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"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (The Freeman)
"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)
Posted April 25:
A new review by Andy Nowicki.
Posted April 16, 2013.
The American Way, for benefit of our foreign friends. I have explained the income-tax system to some European acquaintances of mine thus:
April 15 is the day Americans must sign a confession to the crime of having an income. The form they use is complicated, and most are not able to fill it out by themselves. There are fines for the crime of having an income, and Americans are expected to calculate the fine themselves. The algorithm is too difficult for most people, and there are many companies and professionals that make money helping people calculate the fine. Those companies and professionals, then, must also confess to having an income and must pay a fine for helping others pay their fines.
There are many penalties for failing to send in the fine on time. And those who are tardy must also pay interest on the money they did not send in. [Ronn Neff] Ω
But if you don't like your annual confession, you can always become a foreigner yourself! Kudos to Tom Woods for posting a promo on Facebook for this video: "You Can Always Leave." It runs eleven and a half minutes, and I'm sure you won't regret the time you spend with it.
I pored over Locke when I was on the path from minarchism to anarchism in 1969, investigating the claim of implied consent among other questions; but I'm pretty sure I failed to focus sufficiently on the extent to which the state's claim of sovereignty and rightful authority is a claim of ownership. Understanding that fact more clearly would have quickened my progress. [Nicholas Strakon] Ω
How much more do you need to know? Listening to the latest edition of John Derbyshire's "Radio Derb" the other day, I learned that the gunowner-control bill pending in Congress, titled the "Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act," is 8,000 pages long. In commenting on the monstrosity's title, Derbyshire had occasion to mention a late countryman of his, a certain Mr. Orwell.
Unless the bill actually repeals state edicts restricting the people's right to self-defense, and advances liberty on net, no decent man could possibly have anything to do with it, just on the basis of its smirkingly contemptuous name. But in fact, a decent man sitting in Congress for some odd reason wouldn't have to read the title to oppose the bill. Our notionally decent man could not vote for any piece of legislation that is 8,000 pages long, unless 7,999 of those pages are a list of the unjust edicts being repealed.
A law that is 8,000 pages long, while impenetrable by members of Congress, is a gold mine for lawyers, a feast for bureaucrats, a time bomb of unintended consequences, and a perfect nutrient for a wild explosion of the statist cancer. A so-called law that long is, prima facie, destructive of true law. And you don't have to be an anarchist to see it. [Nicholas Strakon] Ω
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