business Ethics. In this class, we've covered a much broader range of topics than what I was expecting. We've already discussed the scourge of globalization and vilified a large number of well-known companies. What baffles me the most about this course isn't the professor's overt anti-business/anti-capitalism leanings; it's the attitudes of a majority of my fellow students. Read more »

A dozen films for the Halloween couch potato

Not participating in handing out treats to visiting neighborhood kids Friday? Not attending a crowded party with a cumbersome costume? If this is the case, the following is an assortment of recommended, appropriate, and personally favorite frightening movies to help keep you ‘spookified’ on the last evening of October...


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Norway looking to regulate "social pastime"

I don't smoke. But if you do, and you've always wanted to visit Norway, you had better go before they enact a total smoking ban on the country's restaurants, bars, and caf?s. Evidently, the Norwegian ban is also intended to "de-normalize smoking as a social pastime". Noble intentions to be sure, but this illustrates yet another move by a government to change a lifestyle by force.

U.K. politicians have a better idea: Read more »

An efficient amount of people to die from terrorism

While idling in my office during a break today, I came across an interesting comment thread at Too Much To Dream. The comments in question were written by someone using the tag '24601,' who also posts at Excerpts:

...there is an efficient amount of everything which tends to be non-infinite and non-zero.
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Movie Review: <i>Kill Bill Vol. 1</i>

killbill.jpgThose who remember Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction will recall the dark humor, noir backdrops, scattered bloodbaths, and choppy flashbacks that made the film so appealing and challenging. In his new project, Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Vol. 2 is due out in February), Tarantino cranks up all these attributes a few notches. Read more »

Salad bowl or melting pot?

Via a link in Neal Boortz' Nuze today, I had just gotten done reading Herbert Landon’s column describing his fears of the Balkanization of America, as opposed to the melting pot we've come to know. Read more »

Last Semester of Trade School

The most perplexing thing about spending five or six days engrossed in one project is the way that everything else suffers. Read more »

Impressions of South Korea

Reader "Spoonie Luv" aka Amit Singh writes of his experiences on a recent business trip to South Korea.

I just came back from a few weeks spent in South Korea on a work assignment and returned with some different perceptions of the Korean people, their culture, and their problems. Read more »

Mandated shorter workweeks backfires

In 1982, France cut the maximum work time to 39 hours per week in an effort to curb unemployment. This was economically flawed, and unemployment went up. Nonetheless, France cut the workweek to 35 hours in 1998, which yielded similar results. Read more »

Silence is Golden

If only this could happen to someone chatting on a cell phone in a movie theater...