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Val on racial discrimination

Val has written about racial preferences and the upcoming US Supreme Court hearing on the University of Michigan's admissions policies. Read more »

A word on labels

I have used the label 'libertarian' so far in indentifying my political philosophy. I only do so with much hesitation. As Steven Den Beste wrote a couple of weeks ago, the left-right axis as normally portrayed on television and in popular culture is too limited to be of much use. In fact, it is patently ridiculous to try to model political affiliation on a one-dimensional axis. Read more »

Open-source and political philosophy

Alex Singleton of Samizdata asks whether open-source software is a libertarian idea. He writes that open-source lacks the entrepreneur and the leadership needed to succeed. I have never thought that open-source is particularly libertarian (as opposed to non-open-source code). Voluntary association is voluntary association, whether or not it involves bilateral exchange. Read more »

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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 »

Natural gas crisis driven by federal & state interventions

Lynne Kiesling spells out how regulation on both the demand and supply side have conspired to simultaneously lower supply while boosting demand, creating the current 'crisis' situation in natural gas (absent the dastardly Enronites, who will be scapegoated with causing California's next electricity price spike?): Read more »

The 10-year experiment in Keynesianism & Monetarism

As if the experience and misery of the US and UK in the 1970s were not enough to prove once and for all that Keynesian economics is bunk, Japan has tried everything in the Monetarist and Keynesian book to restart their economy, and failed- giving us the biggest and most elaborate real world experiment in Krugmanomics. 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 »