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Archive for April, 2009
Obama Lied, People Died

One of the few key factors that differentiated Obama from McCain (and, for that matter, from Hillary Clinton), was his position on Iraq. Prior to becoming a Senator, he opposed the Iraq war at a crucial moment — before the bombs began falling. He had a mixed record at best on war voting as…
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Obama Wants Your Guns

And although the political dynamic might make it somewhat hard to ratchet up gun control through legislation, Chuck Baldwin warns about a possible threat to gun rights through international treaty. The best thing he could do for Latin America, of course, is to stop meddling and end the drug war. But Obama is the…
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Most Liberal U.S. Appeals Court Incorporates 2nd Amendment

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has incorporated the 2nd Amendment via the Fourteenth, meaning that now, for the first time, federal and state law might be restricted by the federal Bill of Rights as it concerns the right to bear arms. This is a landmark decision, the most important gun rights case since…
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Diversity of Opinion at the University of Missouri

Who says the modern US university doesn’t reflect the full diversity of American social, cultural, and political opinion? Sure, most of the faculty at my university are Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging, Prius-driving, union-loving, New-York-Review-of-Books reading ACLU supporters, but they also like to hear from the other side: Chairperson of U.S. Communist Party to Speak on Campus…
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Obama’s New “New Deal”: Planned Economy or Planned Destruction?

With Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress pushing their corporatist, new “New Deal”, could the following editorial cartoon once again be timely? Entitled “Planned Economy or Planned Destruction?” the cartoon first appeared during the Great Depression in the Chicago Tribune on April 21, 1934, and features New Deal economist Rexford G. Tugwell (Head, Resettlement…
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Video of Dr. T.R.M. Howard (Civil Rights/Self Help Champion)

This is a film clip of T.R.M. Howard from December 1955 in which he describes his strategy to fight the credit squeeze by the racist Mississippi white Citizens Councils against civil rights activists. Howard is the subject of my book, Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power. He was a…
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Bummer Day for California Women Politicos

The U.S. Senate has been termed “The Most Exclusive Club,” and with good reason: the power and benefits are enormous. Today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is again in a spotlight for the benefits that have accrued to her husband from her access to such power: On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen….
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Supreme Court Limits Car Searches

The Court has ruled in favor a higher standard for cops to meet before they can search the cars of stopped and arrested motorists. In an interesting example of the breakdown of the left/right spectrum, Stevens’s decision was joined by Souter, Ginsburg, Scalia and Thomas. Roberts, Alito, Kennedy and Breyer dissented.

Now Playing: The Independent Review in State of Play

In State of Play, the new murder-mystery-thriller film set in the midst of the corruption of Washington politics, invasive war making, defense-contract cronyism, and the decline of print newspaper journalism, the Independent Institute’s quarterly journal, The Independent Review, is featured in numerous scenes. Based on the BBC’s hit 6-part miniseries, this Universal film stars…
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Economic Calculation in the Environmentalist Commonwealth

Just in time for Earth Day, here’s “Economic Calculation in the Environmentalist Commonwealth,” under review at the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.  The abstract: Do environmental initiatives like carbon accounting provide a viable alternative to monetary calculation based on profit and loss?  Economic insights about calculation and imputation suggest that they do not provide…
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