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Saturday
July 23, 2011
Commentary
Morality, the Professions and Politicians
by Tibor R. Machan
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 While I see strong merits to an ultraminimal government idea, whereby the state has no other function than to protect the rights of the citizens from criminals and foreign aggressors, I do not share the view that politicians are necessarily corrupt. (Read more...)
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Friday
July 8, 2011
Commentary
Am I A Corporate Shill?
by Tibor R. Machan
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I suppose when you have no arguments it is then tempting to impugn your adversaryís integrity.  Itís a cowardís escape, I believe.
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Thursday
June 30, 2011
Commentary
Bad v. Good Pitch to Voters
by Tibor R. Machan
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    Do voters actually believe it when candidates promise them health, happiness, vacations, clean air, and all those other goodies while also demanding that they stop being selfish, stop joining special interest groups and dedicate themselves only to the public good? I doubt it very much.  This sort of pitch seems to me to put most reasonable voters on guard. (Read more...)
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Thursday
June 23, 2011
Commentary
Self-defense vs. Isolation
by Tibor R. Machan
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Where the idea comes from is not really relevant--it could be neo-conservatism, imperialism, compassion, whatnot.  But it is right that it should be debated, especially by Republicans who arenít beholden to the legacy of Woodrow Wilson in matter of foreign relations. Republicans, especially those with conservative leanings who are committed to preserving Americaís ideal of using force against other countries only when those countries embark upon an aggressive foreign policy toward American citizens or allies, need to take a renewed close look at their countryís basic principles, including those pertaining to dealing with foreigners.
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Wednesday
June 8, 2011
Commentary
The Weiner Paradox
by Tibor R. Machan
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What is most puzzling about the scandal with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) isnít how stupid the man has been and apparently managed to be to the last moment before he came clean (enough).  What is really puzzling is why in the face of repeated scandals and corruption across the world and this country, there are well educated folks who continue to be confident that if only one hands a problem over to politicians and their appointees, all will be fine.
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Wednesday
May 25, 2011
Commentary
Israel & Obama: Whatís Up With That?
by Tibor R. Machan
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Whatever oneís view is of Israel it cannot be sensible to demand that the country voluntarily abolish itself.   So then what is this all about?  Is it just some kind of geopolitical gambit to the effect that Israel can be given up, even after decades of ďinvestmentĒ in the country made at the expense of the American taxpayer?  (Not that this could be justified morally but perhaps given the statist nature of most diplomacy it could make some sense.)
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Tuesday
May 10, 2011
Commentary
Why Canít I see Bin Ladenís Dead Body?
by Tibor R. Machan
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I recall being told by Mr. Obama during his campaign for the presidency and thereafter that he favors transparency on the part of the federal government.  This instance belies that declaration point blank. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 6, 2011
Commentary
Atlas Shrugged Part I, the Movie
by Tibor R. Machan
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I saw Part I of the movie a few weeks ago and although it didnít grab me as did the book when I first read it--how could it have?--it is a very good picture; itís modern, serious, chuck full of poignant anti-statist and pro-capitalist dialogue (unlike most Hollywood products these days). (Read more...)
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Wednesday
March 30, 2011
Commentary
The Distraction of Anarcho-Libertarianism
by Tibor R. Machan
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The debate between anarchist and minarchist libertarians is largely pointless, a damaging distraction. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
March 16, 2011
Commentary
Revisiting Public Service Labor Unions
by Tibor R. Machan
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So if the controversy were about whether Wisconsinís and other statesí public union workers should have their right to be members of a labor union legally protected, they would be supported by most Americans.  The fact is, however, that public service union members arenít at all like private sector union members.  They enjoy a legally protected monopoly.  And that is a violation of the rights of their customers who have nowhere else to go to obtain the service that the public service unions provide.
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Saturday
February 12, 2011
Commentary
Democracy Wont Help Egypt
by Tibor R. Machan
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When the mobs in Egypt, who have been treated as a bunch of unruly children by Mubarekís regime, finally couldnít take it any more and stood up to the dictator, there is little reason to think they would become a civilized citizenry that renounces the temptation to rule others once they gain power.  Their call for democracy appears to have little to do with the kind of constitutional system that Americaís founders favored.  Even their call for freedom seems mostly to be about being free to rule instead of being ruled.
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Saturday
February 5, 2011
Commentary
Are our actions mostly motivated unconsciously?
by Tibor R. Machan
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The notion that unconscious thoughts thoroughly ďpermeate our everyday livesĒ is unjustified. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
December 28, 2010
Commentary
Krugmanís Trashy Debating Style
by Tibor R. Machan
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Princeton economics professor and columnist for The New York Times Paul Krugman has always been discourteous to those with whom he disagrees but his latest exhibition of his way of going about debating issues takes the cake. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 24, 2010
Commentary
The Case for Ebeneezer
by Butler Shaffer
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The defense of Ebeneezer Scrooge... (Read more...)
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Thursday
December 16, 2010
Commentary
Disgusting Rich Bashing
by Tibor R. Machan
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 The unabashed demagoguery forthcoming from the likes of Pelosi, Bernie Sanders and their cheerleaders of envy in the media and academy is for me very difficult to stomach. As is the way many in the media cover their blather as if it was just a tad different in content from, say, that of Bill Clintonís when in fact it is out and out advocacy of tyrannical socialism. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 3, 2010
Commentary
The Problem of Induction
by Merlin Jetton
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Some comments on the problem of induction. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 16, 2010
Commentary
Private vs. State Schools & Free Speech
by Tibor R. Machan
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One matter thatís often overlooked in discussing all this is the difference between public and private institutions.  Public institutions are funded by funds confiscated from all taxpayers, while private institutions are not, which can make a difference in what policies are legally justified at them.
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Wednesday
November 3, 2010
Commentary
Two Cheers for the Gridlock
by Tibor R. Machan
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       Although I wasnít thrilled with the outcome on November 2, 2010, that Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, would be headed back to  the nationís capitol to try to continue to shore up the governmentís powers, at least the election had the favorable result of producing a gridlocked regime for a while.  I say, let them be bogged own in their partisan bickering.  This may have the unintended consequence of making life less regimented for most Americans, even free up our productive energies somewhat. (Read more...)
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Sunday
October 24, 2010
Commentary
Why Obama Doesnít Seem to Relate--emotionally
by Tibor R. Machan
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Nonetheless I have been paying a bit more attention to this
criticism of the President because as I have been following his
efforts to bolster the chances of Democrats to remain in power in
Washington, DC, I have noticed that there is something amiss with how
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Saturday
September 18, 2010
Commentary
Tea Party Strategy Anyone?
by Tibor R. Machan
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The one principle that is truly representative of America as the Founders conceived of it is limited government, limited by the principle of individual liberty.  Perhaps turning to this message with a clear emphasis on not trying to impose anything else on the country could be successful.  If a Tea Party candidate or leader is pressed for views on matters other than the proper scope of government, the answer should be: ďNo comment on that since it isnít a part of politics proper, not in a free country!Ē (Read more...)
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Monday
September 13, 2010
Commentary
Beyond City Limits
by PARAG KHANNA
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Cities, not states, are the future... (Read more...)
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Thursday
September 9, 2010
Commentary
On Businessmen Giving Back
by Kimberly O. Dennis
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Giving back? what was taken? (Read more...)
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Sunday
August 15, 2010
Commentary
The Mosque Fiasco
by Tibor R. Machan
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There is a time to be righteous, yes, and when some truly despised organization such as those who have made the vile choice to built a mosque near ground zero of all places, then speaking up for their rights is arguably honorable and righteous. But it isnít if those doing such speaking up forget about all the other rights human beings have that go neglected, unprotected, abused and violated throughout the land, not to mention the globe. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
August 3, 2010
Commentary
A Lopsided Warning
by Tibor R. Machan
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The greatest and bona fide threat to academic freedom does not come from BP and other big corporations. It comes from governments that are knee deep involved in American higher education and university scientific and technological research across the country. (Read more...)
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Sunday
June 27, 2010
Commentary
The Overton Window
by Bruno Behrend
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A link to an article at another web site. (Read more...)
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