Friday, February 18, 2011

From RR
  • Government should not give money to private businesses, period. Businesses should compete in the marketplace, not Washington. There is a lot of money to be made by selling people things they want. Companies that do a good job of that deserve every cent they earn.
  • Over the last two years, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has injected over half a trillion dollars into the US economy in hopes of spurring recovery and creating jobs. The results have been deeply disappointing.
  • Rebutting Per Bylund’s anti-minarchist post or my minarchism doesn’t put me in the Independence Hall Tea Party as a shill for the mainstream Republicans in office.
  • Dennis Kucinich’s Prayer for America.
  • The English Defence League and the lefty reaction. Rather like the British version of Morris Dees and superiority to the Wrong Kind of Whites. Right, Islam’s wrong. What’s the Catholic answer that keeps individual liberty? Not immigration laws that keep out the nice Pakistanis a friend who visited Pakistan knew. Unlike Jeff Culbreath and WWWW, not a disinviting of Islam that targets every member of the religion. Rather, enforce the no-harm principle for all. If Islam in its pure form can’t live by that, then it disinvites itself. If in its pure form it can, then there’s no problem with them policing themselves with sharia, not the state. One honour-killing and out you go, Akhmed, but golden-rule-following Hassan can stay without a forced conversion. Fair?
  • Gandhi in East Boston. The obscure American thinker behind the Egyptian revolution.
  • Thomas Woods: The alleged “lessons of history” that the traditional version of American history would have us absorb are not particularly subtle: Government is the mighty engine of progress to which we owe the great strides in “social justice” and living standards we have made.
  • It’s time to practice Jeffersonian libertarianism at home and abroad.
  • There’s a curious line in the summary of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2012 Department of Education budget. “Now more than ever,” it reads, “we cannot waste taxpayer dollars on programs that do not work.” It’s curious because no federal education programs appear to work, yet the Obama administration is proposing to increase Education Department spending from $64 billion to $77 billion. It’s a bankrupting contradiction, but don’t get angry at Obama: We only have ourselves to blame.

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