Groves of Luxury and Idleness? Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-28).
As is so often the case with right-wing critics of academia – even, or perhaps especially, those who are academics themselves (and so, perhaps, often brimming with resentment against their mostly left-wing colleagues?) – retiring sociology professor David Rubinstein, in his recent piece in The Weekly Standard, offers what I…(Linked Saturday 2011-05-28.)
Imagine No Taxation. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-26).
The following letter appeared in today's Opelika-Auburn News: To the Editor: Charlotte Ward asks us to imagine a world without taxes. ("Don't like taxes? Imagine a world without these services," Tuesday.) Okay, let's try. What would it be like? True, the government wouldn't be able to provide its services any…(Linked Saturday 2011-05-28.)
The Atrocity of Hope, Part 15: Toward a New Radicalism. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-23).
Chris Hedges on corporate liberalism: The pillars of the liberal establishment – the press, the church, culture, the university, labor and the Democratic Party – all honor an unwritten quid pro quo with corporations and the power elite, as well as our masters of war, on whom they depend for…(Linked Saturday 2011-05-28.)
The Manifesto of the Sixteen (1916) Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-05-25).
[Here is a translation of the controversial “Manifesto of the Sixteen,” the document issued by Peter Kropotkin, Jean Grave and others, advocating support for the Allies and opposition to Germany in World War I. I had promised this to members of the Anarchist Task Force on Wikipedia quite awhile back,…(Linked Saturday 2011-05-28.)
*"Whoever does not affirm at some time the. Masha, Cyganeria (2011-05-23).
“Whoever does not affirm at some time the definite..terribleness of life, never takes possession of the unutterable powers of our existence; he merely walks at the edge; and when the decision is made eventually, he will have been neither one of the living nor one of the dead.”~RilkeI know many…(Linked Sunday 2011-05-29.)
The slow boil. admin, This Modern World (2011-05-26). (Linked Sunday 2011-05-29.)
Food Nullification: The Sequel. Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-05-29). The War on the Informal Sector (Cont’d). (Linked Sunday 2011-05-29.)
Revisionist History Day, 2011. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2011-05-29).
Today is Revisionist History Day, what others call Memorial Day. Americans are supposed to remember the country’s war dead while being thankful that they protected our freedom and served our country. However, reading revisionist history (see a sampling below) or alternative news sites (start with Antiwar.com and don’t forget to…(Linked Sunday 2011-05-29.)
alternatively, why would i add you after only meeting you once? what sort of dark magic is this. Dinosaur Comics (2011-05-27).
archive – contact – sexy exciting merchandise – cute – search – about@@e2;2020;90; previousMay 27th, 2011nextMay 27th, 2011: This weekend I’m getting my first tattoo. Which tattoo? I’ll give you a hint: it’s one of the tattoos mentioned here. :0– Ryan(Linked Sunday 2011-05-29.)
Columbia SWAT team kills dog during drug raid — again. Dr. Q, Gangsters in Blue (2011-05-28).
One of the most widely watched police brutality videos from last year showed members of the Columbia Police Department's SWAT team breaking into a man's home in the middle of the night, shooting his two dogs, terrorizing him and his family, and finally arresting him for a tiny amount of…(Linked Sunday 2011-05-29.)
D. McCarthy Stalks LibertyOnTour.com – Again. Ademo Freeman, Gangsters in Blue (2011-05-27).
Originally posted at LibertyOnTour.com On our last day in Greenfield Beau and I headed to the local gas station to pick up a few things. On our way there we witnessed Daniel McCarthy, a member of the Greenfield police, make an illegal U-turn and park near our location. As we…(Linked Monday 2011-05-30.)
Anti-Americanism As an Anti-Concept. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-13).
Just as some questions (e.g., "Have you stopped bleating at your wife?") carry false presuppositions and so can't rationally be answered either yes or no, so some terms build false presuppositions into their meanings, making it impossible to use the term (at least in its ordinary sense) without signing on…(Linked Sunday 2011-05-15.)
Jury awards $82,000 after woman is arrested when asking police for a business card. Aimee Green, The Oregonian, Portland News (2011-04-14).
Jurors say if police aren’t in an urgent or dangerous situation, they should always hand over a business card when asked.(Linked Monday 2011-05-16.)
Intellectual Property is Murder. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2011-05-11).
Among the terms of a so-called "free trade agreement" between the European Union and India is a requirement for "data exclusivity" which will eviscerate India's generic drug industry. "Data exclusivity" means that clinical trials conducted before marketing by the company that originally produced the drug cannot be applied to meet…(Linked Monday 2011-05-16.)
Class Dismissed? Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-03-16).
David Friedman writes: Looking through your essay "Left-Libertarianism, Class Conflict, and Historical Theories of Distributive Justice," I was struck by what seems to me to be a problem with what you describe as "libertarian class theory." You write: "Recipients of tax-funded welfare won't be assigned to the parasitic class either,…(Linked Wednesday 2011-03-16.)
At the end of the day who the fuck cares if Intellectual Property encourages creativity or not? Censorship is censorship, full stop. You don’t get to own my thoughts, experiences, memories or communications. reddit: the voice of the internet — news before it happens (2011-03-15).
I’m so pissed at the rhetorical retreating we’ve done over the last decade. I’m sick of every argument over IP immediately turning into a debate over methods of remuneration. Is there anything on earth more infuriatingly privileged than a technocrat or bourgeois artist whining that no price is too small…(Linked Wednesday 2011-03-16.)
Squatting in a 28-Story Walkup. Stephen J. Smith, Hit & Run (2011-03-02).
The New York Times calls the squatter-filled skyscraper in Caracas a 45-story walkup (there’s no working elevator), but as of yet, only the first 28 floors are occupied. Some floors don’t even have walls, but satellite dishes abound: "That building is a symbol of Venezuela's decline," said Benedicto Vera, 55, an activist in…(Linked Monday 2011-03-07.)
Forced Consent & Our Present Attitude. rechelon, Invisible Molotov (2011-02-20).
"Forced Consent" by Lysander Spooner "The idea that, although government should rest on the consent of the governed, yet so much force may nevertheless be employed as may be necessary to produce that consent, embodies everything that was ever exhibited in the shape of usurpation and tyranny in any country…(Linked Monday 2011-03-07.)
Waiting for Mubarak. Neverfox, Instead of a Blog (2011-02-10).
Egyptians, There is no need to wait for Mubarak to "step down." If you have decided that your government is illegitimate (as all states invariably are) then, in the words of Charles Johnson, "you have already completed the revolution: no government on earth has any legitimate authority to bind you…(Linked Monday 2011-03-07.)
feministhulk: HULK HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONTROL ANYONE ELSE’S BODY. HULK SMASH LATEST ROUNDS OF ANTI-CHOICE + RAPE-APOLOGIST LEGISLATION! Twitter / feministhulk (2011-03-06).
feministhulk: HULK HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONTROL ANYONE ELSE’S BODY. HULK SMASH LATEST ROUNDS OF ANTI-CHOICE + RAPE-APOLOGIST LEGISLATION!(Linked Monday 2011-03-07.)
Travelin' Man. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-03-08).
This semester is shaping up to be the most conference-intensive I've had. In January I had a double conference in La Jolla (a Liberty Fund on contemporary classical liberal thought, followed by a workshop on John Tomasi's forthcoming book Free Market Fairness) and an IHS conference in Fredericksburg. Then this…(Linked Tuesday 2011-03-08.)
STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2010 > Features > Clelia Mosher. www.stanfordalumni.org (2011-01-12).
In 1973, historian Carl Degler was combing the University archives, gathering research for a book on the history of the family. Sifting through the papers of Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, who taught in Stanford's hygiene department around the turn of the 20th century, he came across a mysteriously bound file. Degler…(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)
Common Sense, or a functioning economy has no underclass. Marja Erwin (2011-01-12).
1. A government can’t solve systemic unemployment through stimulus. It can create temporary boosts which *mask* systemic unemployment; it may even have significant effects depending how easily it responds to spending and how slowly the unemployment rate approaches its normal level relative to the economic system.2. A functioning economy has…(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)
Reading Chomsky. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-01-12).
The Good (in churlish brevity) I've just finished reading Noam Chomsky's Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (it was a Christmas gift). Unsurprisingly, nearly all of it is excellent, and I highly recommend it. Chomsky lucidly explains how u.s. foreign policy is not only imperialist now but has been…(Linked Wednesday 2011-01-12.)
The Taxpayers Won't Benefit. Sheldon Richman, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-12-15).
Why does everyone say the taxpayers will be winners when the banks, AIG, and GM repay their TARP and other bailout money with interest? The taxpayers won't see a dime! I doubt if any money will even go toward reducing the debt. The only real winners will be the politicians…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
What "Undercover Boss" Could Be. Steven Horwitz, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-12-15).
Recently I stumbled across the TV show Undercover Boss. A CEO poses as a new employee at one of his firm's factories or stores in order to see how the company really runs. In the episode I watched, the CEO of the Johnny Rocket's restaurant chain spent time working in…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Winner of Beth A. Hoffman Prize for Economic Writing Named. Foundation for Economic Education, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-01-12).
The first annual Beth A. Hoffman Memorial Prize for Economic Writing has been awarded to Kevin A. Carson, the Foundation for Economic Education announced. Through the generosity of a FEE donor, the prize has been established to honor the memory of Beth A. Hoffman by recognizing the best article on…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today, He’d Be Just Like Me. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-13).
You know all those articles that purport to say what George Orwell would believe if he were alive today, in which Orwell turns out to have had a change of heart on every significant subject where the author disagrees with him? You can do that to Martin Luther King too:…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Food:Class:Working Class. bfp, flip flopping joy (2011-01-03).
I've been wondering why food for working class people is always represented as "manly man food" that is greasy, heavy, thick food. I mean, I get the origins of working class food as thick greasy meat based food—fish and chips, for example, has enough heaviness and calories to last through…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Szasz in One Lesson. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2011-01-13).
(First posted in 2006, and now amended. The relevance to the Tucson massacre is self-explanatory.)This is something I came up with some time ago to summarize a good deal of what Thomas Szasz, a great libertarian and hero of mine, has been saying for half a century.If neuroscientists discovered that…(Linked Thursday 2011-01-13.)
Radio Theater. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-14).
Get ready to suspend your disbelief. One of the most resilient acts in theatrical history has returned to the D.C. stage: the We're Going To Defund Public Broadcasting show. Every time this play gets revived, the director alters the story slightly to reflect recent events. This time the performers are…(Linked Friday 2011-01-14.)