Liberty and Power Liberty and Power blog brought to you by History News Network. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://hnn.us/blog/author/32 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network The History of Paul Krugman’s own Alarmist “Inflation Addiction” Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153451 http://hnn.us/blog/153451 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Flee Rather Than Stand Your Ground The Italian Marxist and philosopher Paolo Virno was imprisoned in 1979 for his affiliation with the Red Brigades. The organization attempted to create a revolutionary state through acts of violent destabilization such as bank robbery. While in prison, Virno had a political epiphany which he later expressed as, "Nothing is less passive than the act of fleeing, of exiting." Although little else about Virno may be politically admirable, his strategic insight is intriguing.

"Fleeing" as a political act sounds paradoxical to North American ears, which are used to hearing of resistance in terms of "stand your ground" and confrontation. By fleeing, however, Virno means an "engaged withdrawal or exit."

Perhaps the best way to understand what Virno means is to consider the problem to which he believed "fleeing" was the best solution.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153450 http://hnn.us/blog/153450 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Jane Cobden: Carrying on Her Father's Work
Cobden’s legacy is much appreciated by libertarians, but one aspect of it is largely unknown. (I only just learned of it, thanks to my alert friend Gary Chartier.) Cobden’s third daughter and fourth child, Emma Jane Catherine Cobden (later Unwin after she married publisher Thomas Fisher Unwin), carried on his work. Born in 1851, she was a liberal activist worthy of her distinguished father.]]>
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153449 http://hnn.us/blog/153449 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
In Foreign Affairs, Not Doing Anything is the Thing to Do Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153448 http://hnn.us/blog/153448 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 The War Against Gaza: The Background in Three Quotations Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153447 http://hnn.us/blog/153447 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 John Blundell, RIP Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153446 http://hnn.us/blog/153446 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Robert Higgs on the FDA and Consumer Welfare On July 24, 2014 I gave a presentation at Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama on the FDA and Consumer Welfare.  Inside is the video of the presentation.]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153445 http://hnn.us/blog/153445 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Review of Claire Conner’s Wrapped in the Flag I recently posted a review at Amazon of Claire Conner’s Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right. (The paperback edition changed the subtitle to What I Learned Growing Up in America’s Radical Right, How I Escaped, and Why My Story Matters Today.) The review begins below and continues under the fold. The review unfortunately is buried within a stack of over a hundred favorable reviews. But anyone who wants to read it at Amazon can go here. Then if you find it worthy, you can click the button that says the review is helpful and move it up in the queue:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite myself. The author, Claire Conner, entertainingly interweaves a personal story of her growing up with parents who were avid and prominent members of the John Birch Society with a history of the Birch Society itself. I am only four years younger than Conner, and my own story has many intriguing parallels to hers. My parents never joined “the Society,” as its members referred to it, but they (particularly my mother) became what could be called Birch Society “fellow travelers,” involved in right-wing politics after the election of 1960. Many of their friends were Society members. I therefore imbibed much of the same literature as Conner, listened to similar public lectures, and was taken to and participated in similar events. She and I both, for example, were peripherally involved in the 1964 Goldwater campaign.

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Obama Wants to Close the Oceans. Privatize Instead! The statement foreshadowed a new executive order which would place a huge swath of the Pacific Ocean under control of the U.S. federal government. According to the Washington Post, the aggressive program is scheduled to begin later this year “after a comment period.” It “could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.” Other executive measures would address related issues, some of which would be domestic in scope.
Obama’s stated purpose is to protect the ocean from threats such as pollution, climate change, oil drilling, and overfishing. His executive order will achieve the opposite. Anyone who wishes to protect the ocean should move to privatize it as extensively and as quickly as possible.]]>
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Voluntaryist Anthropology Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153431 http://hnn.us/blog/153431 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Why a bill against medical experimentation on minors is necessary The proximate cause is the tragic saga of now-16-year-old Justina Pelletier. Both officials in Massachusetts and medical staff at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) are accused of sanctioning and conducting experimental research on Justina after removing her from parental custody. Justina's ordeal occurred over the vigorous objections of both parents.]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153430 http://hnn.us/blog/153430 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Let the Immigrants Stay Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153428 http://hnn.us/blog/153428 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Speaking to Nonlibertarians Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153427 http://hnn.us/blog/153427 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Setting the Record Straight on Palestinian Youth an excellent post at the Austro-Athenian Empire responding to the usual negative portrayal of the Palestinians, especially the youth. I highly recommend it. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153426 http://hnn.us/blog/153426 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 War, Peace, and Murray Rothbard Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153425 http://hnn.us/blog/153425 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Again, the Isolationist Smear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153424 http://hnn.us/blog/153424 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 The Constitutional Havoc of the Income Tax Amendment offered an interpretation of the motives and political economy behind the adoption of the 16th Amendment, noting at the time that it also caused extreme constitutional havoc by altering the relationship between the tariff system and the generation of federal tax revenue. While it is certainly possible to read this as a statement of political aversion to the modern income tax system, my characterization was actually an intended reference to certain very specific constitutional consequences of the income tax amendment that actually have little to do with any personal preferences regarding the validity of progressive income taxation.]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153423 http://hnn.us/blog/153423 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Tabarrok on "Bernanke vs. Friedman" flattering post at Marginal Revolution about my 2011 article,  “Ben Bernanke versus Milton Friedman: The Federal Reserve’s Emergence as the U.S. Economy’s Central Planner." It seems that the President of the Richmond Fed has independently just made a similar argument. (Update: broken link fixed.)]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153422 http://hnn.us/blog/153422 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Israel and Due Process Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153420 http://hnn.us/blog/153420 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Burgeoning Regulations Threaten Our Humanity Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:31:48 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153417 http://hnn.us/blog/153417 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0