The New Bill of Rights

Dec. 31 2007

Just perusing jim.com for some reading material and I found this. Funny and spot on.

Here is Amendment I, click here to read the rest.

Congress shall make no law establishing religion, but shall act as if it did; and shall make no laws abridging the freedom of speech, unless such speech can be construed as “commercial speech” or “irresponsible speech” or “offensive speech;” or shall abridge the right of the people to peaceably assemble where and when permitted; or shall abridge the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, under proper procedures.

It shall be unlawful to cry “Fire!” in a theater occupied by three or more persons, unless such persons shall belong to a class declared Protected by one or more divisions of Federal, State or Local government, in which case the number of persons shall be one or more.


Ron Paul, a cure for apathy?

Dec. 24 2007

I have enjoyed watching these recent videos, what a breath of fresh air to see this guy answer questions. He is open, honest, and articulate.

Meet The Press 12/23/07 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, An accurate analysis of this very hostile interview here.

Franklin Pierce Law Center 12/19/07 – Part 1

Glenn Beck 12/18/07 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Note, Ron Paul talks a lot about the dangers of “Central Banking”. Mises.org has a free documentary about the Federal Reserve system which can be found here. Scroll down to Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve. This is nice primer on the the topic. If you have six hours (you don’t but it is worth it anyway) watch Commanding Heights, this information is very relevant to the sort of things Dr. Paul is talking about. If you don’t already have a basic understanding of monetary issues and how they relate to govt. growth and ultimately control then you won’t understand Ron Paul.

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Who is and isn’t a modern day Fascist?

Dec. 21 2007

I am working on developing a better sense as to what is and isn’t characteristic of fascism which according to many is alive and well today. I found this helpful diagram by Ryan W. McMaken which illustrates Fascism. Be sure to visit the link for an explanation. While you are at it, I suggest reading the first few pages of Gene Edward Veith’s book Modern Fascism which are available for free viewing at Amazon.com. In addition Gene’s blog can be found here.

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Two Reasons Airfares are on the Rise

Dec. 16 2007
  1. The Chinese are buying our planes, fewer planes = less supply = higher prices.
  2. In order to improve customer service governments are fining airlines and pocketing the money.

Somewhat unrelated but…I have just finished the second episode of three from a PBS documentary called Commanding Heights. Each episode is 2 hours in length I highly recommend this, it is simply fascinating. Please go to the link to learn more

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


MIT Whizzkid suggests program to subsidize inheritances for the poor.

Dec. 05 2007

Here is another reason to read Biblical Economics. Psalms 13:22 says “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” Leaveth means leave for those of you in Rio Linda.

Ivan Werning, a 33 year old tenured whizzkid economics theorist from MIT ran some numbers because that’s what economics theorists do as you know and he came up with this.

His paper shows that the transmission of wealth should be regulated to prevent an accumulation of luck—that children should essentially be insured against the family into which they are born.In a follow-up paper, entitled “Progressive Estate Taxation,” also written with Farhi, Werning discovered that the best approach would be to encourage parents to leave bequests to their children, and that government should, through subsidies, help the poor pass on money to their heirs.

Huh?

Well read R.C.’s book if you get a chance, because these ideas are just about as bad as it gets. There is a chapter which discusses the difference between “equality” and “equity”. The Bible is usually speaking in terms of equity while the world usually speaks in terms of equality. It is a very important distinction to make when thinking about these issues.


The 33 Questions You’re Not Suppose to Ask

Dec. 05 2007

I thought this was an excellent interview (scroll down to ‘The 33 Questions’) or click here to begin streaming.

Jeffrey Tucker interviews bestselling author and Mises Institute Senior Fellow, Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. They discuss his recent blockbuster “33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask.” Recorded at the Mises Institute, 24 August 2007. [46:33] Streaming Windows Media Video

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This blog entry by the author (How to Get an Education for Free) is also worth reading. I have been working through materials from Mises for about a week.

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The Golden Compass – An interview from Mars Hill Audio

Dec. 03 2007

I thought this interview from Mars Hill Audio was very interesting. If you are going to see the movie I suggest listening to this interview as a primer.

In 2000, MARS HILL AUDIO’s Ken Myers talked with literary critic Alan Jacobs about Pullman’s trilogy and the ideas it advances. In that interview, Jacobs explained exactly how Pullman pursues his project of undermining Christian belief, as well as some of the other disturbing tendencies of these creative books. Originally presented on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a longer version of that interview is offered in this issue of Audition.