I’ve been reading in Thomas DiLorenzo’s 2012 hardback from the Ludwig von Mises Institute, “Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.” The book features brief summary chapters, with useful references, from the Loyola University economics professor, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and member of the Mont Pelerin Society, weighing in on such topics as Our Totalitarian Regulatory Bureaucracy; Socialized Health Care vs. the Laws of Economics; Distorting History in the Service of the State; Central Banking as an Engine of Corruption; How the Fed Creates Unemployment; The Inherent Violence of Unions; The Myth of Government Job Creation; The Myth of the Male/Female Wage Gap, etc.
(A version of this column, filed for an early April deadline, appears in the June 10 issue of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News,” on newsstands now.)
A regular reader asked why — since I mentioned Donald Trump’s position on gun rights recently — I haven’t mentioned other presidential candidates who might honor the Second Amendment.
My (dear, departed) father was active for some time — a few years, perhaps — with the LP, decades ago. Later, he declared himself (at least quietly, to me) an anarchist. He was a peace loving man, and never quite grokked the vital importance of guns in peaceful hands to a free society. But, aside from that …
A friend who’s a Republican (hey, no one’s perfect) writes to ask: “In your opinion, with The Donald at the GOP’s helm, are we doomed? I say nay, but others say oh hell yes. I think Hillary is too unsavory for most to support while the Donald’s brashness appeals to the lowest (voting) common denominator. I can’t see the Obamaphiles who voted last election being bothered to put their malt liquor down to vote for a woman this time ’round.”
They’re ‘NOT in jail for possession of marijuana or any other harmless, non-addictive, plant-derived substance’10:39 pm May 18th, 2016
A reader of my May 10 column in “Firearms News” (formerly “Shotgun News”) — the one headlined “Donald Trump On Guns” — wrote in:
“The column started off great, but as we got closer and closer to the end Vin apparently got wound up listening to his own rhetoric.
Or, Confessions of a Disillusioned (Former) Libertarian (by the Brunette)
(A version of this column appeared in the April 10 edition of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News.”)
I grew up in a New England Democratic family. Since politics were a matter of culture and ethnicity (I never actually heard it described that way — we just knew), it would have seemed unnatural for us Swamp Yankees to be anything else.
My friend John L Smith — 30-year star columnist of the (still) daily Las Vegas Review-Journal — resigned Tuesday after the paper’s new casino mouthpiece management banned him from writing columns about the newspaper’s owner, billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, The Guardian reported this week at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/26/columnist-resigns-sheldon-adelson-las-vegas-review-journal.