Tuesday, September 08, 2009

From LRC
  • Right all along. Ron Paul in 1998.
  • Killing America’s kids. The war machine and its wars of conquest.
  • On that note, why the state got rid of the draft. It wasn’t because it got out of the empire business including wars on the offensive. It was because too many men learnt what the military and war too often are really about.
  • China rightly alarmed by American ‘money-printing’. Blame Nixon: he took away the dollar’s last real backing (and he was supposedly a conservative!). I understand today like many things most of it is really done with computers and not b y literally printing more notes. “He who goes borrowing, goes sorrowing,” said Mr Cheng. It was a quote from US founding father Benjamin Franklin. “The US spends tomorrow’s money today,” he said. “We Chinese spend today’s money tomorrow.”
  • The unintended consequence of the laws prohibiting discriminatory pay is that they, like minimum-wage laws, will harm the people that they are intended to help. The Ledbetter Act is aimed at equality. But individuals are not equal. Far from encouraging discrimination, the free market leads to social harmony as people view each other not as members of disparate groups with hostile intentions, but instead as individuals providing products and services that improve one another’s lives.
  • Welfare cures they don’t want you to know about. BTW what’s evil about ‘Idol’ is the show’s producers set up ‘the first two weeks of singing rejects’ for public humiliation. By the time you see them they’ve passed a few preliminary auditions where they were told they were good enough.
  • Flag mania. As I’ve observed before, a marked ‘pond difference’. Only Ulster Protestants display the Union Jack everywhere.

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