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Karl Rove’s Campaign Against Liberty

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Norm Singleton

… would be a better name than “Conservative Victory Fund” for Karl Rove’s new organization – or maybe Karl Rove should call it the “Big Government Conservative Victory Fund.”  The new group’s purpose is to ensure only candidates that Karl  Rove and his cronies and donors consider “electable” win Republican primaries.  However, Karl Rove’s track record of supporting “winnable” candidates leaves something to be desired: last year “Super PACs” controlled by or affiliated with Karl Rove spent over $100 million on candidates Karl Rove deemed “electable” – and every Senate candidate supported by Karl Rove lost.

Karl Rove does have a point that the GOP nominated weak candidates in some Senate races – like the pro-Patriot Act, pro-welfare state, pro-war Heather Wilson in New Mexico or George W. Bush’s former Health and Human Services Secretary (as well as an architect of Bush’s budget-busting prescription drug plan and a supporter of the health insurance mandate) Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin.  However, given Karl Rove’s history of hostility to those who challenge the Republican establishment – particularly those associated with the libertarian or liberty movement – Wilson and Thompson are probably not the type of candidates the “Conservative Victory Fund” will oppose.  Instead, the fund’s efforts will probably be aimed at preventing future candidates like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, or Thomas Massie from defeating Big Government Republicans.

Last year’s election results show that Republican candidates running on a message of individual liberty and limited government can win even in election years where the national trends are generally unfavorable for Republicans.  In addition, the only part of the Republican Party that is attracting young people today is the part associated with the liberty movement.  If Republicans want to grow their party, they should embrace the liberty movement instead of following the lead of the architect of the Big Government conservatism that set the stage for President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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Happy Birthday, Israel Kirzner

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Peter G. Klein

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The eminent Austrian economist Israel M. Kirzner turns 83 today. Last week I was privileged to participate in an event honoring Kirzner with the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order Lifetime Achievement Award. Here is a video of Kirzner’s acceptance speech. The other videos should be available shortly.

I spoke of Kirzner’s vast influence on the management and entrepreneurship fields. Despite the valiant efforts of Kirzner and other Austrians, mainstream economics largely remains trapped in what Murray Rothbard called the Walrasian box. Management and entrepreneurship studies, on the other hand, are much more open to alternative ways of thinking about organizations and markets, including Austrian perspectives. Entrepreneurship research and teaching, for example, is dominated by the opportunity-discovery perspective, which builds largely — if not always carefully –  on Kirzner’s notion of entrepreneurial discovery. I have been somewhat critical of this literature, and the underlying notion of alertness, though I have built on Kirzner’s capital theory in my own work. In any case, I recognize the enormous influence of Kirzner’s writings on the entrepreneurship field. Please join me in congratulating Professor Kirzner on his many scholarly accomplishments.

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Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion Details Cases of Racial Profiling

February 13, 2013 in SCIENCE

By kdelmonico

Last February, the nation was gripped by the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, hooded-sweatshirt clad teenager who was killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watchmen in his Florida housing development. The details of the interaction remain hazy, but the call for justice was clear: the public wanted to know what happened, with speculation of racial motivations for this seemingly senseless killing.

Tonight, on Investigation Discovery’s  Injustice Files: Hood of Suspicion, award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp will delve into the case of Trayvon Martin, as well as other cases that Beauchamp investigated as cases of racial profiling.

Beauchamp will also cover the case of Robbie Tolan, whose story I got to hear first hand at our Winter TCA tour in January. I won’t ruin the story for you but his is one that is not to be missed and you can see a sneak peek below. Investigation Discovery’s Hood of Suspicion premieres tonight at 8pm ET/PT.

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From His Very First State of the Union Utterance, President Obama Got It Wrong

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Roger Pilon

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From his very first state-of-the-union utterance last night, associating himself with President Kennedy, President Obama got it wrong, and it was mostly downhill from there: “51 years ago,” he began, “John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that ‘the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress.’” Great alliteration; bad constitutionalism.

Yes, in a very narrow sense the Constitution makes the political branches partners for progress. But it also, most definitely, makes the branches, and those with authority within them, rivals for power. Indeed, throughout the Federalist Papers we learn how the Constitution pits power against power in order to limit power — and government itself.

But limited government was the furthest thing from the president’s mind last night. As Senator Marco Rubio responded, Obama’s “solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more, and spend more.” Even the Washington Post subtitled its editorial this morning, “Obama’s wish list.”

What then is the narrow sense in which the Constitution makes the political branches “partners for progress”? That takes us back to first principles, which Obama seems not to have encountered when he studied law at Harvard or taught parts of the Constitution at the University of Chicago. The purpose of the political branches is to refine and run the institutional and legal structure the Constitution establishes. That will then enable private individuals and the private organizations they create to flourish. And in a free society, that mainly is how “progress” comes about, not through government but through private initiative. For Obama, however, progress is mainly for government to engineer, through a vast array of manipulative regulations and government “investments.”

Not since Franklin Roosevelt have we had a president with so little appreciation for our basic constitutional system, or so little understanding of basic economics.”

Not since Franklin Roosevelt have we had a president with so little appreciation for our basic constitutional system, or so little understanding of basic economics. And like his New Deal mentor, Obama has overseen an economic recovery that is stalled from the political uncertainty his policies have engendered — from Obamacare to Dodd-Frank, green energy, and so much more — with the slowest economic growth since the Great Depression and unemployment refusing to budge. In fact, during the last quarter the economy actually contracted.

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John Tate Responds to President Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Megan Stiles

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia- Today, Campaign for Liberty released the following statement from John Tate in response to President Obama’s Executive Order on so-called “cybersecurity”:

“Yesterday, President Obama unilaterally increased the federal government’s power over the Internet and threatened the online privacy of every American citizen with the stroke of a pen. This is nothing more than yet another unprecedented power grab by a President whose sole agenda is to increase the size and scope of government and continue the destruction of our civil liberties. Campaign for Liberty will work tirelessly to overturn this executive order and defeat any future proposals that seek to restrict Internet freedom or infringe on each American’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy in any way.”

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Sen. Paul to Hold Brennan Nomination

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today announced he is prepared to hold the nomination of John Brennan as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) until he receives sufficient answers to two letters of inquiry he sent to Mr. Brennan regarding the use of drones.
‘I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share.’ Sen. Paul said.
‘These issues must be discussed openly so that the American people can understand what constraints exist on the government’s power to use lethal force against its citizens. Before confirming Mr. Brennan as the head of the CIA, it must be apparent that he understands and will honor the protections provided to every American by the Constitution,’ he continued.
Sen. Paul’s recent inquiries dispatched to Mr. Brennan can be found HERE and HERE.
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The Bankster-Warmonger Axis

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Daniel J. Sanchez

Joseph Salerno and Lew Rockwell in a fascinating conversation, back in October. Play the streaming audio below, or go here to download.

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Northeastern CannaBusiness Symposium Hosted By National Cannabis Industry Association

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green Register today for the most comprehensive marijuana business symposium ever conducted in the Northeast! This half-day educational program will be a unique opportunity to glean information fromcannabusiness professionals and experts in the fields of regulatory models, operations, and ancillary businesses and will feature a special presentation of MMJ Business Daily’s Marijuana Business FactBook 2013. The [Continue Reading]

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Obama’s Inaugural Speech

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Monty Pelerin The best, concise summary of Obama’s speech appeared in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Obama’s second inaugural was a clarion call to “collective action,” as he put it, and Tuesday’s speech showed what he thinks that should mean in practice. “The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” he said, …read more
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Submit Testimony Today For Hawaii Industrial Hemp Bill

February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Johnny Green We just received notice that industrial hemp remediation pilot program bill, HB 154, will be heard by the Hawaii House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in Conference Room 325, at the State Capitol at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, February 13th. This bill authorizes the Chair of the Board of Agriculture to establish a two-year industrial [Continue Reading]

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