Archive for December, 2006


Lots of people say “you can’t say fire in a crowded theater” but fewer people know that this phrase comes from a 1919 court decision in which an antiwar protestor was jailed for handing out leaflets against the war.

By way of Wendy McElroy.

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Thanks to Seth Cohn for saving these and mailing me an archive.

What’s Offensive in the Boortz FairTax Book
by Jim Cox

Beyond the proposal for the “FairTax” itself, the Neal Boortz/John Linder book has even more verbiage to offend libertarians than it does points we can cheer.

The following is a comprehensive recounting of the bad to be found in The FairTax Book:


UPDATE: Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute also posted these other articles at LPA activists yahoo group.

The Fair Tax Fraud – Mises Institute

There is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax – Mises Institute

Mises Economics Blog: The FairTax Rally

The Fraudulent Tax – Mises Institute

Mises Economics Blog: The Fair Tax Fraud

Mises Economics Blog: There is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax

Mises Economics Blog: Libertarians for a National Sales Tax?

Mises Economics Blog: Comment on The FairTax Rally

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For my last birthday I was offered jewellery or shotguns. I chose the guns.

Elizabeth Hurley

from: http://www.samizdata.net/blog/

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The public, seeing through the tissue of Bush administration lies told to justify an invasion that never had anything to do with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 or weapons of mass destruction, now has begun a national questioning: Why are we still in Iraq? The answers posted most widely on the Internet by critics of the war suggest its continuation as a naked imperial grab for the world’s second-largest petroleum source, but that is wrong.

It’s not primarily about the oil; it’s much more about the military-industrial complex, the label employed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower 45 years ago when he warned of the dangers of “a permanent arms industry of vast proportions.”

The Cold War had provided the rationale for the first peacetime creation of a militarized economy. While the former general, Eisenhower, was well aware of the military threat posed by the Soviet Union, he chose in his farewell presidential address to the nation to warn that the war profiteers had an agenda of their own, one that was inimical to the survival of American democracy:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Ponder those words as you consider the predominant presence of former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney in the councils of this White House, and how his old company has profiteered more than any other from the disaster that is Iraq. Despite having been found to have overcharged some $60 million to the U.S. military for fuel deliveries, the formerly bankrupt Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root continues to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in lucrative contracts.

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Some people are passing this around as money, and every once in a while it actually works.

This is bad, because only government should pass around monopoly money.

Or something like that.

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