“Democracy,” says Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” There’s probably no better summation of the 2008 election. After an interminable campaign, Americans are urged to go exercise their little slices of the Popular Will and decide who shall be the The Decider for the next four years.previous
Friday, October 31, 2008
Five score and five years ago today, Bertrand de Jouvenel was born.
Bertrand de Jouvenel was one of the great underrated political philosophers of the 20th century. He described the growth of the modern regime and compared it to regimes of old.
He is the author of the great book On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth. He also wrote Sovereignty: An Inquiry into the Political Good, The Pure Theory of Politics, and The Ethics of Redistribution, amongst others.
Daniel J. Mahoney examined this great man in his Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity.
A study of the man and his works can be highly recommended.
We honor him on the 105th anniversary of his birth.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
- Robert E. Lee: 21 (32 %)
- Mark Twain: 12 (18 %)
- Lysander Spooner: 11 (17 %)
- John C. Calhoun: 5 (7 %)
- Lord North: 4 (6 %)
- H.L. Mencken: 4 (6 %)
- Benedict Arnold: 4 (6 %)
- P.J. O'Rourke: 3 (4 %)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Unqualified Reservations has a post on the flawed banking system.
Newstopia explains how central banks work:
Liberty vs. Leviathan says inflation is at 341 % per annum in those United States.
The Ludwig von Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com are places to check out for non-mainstream perspectives on the present crisis.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Ferdinand Finne, late Norwegian painter, graphic artist, theater artist, and author, Knight, 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, born on this day two years short of a century ago, said:
I am appalled by the word ‘elite’ having being degraded to an invective, when one of our culture bearers spits the phrase ‘elite thinking’ like a toad out of his mouth. Everything that has brought mankind a few steps forward is a result of the elite.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Present guest editor of LRC, Prof. Thomas DiLorenzo, recommends this policy report (PDF 29 pages, 933 KB) from the Independent Institute on how egalitarianism brought about the current financial situation by Prof. Stan J. Liebowitz.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Those United States Representatives acted not so honorably this Friday. Having watched part of the debate, it is not so hard to conclude that popular assemblies are not informed decision-making bodies.
The Honorable United States Representative Ronald Ernest Paul, M.D. on the turnout:
Writes a commenter over at the Western Confucian:
I think that "the right to have a positive credit rating" has now been promulgated according to the positivist doctrine of law, similar to the right to free education and medical care, a [doctrine] which the American public has absorbed through osmosis rather than argumentation. Dr. Paul is heroic...he's not just against the government...he's up against the zeitgeist.