October 5, 2003
Discusses the benefits of "price gouging" in conserving scarce resources.
In addition to the one above, there are other interesting articles in the latest Libertarian Bulletin on the blackout and different topics.
1,200 weapons inspectors spent 90 days in Iraq.
How public education cripples
our kids, and why
Discusses the history and philosophy behind public education.
Includes quote from Mencken:
...The aim ... is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality...
***Richard Weaver: Historian of the South***
...Professor Donald Livingston of Emory University has described the modern unitary state precisely asone of the most destructive forces in history. Its wars and totalitarian revolutions have been without precedent in their barbarism and ferocity. ...has persistently subverted and continues to subvert those independent social authorities and moral communities... Its subversion of these authorities, along with its success in providing material welfare, has produced an ever increasing number of rootless individuals whose characters are hedonistic, self-absorbed, and without spirit...
Comments on above article - Especially with respect to my interest in cults
For me, the point is not to defend Christianity or particular religions, but to emphasize the importance of preventing government interference in other social structures: churches, schools, families, clubs, businesses etc. The law - administered locally - needs to be always there for protecting the rights of isolated individuals who are being coerced.
But the existence of diverse opinions within the same extended family and diverse churches within the same community can and do act as protective influences that help individuals to make value judgments and provide choices in the face of abuse from their own church or family.
These institutions - if healthy - can provide accountability and moral training to their members. They can also hold public officials accountable. Individuals can judge what is healthiest for themselves and learn from their experiences - becoming stronger - granting "authority" only to those who are worthy of it, thus choosing between competing authorities, and influencing others in the process.
I feel this is a description of how we behave naturally at our best, and if the government ceased interfering and enforcing conformity - if we granted no single institution all power - a healthier, just - but never perfect - society would come about - voluntarily and cooperatively through peaceful trade and spiritual interaction. This is a long way off as long as there are efforts to criminalize free expression and engineer peoples' belief systems. Liberal democracies are headed in the wrong direction - away from classical liberalism and into a nightmare world of arbitrary laws, increased central planning and violent "humanitarian" interference in the conflicts of other nations.
The Mess in Potamia
Blood for Unity
Review of Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism by William J. Bennett.
...There is the little matter of the criterion of last resort, which requires us to seek a peaceful resolution of a dispute before using force, but this does not faze Bennett. He omits to mention it altogether...
About Lew Rockwell's new book: Speaking of Liberty