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Just Which Freedoms Are We Losing?

I confess. When I write about freedoms lost, I don’t itemize the freedoms. I don’t feel too bad, though, because almost no one does. Itemizing sucks. First, it’s hard work. “Losing freedom,” takes about three seconds to type and less time to read. Listing freedoms,on the other hand, takes that much time just to highlight all the freedoms and click the un-ordered list button. God forbid I find myself working in straight HTML and have to hand-type ” Read more →

The Government’s Surrender to Cliven Bundy Destroys Taleb’s Weak Argument for Gun Control

Events of the past week show the power of the Second Amendment to challenge government tyranny, regardless of the government’s firepower advantage. Let me back up, though. A Smart Man’s Stupid Argument for Gun Control A year ago, the gun control lobby pumped a Facebook post by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of my favorite thinkers. In his post, Taleb argued that the Second Amendment means nothing because the federal government has massively superior firepower: Read more →

We Need a Stronger Third Eye

What do we look like to people who aren’t politics wonks? And why does it matter? This question is for my friends on the right. By “on the right,” I’m talking about conservatives and right-leaning libertarians. (I’m not going to debate definitions, so accept mine or stop reading.) Developing a Third Eye When I was an acting student many long years ago, I had a director, Don Garner, who stressed the importance of the actor’s third eye. Read more →

Head To Jefferson City Wednesday To Fight Common Core and Medicaid Expansion

[caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“196”] State Senator John Lamping is sponsoring a bill in the Missouri Legislature to curb privacy invasions built into Common Core State Standards. Missouri liberty groups will support him in Jefferson City on March 13.[/caption] John Lamping is one of the brightest stars for liberty in the Missouri Senate, and he needs our help this week. Let’s support liberty by fighting Medicaid Expansion and Common Core State Standards in education. Read more →

Government Planning Is Killing the Economy

Friedrich Hayek warned more than half a century ago that central planning doesn’t work. Here’s why: * Central Planners (government) makes a plan * The plan includes specific expectations * The expectations are never, ever, realized * A “crisis” ensues * So the planners demand more control * And create more plans * Ad hoc * Willy nilly * Capriciously * So you must wait for things to settle down to make your decision Today’s Wall Street Journal article about the fiscal cliff demonstrates the futility of central planning: Read more →

Life As You’ve Known It Is About To Change

Related articles You have a choice. You can drive that change, or you can be swallowed by it. In a free society, people have liberty to do anything except a few prohibited things. In a totalitarian society, people have liberty to do nothing except a few permitted things. In a free society, the people have a black list of things they must not do, and government has a white of a few things it may do. Read more →

Socialism Sucks. Here’s How to Avoid It In America

Some of the “cool” kids say they like socialism. Of course they have no emotional clue what socialism is. Maybe they’ve read about socialism, seen the movies, and heard about it from their college professors—ya know, like the one who actually visited the old Soviet Union. But those sources give only an intellectual view of socialism. You can’t actually _feel _it. And life, in the end, is about feelings. Read more →

Here’s What’s Great About the Supreme Court’s Obamacare Decision

In the Ronald Reagan movie Kings Row, Reagan plays Drake McHugh, whose legs are sawn off by a sadistic, class-conscious doctor. Everyone remembers the line “Where’s the rest of me?” No remembers what happens after that. I’ll fill you in. McHugh’s best friend, a psychiatrist, decides to tell McHugh (Reagan) the truth: his legs were perfectly healthy, but the doctor cut them off to keep the lower class McHugh from pursuing the doctor’s debutante daughter. Read more →

Why Not an Annual Celebration of Freedom?

The first entry in National Review’s “The Week” from sometime around 1990 listed ten or so former Soviet bloc countries that recently had shed the yoke of communist repression. And it made a simple statement: “It must be nice to live in a country where you get freer every day.” I thought of this while talking about the 13th Amendment Freedom Week with its evangelist-in-chief Kariem Haqq at St. Read more →

UMSL Econ Professor David Rose on Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior

I’m proud to know David Rose. Dr. Rose is chairman of UMSL’s economics department. He’s also the President of the Discussion Club, one of St. Louis’s most valuable intellectual assets. In this interview with Russ Roberts, Dr. Rose discusses his new book Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior. This is great stuff for everyone, especially economic liberty fiends like me. https://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=hennesssview-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=0199781745 Read more →