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Liberals, Conservatives, and Cuban Socialism

Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, 1992  Preamble: We, Cuban citizens … guided by … the political and social ideas of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. Principles of the State:Article 1. Cuba is an independent and sovereign socialist state…. Article 9: The state … directs in a planned way the national economy… assures the educational, scientific, technical and cultural progress of ...

More Illegal Alien Nonsense in California

The latest illegal-alien controversy in California’s gubernatorial race reflects the vicious and hypocritical assault on fundamental rights and economic liberty that liberals and conservatives have waged for decades. In 2000 Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, employed a Hispanic housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan. Unbeknownst to Whitman, Diaz was an illegal alien who furnished false documentation establishing that she was ...

Stuck in the Statist Box

The latest political controversy in the Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons race shows how conservatives, liberals, and, yes, Tea Party types, still operate within the box of statism. The controversy involves whether public schools should be teaching creationism or evolution. Coons says that they should be teaching evolution because it is a scientific fact and should not be teaching creationism because ...

Conservatives and Health-Care Socialism

For a good example of what a disaster conservatives are — and why they are just as responsible as liberals for America’s healthcare (and economic) woes — just look at an article that was published this week in the Washington Times by Thomas R. Saving and John C. Goodman. Saving is director of the Private Enterprise Research Center and Goodman is ...

The Freedom Oasis

We have exciting news here at The Future of Freedom Foundation. Beginning on Saturday, November 6, from 7-8 pm ET, I will have my very own weekly Internet radio program, entitled “The Freedom Oasis.” You can listen to (and watch!) the program live on the Internet by accessing the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-future-of-freedom-foundation And it will be available later by podcast. This ...

Interventionist Blind Spots

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is saying that interventionism just isn’t getting the credit that it’s due. He’s pointing to the “successful” government bailouts of the automobile and banking industries. Thanks to the bailouts, he says, the banks and the auto companies are getting back on their feet and might even repay most of the taxpayer money that was provided ...

Time to Admit It: It Was Wrong to Invade Afghanistan

As the killing and destruction in Afghanistan have mounted over the past 10 years, and as they have expanded into Pakistan during the Obama administration, interventionists have tried to justify the massive death and destruction by claiming that the reason the U.S. government went to war against the Taliban was because the Taliban had supposedly been complicit in the ...

The Pentagon’s Judicial System is Like Castro’s

The case of a Maryland man named Alan Gross shows how much the U.S. military has altered the course of U.S. criminal and constitutional law since 9/11, and not in a good way. Gross is a technology expert who was arrested by Cuban officials and charged with spying after being caught distributing cell phones to groups in Cuba. He was ...

A Great Lecture by Don Boudreaux

We just posted the video of a great lecture that George Mason University economics professor Don Boudreaux delivered last week at our Economic Liberty Lecture Series, which we co-sponsor with the GMU Econ Society, a real fire-in-the-belly student group devoted to libertarianism and Austrian Economics. The video of Dons talk is posted here. The title of Dons lecture was Liberty, ...

No Tea Party Meetings in Cuba

Given the anger of the Tea Party over out-of-control federal spending, soaring debt, taxation, inflation, and constitutional violations, it would be nice if they got angry over something much more fundamental: the infringements on the fundamental rights and freedoms of the American people by the federal government. After all, what’s more important than freedom? Consider, for example, one of the ...

Hugo Chavez Can Teach Us a Lot about America

Even though U.S. officials rail against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Americans can learn a lot about the U.S. government and, indeed, about America’s political, economic, and education system by studying what is happening in Venezuela. Recently, the Venezuelan people delivered a stunning electoral blow against Chavez by electing opponents of his administration to Parliament, thereby denying Chavez the 2/3 majority ...

Obama Is Nothing More than a Warmed-Over Version of Bush

According to an article in yesterday’s New York Times, Barack Obama has effectively given up hope of generating support from independents for Democratic Party candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections and instead is trying to energize the liberal base that supported him in the 2008 presidential race. But as the article points out, that liberal base has been deflated by Obama’s first ...
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