“The Austrian craze is particularly curious because it has displaced a school of economics that ought to be more appealing to the proud and patriotic, especially those who claim to be true to the views of the nation’s founders. That would be the school known as ‘the American system’…[a]s articulated by thinkers from Alexander Hamilton to Henry Clay to Abraham Lincoln….” Very funny. Why can’t you people just be government-loving, trade-warring, state-building mercantilists? Then journos could praise you.
Thanks to Bud Bronstein for this piece by Kate Zernike from the NY Times, “Movement of the Moment Looks to Long-Ago Texts.” Catch the ideological presentism. Instead of just reading the latest approved tomes and today’s issue of the Times, people are learning from “obscure” old books by dead people.
The Tea Party “has resurrected once-obscure texts by dead writers — in some cases elevating them to best-seller status — to form a kind of Tea Party canon. Recommended by Tea Party icons like Ron Paul and Glenn Beck, the texts are being quoted everywhere from protest signs to Republican Party platforms.” The idea of a movement animated by ideas rather than leaders is just right. Bastiat, Hayek, and Mises are magnificent, and also just what one would expect from a movement born in Ron Paulism.Details
In the Roman empire, it was treason to insult or make fun of the emperor, to “injure his majesty.” This is true in all unfree countries, to protect the state and its head, and as the American empire becomes ever more authoritarian, here too. Not that this is anything new in the US context. John…Details
I have many problems with the US constitution, but it is the legal regime we are told we live under. Marriage, to take one example, is mentioned nowhere in the constitution, and therefore is no business of the federal congress, the federal courts, nor any other arm of the DC leviathan. The feds, according to their own constitution, have only the powers they are specifically given. Some black-robed occupier in California may not overturn a popular vote against gay marriage, nor throw out a voters’ ban on welfare for illegal aliens, to take an earlier example. On the other hand, the Massachusetts. federal judge who ruled that marriage is none of the federal government’s business, and therefore Massachusetts may enact it, despite the defense of marriage act, had a strong case. He is ignored, however, while the crazed California judge is heralded.
Unfortunately, in the American system, there are only states rights. This was a mistake. There should also be town rights, county rights, etc. as Jefferson noted. If San Francisco wants gay marriage, so be it. If Dubuque does not, so be it.
Government took over marriage, a matter for the Church and subsequently other private bodies, in the 18th century, with the expected negative results. But having taken it over, it ought to be decentralized, not nationalized.Details
Oliver Stone: US should nationalize film industry — Yahoo! News LONDON – The propaganda power of the movies shows that the United States should follow the example of South American socialists in nationalizing its movie industry, filmmaker Oliver Stone said Tuesday. The Academy Award-winning director of “Born on the Fourth of July” and “JFK” said…Details
On his Sirius/XM satellite radio show, Mike talks the dangerous idea of nullification–dangerous to tyranny, that is–with Tom. Listen. Writes Mike: There seems to be a disconnect among “conservatives” between opposing Leviathan as a way of life, a responsibility of republican citizenship, and opposing Leviathan because a tyrant is at its helm. Tom Woods cuts…Details
Tom Woods’ long-awaited freedom handbook, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, will be released this Monday, June 28th…and Amazon has cut the price to $13.47! Many readers have already pre-ordered this fascinating work of politics and history, but a flurry of new orders will help propel it out of the 400s…Details
The Washington Post, house organ of the Fed-banking-Wall Street complex, attempts to smear Ron Paul today. Check the headline and the deliberately unflattering photo, as well as the biased article itself. But Ron Paul has no sway of this sort in congress. He could have had it, but he chose not to play that game.…Details
Tom Woods’ new book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, is up to #79 in all books on Amazon.com, and it isn’t even officially available yet. You can preorder it, however. And the price has dropped to $14.97. I am reading this book right now, and I can tell you that…Details
Tom Woods’ very important new book is available for preorder on Amazon. Let’s make it #1 before the publication date. Here is the jacket copy: Unconstitutional laws are pouring out of Washington…but we can stop them. Just ask Thomas Jefferson. There is a “rightful remedy” to federal power grabs—it’s called Nullification. In Nullification: How to…Details