Archive for January, 2005

It’s the Market, Stupid

Sunday, January 30, 2005 19:45 Comments Off

In spite of my criticism of the auto industry for its banking business models, there’s some good going on in the auto business, too. With one eye studying for an exam, and the other eye flipping through the boob tube channels, I came across an interesting interview. The local PBS show I love to watch, [...]

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Reinventing FDR’s Social Contract

Sunday, January 30, 2005 19:17 Comments Off

A leading anti-Wal-Mart rag attacks again. This time, the claim is that Wal-Mart is trampling on the New Deal and its notion of the “social contract.” The same old claim comes to roost here: Wal-Mart is evil because it doesn’t cover enough of its employees’ health care costs. Let’s take one terribly mistaken bit: The [...]

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We’re All Buffettologists Now (or Wish We Were)

Sunday, January 30, 2005 18:58 Comments Off

His take on financial measures and value investing are second to none. Here is a fantastic, short-but-sweet breakdown of what Warren Buffett looks for when he sizes up a company’s worth. Buffett understands cash flow and equity management, and that’s what makes him the best.

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Calvinists Against the State

Sunday, January 30, 2005 18:52 Comments Off

Jesus commanded his followers to be anarcho-capitalists. So said Stephen Carson, and even more important, is the famed James Redford piece. By way of an acquaintance in Paris comes this Calvinist defense of anarcho-capitalism.

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Blackjack’d

Saturday, January 29, 2005 13:13 Comments Off

I was playing Blackjack at a Canadian casino the other night, and darn, this came up. I said, “Let’s roll,” and the dealer said, “You mean hit me?”

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I’ll Take Tom Woods Over the Claremontistas Any Day

Saturday, January 29, 2005 13:07 Comments Off

Bulletin from Lincoln Central in regards to the Tom Woods book: The Politically Incorrect Guide (or PIG) is more wheezy propaganda from the Old Confederacy (the book’s cover features a scowling Dixie general, and the project itself was first suggested by Harry Crocker III, whose seriously flawed book on the Catholic Church I reviewed here). [...]

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Defacing Mises

Friday, January 28, 2005 15:32 Comments Off

It’s not the tote bag noting praxeology that’s wicked. I think it’s the other items with Mises’s face that presents a conundrum…

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On Revisionism

Friday, January 28, 2005 8:03 Comments Off

Anthony Gregory writes about the selective revisionism of the Randroid crowd. It is interesting to note that revisionism (or as Harry Elmer Barnes like to call it, “New History”) took root post-WW I as political structures crumbled and haphazard alliances were forming. In the span of time between Wilsonian attempted alliances and FDR’s propaganda movement, [...]

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Defending the Rathole

Friday, January 28, 2005 7:44 Comments Off

Maralyn Polak writes in defense of state mind control. Two points that Polak makes against homeschooling are: (1) “And don’t tell me the lack of socialization with others doesn’t take its toll on these kids’ psychological development.” and (2) “Sure, it might be wonderful to mold the minds of American youth right there in your [...]

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Beware the Grease Police

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 22:07 Comments Off

A Texas state busybody has introduced a bill that would have Texas public schools include the body mass index of its students on their individual report cards. Once again, it’s a tactic to remind the parents that government is the real parent. I first saw this on the network news tonight, and when they showed [...]

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