Monday, August 11, 2003

The Euro: A Weak Federalist Currency 

The euro currency is the jewel in the crown of European Union federalism. But now France looks set to smash the rules underpinning the euro with a budget deficit as high as four percent of its GDP. (The EU Stability Pact allows only three percent.)

In Sweden, a Euro Referendum is to be held in September. And it looks like the federalists will be on the losing side. If Swedes say no to the euro, Brits might follow. That would mean a major setback for the federalists.

And that’s not all. The silver strips on small euro notes are wearing away after heavy usage, causing innocent people to be accused of forgery, reports German tabloid Bild.

Friday, August 08, 2003

The Week That Was 

Monday Novak On the Wall

Tuesday Sullum: The Case of the Overlooked Cook

Wednesday Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Thursday Wolfowitz: Iraq Not Involved in 9-11

Friday Marcus Epstein: Heroic Merle Haggard Attacks War, Defends Dixie Chicks

Thursday, August 07, 2003

The Anarcho-Capitalist Alternative 

Support the new Mises Institute project: A book about the alternative to the Warfare State. From Lew Rockwell's memorandum:

"We want to publish a book that is a first in the entire history of ideas. In the last 500 years, since the discovery of economics as a science, our forebears have made great strides in applying market logic to almost every area of human endeavor."

"Now we want to address the one area that has been exempt: foreign policy and national defense. Indeed, the title of the book is The Myth of National Defense. The editor is Hans-Hermann Hoppe, the economist who caused an international uproar with his last book on democracy (demonstrating that it is not all it is cracked up to be)."

"The Myth of National Defense may be the only fundamental challenge big government receives in this area in our lifetimes. Or it may spark an intellectual revolution. Won’t you help us publish it?"

"Editing, printing, binding, and distributing (especially to the students who are interested) will cost us $30,000. Please consider making a generous tax-deductible contribution to this work. And those who can give $500 or more will be listed, with their approval, in the book as among the benefactors who made it possible."

Tax Resistance 

The Whiskey Rebellion broke out in Pennsylvania on this very day, August 7, 1794. Read Murray Rothbard's The Whiskey Rebellion: A Model for Our Time:

"The entire American back-country was gripped by a non-violent, civil disobedient refusal to pay the hated tax on whiskey. No local juries could be found to convict tax delinquents. The Whiskey Rebellion was actually widespread and successful, for it eventually forced the federal government to repeal the excise tax."

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Bollywood in Berlin 

Netaji: The Last Hero is expected to be a blockbuster when it opens in India early next year. The film traces the life of an Indian freedom fighter backed by Hitler.

This will prove difficult for the PC crowd. "A Third World Guru? That's good. And it's always nice to see that not all successful films are made in Hollywood. On friendly terms with Hitler, you say? Oh, dear …"

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

The Downing Street Smear-Fest 

From The Independent today:

"Downing Street engaged in a frantic damage-limitation exercise as colleagues of Dr Kelly accused the Government of sinking to a new low so close to his funeral tomorrow, and said his family was hurt and appalled at the attempt to portray him as a fantasist."

Monday, August 04, 2003

The Vatican Says Yes 

The Vatican has "stunned opponents of genetically modified foods" by declaring that GM-crops hold the answer to world starvation and malnutrition. An article in The Times today (only available to subscribers, unfortunately) says a forthcoming Vatican study will argue that the future of humanity is at stake and that there is no room for the argument advanced by environmentalists that "nature is good and man is bad."

This could mean a lot for the debate in EU-countries like Germany and France, where anti-GM green sentiments have prevailed so far.

Friday, August 01, 2003

Heritage Says: "America First!" (Almost) 

Who would have thought it? Words of wisdom from The Heritage Foundation. Well, sort of, anyway:

"The news that President Bush has ordered three warships with some 2,500 marines to the waters off the coast of Liberia in West Africa creates an uneasy sense of déjà vu."

"At a time when we are fighting the war on terrorism, U.S. troop deployments should be focused on American national security needs. Right now, that means Iraq, Afghanistan, and it may come to mean North Korea as well. This is not the time to return to experimenting with military humanitarianism."

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Liberty & Power 

New Group Blog on HNN: Liberty & Power. Among the bloggers: David T. Beito, Ivan Eland, David M. Hart, Thomas Fleming, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel.

Government Is Guns 

Thoreau did it. And now Priscilla Adams. She has refused to pay her federal taxes and owes the government more than $42,000.

Nationally an estimated 8,000 Americans avoid paying some or all of their federal income taxes because of their political beliefs, often because they oppose military spending, according to the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.

Thoreau really captured the inner contradiction of taxation in the name of security and liberty:

"When I have not paid the tax which the state demanded for that protection which I did not want, itself has robbed me; when I have asserted the liberty it presumed to declare, itself has imprisoned me."

Taxation and war go together. "Government," as Rose Wilder Lane wrote, "is guns."

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Nixon Did It 

Former campaign aide Jeb Stuart Magruder says in a documentary for PBS that he heard Nixon's voice on a telephone as the president instructed John Mitchell to go ahead with the break-in. From The Salt Lake Tribune:

"Thirty years after the Senate Select Committee hearings on Watergate riveted the nation and doomed the Nixon presidency, a key figure in the scandal claims to have a fresh and explosive revelation: President Nixon personally ordered the burglary of Democratic headquarters at the Watergate complex."

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Nosing Around 

Happy people are three times less likely to get a cold, according to researchers who squirted cold virus up the noses of volunteers. The team also assessed how people who did catch a cold coped with the symptoms:

"This involved collecting the tissues used by volunteers to blow their noses and weighing them, to calculate the amount of mucus each person produced."

Monday, July 28, 2003

Hope Dead 

Bob Hope is dead. A note from CNN:

"In 1997, Congress named Hope an honorary U.S. veteran, citing his decades of entertaining troops around the world. He is the only person to receive that distinction."

Troops around the world -- that says something about the state of the union, doesn't it? A great comedian is gone. The Empire remains.

Off the Beam 

A realistic plan for world peace? Right …

Friday, July 25, 2003

And the Winner Is … Hong Kong! (Again) 

Hong Kong is the most economically free country in the world, followed by Singapore, the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Says a report from The Fraser Institute.

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