Today this blog would like to tell you about Franklin Brito, someone whose name most of you will almost certainly have never heard. For those who are unfamiliar with Brito’s story, he had a productive livestock farm in Venezuela until a certain Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías decided to “expropriate” it, declaring property rights to be […]
From the redoubtable John Ward, describing Ben Bernanke’s speech suicide note…. If there is one thing that concerns me more than a bearded rabbit in the headlights, it’s adult male and female professionals taking this crap seriously. Bernanke’s speech today represented a lengthy overture of sightless denial followed by a cacophony of contradictory ideas – […]
The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to…. “regulate commerce . . . .among the several States,” ….and for more than 100 years federal lawmakers invoked it for a very narrow purpose; to prevent states from imposing trade barriers on each other. But today members of Congress act as if it […]
Like these at the Climate Camp in Edinburgh last weekend…. Well, this blog can think of a lot of names for them but anarchists they are not…. As Old Holborn helpfully pointed out to a Climate Camper yesterday…. Hat tip, Captain Ranty.
….of five…. The Tea Party movement, though its rhetoric is often conservative sounding, is at heart neither left wing nor right wing. It is a fundamentally libertarian cry of exhasperation at a government increasingly seen to be spending away our futures and trampling our liberties and disregarding the rule of law.
Happy anniversary, Mr al-Megrahi…. This newspaper can also disclose that American senators investigating Megrahi’s release will this week launch an unprecedented request for British “whistle-blowers” to disclose details about the decision to free the Lockerbie bomber. The appeal is a remarkable sign of US-British rifts as it indicates that US investigators do not believe they […]
From the highly recommended Reason TV….