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.The trend toward bigger and ever-moreintrusive government, unfortunately, was not stopped, but the case nonetheless was a significant event that at that time prevented the institutionalizing of a Mussolini-type corporativist system in America. (Correction: Contrary to a statement in this column, young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps were not compelled to join.)
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 professorof history at UCLA, published a WashingtonPost Outlook piece called Undeniable GlobalWarming. She asserted that the planet is warming(true), that increases in greenhouse gases have somethingto do with it (true), that several scientific societies holdthis view (true), that the remainder of the discussion isquibbling about the details, and that we must respondto 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 hisabilities, to each according to his needs," is themoral foundation of the progressive tax policiesof modern capitalist societies. The psychiatric credo,"From each producer according to his income, to eachpsychiatric parasite according to his cunning," amplifiesthat 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 povertyhas only lately been a concern of Americanpresidents, and that before Franklin Rooseveltit was hardly a concern at all. This stubborn errorpersists.
Rulers Have Repeatedly Resorted to Plundering Their Own People
OCTOBER 01, 2005 by ROBERT HIGGS
Niccol Machiavelli, statesman and writer ofRenaissance Florence, got what countlesswriters have sought and only a few haveachieved: his name became immortal. It is known not somuch as a proper noun but as an adjective, and thatadjective 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. NichollsSociety, I traveled to several Australian cities speakingon the subject of the American labor market andthe lessons that it might have for labor-law reform inAustralia. Along the way I discovered that Australianlabor-relations regulations are much more irrational,contradictory, and oppressive even than our ownNational 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 withlibertarianism or classical liberalism. Indeed, bothlibertarians and their critics typically think of equality asan ideal in tension with the ideal of liberty as libertariansunderstand it.