A Tale of Two Libertarianisms - By Brian Doherty, Mises Daily (17/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Brian Doherty, Mises Daily   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:35

[This article originally appeared on Reason Online.]

If Murray Rothbard — Austrian School economist, anarchist political philosopher, early American popular historian, and inveterate libertarian organizational gadfly — had never lived, the modern libertarian movement would have nowhere near its current size and influence.

He inspired and educated generations of young libertarian intellectuals and activists, from Leonard Liggio to Roy Childs to Randy Barnett. He helped form and shape the mission of such libertarian institutions as the Institute for Humane Studies, the Cato Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute. His unique combination of a Randian-Aristotelian natural-rights ethic, Austrian economics, anarchocapitalism (of which he was the ur-source, within the contemporary libertarian movement), fervent anti-interventionism, and a populist distrust of "power elites," both public and private, injected modern libertarianism with the distinct flavor that separates it from other brands of small-government, free-market thought.

Let's put it this way: When the likes of F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman died, conservative flagship National Review could and did praise them pretty unreservedly. But when Rothbard died in 1995, his old pal William Buckley took pen in hand to piss on his grave. Rothbard, Buckley wrote, spent his life



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Wall Street Is A High-On-Crack Driver That Just Smashed Into Your House - By Janet Tavakoli, Businessinsider.com (17/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Janet Tavakoli, Businessinsider.com   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:31

(This guest post comes from Tavakoli Structured Finance)

If a high-on-crack driver crashed his speeding rental car into your house and killed your spouse, you would be outraged if law enforcers took bribes and gave the driver a pass on a blood test. If the judge then merely fined the killer and ordered you to pay it, you would appeal, wondering what happened to justice. If the government then handed the crack-driver keys to a bigger rental car and presented you with the rental bill, you would certainly protest.

How is it, then, that you have remained largely silent in the face of the same sort of behavior by Wall Street and Washington? Bonus-seeking bankers careened off the right path and ran Ponzi schemes that nearly ruined our economy. Bureaucrats and elected officials bailed them out without demanding consequences. Bankers are revving their engines again.



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Indicting the Supreme Court - By Prof John Kozy, Global Research (16/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Prof John Kozy, Global Research   
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:00

Grumbling over the Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United continue to rumble like distant thunder. Will the decision go down in history as one more in the Court's long line of egregious opinions? Likely! Will it have much effect on the American political landscape? Likely not! Simply ask yourself, how much worse can it get?

There is scant evidence that the Congressional attempts to limit corporate expenditures in electioneering have had any effect in reducing corporate influence in government. Expecting the Congress, most if not all of whose members reside deep in corporate pockets, to eliminate that influence can be likened to expecting the rhinovirus to eliminate the common cold. Corporate money is the diseased life-blood of American politics; it carries its cancerous spores to all extremities.

The Supreme Court really should be named the Unbeseem Court. Without any Constitutional justification whatsoever, as Justice Holmes, dissenting in Lochner, pointed out, the Court has taken its task to be the constitutionalization of a totally immoral, rapacious, economic system instead of the promotion of justice, domestic tranquility, the general welfare, and the blessings of liberty. Consider this short list of examples:



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What Do Empires Do? - By Michael Parenti, Common Dreams (16/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
By Michael Parenti, Common Dreams   
Monday, 15 February 2010 23:58

When I wrote my book Against Empire in 1995, as might be expected, some of my U.S. compatriots thought it was wrong of me to call the United States an empire. It was widely believed that U.S. rulers did not pursue empire; they intervened abroad only out of self-defense or for humanitarian rescue operations or to overthrow tyranny, fight terrorism, and propagate democracy.   

But by the year 2000, everyone started talking about the United States as an empire and writing books with titles like Sorrows of Empire, Follies of Empire,  Twilight of Empire, or Empire of Illusions--- all referring to the United States when they spoke of empire. 

Even conservatives started using the word.  Amazing. One could hear right-wing pundits announcing on U.S. television, "We're an empire, with all the  responsibilities and opportunities of empire and we better get used to it"; and "We are the strongest nation in the world and have every right to act as such"---as if having the power gives U.S. leaders an inherent entitlement to exercise it upon others as they might wish. 



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Statement on the Closure of the Legal Case for Iraq In Spain - The Brussels Tribunal (15/2/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 February 2010 19:05


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