Archive for March, 2006

Libertarian Lites

Thursday, March 30, 2006 6:30 Comments Off

This entry is based on a post at the Mises blog. The post is about Libertarian Lite Charles Murray, who has written a new book exclaiming the glories of a negative income tax. A book promo apparently states: “This is the Plan, a radical new approach to social policy that defies any partisan label. Murray [...]

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New Website is Up

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 22:07 Comments Off

Finally, I have my new website up. It is here. There may still be some rough edges, but those will be ironed out during the course of the next week. I am off to California for a bit, where I am sworn to be offline 100% (hehe), then back home to trim up the new [...]

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Accounting: No Voodoo, Just the Facts

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 15:19 Comments Off

There are a legion of stories of the demise of accounting in corporate America running around out there–loose and undaunted, and perhaps somewhat exaggerated. As one corporate accounting bungle after another makes its way to the top of the headlines, they report on them as if detailing out a home brewing recipe. Accounting snafus are [...]

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It Ain’t Your Father’s Police State

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:49 Comments Off

One thing that 9/11 accomplished was to take the Police State out from behind closed doors and stick it Right In Your Face, where you can’t possibly miss it. Local police departments, at least in the various suburbs where I live, are erecting–on the basis of theft from homeowners–these overly massive, ornamental, hideous buildings to [...]

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Books to Note

Sunday, March 26, 2006 8:11 Comments Off

Things I’m reading now: – Paul Fussel’s BAD: Or, the Dumbing Down of America – Joyce Cary’s Power in Men – The Divine Right of Kings by John Neville Figgis – George Mowry’s The Twenties: Fords, Flappers, and Fanatics Paul Fussel’s “bad” is not nearly as dumb as it seems. Fussell–who has an essay included [...]

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Retirement? Hell No

Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:19 Comments Off

Brad, over at Wendy McElroy’s pad, pens some thoughts on retirement. I never cease to discuss this topic with folks. Retirement. People in their 30s and 40s, who put $50 a week in their 401k accounts, actually believe that this will get them to retirement at 65, or worse, they think 60. They listen to [...]

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Libertarians for Homeland Security

Thursday, March 23, 2006 21:30 Comments Off

Now imagine this: a self-expressed libertarian is making a movie. He is told “he may not use the agency’s name “or any of the Department’s official visual identities” in the script for his film, Lady Magdalene.” The “department” referenced is the Department of Homeland Security, by the way. So what’s the point? The story goes [...]

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George Koether: A Great Austro-Libertarian Passes On

Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:57 Comments Off

It’s sad that the wonderful George Koether did not make it to 100. Here is the Mises Institute obit. Indeed, one of the great Austro-libertarian gentlemen of all time. I had the pleasure of knowing George, who was a Detroiter. The great thing about him is that each time he attended a Mises Institute event–where [...]

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Smoking, Diabetes, Obesity, Video Games, Bacon, TV: All Are Healthier than Fascism

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 11:23 Comments Off

The State is never done with prying into our personal lives and dictating the who, what, where, when, and why of our individual existence. On the blog, Norm Singleton comments on the Ronald Bailey article at Reason. Essentially, the story is that the New York City health departement is monitoring the blood sugar tests [...]

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Too Little, Too Late

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:50 Comments Off

“No other state has a tax like this and neither should Michigan,” Van Woerkom said. “Most other states have prospered in recent years while Michigan remains mired in some of the worst unemployment and job-creation rates.” This relates to Michigan’s unpropitious tax known as the Single Business Tax. The SBT, as it is known, is [...]

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