Archive for the 'Economics' Category

Doug French reviews ‘Testament of James’

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Economist, banker and former head of the Ludwig von Mises Institute Doug French offers his take on “The Testament of James” at http://douglasfrench.liberty.me/2015/01/22/book-review-the-testament-of-james/ . In part, Doug reports: “Peddling used books has a treasure hunt side that is particularly interesting for us bibliophiles and is not only made part of Testament’s plotline, but is included […]

Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 6 of 6

Monday, October 13th, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands through Oct. 15.) IS IT ALL TO SAVE THE TORTOISE? The federals contend they’re doing all this to “protect the threatened desert tortoise,” though I’ve documented again and again over the years (citing such experts as Vern […]

Has ‘The Strike’ already started?

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One of the first things you notice when you go looking for “mainstream” reviews of the film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” is how few there are. Needless to say, most of the mouth-flappers of our mainstream media — being diehard fans of (and apologists for) our current, all-corrupting, welfare-warfare-taxation state — hate Rand, […]

Actually, John Galt is Kristoffer Polaha

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

‘ATLAS SHRUGGED: WHO IS JOHN GALT?’ REVIEWED The film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt,” part three of the trilogy, premiered in Las Vegas Sept. 6. The film opened nationwide Friday, Sept. 12. The goal of the producers is to promote to a wider audience the political insights and philosophy of Ayn Rand, nee Alisa […]

Driving the ranchers off the land, part 4 of 6

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.) Cliven showed me areas where he’d bulldozed dirt across an occasional wash, which then filled up and became a muddy watering pond not only for his cattle, but for the quail and other wildlife that subsequently […]

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, part 2 of 6

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.) DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OWN THE LAND? Both Cliven Bundy and his friend Cliff Gardner, who ranches Nevada’s Ruby Valley hundreds of miles to the north near Elko and who also keeps getting hauled into federal […]

Driving the ranchers off the land, part 1 of 6

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.) After years of bluff, bluster, and one-sided hearings in the federal courts (whose politically appointed judges never answer any of the ranchers’ questions about the limits of federal jurisdiction) the federal Bureau of Land Management this […]

The ‘government shutdown’

Monday, October 21st, 2013

My mom called me the other day to ask whether I thought the “government shutdown” would impact some state program or other. I can see how the thought arose, given that there are hardly any independent “state programs” any more (most having fallen victim to the siren call of “supplemental federal funding,” which leaves them […]

Margaret Thatcher, freedom fighter, at 87

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

The discredited Left can find little to say, save that she was “divisive.” How refreshing, then, to hear the enthusiasm in the equally widespread reports that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87, managed in her remarkable 11-year tenure at Downing Street to vanquish socialism and restore the free market […]