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)


Loony laws

Source: The Racinian
by Dave Kristopeit

“To paraphrase Plato, he said that good men do not need laws. And bad men don’t obey them. So why oh why, year after year, are thousands of new laws passed? In the 112th Congress there were 561 new laws passed out of 6,845 introduced. Off the top of my head I cannot recite one of them..” (10/21/18)


Liberty and authority

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Mama Liberty called the Authoritarians ‘Controllers’ for such they are. They are those ‘who have no confidence in liberty; they believe in compelling people to be good, assuming that people are totally depraved.’ They are the Statists. Lovers of the State, even worshipers of it. ... Sadly, too many who CALL themselves ‘Libertarian’ are numbered with them.” (10/21/18)


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)


The Anarchist Experience, episode 187

"We discuss whether or not we misunderstand the Ancom position after more debates and a little feedback, What is up with certain tollroads, and why do I need a driver’s license to buy someone else a car, and these HEADLINES: Losing the Property Rights Lottery ... Why Civility Can’t Return To Politics." [various formats] (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)


@jco42 @bigl0af I'm headed out of the house for the day at the moment, but an interesting fictional take on arbitration versus government courts is J. Neil Schulman's novel "Alongside Night." More later :)


Note: I manually post RRND material to Liberdon as opposed to automating it, and will be traveling today (Bob Dylan plays St. Augustine tonight), so you'll see few if any posts from me today. You can catch up at rationalreview.com if you're interested (I have a few posts pre-scheduled). Have a great day!

Cato Daily Podcast, 10/18/18
Source: Cato Institute

“If you want to try an unapproved drug in the United States, you must be wealthy or lucky. Naomi Lopez Bauman of the Goldwater Institute discusses some promising reforms. We spoke at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting.” [various formats] (10/18/18)


Innovative Dynamism Improves the Environment

Source: Libertarian Papers
by Arthur M Diamond Jr.

“The economic system of innovative dynamism is often accused of harming the environment. The opposite is true.” [abstract — full paper available as PDF download] (10/19/18)


@jco42 @bigl0af

There are divisions among libertarians on what, if any, the proper role of the state might be. But most libertarians think that personal reputation and private arbitration is a better way of handling controversy than government courts.

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)


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