Pity protectionists for having nothing to work with but misinterpretation and illogic

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Protectionists have no revered economists to call their own. Nor do they have any coherent principles or theories on which to build their case that greater abundance springs from government-contrived scarcities. So I suppose it’s understandable that protectionists continue to struggle ...” (10/21/18)


The Last Nighters, episode 42

Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Robert and I double-down on one of the key movies of our formative years, the Vince Vaughn breakout film, Swingers. I’m supposed to be impressed because he’s wearing a backpack. This is a fun romp of a movie that tests the boundaries of what could be done today and ended up being a quote-fest a la our Billy Madison or Lebowski episodes.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/22/18)


Corruption, Arkansas-style

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In recent years, legislators have enacted a slew of convoluted laws, purposely designed to wreck the initiative and referendum process. The regulations give insiders and partisans a myriad of hyper-technical ‘gotchas’ that can be used to disqualify whole sheets of bonafide voter signatures.” (10/22/18)


Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 371

“In today’s flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc is joined by Dr. Michael Rectenwald, a professor of Global Liberal Studies at NYU. Dr. Rectenwald became an epicenter of controversy at NYU after it was revealed that he was the man behind the Twitter account @AntiPCNYUProf , from which he sent tweets decrying the recent push for ‘politically correct’ speech on his and many other college campuses.” [various formats] (10/22/18)


Quantum Vibe, 10/22/18

Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/22/18)


Foreign Policy Focus, episode 261

“On FPF #261, I discuss important news events around the world. Social networks continue to go after independent media outlets. John Kiriakou explains why whistleblowers are so rare. I look at an article by Max Blumenthal on Nikki Haley’s speech to CNP. In Afghanistan, an attack nearly killed the Commander of US Forces just days before elections were held. Over 30 people were killed during the election.” [various formats] (10/22/18)


We’ve not got any austerity so why raise taxes to end it?

Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The public conversation is labouring under a misapprehension. Or if you prefer, the b’stards are lying. We’ve not actually got any austerity in the public finances. Given this there’s no need to raise taxes to end that austerity, is there? But people keep giving us plans to end what doesn’t exist in the first place …” (10/22/18)


Interview: JW Weatherman

Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy [Danilo Cuellar’s] recent conversation with JW Weatherman, creator of MathBot.com. Herein we discussed the importance of programming, socialization myth, spectacularly evil government math, government school like a sausage factory ...” [Flash video or Flash audio] (10/21/18)


Against a federal registry of genitals

Source: The Atlantic
by James Hamblin

“Life might be more orderly and easy to understand if biology worked just like this: People come in one of two sexes .… The paradigm is somewhat similar to saying that automobiles come in two forms: cars and trucks. This is a worldview that is easily challenged by the existence of SUVs and station wagons ...” (10/21/18)


Two questions about commercial real estate lending

Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

"The S&L crisis of the 1980s was centered around loans to real estate developers. The banking crisis of 2007-09 was centered around loans to real estate developers (not mortgage loans). Dodd-Frank was supposed to fix this problem. How’s it working so far?" (10/21/18)


The Tom Woods Show, episode 1264

“Note the difference in reaction between telling someone you’re going to college (congratulations and warm wishes) and telling someone you’re taking a different path (skeptical line of questioning). T.K. Coleman joins me to smack down the typical line of questioning.” [various formats] (10/18/18)


Quantum Vibe, 10/19/18

Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/19/18)


Still amazing after all these years

Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

Review of First Man.


A note from the publisher of Rational Review News Digest …

Thanks to DH, DM, PD, EL, WSS3 for their monthly subscriber donations and one-time donations totaling $80. That brings our year-end fundraiser total to $582.50 versus our goal of $5,000.

I like setting “mini-goals” on these long hard slogs, but I’m never sure how ambitious to get. I think I’ll aim high this time … can we make it to $1,000 by Monday?

Yes, we can. Whether or not we DO is up to you.


You want to make America great again?

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“In the end, censorship and political correctness not only produce people that cannot speak for themselves but also people who cannot think for themselves. And a citizenry that can’t think for itself is a citizenry that will neither rebel against the government’s dictates nor revolt against the government’s tyranny.” (10/18/18)


How “collective self-defense” could lead to more war

Source: Niskanen Center
by Bruce Farabaugh

“While the 2001 AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original scope, it provides at least some framework of legal justification for military action. The new concept of ‘collective self-defense’ would endanger even this, as it apparently allows engagement with combatants regardless of whether or not Congress has authorized military force against them.” (10/18/18)


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/18/18

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. Jaffer and the Knight Institute seek to defend ‘the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital era through strategic litigation, research, and public education.'” [various formats] (10/18/18)


Free trade, unconditional and unilateral

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Steve Forbes, Arthur Laffer, Fred Smith, and Stephen Moore are correct that a world of zero tariffs would be ideal (‘Mr. President, It’s Time for Zero Tariffs,’ Oct. 18). But they err in advising that U.S. tariffs be cut to zero only on condition that other governments cut their tariffs to zero. Instead, the U.S. should do what Hong Kong has done ...” (10/18/18)


The job guarantee: A critical analysis

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“The primary goal of this report is to show why a federal job guarantee is a clear-cut case in which the proposed cure is worse than the disease. The proposals described by the CBPP and Levy reports would constitute nothing less than the single largest government intervention in US economic history." (10/18/18)


Building Tomorrow Podcast, episode 17

Source: Libertarianism.org

“In order to control its’ people, China developed technology, like credit systems and facial recognition software, that concern the freer world.” [various formats] (10/18/18)


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