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New article by Ronn Neff posted May 25, 2017.

Posted May 15, 2017.

A rainy day, epistemologically speaking. My wife got an umbrella for Mother's Day (no, not from me). It had a tag that proclaimed:

"Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm."

"Known to the state of California"? Can a state "know" something? Even if it could, how likely would it be that the state of California knew anything? Or should the tag read, "Flunkies of the state of California think/claim/assert/have the power to force hapless Chinese umbrella manufacturers to affix labels to this product"?

And how would the peril become operative? If one ate the umbrella? Punctured or rubbed one's skin with the umbrella? Shot little pellets out of the pointy end at Russian dissidents? Stirred one's gruel with the umbrella?

Inquiring minds want to know. [Edward Morrison Morley]  Ω

The attack of the Pope. Lots of libertarians have written responses to Pope Francis's ill-considered remarks on libertarianism. Most of them seem to think that if they can just get him to see that free markets are peaceful and just, and that the minimum wage causes unemployment, he will change his mind. I have held my tongue on this matter long enough, and I address my remarks to libertarians:

Most of you, and many of your primary spokesmen, are atheists. You support abortion, so-called homosexual marriage, putting adopted children in sexually deviant homes, and probably polygamy; and (even if you are not homosexuals yourselves) you support the homosexualist cultural agenda. You advocate the legalization of drugs — and you may hide behind the marijuana-legalization movement, but everyone knows that heroin, cocaine, barbiturates, anti-depressants, and even penicillin fit into your analyses. You oppose taxation of every sort, and even the professed Catholics among you would permit, if they do not actually practice, openly or secretly, birth control and every sexual deviance and casual vice known to man.

It is no secret that Pope Francis is not so different from your neighbors, who also despise libertarianism; like them, he is not a man to make difficult conceptual distinctions. It's not as though he or any of your neighbors is Thomas Aquinas, Robert Bellarmine, or Thomas Cajetan. So I ask you:

What. Did. You. Expect? [Ronn Neff]  Ω

Perspective? Shocking and terrible news from the Washington Post! — "Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador" (by Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe, May 15).

Well, that's a typical Trump-in-the-china-shop blunder, I suppose. At least it's not surprising. But what I wonder is, will Trump's spilling these beans — which are INCREDIBLY, STUPENDOUSLY SECRET LEGUMES! — inflict damage on the American people or people around the world, or on the cause of peace, comparable in any way to ... say ... the U.S. interventionist foreign policy, or Pentagon capitalism, or the NSA, or the taxes required to pay for all of it? Just to name a few minor things. Feel free to add to the list. [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

Posted May 10, 2017.

Big Teacher is watching them. Here's another of those increasingly common stories about educationists freaking out over harmless things and visiting terrible penalties on hapless schoolchildren. The headline sums it up well:

"Parents slam Ohio middle school after they suspended their seventh grade son for 10 DAYS because he 'liked' an Instagram photo of an airsoft gun" (by Regina F. Graham,, May 9, 2017).

Just to be clear, an airsoft gun is a toy.

But you really have to read the whole story for the horror to become clear. The child apparently committed his thoughtcrime at home, on his own time. How it came to the attention of the Authorities is unclear: do they actually monitor the social media activities of their hostages? Or was he turned in by a good little citizen informant? [Continued.]

Posted May 8, 2017.

New Orleans: yet another fight over government "property." The Liberty Monument in New Orleans is gone, removed in April under cover of darkness (and police snipers); and the leftist regime of Mayor Mitch Landrieu apparently intends to remove the Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard monuments as well — and soon. (As I write, a bill aimed at protecting those monuments is moving through the Louisiana House.)

The Lee Monument was privately funded; the Davis and Beauregard monuments were partly government-funded; and the Liberty Monument was wholly government-funded. But all stand (or stood) on so-called public property. Moreover, in March, a Central Government court declared that it could "find no evidence in the record suggesting that any party other than the city has ownership" of the monuments.

Again we see how government and its "public property" exacerbate social conflict. I enclose the phrase in quotation marks because government, as a criminal organization, cannot actually own property. All property is private property; in fact, the phrase "private property" is redundant.

But as long as government gun thugs continue to defend the legal fantasy of "public property," we will continue to see conflict over the use of that property — sometimes violent conflict. Every week another news story appears describing bitter struggles over this or that issue in the "public" schools, on the "public" streets, in "public" libraries, in "public" parks, or, as here, in the "public" square. Worse, as I've noted before, those struggles provoke people to seek political power in order to defend themselves or to oppress others.

I'm not claiming that social conflict wouldn't occur in a property society. Conflict would surely continue in a land such as ours, riven by a vast crime in its early years: the importation of great numbers of slaves, nonwhite people alien to Western civilization and relatively unsuited to assimilation. Their descendants now have particular axes to grind, particular traditions to honor, and particular villains (white) to abominate. Whatever our political arrangements in the future, the great founding crime will haunt our country until we vanish from history.

In a property society, though, the word "controversy" would be more descriptive than "conflict." We would find such controversies expressed in the media and on the letters-to-the-editor page, in boycotts, advocacy advertising, or even demonstrations (on the property of cooperative owners). In such a society, controversial monuments, despised by some and cherished by others, would sit on actual property, not government "property." Attacks on them would be seen, properly, as crimes — trespassing, destruction of property, theft — and professional security forces would protect them. If the owners of the monuments flagged in their defense, or in their upkeep, then better-motivated people could step up and offer to buy them and, if need be, the property surrounding them. Or they could offer to relocate them.

In any case, I can't envision the monuments being consigned to "storage," which is the current practice of the New Orleans government. Not as long as a significant number of people who cherished them remained in the society.

Property promotes peace. And not only that. Contrary to the careless allegations of certain anti-market paleoconservatives, it also nourishes culture and tradition. For the alternative approach, one might look to Mao, Stalin, the Taliban — or Mitch Landrieu. [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

Posted May 6, 2017.

Things we are not allowed to know. From the Washington Times, May 3: "Segment debunking transgenderism cut from [a 1996 episode of] 'Bill Nye,'" by Bradford Richardson.

Episode 19.1.96 refs crimethink sexwise, doubleplusungood, rectify fullwise speedwise. [Nicholas Strakon]  Ω

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"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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