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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...