Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category
It seems to me that even people who don’t love everything Ron Paul has ever said and done have to admire how articulate he is. Here’s an excellent new Ron Paul interview from Time magazine. I particularly like his point that the antiwar left appears to be ignoring what President Obama is doing in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“No one has come out of the Sotomayor hearing looking like anything but an idiot.
“With the exception of Ms. Sotomayor, whom I like more and more, personally. I don’t think we agree on much. But she is replacing that doofus David Souter, and I think she has a 25% higher IQ than he did, maybe more (she is surely a lot smarter than I am). And she is no more liberal than Souter, so no change in balance on the court. And she appears to feel obliged to give actual reasons, based on the law.
“So, I say, confirm her.”
Wirkman Netizen, who’s been on a hot streak lately, a couple of weeks ago posted five reasons to love libertarians and five reasons to hate them.
One of the reasons to hate them: “So many are so idealistic they cannot see the good in this world, enjoy what they have or can easily get.”
A reason to love them: “So many are so idealistic that they defend people no one else will, and thus act as a brake on the juggernaut of mindless state oppression.”
Over at Cato at Liberty, Doug Bandow suggests that the Democrats’ struggles to quickly ram through health care “reform” in the Congress increases the chances that it actually can be blocked. He writes: “The longer the American people think about the increased cost, decreased choice, and other negative impacts of a a government takeover, the less likely they are to support it. Thankfully, the government health express has slowed noticeably in recent weeks. Even supporters are coming to doubt that legislation can be approved before Congress goes home in August.”
Writing in Forbes, Bruce Bartlett argues that many libertarians tend to obsess over economics and taxes, paying little more than lip service to civil liberties and peace. A better balance will make it easier for libertarians to form alliances with natural allies on the left, he says. An alliance would also benefit liberals, who stand to learn something about free market economics.
One provocative statement: “Many government interventions expand freedom. A good example would be the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was opposed by libertarians like Barry Goldwater as an unconstitutional infringement on states’ rights. Yet it was obvious that African Americans were suffering tremendously at the hands of state and local governments. If the federal government didn’t step in to redress these crimes, who else would?
“Since passage of the civil rights act, African Americans have achieved a level of freedom equal to that of most whites. Yet I have never heard a single libertarian hold up the civil rights act as an example of a libertarian success.”
The Cato Institute’s Weekly Dispatch this week focuses on President Obama’s attempt to raise taxes on companies that do business overseas. The links include Daniel J. Mitchell’s defense of tax havens at Forbes.
Radley Balko, first among equals among libertarian journalists, has a frequent feature about drug raids gone awry at Reason’s Hit and Run, “Another Isolated Incident.” The latest installment covers the aftermath of a police raid on the wrong house in Baltimore — the city won’t fix the guy’s door, and the person who suffered the damage has been fined for having a broken door in his backyard.