Liberty & Govt. In The News: Bike Helmets, D.C. Theatre, & More

A good video: The Philosophy of Liberty: Plunder, a must-watch.

Government Causes Poverty – Stossel’s Take Blog: “I once went around the world to try to answer the question: what makes a nation prosperous? The answer: economic freedom. The answer is not, as students suggested, ‘democracy’ or ‘natural resources.'”

FBI Agents Given More Surveillance Powers – The Freeman: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.”

Iraq: Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say – latimes.com: “U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion, sent by the planeload in cash and intended for Iraq’s reconstruction after the start of the war.”

Private Crime Labs Could Prevent Errors, Analyst Bias: Report: “The Detroit Free Press made an astonishing discovery last month. The city’s former crime lab had been abandoned. As the paper reported, ‘Thousands of rounds of live ammunition, sealed evidence kits and case files — some containing Social Security numbers of rape and assault victims’ sat unattended in an old elementary school building, accessible to anyone who happened upon them.”

THIS Was the Heart of What Hayek Warned Against in his ‘Road to Serfdom’: “Just as it’s unjust to force taxpayers to ‘compensate,’ say, the brewery worker who loses her job because consumers buy less beer from St. Louis and more wine from Sonoma, it’s unjust to ‘compensate’ the brewery worker who loses her job because consumers buy less beer from St. Louis and more wine from South Africa.”

Other People’s Money – Stossel’s Take Blog: “The bike helmets don’t cost a lot of money. But that’s not the point. What’s disturbing is the mindset. Some politicians act like they are in one of those plastic tubes you see at a carnival, where money blows around, and people grab as much as they can.”

Theatre of the Absurd: “If you were to ask these visitors, they would tell you that they came here only to admire the beauty of the town. And, to be fair, this is a beautiful town. Why shouldn’t it be? It is like a harlot who never soils her hands with useful work, and whose only occupation, outside of harlotry, is to preen and primp—at the expense of her admirers. Washington is, and ought to be, the most beautiful city in the country; it is also the most useless.”

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