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  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 6:25:46 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 07/27/01 | Lawrence W. Reed
    The following article appeared in the December 2000 issue of Ideas on Liberty, a monthly journal published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. Mr. Reed is serves on FEE's board of trustees. Dear Statist Friends: I know, I know. You're already objecting to my letter. You don't like the label, "statist." You don't think of yourselves as worshipping government; rather, you think of yourselves as simply wanting to help people, with government being your most-often preferred means to achieve what is usually a very worthy end. "Statist," you say, is a loaded term—a pejorative that suggests...
  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/14/2006 5:50:59 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 5 replies · 274+ views
    Latest News --EPIC Urges Scrutiny of Proposed Federal Profiling Agency. In a letter (pdf) to a House subcommittee, EPIC urged careful scrutiny of the Department of Homeland Security's proposed Office of Screening Coordination and Operations. This office would oversee vast databases of digital fingerprints and photographs, eye scans and personal information from millions of American citizens and lawful foreign visitors. Homeland Security has announced that the office's operations would be conducted in a manner that safeguards civil liberties, but the agency has not yet explained how it proposes to protect privacy rights or ensure accountability. For more information, visit EPIC's...

    05/13/2006 5:55:44 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 36 replies · 1,172+ views
    1. What Is the Basic Issue in the World Today? The basic issue in the world today is between two principles: Individualism and Collectivism. Individualism holds that man has inalienable rights which cannot be taken away from him by any other man, nor by any number, group or collective of other men. Therefore, each man exists by his own right and for his own sake, not for the sake of the group. Collectivism holds that man has no rights; that his work, his body and his personality belong to the group; that the group can do with him as it...
  • “The White Man’s Burden”: Kipling’s Hymn to U.S. Imperialism

    02/05/2005 5:37:04 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 181 replies · 4,284+ views
    George Mason University ^ | 02/01/1899 | Rudyard Kipling
    In February 1899, British novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem entitled “The White Man’s Burden: The United States and The Philippine Islands.” In this poem, Kipling urged the U.S. to take up the “burden” of empire, as had Britain and other European nations. Published in the February, 1899 issue of McClure’s Magazine, the poem coincided with the beginning of the Philippine-American War and U.S. Senate ratification of the treaty that placed Puerto Rico, Guam, Cuba, and the Philippines under American control. Theodore Roosevelt, soon to become vice-president and then president, copied the poem and sent it to his...
  • Do You Own Yourself?

    01/13/2005 6:12:08 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 88 replies · 1,413+ views
    The Lawful Path ^ | 02/25/02 | Butler Shaffer
    One of my favorite quotations comes from Thomas Pynchon: "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don´t have to worry about answers." Our world is in the mess it is in today because most of us have internalized the fine art of asking the wrong questions. Contrary to the thinking that would have us believe that the conflict, violence, tyranny, and destructiveness that permeates modern society is the result of "bad" or "hateful" people, disparities in wealth, or lack of education, all of our social problems are the direct consequence of a general failure to respect the...
  • Doesn't Life Require Compromise?

    01/09/2005 6:10:27 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 53 replies · 731+ views ^ | n/a | Liz Michael
    "A compromise is an adjustment of conflicting claims by mutual concessions. This means that both parties to a compromise have some valid claim and some value to offer each other. And this means that both parties agree upon some fundamental principle which serves as a base for their deal. It is only in regard to concretes or particulars, implementing a mutually accepted basic principle, that one may compromise... There can be no compromise between a property owner and a burglar; offering the burglar a single teaspoon of one's silverware would not be a compromise, but a total surrender - the...

    12/29/2004 7:38:25 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 12 replies · 584+ views ^ | July 1, 1962 | Albert J. Nock
    One evening last autumn, I sat long hours with a European acquaintance while he expounded a politico-economic doctrine which seemed sound as a nut and in which I could find no defect. At the end, he said with great earnestness: "I have a mission to the masses. I feel that I am called to get the ear of the people. I shall devote the rest of my life to spreading my doctrine far and wide among the populace. What do you think? An embarrassing question in any case, and doubly so under the circumstances, because my acquaintance is a very...
  • Not Yours To Give Away

    12/29/2004 5:51:19 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 29 replies · 509+ views ^ | Edward S. Ellis
    This is chapter 12 of a book titled The Freedom Philosophy published in 1988 by The Foundation for Economic Education. This story by and about Davy Crockett is taken from The Life of Colonel David Crockett, complied by Edward S. Ellis (Philadelphia; Porter & Coates, 1884). Holders of political office are but reflections of the dominant leadership-good or bad-among the electorate. Horatio Bunce is a striking example of responsible citizenship. Were his kind to multiply we would see many new faces in public offices, or, as in the case of Davy Crockett, a new Crockett. One day in the House...
  • The One-Minute Patriot

    12/25/2004 2:31:16 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 7 replies · 432+ views
    The New American ^ | September 22, 2003 | John White
    Without public recognition that God is the transcendental basis of our government, our social order, and our moral character as a people, this nation will not stand. John White, author-editor of 15 books, lives in Cheshire, Connecticut. This essay is adapted from his forthcoming book The Pledge of Allegiance & the Star-spangled Banner. The American patriot understands and upholds these fundamentals of our nation: 1. The fountainhead of American government and society — the most fundamental idea of all — is this: God is the mighty author of our being and the moral authority for our laws. Our Founders declared...
  • The New Fascism

    12/24/2004 6:57:25 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 85 replies · 1,795+ views ^ | 5/16/2002 | Richard Rahn
    Chances are we will be less free in the coming years because of a rising statist authoritarianism primarily emanating from Europe. The increasing assault on financial privacy is an example of this new threat to individual liberties. Financial privacy, a fundamental liberty necessary for individuals to protect themselves from corrupt or despotic governments, kidnappers and other assorted criminals, is increasingly attacked by the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations and even elements of the U.S. government. Proposals from these organizations would limit or eliminate all financial privacy. One of the most odious of these...
  • H.L. Mencken on Liberty and Government

    12/23/2004 4:23:09 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | August 19, 2002 | Gary Galles
    Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken was perhaps America's most outspoken defender of liberty in the first half of the 20th Century. And a major theme of his writings was that "Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." It is worth remembering some of the reasons he gave for that shame, since, by the same standards, the government is even more shameful today than when Mencken wrote. The basis justifying shame in our government lies in the appropriate role of government: "The ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone-one...
  • Globalism, Neo-Tribalism And False Reality

    12/18/2004 7:34:52 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 101 replies · 1,169+ views ^ | 07/07/99 | Graham L. Strachan
    Brock Chisolm, former Director of the (United Nations) World Health Organization, is quoted as saying, "To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas." [GWB quote of the day, 7/7/1999]. Remove from the minds of men? Doesn't that sound like mental conditioning? How does that square with the Alexander Downer/Tim Fischer version of globalism as freer markets? It doesn't, does it? Some years ago another hero of the globalist-Left, B.F.Skinner, in his book Beyond Freedom and Dignity, mounted a concerted attack on what he...
  • Groupthink and You

    12/18/2004 6:12:31 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 31 replies · 883+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | 08/29/01 | Karen De Coster and Brad Edmonds
    You see it in daycare centers, and you see it in the public schools, from kindergarten to high school. Group projects abound, shoving together individuals who have no formal bonds, yet are banded together for the purpose of collective decision-making. Universities, both public and private, are not immune to this affliction. In fact, if you attend a business college today, you’ll think it’s the newest rage, but it’s been the rule for decades. Most university programs may not use group projects, but undergraduate and graduate programs in business are full of them. It is our contention that group projects are...
  • Freedom and Majority Rule

    12/07/2004 5:40:57 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 6 replies · 162+ views ^ | August 1992 | Edmund A. Opitz
    Lord Northcliffe, the publisher of the London Times, came to this country a few years after World War I. A banquet in his honor was held in New York City, and at the appropriate time he rose to his feet to propose a toast. Prohibition was in effect, you will recall, and the beverage customarily drunk by Northcliffe in his homeland was not available here. So Northcliffe raised his glass of water and said: "Here's to America, where you do as you please. And if you don't, they make you!" Here, in this land of the free, "we" as voters...
  • Poem by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell, U.S. Army

    12/05/2004 5:29:35 AM PST · by NMC EXP · 7 replies · 470+ views ^ | n/a | Major M.D. O'Donnell, U.S.A.
    I watched the movie "Hamburger Hill" last night. At the end of the credits it contains a poem written by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell, U.S. Army, 170TH AHC, 52ND CAB, 17TH CAG, 1 AVN BDE. Major O'Donnell was from Springfield Illinois. Born 13 August 1945, KIA in Laos in March 1970. Michael Davis O'Donnell is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 12W Line 040 . This is the poem he wrote while in Viet Nam: If you are able, save them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can...
  • The Subversion of Education in America

    12/04/2004 5:09:56 AM PST · by NMC EXP · 28 replies · 1,138+ views
    The National Anxiety Center ^ | 2001 | Alan Caruba
    I’ll bet you think that the problems with our nation’s schools are a fairly recent phenomenon. Wrong. It dates backs to the 1960’s. Those that have implemented the subversion of our educational system have sought to fly well below the radar of public awareness, depending on stealth and duplicity to achieve the wreckage that has already stunted the lives of thousands who have passed through it. In this and three other commentaries, I will walk you through the history of the problem with the help of an extraordinary book, "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America" by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt. The...
  • Breathe Deep, America, While Liberty is in the Air

    12/03/2004 6:17:57 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 256+ views ^ | 04-01-92 | The Freeman
    "By liberty, I understand the power which every man has over his own actions, and his right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, art, and industry, as far as by it he hurts not the society, or any member of it, by taking from any member, or by hindering him from enjoying what he himself enjoys. The fruits of a man's honest industry are the just rewards of it, ascertained to him by natural and eternal equity, as is his title to use them in a manner which he thinks fit: And thus, with the above limitations, every man...
  • Where Are the Sons of Liberty?

    12/03/2004 4:08:13 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 24 replies · 777+ views ^ | 10-01-90 | Norman S. Ream
    The year was 1748 and Virginia, under a regulation of the Crown, was required to grant every Anglican clergyman in that colony an annual salary of 17,000 pounds of tobacco. During the following decade there was a sharp increase in the price of tobacco due to several crop failures. The Virginia Assembly, desiring no doubt that the clergy remain properly poor, passed what were referred to as the Two Penny Acts. These Acts set the value of the clergy's tobacco at two-pence a pound, far below the market price. As could be expected, the clergy objected and brought suit. The...
  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    11/27/2004 6:22:46 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 21 replies · 894+ views
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 27, 2001 | Lawrence W. Reed
    Dear Statist Friends: I know, I know. You're already objecting to my letter. You don't like the label, "statist." You don't think of yourselves as worshipping government; rather, you think of yourselves as simply wanting to help people, with government being your most-often preferred means to achieve what is usually a very worthy end. "Statist," you say, is a loaded term—a pejorative that suggests an overweening, irrational kinship with the state. Well, let's wait and see how the term stacks up after you've read the entirety of my letter and answered its questions. Meantime, if you have any doubt about...

    11/25/2004 3:06:38 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 49 replies · 2,540+ views ^ | 06/14/99 | Fulton Huxtable
    A right is the sovereignty to act without the permission of others. The concept of a right carries with it an implicit, unstated footnote: you may exercise your rights as long as you do not violate the same rights of another—within this context, rights are an absolute. A right is universal—meaning: it applies to all men, not just to a few. There is no such thing as a "right" for one man, or a group of men, that is not possessed by all. This means there are no special "rights" unique to women or men, blacks or white, the elderly...
  • Gulching: Yes, You Really Can Herd Cats

    05/20/2004 7:16:13 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 13 replies · 172+ views
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 05-15-04 | Claire Wolfe
    So here Nat and I sit by the side of the road. A delegation from the Chamber of Commerce just came out and asked us to quit shooting at the tourists. Besides, it got a little too interesting when some of the tourists started shooting back. But what else is there to do on the outskirts of Hardyville on a slow day? Nat picks up a beer and tilts an eyebrow in my direction. “No thanks," I say. “That stuff tastes like moose drool." Nat shrugs and chugs. “So Nat, you were saying something about gulches not having to be...
  • Heading for Hardyville Gulch

    05/02/2004 6:53:10 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 3 replies · 111+ views
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 05/01/04 | Claire Wolfe
    So I'm driving out of town when I see the strangest thing. There's Nat's old Dodge pickup parked at the side of the road. He's roped his battered shooting bench in the bed. And there sits Nat himself with his spotting scope nearby, his deer rifle at the ready, and a six-pack of Moose Drool beer. He's peering over the rifle down the long, empty stretch of road that leads to Hardyville. Naturally, I have to stop and find out what the heck is going on. "Climb up here and spot for me," he says. "Er ... spot what?" "License...
  • Concord Hymn (in celebration of April 19th, Patriot's Day)

    04/19/2004 5:20:01 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 10 replies · 219+ views ^ | Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Concord Hymn Ralph Waldo Emerson By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream which seaward creeps. On this green bank, by this soft stream, We set to-day a votive stone; That memory may their deed redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone. Spirit, that made those heroes dare To die, or leave their children free,...
  • Statism: The Opiate of the Elites

    04/11/2004 5:22:21 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 13 replies · 282+ views
    Liberty Haven ^ | 01-01-97 | Theodore J. Forstmann
    Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. The power and significance of these eleven words reside in the fact that they represent a spiritual truth. This is not simply because Jesus said on the Mount, "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." Nor even because it is written in mosaic law: "Whatever is hurtful to you, do not do to any other person." The spiritual authority of the Golden Rule is grounded in an even more basic assumption: that there is a Creator and that we...
  • Give Me a Home where the cattle still roam

    04/10/2004 8:01:46 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 6 replies · 137+ views
    Range Magazine ^ | 01-01-04 | Catherine Shepard
    I slept in peaceful bliss in the cab of a Ford pick-up when a burst of adrenaline startled me. Holding my breath, I got my bearings and raised my head just high enough to peek out the driver's side window. Nothing but empty desert; everyone else had ridden away on horseback about an hour earlier. Keys in the ignition swayed as the truck rocked back and forth. I swallowed and looked into the side mirror. With a disgruntled "Mrrr...," a black and white cow stepped into view from behind the truck. I came to the Owyhees in Oregon to interview...
  • Ranching On The Front Lines (Diamond Bar update)

    03/17/2004 7:49:12 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 21 replies · 665+ views
    Eco-Logic Powerhouse ^ | 03-17-04 | Laura Schneberger
    Many western ranchers found out over the past decade that if they want their private rights protected, they must stay out of federal court. After a painful crash-course in federal courthouse procedure, ranchers learn very quickly that the only obligation a federal judge has is upholding the sanctity of bureaucracy, and the regulation that backs it. The second lesson learned is that a federal judge will seldom do research on behalf of the individual in court, and nearly always rubber-stamps whatever red tape a federal agency wishes to have the force of law. The fact that most public officials take...
  • Mere Isolationism: The Foreign Policy of the Old Right

    03/16/2004 4:10:20 AM PST · by NMC EXP · 4 replies · 141+ views
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 02-01-2000 | Joseph R. Stromberg
    One of the “lost causes” to which libertarians are attached—and one of the most important—is that of the “isolationist” Old Right. As used by the late Murray Rothbard, among others, the term “Old Right” refers to a loose coalition opposed to the New Deal in both its domestic and foreign aspects. While not following a strict party line, Old Rightists largely spoke from the ground of classical liberalism and classical republicanism. This earned them epithets like “conservative” and “reactionary” since those two outlooks were rooted in actual American life. Having something to conserve made them “conservatives”—a terrible thing from the...
  • State of Manufacturing Base Is Cause for Concern

    03/10/2004 6:37:12 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 23 replies · 150+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 02-01-04 | Lawrence P. Farrell Jr.
    One lesson that we learned from the “Buy America” debate last year was the need for a thorough and detailed discussion on a national level about the state of the U.S. industrial base, particularly the capabilities of American industry to manufacture sophisticated components for weapon systems. The Buy America provisions passed by the House of Representatives as part of the Fiscal Year 2004 Defense Authorization Bill ultimately were defeated, given the strong resistance from the Bush Administration and defense industry leaders, who successfully argued that protectionist laws only would hurt the competitiveness of the industry and the ability of the...
  • The Sphinx in Winter

    02/22/2004 6:50:39 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 43 replies · 223+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 03-01-04 | Eamonn Fingleton
    For those who watch the American economy, the Internet boasts few more useful resources than the Web site of the Federal Reserve. In a few clicks you can mine data on everything from the level of interest rates on Black Monday to the growth of steel production under Eisenhower. Whether the topic is the trend in semiconductor prices, the impact of weather on retailing, or the most efficacious way for corporations to break bad financial news, someone at the Fed has studied it and has posted his findings. Strangely, though, one crucial economic concern gets short shrift: international trade. Not...
  • Wilmette Man Charged After Shooting Burglar

    01/11/2004 12:59:32 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 15 replies · 195+ views
    NBC5 News ^ | 01/08/04 | n/a
    CHICAGO -- A 55-year-old Wilmette man was charged Thursday with weapons violations after he shot and wounded a burglar in his home more than a week ago. Hale DeMar, of 35 Linden Ave. in the north suburb, was charged with a misdemeanor for violating a state law that required firearm owners to have a valid Firearm Owner's Identification card, Wilmette police Officer Roger Ockrim said in a news release. DeMar was also cited for violating a village code that prohibits possession of handguns in Wilmette, the release said. Violation of the ordinance is a petty offense carrying a maximum fine...
  • Mere “Isolationism”: The Foreign Policy of the Old Right

    12/20/2003 5:56:16 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 27 replies · 373+ views
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 02/01/2000 | Joseph R. Stromberg
    One of the “lost causes” to which libertarians are attached—and one of the most important—is that of the “isolationist” Old Right. As used by the late Murray Rothbard, among others, the term “Old Right” refers to a loose coalition opposed to the New Deal in both its domestic and foreign aspects. While not following a strict party line, Old Rightists largely spoke from the ground of classical liberalism and classical republicanism. This earned them epithets like “conservative” and “reactionary” since those two outlooks were rooted in actual American life. Having something to conserve made them “conservatives”—a terrible thing from the...
  • The Non-Absurdity of Natural Law

    09/01/2003 10:17:34 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 12 replies · 1,519+ views ^ | 02/01/98 | Wendy McElroy
    From The Freeman, February 1998, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp.108-111 by Wendy McElroy There is an immense difference between disagreeing with a theory and considering it to be absurd. The former can be a respectful process that encourages discussion: the latter implies that anyone who holds the theory must be a fool. In vernacular language, the difference can be expressed as, 'is the other guy wrong, or is he just stupid?' Natural Law has always had vigorous opponents who believed, with the early 19th century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, that the theory was nonsense upon stilts. Indeed, Sir Robert Filmer's...

    08/31/2003 9:27:09 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 81 replies · 18,575+ views
    Fatal Blindness (FR archives) ^ | 06/14/99 | Fulton Huxtable
    A right is the sovereignty to act without the permission of others. The concept of a right carries with it an implicit, unstated footnote: you may exercise your rights as long as you do not violate the same rights of another—within this context, rights are an absolute. A right is universal—meaning: it applies to all men, not just to a few. There is no such thing as a "right" for one man, or a group of men, that is not possessed by all. This means there are no special "rights" unique to women or men, blacks or white, the elderly...
  • UNESCO’s Rotten Track Record

    07/18/2003 4:48:13 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 4 replies · 144+ views
    Get US Out ^ | May 19, 2003 | William F. Jasper
    Contrary to President Bush’s claims, UNESCO has not reformed. It is still pursuing the same subversive agenda that it was nearly two decades ago. If UNESCO is attacked on the grounds that it is helping to prepare the world’s peoples for world government, then … let us by all means affirm it from the housetops. — The Saturday Review, 1952 As a symbol of our commitment to human dignity, the United States will return to UNESCO. This organization has been reformed and America will participate fully in its mission to advance human rights and tolerance and learning. — President George...

    07/17/2003 6:25:40 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 44 replies · 945+ views ^ | July 15, 2003 | Michael S. Coffman
    For decades urban planners have adhered to the mantra that urban sprawl increases pollution and housing costs, more driving time to work and shopping, stress, and the escalating consumption of scarce farmland and open space. Urban planning to implement what Al Gore calls “smart growth” supposedly corrects these problems and creates more livable, inexpensive homes for all. Irrefutable evidence, however, shows that urban planning creates the very nightmares it is supposed to eliminate. In the process, it strips urbanites of one of their most fundamental civil liberties — property rights. Land-use control has been a goal of socialists for many...
  • Trading Away Jobs and Liberty

    06/20/2003 7:59:39 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 130 replies · 817+ views
    The New American ^ | 06-30-03 | William F. Jasper
    ‘‘Outsourcing," "offshoring," "human resource realignment," "training your replacement." These are words that send chills through millions of workers in IT ("information technology") and other hi-tech industries. They also send waves of anger and depression. In the tragic case of Kevin Flanagan, they are being blamed for his suicide. For months, the 41-year-old Silicon Valley software programmer had been anticipating a layoff announcement from his employer, Bank of America. "He knew that Bank of America was sending jobs overseas," Contra Costa Times reporter Ellen Lee wrote in a May 13th article. "He had seen his friends and coworkers leave until only...
  • U.S. Must Resolve Industrial Base Issues

    06/02/2003 7:33:07 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 46 replies · 295+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 06-02-03 | Lawrence P. Farrell Jr.
    The question of whether the United States may be overly dependent on foreign suppliers for critical military equipment has been debated for decades. The Army, particularly, has been concerned about the reliance on non-U.S. suppliers for critical items used in the manufacturing of ammunition. The issue now is taking added importance in the aftermath of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, which some of our NATO allies—whose industries are suppliers to the U.S. military—did not support. What worries Army leaders is the hypothetical situation in which a country that does not agree with U.S. policies may take retaliatory action by refusing...
  • The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

    03/15/2003 12:02:31 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 20 replies · 1,884+ views
    Stanford University ^ | June 1997 | Molly Billings
    The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe" the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster. In the fall of 1918 the Great War in Europe was winding down and peace was on the horizon. The Americans had joined...
  • Shooting the messenger: Report on layoffs killed

    01/30/2003 7:40:46 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 31 replies · 195+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 03, 2003 | David Lazarus
    <p>The Bush administration, under fire for its handling of the economy, has quietly killed off a Labor Department program that tracked mass layoffs by U.S. companies.</p> <p>The statistic, which had been issued monthly and was closely watched by hard-hit Silicon Valley, served as a pulse reading of corporate America's financial health.</p>
  • Fourth Generation Warfare: What Does It Mean to Every Marine?

    01/18/2003 5:18:27 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 22 replies · 456+ views
    Defense and the National Interest ^ | 03-01-95 | Col Michael D. Wyly, USMC (Ret)
    Originally published by the Marine Corps Gazette, March 1995. Republished with permission of the author. While it has always been important for Marines to understand the Constitution they have sworn to defend, developments in fourth generation warfare now make it imperative. Fourth generation war is war between cultures. It defies the old boundaries of nation state. It is war between special interest groups, races, and religions. It is war that seeks to avoid our military power and neutralize it by dividing us from within. We should be careful not to become alarmist. Seeing a cultural enemy behind every bush could...
  • A Modest Proposal: Separation of Lawyers and Politics

    10/20/2002 9:05:41 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 47 replies · 201+ views
    The Friesian School ^ | 1997 | Kelley L. Ross, Ph.D.
    The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II When someone passes the Bar exam and is admitted to the Bar to practice law in a State, they become an Officer of the Court. This makes them part of the Judicial branch of government. If they then run for public office and are elected to the legislature or to an executive office, it means that they simultaneously serve in two branches of government. This violates the principle of the Separation of Powers. The effect of this, at least with respect to lawyer legislators,...
  • Presidential Criticism

    10/16/2002 5:06:48 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 92 replies · 324+ views
    The Theodore Roosevelt Association ^ | May 7, 1918 | Theodore Roosevelt
    Recently several people have written to ask us about a viewpoint TR had on criticism of the presidency. This quote was part of an editorial he wrote for the "Kansas City Star" durning World War I. "The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell...
  • Am I “Anti-American”?

    10/02/2002 5:39:02 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 102 replies · 257+ views
    Sobran's ^ | 02/26/02 | Joe Sobran
    Liberals used to accuse me of being an extremist radical right-wing superpatriotic cold warrior. I didn’t exactly enjoy having these labels slapped on me, particularly by Mom, but at least I could understand why some people used them. They were a caricature, which is an exaggeration of real features. Lately, though, I’ve been called some unflattering names by people I used to think of as my fellow conservatives. One, a radio talk-show host, has gone so far as to call me “anti-American.” How did I go from being superpatriotic to being anti-American, or even, as some have called me, “treasonous”?...
  • It's time to regulate CEO compensation

    09/02/2002 11:43:24 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 121 replies · 501+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | August 27, 2002 | Richard Peterson
    Sadly, during the past year we have read a great deal about the failings of some American business executives, as well as their propensity to pay themselves outlandishly. Jack Welch, former head of General Electric, negotiated a $122.5-million retirement package for himself. The chairman and the then-president and chief financial officer of Enron created pay arrangements for themselves that eventually led to Enron's bankruptcy. The former head of Qwest was paid over $24 million at a time that its stock price had been plummeting for months. Is there any rhyme or reason for these executive pay packages? I seriously doubt...
  • Open Appeal to Conservatives

    06/25/2002 1:19:05 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 50 replies · 342+ views
    Breaking All The Rules ^ | June 20, 2002 | SARTRE
    A deep confusion has overtaken our land. A lack of understanding of our own history and its meaning is epidemic. A conveyance of personal identity has been transposed into a frenzy for Statism. And a dependence in allegiance to unquestioned leadership has replaced common sense. No wonder that those who view themselves as conservatives, are bewildered. It has customarily been accepted that conservative thinking is mostly associated with the Republican Party. In a previous article, this critic wrote: What Makes a Republican - a REPUBLICAN? The case was presented that the true tradition of the GOP is the heritage of...

    06/22/2002 7:28:03 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 5 replies · 7+ views
    Outlaws Legal Service ^ | n/a | Claire Wolfe
    Let me run by you a brief list of items that are "the law" in America today. As you read, consider what all these have in common. 1. A national database of employed people. 2. 100 pages of new "health care crimes" for which the penalty is (among other things) seizure of assets from both doctors and patients. 3. Confiscation of assets from any American who establishes foreign citizenship. 4. The largest gun confiscation in U.S. history --- which is also an unconstitutional ex post facto law and the first law ever to remove people's constitutional rights for committing a...
  • Foundations: Funding Dumb and Dumber

    06/22/2002 6:33:33 PM PDT · by NMC EXP · 1 replies · 190+ views
    aldenchronicles ^ | June 22, 2001 | Diane Alden
    "The ultimate problem of all education is to coordinate the psychological and the social factors. ... The coordination demands that the child be capable of expressing himself, but in such a way as to realize social ends." – John Dewey Foundations offer financial and institutional support for a few good causes. On the other hand, most of their efforts in eugenics, population control, education and environmentalism are elitist. Very often they are also counterproductive and do nothing for ordinary citizens – but they do a whole lot for elites and the expansion of the state. It wouldn't be so bad...
  • Importing People, Exporting Jobs

    06/18/2002 4:30:52 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 7 replies · 139+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 18, 2002 | Paul Craig Roberts
    Recent economic reports indicate that the recovery is struggling to move forward. The main barriers are high consumer indebtedness and mediocre corporate earnings. Consequently, neither consumer demand nor business investment is driving the recovery. Interest rates are low, but Federal Reserve easing has not provided the usual stimulus to spending and equity prices. Part of the problem is the reverse wealth effect from the drop in equity values. The wealth effect from the long bull market made consumers comfortable with more debt, which they used to finance second homes and high living. When the market dropped, much wealth disappeared, but...

    06/12/2002 5:30:05 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 14 replies · 177+ views
    Fatal Blindness ^ | June 21, 1998 | Fulton Huxtable
    Is it right to deprive someone of some of his freedom in order to prevent him from doing something wrong? Do your neighbors have the right to deprive you of some of your freedom in order to prevent you from doing something wrong, from making a mistake, honest or otherwise? If your answer is yes, then you are supporting an idea that is the mother of all dictators. Prevention is the act of the government forcibly stopping an individual from making his own choices about his life’s activities. Prevention is implemented through regulations. A regulation is a legal prohibition and/or...

    06/07/2002 5:25:36 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 13 replies · 184+ views
    Fatal Blindness ^ | April 19, 1999 | Fulton Huxtable
    Even though I have clearly defined statism in Fatal Blindness, I still occasionally receive e-mail asking me to define the term "statism." I also receive some mail, not a lot, that maintains that it is hopeless to attempt to defeat statism. What is evident is the fact that most do not understand the meaning of statism. Nor do they understand what a pathetically impotent enemy statism is and just how vulnerable it is. Neither do most understand that the key to defeating statists is really very simple, right in front of everyone’s nose. Statism is the doctrine that maintains that...