liberty

A Few Links For The New Year, It’s Not All Bad

There are many reasons to remain positive. Update: also see: Chart of the (perhaps) greatest and most remarkable achievement in human history In the first link below, note the deaths from war and extreme weather. The biggest shocker of 2013? That…

1984 Sales Spike 7,000% on Amazon

The great Jeffrey Tucker on The Character of Edward Snowden In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.  – George Orwell ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ Sales Spike Amid Surveillance Disclosures – WSJ: One of the hottest beach…

Scariest Quote This week

“We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” – Melissa Harris-Perry Great column from fee.org. Collectivized Children : The…

Social Welfare and The IRS

The NYT applauds the political bullying by the IRS. No surprise there, it fits their world view. The I.R.S. Does Its Job – NYTimes.com: Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from Tea Party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status at…

Dr. Boudreaux’s Libertarian Manifesto

Now he doesn’t actually call it a manifesto. But I think it makes a fine one. It’s brief and quite good. Definitely read the entire thing. Economic and personal liberty are inseparable. Façade Capitalism Means Façade Freedom: Political and personal freedoms require economic resources for their…

Kinder Eggs As Contraband Update …

I’ve ranted a few times before (here & here) about the ridiculousness of Kinder Eggs not being available in the U.S. thanks to bureacrat decree. (pic via Wiki) Here’s an update on the story. Choco Treasure Eggs Avoid U.S. Ban On Toy-Filled…

He’s Not Really A Libertarian

For years I’ve found it amusing that Bill Maher has ever considered himself a libertarian. I can only imagine that he doesn’t know what the word means. And Reason on it. No, The Actual Libertarian Movement Didn’t ‘Go Nuts’ — It’s Just…

Three on Healthcare …

First, this classic from Walter Williams: Rights vs. Wishes Second, this amazingly good piece from NPR. (yeah, I know, NPR!) Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America – Planet Money: In the past three decades, the number of…