Liberty and Power

  • My Grandchildren Cannot Afford Fulbright Scholarships

    by Liberty and Power

    Anyone who wins a Fulbright-Hays scholarship probably has a head so filled with soul destroying progressive ideology that they have passed the point of ever being useful to America or anyone else. Also, when Paul Krugman has won an economics award and Barak Obama a peace accolade then defending the program by citing the number of Nobel Prize winners does not make much sense to me.

  • Washington Kills Fulbright

    by Liberty and Power

    On September 17, 2010 a notice was published in the Federal Register inviting applications for new awards under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program for FY 2011. The notice announced “an estimated $5,800,000 for awards under this competition. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final Congressional action.

  • Chocolate Milk Banned in Minneapolis Schools

    by Liberty and Power

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Chocolate milk might be the most popular choice for school lunch -- not to mention milk bubbles and milk mustaches. But soon it will be no choice at all in Minneapolis public schools.

    Virtually everyone I meet (yes even in "progressive" Minneapolis) grumbles when they hear something like this but that doesn't stop the nanny staters.  They win (almost) every time in the end.

  • News Round Up

    by Liberty and Power

    From CNN (May 13): U.S. interviews 'hostile' bin Laden widows, with Pakistan officials. (Note: this has to be the stupidest headline ever. Of course they are hostile to Americans who shot their husband and other friends/family members behind their own eyes.

  • An Open Letter to President Obama (Bring Home the Troops)

    by Liberty and Power

    Kevin Zeese, the leading proponent on the left of a left-right-libertarian antiwar coalition, is soliciting signers for this excellent letter.  If you want to add your name, as I did, send an email to Zeese at kbzeese@gmail.com


    Dear President Obama:

     The wars in which the United States is currently engaged--in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Libya--are undermining U.S.

  • Anarcho-Islamic Fundamentalism?

    by Liberty and Power

    According to Wikipedia, this was apparently the long-term goal of Sayyid Qutb, the founder of the most rabid and violent variant of Islamic Sunni fundamentalism:

    "'Rather than support rule by a pious few, (whether a dictator(s) or democratically elected[42]), Muslims should resist any system where men are in "servitude to other men" — i.e. obey other men — as un-Islamic and a violation of God's sovereignty (Hakamiyya) over all of creation.

  • Thoughts on the controversy concerning spontaneous order, FSU, and the Charles Koch Foundation

    by Liberty and Power


    I have posted this analysis over at Studies in Emergent Order as well.

    There is an interesting controversy heating up over Florida State University’s deal with the Charles Koch Foundation to provide additional economics positions but only with the foundation's approval, in order to get access to additional funding at a time when Florida is substantially reducing economic aid to higher education.  The foundation is not simply making a grant, it is demanding, and receiving, permission to exercise on going veto power over hires made with the grant.  I find myself sympathetic to both sides of this controversy - and also critical of both sides. (Two links I found useful into different aspects of the issue are here and here over at the "Reality Based Community.") But what follows is my take on the issue.

  • The Drug War's Ravages in Guatemala

    by Liberty and Power

    Yesterday, after I had participated in the commencement exercises at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, in Guatemala City, I was interviewed by a reporter for Prensa Libre, an important newspaper in this city.

  • Here, the State is Nowhere to be Seen

    by Liberty and Power

    by Wendy McElroy, originally published on the Mises site

    As the crazed election season approaches and straw hats are dusted off, it is prudent to remember what the 19th-century American anarchist Henry David Thoreau called "the business of living."

    Although most libertarians know Thoreau through his short essay "Civil Disobedience" (1849) or, perhaps, through his short book Walden, Or Life in the

  • Killing a Man Does Not Testify to National Greatness

    by Liberty and Power

    Among the many objectionable aspects of President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, one in particular sticks in my craw. He said that “today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.”

    First, I dislike the whole idea of “the greatness of our country.” Countries cannot be great. They are abstractions and, as such, they are incapable of acting for good or for evil.

  • An Open Letter to Representative Chris Van Hollen

    by Liberty and Power

    Osama Bin Laden is dead but he can still prevail in his struggle against the American people. His goal all along has been to bankrupt the United States and he came closer to his objective then any American, especially a congressman, should be comfortable with and he could still succeed. Members of the House of Representatives who vote to raise the debt ceiling will be serving Osama Bin Laden’s purpose.

  • Truth and Freedom in Economic Analysis and Economic Policy Making

    by Liberty and Power

    For thousands of years, philosophers have told us that if we are to live our lives at their best, we should seek truth, beauty, and goodness. Of course, each of these qualities has raised thorny issues and provoked ongoing arguments. That people have carried on such arguments, rather than surrendering themselves to their raw appetites and animal instincts, may be counted a valuable thing in itself. A final resolution of such deep questions may lie beyond human capacities.

    In regard to goodness and beauty, I have nothing worthwhile to add to the discussion.

  • The Tuscaloosa Disaster

    by Liberty and Power

    I have been moved by how many people have written to express concern.  We are safe and family and friends (thus far) are safe and accounted for.  Allthough Northport (where we live) was in the original path, it was by-passed entirely at the last minute.  The Univeristy of Alabama campus was also spared though much nearby student housing was deciminated.   Parts of 15th Street (a main drag through town) and the Tuscloosa community of Alberta look like post-war Tokyo or Berlin.   At the same time, it is inspiring to see the outpouring of volunteers and donat