Liberty and Power Liberty and Power blog brought to you by History News Network. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +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 Matthews Demagogues Climate Change ... Again discussion of the latest report on climate change with a climate scientist who believes that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) is happening (Michael Mann) and ... a Republican consultant (who kept saying, "I'm not a scientist."). Matthews's mission is to make sure his viewers never have to encounter a credentialed climate scientist with evidence against CAGW -- there are such -- so he can maintain the pretense that anyone who denies CAGW must be an anti-science religious fanatic.
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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153143 http://hnn.us/blog/153143 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
It is Never Your Decision I read an article once that argued there were two types of people in the world those who were oriented towards the future while others gave the past more importance. I put myself firmly in the latter category. I find historical fiction much more interesting than science fiction because we can learn from the past but we can only speculate about the future. That is why I am a devoted follower of the television program “Mad Men” you may legitimately argue with their interpretation of the history of advertising. However, one thing you absolutely cannot fault the show for is not putting their story in historical context. Many of the last season’s shows contained a real sales pitch for Johnny Walker Scotch featuring the exceedingly beautiful cast member actress Christina Hendricks walking slowly towards the camera in a very attractive black dress. While doing so she makes her case for the superiority Johnny Walker then she stops looks squarely at the audience says “and you ordered it.”

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153089 http://hnn.us/blog/153089 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
To Rule the Earth I make a cameo appearance in George Smith’s latest post on the Herbert Spencer / Henry George debate. 

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153026 http://hnn.us/blog/153026 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
The Real Days of Infamy

Today is the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, one of President Harry Truman's acts of mass murder against Japan in August 1945. The anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing is Thursday. (It has lately come to my attention that the U.S. military bombed Tokyo on Aug. 14--after destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki and after Emperor Hirohito expressed his readiness to surrender.)
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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152890 http://hnn.us/blog/152890 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Bastiat and Subjective Marginal Utility Socrates, thinkers grasped the theory of subjective value in the praxeological sense, and we find a nearly complete subjectivist-marginalist framework 20 years before Menger took pen to paper — in the work of Frédéric Bastiat.In Bastiat’s unfinished magnum opus, Economic Harmonies (1850), he, like Menger, put the spotlight on the choosing individual and what she tries to accomplish through exchange. Trade, for Bastiat, is an exchange of services that will render useful things: I’ll do something for you (furnish a useful thing, for example) if you do something for me.]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152861 http://hnn.us/blog/152861 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 New Deal Witch Hunt My article just appeared at National Review:

Watergate
has become the default historical template for the Obama scandals, as charges about enemies lists, executive-agency politicization, and high-handed federal snooping dominate the discussion. But those hunting for historical analogies would do well to consider the even closer parallels between these events and occurrences during the New Deal and Fair Deal.

Franklin D. Roosevelt routinely audited the income taxes of such critics as Representative Hamilton Fish, a Republican who represented the president’s hometown of Hyde Park, N.Y. Democrats of that era not only found creative ways to intimidate conservative and libertarian organizations, but also, like their modern counterparts, eventually attracted charges of witch-hunting.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/354706/new-deal-witch-hunt-david-t-beito

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152822 http://hnn.us/blog/152822 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
What an Honest Conversation about Race Would Look Like Ever since George Zimmerman’s fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin hit the national headlines last year, calls for an “honest conversation about race” have been heard throughout America. (Up until then, apparently, we’ve had only conversations about having a conversation about race.) However, one need not believe that the Zimmerman shooting and verdict were about race — I watched the trial and I don’t — to think that an honest conversation about race is indeed long overdue.

First on the agenda should be the many ways that government policies — either by intent or by palpable effect — embody racism. Let’s call them vehicles for official racism. I have in mind things like the war on certain drug manufacturers, merchants, and consumers; the crusade against “illegal” guns; the minimum wage and related laws; and the government’s schools. All of these by far take their greatest toll on people of color.

Private racism, whether violent or nonviolent, is evil and abhorrent; it is also unlibertarian — yes, even nonviolent racism is unlibertarian, as I point out in “Libertarianism = Anti-Racism.” There I wrote,

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152694 http://hnn.us/blog/152694 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
French Liberalism Meets Boston Anarchism

… which is actually a pretty good description of my politics.

Anyway: In 1888, the Journal des Économistes – the chief periodical of classical liberalism in France, at that time under the editorship of Gustave de Molinari himself – published an article about individualist anarchism in America, with particular focus on the writers associated with Benjamin Tucker’s periodical Liberty. The author was Sophie Raffalovich, about whom more below. Benjamin Tucker replied in the pages of Liberty a few months later. The Journal des Économistes would return to the subject of Tucker and Liberty in 1902, in a piece by Paul Ghio.

I’ve now translated and posted the pieces by Raffalovich (“The Boston Anarchists”) and Ghio (“An American Anarchist”); I’ve also posted Tucker’s reply to Raffalovich (“A French View of Boston Anarchists”).

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152633 http://hnn.us/blog/152633 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Rand Paul, Jack Hunter, and All That I cringe every time libertarianism is associated with the Confederate States of America. Read Jeff Hummel's Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men to see why you should too.  

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152626 http://hnn.us/blog/152626 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Welcome to the Desert of Huckabee  

Mike Huckabee projects such an aura of cuddly friendliness, and in reality he is such a vile, bloodthirsty creep.

Just saw him favourably quoting these words from MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail:

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.” Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.

]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152554 http://hnn.us/blog/152554 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Why Fight for King and Country? There is something monstrously out of whack about going to war for a large nation state.

I can understand why a man might take up arms in defense of himself, his family, his friends, perhaps even his neighborhood or his town. But once we get past the lived-in milieu, a man’s risking his life, limbs, health, and mental composure to fight for a large politically defined unit makes less and less sense, the larger the unit. Why, for example, should a man from Arizona go to war on behalf of people from New Jersey, people with whom he is not acquainted, people about whom he knows little or nothing. The man from Arizona might well have more in common with and greater concern for a typical “enemy” soldier than he has for the people of New Jersey. He might even dislike people from New Jersey and like the enemy people.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152465 http://hnn.us/blog/152465 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Dry Humor  

Although she did not drink martinis, she graciously prepared a double for me every evening before dinner. I introduced her to Tanqueray gin and Noilly Pratt vermouth, the ingredients for a perfect martini. Sensitive husband that I was, I courteously congratulated her every day on a fine martini, cautiously suggesting that it might be a touch drier. Day after day, I congratulated her, suggesting that it might be a touch drier still. One day I sipped the martini and bathed her in kisses: “Betsey, you’re wonderful, it’s perfect.” She did not take well to my gushing. Betsey almost never raised her voice, but raise it she did: “I knew it! I knew it! Of course I’m wonderful! Of course it’s perfect! You’re drinking straight gin.”
(Eugene D. Genovese, about his wife Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, in Miss Betsey: A Memoir of Marriage)

(No, I haven’t read the whole book. If I want to read a radical socialist turned right-wing opportunist, I can always read Marx.)

 

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152453 http://hnn.us/blog/152453 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Climate Change Fear Mongering Those who would use the natural fact that earth’s climate has been continuously changing since it existed to increase the power of government to control and steal from ordinary people gave away their game in two ways.  First they started calling global warming climate change and that highlights the point that their theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming ignores the fact that the extreme instances of climate change occurred long before mankind was releasing any significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. For example when world temperatures changed around the year 1000 altering Greenland into a temperate agriculturally productive area, there were no gas guzzling SUVs or coal fired electricity generating plants.
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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152322 http://hnn.us/blog/152322 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Just Wondering Has the NSA spying ceased pending the debate?  

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152311 http://hnn.us/blog/152311 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies: A New Era Begins The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies begins a new era this year: a collaboration with Pennsylvania State University Press, which will manage all aspects of design, production, distribution, and subscription fulfillment, while leaving the Editorial Board in full charge of the intellectual side of this grand adventure. As I state in the "Editor's Introduction: Change and Continuity," which appears in the new July 2013 issue: "In embarking on this new arrangement, the journal unveils a new look, but retains its commitment to introducing new writers to the ever-expanding world of Rand studies." And what a new look it is!

Check out the Notablog entry here.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152246 http://hnn.us/blog/152246 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
AMERICA: THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD
[This article was originally published at The Dollar Vigilante which I urge you to browse at length. Click here.]

Two events recalled a passage from the Irish poet William Butler Yeats:

 

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152134 http://hnn.us/blog/152134 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Readings in Revisionist History I've been asked to post my list of readings in revisionist history separately so the link can be distributed. I haven't read all these books, but those I haven't gotten to yet come highly recommended by people I respect. I will add to the list from time to time.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152117 http://hnn.us/blog/152117 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Why Coolidge Matters  Over at PJ Media,  J.Christian Adams tells us why Calvin Coolidge is important
 

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/152099 http://hnn.us/blog/152099 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0
Op-ed: Bangladeshi Workers Need Freed Markets   "Pro-sweatshop" is not a libertarian position. See why here.  ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:24 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/151996 http://hnn.us/blog/151996 Liberty and Power Liberty and Power 0 Glenn Greenwald Tries to Educate Bill Maher on Blowback, Benghazi and Other Issues

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