On “Common Sense” Gun Laws

Following the school shooting at Newtown, President Obama has been asking Americans in general, and Congress specifically, to unite in supporting and adopting what he refers to, most recently in a speech given in Minneapolis, as “common-sense” changes to federal gun laws. What troubles me about this particular and oft-repeated phrase is that “common sense”…

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Robert Reich is Shortsighted and Wrong

“Among the most viable of all economic delusions is the belief that machines on net balance create unemployment.  Destroyed a thousand times, it has risen a thousand times out of its own ashes as hardy and vigorous as ever.  Whenever there is long-continued mass unemployment, machines get the blame anew.”

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Full Employment is NOT the Goal!

This week, it was announced that the unemployment rate in the United States had fallen to 7.8%, the lowest rate since President Obama took office in 2009.  The data show that 325,000 jobs have been added to the economy during Obama’s tenure, numbers that are sure to be used as a talking-point in his favor…

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End Social Security

Due to its prodigious status in the federal “budget” and the necessity of deficit spending and fiat currency inflation to keep all the money-inhaling federal programs funded, Social Security is recognized by even the most obtuse of players in Washington as desperately needing reform to stave off economic calamity.  It is the opinion of this…

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You Don’t KNOW ME!
Misconceptions About Libertarians

Throughout my involvement in political debate I have noticed that most of the charges leveled against libertarians are complete myths or fabrications.  There are a lot of wrong ideas about libertarians out there; some are the product of common misunderstandings, though others are intentionally misleading for the purpose of gaining leverage in an argument.  Here…

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What is a Libertarian anyway?
Filtering the myths from the reality

A few days ago a friend of mine introduced me to an article written by Connor Kilpatrick for the online news magazine AlterNet, provocatively entitled “The Libertarian Con: Favorite ‘Rebel’ Ideology of the Ruling Class”.  In this article, Kilpatrick attempts to cast libertarianism as a cabal comprised of cruel and heartless wealth-mongers and their sycophantic…

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The Basics of Economics:
A Primer for the Uninitiated

Economics is a curious discipline, at once simple and complex.  It is simple because it tells a story that nearly everyone already knows through experience.  By this, I do not necessarily mean all the specific economic concepts that require technical language:  production, distribution, consumption, supply, demand, credit, debit, capital, labor, etc.  We can get into…

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