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We Picked The Wrong Roman Dictator
RealClearMarkets ^ | 02/13/2010 | Bill Flax

Posted on 06/14/2011 2:22:06 AM PDT by billflax

America has lost its way. My hometown was named for the Society of the Cincinnati. In ancient Rome, citizen-general Cincinnatus put down his plow to save his nation. When the battle was won, he declined a crown and returned to his farm. His self-restraint in the face of overwhelming temptation bequeathed to Rome several centuries of limited, republican government.

George Washington exhibited similar virtue after our independence. He too could have been king, but his self-denial enabled the rule of law to triumph over the rule of men. Our revolution was largely fought to settle the timeless question of whether government is answerable to the law protecting the rights of its constituents - or - are the people subject to government with a malleable Constitution bending to political pleasure.

America once enjoyed a constitutional republic where property rights were sacrosanct, contracts were conscientiously enforced and markets prevailed. Secure property rights channeled our energies into productive enterprise via the profit motive. An impartial application of the law encouraged market development which enhanced specialization and America's hallmark: an innovative spirit propelling higher living standards for all.

Freedom and prosperity are inexorably linked. Government constrained by law and limited by checks and balances, between both branches and levels of government, birthed an economic juggernaut. Yet, another Roman general has indirectly put a more pronounced stamp on our economy.

Fabius . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearmarkets.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; History; The Guild
KEYWORDS: bush; fabians; keynes; obama
Somewhat dated, but still relevant.
1 posted on 06/14/2011 2:22:15 AM PDT by billflax
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To: billflax

And still excerpting your own work, eh?


2 posted on 06/14/2011 2:40:24 AM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: billflax
Thanks for the posting. Good article.

(Oxford area native here...old enough to have many fond memories of Crosley Field)
3 posted on 06/14/2011 2:47:19 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Tainan

Miami grad. Thanks for reading.


4 posted on 06/14/2011 3:02:13 AM PDT by billflax
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To: billflax

Thanks, Bill. Cogent and relevant-much better than your average MSM opinion piece. I got all the good info on Keynes and Shaw without having to listen to Glenn Beck.


5 posted on 06/14/2011 3:09:58 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: billflax

Bamalamadingdong would have taken the crown.

Problem is we would have lost the war under his leadership, so it wouldn’t have been offered.


6 posted on 06/14/2011 3:35:01 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: CalvaryJohn
I got all the good info on Keynes and Shaw without having to listen to Glenn Beck.

LOL. I love Beck but sometimes especially when he goes off on the religious stuff for too long I need to take a break from him.

7 posted on 06/14/2011 3:46:27 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb

My favorite Mormon is taking a permanent vacation from Fox News and moving to Texas.

He should quote Davy Crockett for the last thing he says on his last show.


8 posted on 06/14/2011 3:57:36 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe ( "Failure to speak out against evil is evil itself" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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To: shibumi
And still excerpting your own work, eh?

Gotta bump that hit count

9 posted on 06/14/2011 4:24:57 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: MikeSteelBe

What was it Davy said? You can all go to he**, I’m going to Texas?


10 posted on 06/14/2011 4:26:09 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: billflax
Thanks for reading.

I'd like to read it too.

How about posting the rest of it?

11 posted on 06/14/2011 4:32:11 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: billflax
Same here - BS in '74, MS in '87...Poly Sci...LOL

Boars Head and water tower days.
12 posted on 06/14/2011 5:39:31 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: billflax

Ooh! Good one!


13 posted on 06/14/2011 6:02:35 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: humblegunner

“I’d like to read it too.”

So read it. The means is at your disposal. Or don’t read it. Why do you suppose anyone else cares?

Fear not those of you who would begrudge an author being paid for his efforts – I profit nothing. I defend capitalism for free. Neither RealClearMarkets nor Forbes pays me per hit or via any other measure.

I write for the same reason I enlisted on my 18th birthday and left for boot-camp the weekend of HS graduation. Because freedom is worth defending and the message is worth spreading.

But watch out you vigilant profit preventers – another RCM article is posted today defending the free market. “There’s No Iniquity In Income Inequality.”

You’re free to click or not click. It is your choice. My only gain is the bemusement of watching some of your reactions.

And that profit has already been gained.


14 posted on 06/15/2011 3:41:00 AM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax
So read it.

So post it.

I defend capitalism for free.

Then why excerpt? Why not post the full content?

another RCM article is posted today defending the free market

Yes, I've seen it. It too is needlessly excerpted.

You are a common blogpimp.

15 posted on 06/15/2011 4:01:29 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: billflax; humblegunner
"Fear not those of you who would begrudge an author being paid for his efforts – I profit nothing."

If you have no incentive for profit, then why direct traffic away from this forum in the first place?

I'm all in favor of you making all you can off your work. I think it would be a great incentive for you to do much better work.

However, I question the wisdom (not to mention good taste) of pimping your work in a community of which you have been a member for less than two weeks. FReepers pay, through their donations, to keep this site free of ads, cookies, trackers and the journey through redirect hell.

While we champion Capitalism, we are first and foremost, a community of like-minded individuals who contribute both our money and our efforts to advance Constitutional Conservatism while keeping this site a island of safety in the danger and nuisance filled internet.

"You’re free to click or not click. It is your choice. My only gain is the bemusement of watching some of your reactions."

You think it's funny that we're protective of our forum and it's content? I think it's funny watching blogpimps get hoisted on their own petard.

Lest you meet the fate of so many others, here's a little guide to local customs.

Followed by a word from the guy who runs the joint.
16 posted on 06/15/2011 8:24:46 AM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: shibumi
O mercy - I entreat thee, not the petard.

Thanks for the advice on how “to do much better work.” I didn't know you'd even read it.

Please explain though how I'm “directing” traffic anywhere? All I've done is extend you an offer. A choice you and others can take or leave at your discretion.

As for local customs, before my first post, I visited this site many times for years. It's an excellent site. What you find is many threads contain an excerpt and link.

Then when you post a thread it very obviously welcomes excerpting and linking. Why do links back to Forbes or RealClearMarkets bother you so much?

For the first ten or so threads (sorry didn't count) when submitting it indicated that the thread was pending moderator approval. That the moderators posted every thread without issue is a pretty good indicator they are OK with my posts.

Maybe I'm misinterpreting things.

If a moderator tells me not to post or to do so in a different manner, I will gladly follow their instructions. Otherwise, given how well the editor of Forbes/RCM has treated me, I'm going to continue as I've been out of loyalty.

If you look at the featured op-eds on Friday, my resume is easily the least impressive. Yet they post me right next to the kind of economists that I referenced in my book. It's mind-boggling.

The least I can do is support their site. And since everything I've ever written defends the vision of the founders, i.e. Constitutional Conservatism as you stated, by expanding the options available I'm also supporting Free Republic.

For those interested, it's a win/win. For those such as yourself uninterested - you sure show a great deal of interest. God bless you and keep fighting the good fight.

17 posted on 06/15/2011 8:55:02 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax
"As for local customs, before my first post, I visited this site many times for years. It's an excellent site. What you find is many threads contain an excerpt and link."

What you obviously missed is why those excerpts and links are there. The excerpt feature is there to permit the inclusion of articles from hostile sources, who have threatened FR with legal action if their full content was used.

"Then when you post a thread it very obviously welcomes excerpting and linking."

No, it does not. It provides the means and tolerates it out of necessity.

"Maybe I'm misinterpreting things. If a moderator tells me not to post or to do so in a different manner, I will gladly follow their instructions."

Did you read the posts I linked in #16?
18 posted on 06/15/2011 9:15:56 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: shibumi

I did read the links. Thank you for sending.

But, you act as if my intent some devious desire to wreck Free Republic. No, I post here because it’s a wonderful site. My aim is to spread a message amongst an audience that may enjoy it. To boost Free Republic to the little extent within my very finite capacities and to support my editor at Forbes.

Nor is Forbes some wordpress blog unworthy of Free Republic standards. It’s one of the most reputable names in the industry. Whether you think my work worthy of Forbes is irrelevant. I’d be the first to admit I’m more lucky than good. It’s surreal. But acting as if Forbes is some fly by night operation is absurd

That Forbes went to a blog format was a business decision made far above me. I’m not even paid. As a consumer, I’m sure they value your opinion. If you want to give them publishing advice, well, methinks Mr. Forbes knows more on that score than anyone here - me included.

God bless you!

Bill


19 posted on 06/16/2011 4:16:08 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax
If you read the links, then you couldn't have missed this key line -

"I have no complaint if a good conservative blogger posts his own material to FR, not as an excerpt to drive hits and discussion back to his blog, but rather to impart useful information to OUR readers and to promote and join in on the discussion and conservative activism HERE on FR."

- Jim Robinson

I trust that's clear enough for you?
20 posted on 06/16/2011 4:21:02 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: shibumi

Again, I’m not driving traffic back to “my blog.” I’m inviting traffic to one of the most prestigious publishers in the world.

If Mr. Robinson doesn’t want my posts then I will gladly forgo posting here. If the moderators didn’t want them posted - they wouldn’t have posted them.

That Shibumi doesn’t want me here - well, no offense, but that is way, way down my list of concerns. And frankly, all this was entertaining at first, but now has become a distraction and a bore.


21 posted on 06/16/2011 4:33:54 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax
"That Shibumi doesn’t want me here - well, no offense, but that is way, way down my list of concerns. And frankly, all this was entertaining at first, but now has become a distraction and a bore. "

Let me distract you just once more with a "boring" question.

How does asking that you post more of your work on this forum lead you to the conclusion that I don't want you here?

Your logic escapes me. Completely.
22 posted on 06/16/2011 4:44:23 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: shibumi

Aha touche.

And all this time I’ve been misreading you. It’s actually that you want me here too much.

BTW - all this blog stuff is foreign to me. How do put the other guy’s quote in italics?

And which article do you want posted in full? Pick one of the “favorites” from the other thread and I will do so.


23 posted on 06/16/2011 6:28:36 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax; shibumi
BTW - all this blog stuff is foreign to me. How do put the other guy’s quote in italics?

I'll say what I said the last time someone said something eerily similar: you could always copy your own source code.

24 posted on 06/16/2011 6:32:29 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

What’s a source code?


25 posted on 06/16/2011 6:40:58 PM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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To: billflax

Oooh, stop it with the deja vu, lol.


26 posted on 06/16/2011 6:43:24 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: billflax; humblegunner

It’s basic HTML.

Here’s the rub. If you do not use any HTML tags, the FR posting software puts them in for you. But if it detects as much as a single tag, then you must manually code the whole post.

I am purposely going to avoid any use of tags in this post, and the links which I’m going to give you (which show you basic HTML) will appear “hot” (clickable) without me doing anything.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2650195/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/html/index?tab=articles

Now, if I had used any HTML code, such as quoting you in italics, or emphasized with bold face, then I would have had to code those links with HTML. This is why you will sometimes see FReepers use *emphasis* marks to highlight a ~portion~ of their text. They don’t want to go to the trouble of coding the whole post, so they use a device like *, ~, #, + instead.

>>>”And which article do you want posted in full? Pick one of the “favorites” from the other thread and I will do so.”<<< - that’s an example of how someone might denote a quote without tags. - and the answer to that question is simple -

~ALL~ of them, ~All~ the time. (You will note that when posted in full, as you did earlier today, the tone of the responses you got from myself and ‘Gunner was quite different.)


27 posted on 06/16/2011 7:56:03 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: billflax

I almost forgot. Source code.

Take a web page - any page - like this one.

Place your cursor over nothing in particular, over some white space, and right click.

One of the last two choices in the little box that appears when you do this says something like “View page source.”

Select that and the source code for the page, complete with all the HTML will appear.

Have fun.

BTW, I wasn’t kidding about posting everything. I’m going to take you at your word that your motives are pure, but that publisher with the vaunted reputation you keep harping about has 17 cookies and 15 separate spyware devices that are planted on each computer that clicks on the links you post.

FReepers deserve better than to have that crap surreptitiously deposited on their systems, just because they trusted the folks who post here on FreeRepublic.


28 posted on 06/16/2011 8:13:53 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: shibumi
"FReepers deserve better than to have that crap surreptitiously deposited on their systems, just because they trusted the folks who post here on FreeRepublic."

I have often wondered if I click on a link here, at FR, what is to say - "it is safe"?

I think if anyone posts something here that causes an 'intrusion' or virus to those members who click it - THEY SHOULD BE BANNED and their internet number never be allowed to post here again. (Just MHO)

29 posted on 06/16/2011 8:20:59 PM PDT by yorkie (It is *WE THE PEOPLE*!. . . . . . . . .NOT *me the president*!)
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To: yorkie

Salamander has been our “canary in the coal mine” on this one. She has both Abine and Ghostery detection software on her system.

Even with that, a couple of times a week, she’s got to do a thorough clean out of the bugs.

If you worry about this kind of stuff, then the “Bloggers” section is definitely NOT the place to be. Case in point. Who would suspect an outfit like Forbes would stick you with 15 trackers from just trying to read an article?


30 posted on 06/16/2011 8:42:28 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: yorkie

I’ve been cleaning my cache two to three times a day and I’ve ~STILL~ got alarms going off.


31 posted on 06/16/2011 8:44:07 PM PDT by shibumi (Ego Nunquam Ubi Sub Ubi!)
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To: shibumi

Will plop the biblical refutation of secular welfare up today. Will start there since it has the gospel in it and that must come first.

Now just wait until some other diehards try to run me off the page for posting the same article twice or some other infraction.

And you must understand, the week a new article is posted on Forbes it will be an excerpt and link. Otherwise, you are asking me to compete against my publisher which I’m not going to do. If people don’t like it - don’t click.

But an article will be posted in full momentarily.


32 posted on 06/17/2011 4:25:27 AM PDT by billflax (Fighting the good fight.)
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