October 2005Volume 55, 2005
We Can Resist the Headlong March into Economic Tyranny
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by RICHARD EBELING
Seventy years ago, on May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court said no to economic fascism in America.
Wal-Mart and Home Depot Saved the Day in New Orleans
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by SHELDON RICHMAN
The Major Criticisms of Wal-Mart Are Without Merit
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by JOHN SEMMENS
Ideologues who rant against Wal-Mart do not understand economics. In a market economy, success goes to those businesses that best and most efficiently serve consumer needs.
The Only Internally Consistent Picture Is One of a Very Modest Warming
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by PATRICK J. MICHAELS
Last December Naomi Oreskes, an associate professor of history at UCLA, published a Washington Post Outlook piece called "Undeniable Global Warming." She asserted that the planet is warming (true), that increases in greenhouse gases have something to do with it (true), that several scientific societies hold this view (true), that the remainder of the discussion is quibbling about the details, and that we must respond to the threats that global warming presents.
Proposition 63 Won't Improve Californians' Mental Health
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by THOMAS S. SZASZ
The Marxian credo, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs," is the moral foundation of the progressive tax policies of modern capitalist societies. The psychiatric credo, "From each producer according to his income, to each psychiatric parasite according to his cunning," amplifies that creed and garbs it in the mantle of therapy.
Self-Reliance, Work, and Entrepreneurship Are the Best Antipoverty Program
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Conventional wisdom holds that fighting poverty has only lately been a concern of American presidents, and that before Franklin Roosevelt it was hardly a concern at all. This stubborn error persists.
Rulers Have Repeatedly Resorted to Plundering Their Own People
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by ROBERT HIGGS
Niccol Machiavelli, statesman and writer of Renaissance Florence, got what countless writers have sought and only a few have achieved: his name became immortal. It is known not so much as a proper noun but as an adjective, and that adjective is not one in which he could take great pride.
Australian Labor-Relations Regulations Are Irrational, Contradictory, and Oppressive
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by CHARLES W. BAIRD
In mid-March, at the behest of the H.R. Nicholls Society, I traveled to several Australian cities speaking on the subject of the American labor market and the lessons that it might have for labor-law reform in Australia. Along the way I discovered that Australian labor-relations regulations are much more irrational, contradictory, and oppressive even than our own National Labor Relations Act.
Equality of authority.
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by RODERICK T. LONG
Equality is an ideal upheld by a number of ideologies, but nowadays it is seldom associated with libertarianism or classical liberalism. Indeed, both libertarians and their critics typically think of equality as an ideal in tension with the ideal of liberty as libertarians understand it.