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Archive for April, 2008
Antiwar Libertarians and Leftists at the Hawblog

I have joined the new blog of Historians Against the War. This blog is a rare opportunity to increase dialogue and debate between leftist and libertarian opponents of the war. Here is my first post. Please consider making your views heard in the comments section. Also, consider joining HAW. Membership is free. All you…
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Conservatives for Printing More Money

Simply remarkable. Courtesy of Karen DeCoster, comes this bold and unabashed endorsement of inflation as the cure for the mortgage crisis. It is penned by John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute. In case there is any doubt, here is who Makin supports in the election: The policy alternatives in the post-housing-bubble world are…
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The French War on Thinness

A bill making much progress in France threatens to outlaw the promotion of “extreme thinness.” Violators, including in the fashion industry, could face three years in prison. “The National Assembly approved the bill in a series of votes Tuesday, after the legislation won unanimous support from the ruling conservative UMP party.” Empowered conservatives are…
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Militarized State and Local Police

The recent raid of the fundamentalist Mormon home in Texas illustrates the incredible degree to which even local and state police forces have become militarized. In search of a sixteen-year-old female who had reportedly been abused by her 50-year-old husband, police agencies from six counties, the Texas Rangers and the wildlife authorities appeared ready…
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DHS’s Horrifying Deportation Policy

A dean-list student fears he might be deported back to Sudan and killed for being a Christian. His crime? He was kidnapped as a kid by terrorists, and thus got “training” from a terrorist group. Lino Nakwa’s story so far has been an inspiring American dream, but the Department of Homeland Security threatens to…
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Keynes versus Mises on gold as money

According to David Myddelton, Keynes wrote in his first book, Indian Currency and Finance, published in 1913: “A preference for a gold currency is no longer more than a relic of a time when governments were less trustworthy in these matters than they now are.” This arrogant and stupid statement might well serve as…
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And People Really Believe This?

Ted Turner thinks global warming is such a dire and immediate threat that “[w]e have to mobilize the same way we did when we entered World War II in 1941. We have to fully mobilize everything we have and put it into changing the energy system over, and not just here in the United…
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Comics Code Warriors

As someone who owns the first Silver Age issue that did not have a stamp from the Comics Code Authority, I am more than a little envious that I did think of this topic first. David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague chronicles Fredric Wertham’s crusade against comic books during the 1950s. For those who haven’t…
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Mississippi’s Pioneering Gun and Ammunition Control Law

Be it enacted,…That no freedman, free negro or mulatto, not in the military service of the United States government, and not licensed by the board of police of his or her county, shall keep or carry firm-arms of any kind, or any ammunition, dirk or bowie knife….and it shall be the duty of every…
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Mukasey’s Claim About the Afhgan Phonecall: Either a Fib, or Irrelevant

As a follow-up to my mention of “Mukasey’s recent admission that the intelligence community had some advance warning of terrorism before 9/11,” I must point readers to Glenn Greenwald’s new discussion of Mukasey’s claim, which he explains is either dishonest or at least irrelevant to the administration’s argument.

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