Anti-Economics: Bad Voodoo

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 27 Jan 2005 13:00:00 GMT
# John Perry Barlow - The Intimate Planet - Mr. Barlow got two Skype calls from twenty-something Asian ladies who wanted to practice their English. Really. That's all there was to it. Gee, when I left my Skype line open, all I got was calls from Russian men who wanted to practice their English. Some people have all the luck. [picks]

# bob lonsberry - The Next Civil Rights Fight - it ain't about guns. [trt-ny]

The next civil rights battle in America will be over taxation and regulation.

At some point, people will realize that the greatest threat to their freedom comes through onerous taxes and meddlesome regulations. At some point, Americans will get the government out of their wallets and out of their lives.

Hopefully, it will be soon.

# Claire Wolfe - Today, the Alberto "The Torturer" Gonzales nomination heads for a full Senate vote - and he'll probably be approved, given that he managed to gain the approval of the Judiciary Committee. Well, at least one senator, Russ Feingold, had something to say about it (concluding paragraph below). Once again, as with his lone opposition to the U.S.A. T.R.A.I.T.O.R. Act, Mr. Feingold does the right thing. Bravo, sir! And welcome back from the desert, Claire! [claire]

Mr. Chairman, Judge Gonzales has a compelling personal story, and many fine qualities as a lawyer. If he is confirmed by the Senate, there are many issues on which I hope we can work together for the good of the country. But I cannot support his nomination. Not because he is too conservative, or because I disagree with a specific policy position he has taken, but because I am not convinced that he possesses the abiding respect for the rule of law that our country needs in these difficult times in its Attorney General. I will vote No. Thank you Mr. Chairman.

# William Coleman at The Social Affairs Unit - Anti-Economics: As Dangerous as the Guillotine? - an introduction to a series of articles Mr. Coleman intends to write about the danger of ignoring economic realities, something which is promoted by people who erroeneously think that they can control them. [saltypig]

Germany paid for its anti-economics in material terms. And perhaps it paid in other terms. For the costs of damaging the credit of economics will never be purely material. Economics is built on premises that have a far wider remit than the simply material. These premises include; the oneness of human kind; the value of rationality, utility, freedom; the strong likelihood that each person is the best judge of their interest. Damage these premises, throw them away, or cover them with doubt and derision, and it is not just a lower GDP that is in prospect. Anti-economics may yet be as dangerous as the guillotine.

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