Archive for March, 2007

A Ceiling in on Your House

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 22:14 Comments Off

An Office of Price Administration classic – a post-WWII video about the glory of price controls for the benefit of the boys coming home. Watching the whole propaganda piece is quite entertaining, however, remember that it was our so-called “greatest generation” who brought forth the new socialism and obedience to the State.

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Junk Wealth?

Friday, March 9, 2007 2:35 Comments Off

I’m perplexed by this comment from Don Boudreaux. He links to a New York Times story and states: “This report in today’s New York Times on us Americans and our storage space doesn’t prove anything — but it does offer yet more evidence that ordinary Americans in fact are much wealthier today than we were [...]

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Billionaires

Thursday, March 8, 2007 22:13 Comments Off

The Forbes list of the world’s richest billionaires.

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Happy Birthday Atlas Shrugged

Thursday, March 8, 2007 21:56 Comments Off

One of the most important fiction works ever turns 50 this month. Mark Skousen’s article on Atlas Shrugged emphasizes the importance of this work as well as its shortcomings. Skousen makes a great point about one of Rand’s many Objectivist oddities throughout the book: “This philosophy transcends politics and economics into romance. The novel’s sex [...]

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All Hail Imported Wine

Sunday, March 4, 2007 16:39 Comments Off

A letter from the March issue of Wine Spectator could have been written by me, but it wasn’t. It says, “Thirteen years ago, when I started collecting wine, 60 to 70 percent of my cellar was from California. Now, with the majority of “good” red wines from there costing more than $50 a bottle, I [...]

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Happy B-Day Drug War

Sunday, March 4, 2007 15:59 Comments Off

On March 6 we “celebrate” the 100th anniversary of the crackdown on freedom and self-ownership. NORML Director Dale Gieringer claims it all started in California. On March 6, 1907, Gov. James Gillett signed amendments to the Pharmacy and Poison Act making it a crime to sell opiates or cocaine in the state without a prescription. [...]

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Health for Kiddies: It Takes a Village State

Thursday, March 1, 2007 7:28 Comments Off

Another stunning headline, courtesy of the Totalitarian Collective: The nation’s schools — under fire for unhealthy school lunches, well-stocked vending machines and phys ed cuts — may actually do a better job than parents in keeping children fit and trim. This road, of course, leads the “experts’ to declare that what this nation needs is [...]

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Kelo for Kids!

Thursday, March 1, 2007 7:09 Comments Off

Kids with Legos. This story will put your knickers in a twist. …the students had been building an elaborate “Legotown,” but it was accidentally demolished. The teachers decided its destruction was an opportunity to explore “the inequities of private ownership.” According to the teachers, “Our intention was to promote a contrasting set of values: collectivity, [...]

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Busting for Dollars

Thursday, March 1, 2007 6:44 Comments Off

Typical story. Changes to asset seizure laws are being pondered in North Dakota. The “problem” is that the state gets the goods, and now, local law enforcement gangs are fighting to keep some of the takings. State lawmakers want to allow local legalized thugs to keep a stated amount of $$$ to help “fund” their [...]

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