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Paul Krugman’s Welfare-State Fallacies

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A recent op-ed entitled “We’re Not Greece” by Paul Krugman in the New York Times encapsulates everything that is wrong with liberals when it comes to economics. The good liberal that he is, Krugman suggests that the welfare state is about “taking care of those in need.” What he misses, however, is the issue of ...

Shahzad and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Ever since 9/11, Americans have generally fallen into two camps in explaining why our country now faces the constant threat of terrorist attacks. The first group is composed of people who claim that foreigners, particularly Muslims, hate America for its freedom and values. Things like rock-and-roll, beauty pageants, Lady Gaga, and intellectual and religious freedom ...

An Important Rule of the Empire

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It is important that Americans be fully aware of an important rule with respect to U.S. foreign policy that the U.S. government has implemented and is now enforcing. In fact, knowing and understanding the rule is a matter of life and death. As everyone knows, the First Amendment guarantees the fundamental right of freedom of speech ...

Repeating History with Iran

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A French court recently recognized the idiocy of one of the U.S. government’s attempts to enforce its sanctions against Iran by denying the government’s request to extradite an Iranian businessman for allegedly violating the sanctions. U.S. prosecutors were alleging that the businessman, Majid Kakavand, violated the sanctions by exporting goods from the United States that could be used ...

Libertarianism is Practical and Statism Isn’t

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One of the things that amaze me about life is how so many people remain wedded to statism despite the inherent defectiveness and destructiveness of the statist paradigm. Why remain committed to something — why go into emotional hyper-drive over its failures — why spend a lifetime of coming up with reforms — when it’s ...

Monetary Dictatorship

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If you’re an American taxpayer, you should expect to receive a thank-you note from dole recipients in Greece fairly soon. The reason is that Barack Obama, working with his cohorts at the Federal Reserve, is using your money to bail out the Greek welfare state, thereby enabling dole recipients in Greece to continue receiving ...

The Washington Post Gets It Wrong Again

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On May 5, the Washington Post published an editorial questioning whether the Obama administration had considered treating the suspected Times Square attempted bomber as an enemy combatant rather than as a federal criminal defendant. I wrote an article entitled “Hijacking the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” which criticized the Post’s editorial. In its Sunday edition, the Post published ...

The Road to Greece and Rome

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Leave it to the Greeks to expose American liberals and the road to statism they continue to take our nation. Over the past 20 years, how many times have we heard European statists extolling the virtues and benefits of the socialistic welfare state? Europeans have proven that socialism works, the statists have repeatedly claimed over ...

Hijacking the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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In an editorial yesterday entitled Obama Administration Owes Answers on How It Handled Times Square Suspect, the Washington Post wants to know whether the Obama administration was too hasty in treating accused Times Square terrorist Faisal Shahzad as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant. The Post stated: The administration rightly came under fire ...

Terrorism and Americas Way of Life

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In a press conference yesterday about Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who allegedly tried to blow up the car bomb in Times Square, Attorney General Eric Holder stated, The reality that there is a constant threat from those who wish to do us harm simply because of our way of life. We havent yet heard any ...

The Minimum Wage Protects the Rich

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In the past week, I have written two articles (here and here) detailing how one of the favorite economic interventions of liberals (i.e., liberals in the corrupted, big-government meaning of the term), falls disproportionately on poor, inner-city black teenagers, people whom liberals purport to be concerned about. As I pointed out in those two articles, the mandated minimum ...

Free Teenagers: Repeal the Minimum Wage

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An editorial in the Saturday New York Times indirectly confirms what I wrote in my recent article Why Do Daily Kos and Alternet Support a Racist Program? In that article, I pointed out that a minimum-wage law locks out of the labor market all those people whose labor is valued by employers in the marketplace at less ...
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