Column by Jim Davies.
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As far as I know, there is no sound and comprehensive theory of the
right way to allocate control (or ownership) of the Earth's 150 million
square kilometers of land among its seven billion human inhabitants.
Since conventional theorists are not even looking in the right haystack,
it falls to libertarian ones to make the attempt, and some fairly good
ones have been made. The net result is outlined here. I hope it can be
The subject is...
Original article"Voluntaryists must show the
world by their actions the principles that they believe in. Political
participation is unbecoming of the voluntaryist....politics is the
business of the state. We won't achieve the free society by trying to
change the myriad parts of the machinery of the state, but by unplugging
it from our minds and our means." (Editor's pick)
Original article"The Washington Post
(10/25/2012), in giving President Barack Obama an endorsement for
another four years, wrote, “Much of the 2012 presidential campaign has
dwelt on the past, but the key questions are who could better lead the
country during the next four years -- and, most urgently, who is
likelier to put the government on a more sound financial footing.” The
suggestion appears to be that a president is not to be held accountable
to his promises and past record and that his...
Original article"Hurricane Sandy was one of
the worst natural disasters the east coast has ever seen. Clean-up and
recovery will take months, if not years and estimates run in the tens of
billions of dollars. Parts of New York and New Jersey will never be
the same. Entire seashore communities have been wiped out, but the
determination to rebuild has been lauded as courageous and admirable.
Yet as with all natural disasters, Sandy raises uncomfortable questions
about the extent to which...
Original article"“Not elegantly stated.”
That’s how the Republican Party’s presidential candidate described some
of his words captured in the covertly-taped video in which he claimed
that 47 percent of voters were in the bag for President Obama because
they are “dependent on the government.” Amidst the hype and feigned
outrage, however, it’s worth noting that a not-dissimilar analysis may
be found (and much more elegantly stated) in a book published 172 years
Original article"Although Leland Yeager
calls himself a fellow traveler of the Austrian School (p. 100), rather
than a full-fledged member of it — he is a fellow traveler of the
Chicago School as well — no reader of his essays can fail to note one
respect in which he resembles two quintessential Austrian economists,
Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. Like them, Yeager is a scholar of
enormous learning, a fact in evidence in each of the 28 essays of his
collected here. As an example, few of...
Original article"WikiLeaks has begun
releasing the ’Detainee Policies’: more than 100 classified or otherwise
restricted files from the United States Department of Defense covering
the rules and procedures for detainees in U.S. military custody. Over
the next month, WikiLeaks will release in chronological order the United
States’ military detention policies followed for more than a decade.
The documents include the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of
detention camps in Iraq and Cuba...
Original article"Several months ago I made
the decision to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, because I
wanted to have another level of protection for me and for my family as
we go about our business around town."
Original article"On October 22, an Italian
court found six seismologists and one government official guilty of
multiple involuntary manslaughter for failing to accurately predict an
earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, which killed around 300 people. The trial
lasted from September 2011 until October 2012, but it took a judge only
a little over 4 hours to decide it. Each man received a 6-year jail
term. They were also banned for life from any public office and ordered
to pay a total compensation...
Original article"A Baltimore City police
detective was charged Thursday with lying in a search warrant affidavit
to gain entry to a Canton home, then trying to obstruct an ensuing
internal affairs investigation."
Original article"There is little documented
information about the details of “witchcraft” among the Najavo—or Diné,
as they call themselves. What is relatively well known is their term
“Skinwalker,” or “yee naaldlooshii,” which means, “with it, he goes on
all fours.” This is a reference to the special ability to transform into
a four-legged animal. According to most modern descriptions, this seems
to be the only real determinant for defining...