May 212010

Rand Paul (photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Recently the Republican nominee for one of Kentucky’s senate seat, Rand Paul, dared to question the 1964 passing of the Civil Rights Act (or did he?). This instantly made him a Very Bad Person™ in the eyes of progressives (not that having Ron Paul for a father is winning many popularity contests). Paul seemed to be defending the austro-libertarian contention that government intervention against prejudicial discrimination in the private sector is antithetical to the natural rights to freely associate and freely use private property.

Frederic Bastiat (public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Frederic Bastiat wisely said in Economic Harmonies, “Government acts only by the intervention of force; hence, its action is legitimate only where the intervention of force is itself legitimate.” The question at hand is whether or not governmental force is justified in forbidding discrimination.

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Aug 222009

Most of the time of a big fan of the folks at the Mises Institute. I’m also a big fan of agorist approaches to health care/insurance. However, I don’t think I can get behind Han’s-Hermann Hoppe’s “Four Step Healthcare Solution“. It lends itself too well to Margaret Sanger’s brand of eugenics. Continue reading »

Jun 112009

The National Taxpayers Union is patting Senator Mike Johanns on the back for his Free Enterprise Act. From Johanns’ press release:

“Despite a December vote by Congress that rejected a bailout of the auto industry, TARP is now being used to bankroll the auto industry. How could anyone have predicted that an original plan to buy up toxic assets would be warped and twisted into the revolving slush fund it is today? People would have looked at me in disbelief if I had said – just a few months ago – that TARP funds would be used to buy General Motors. All this is happening without Congressional approval. 

“The Free Enterprise Act would fix that. It’s simple and straightforward. It says any release of TARP funds that results in the government owning common or preferred stock will be allowed only if there is prior Congressional approval.”

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Jun 112009

I’m not a fan of public education. I don’t like seeing children indoctrinated into blind faith and belief that we can’t be trusted to run our own lives and our wise and generous government should instead be obediently trusted with omnipotence and omnipresence in order to grace us with its omnibenevolence. Nor do think the best instruction bureaucracy can buy does a particularly good job at educating children. Consequently, if I have any real choice in the matter, my children will either be homeschooled or go to a private school. If only I could also opt out of paying for public education I’d rather not use…

But I digress. The point I really wanted to make when I started writing this post is that public education is funded by horrible compromise measures that cannot even please the socialists who want it so badly. I see some possible solutions to the problem, all of which are unfortunately politically leprous.

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