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Sen. Paul Appears on CNN's the Situation Room- September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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Is This Journal Still Operating?: ‘Le Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines’

September 10, 2013 in Economics

By Walter Block

Here is the correspondence I had with these people. I first submitted this paper to them on 2/15/13. In my view, they are at least impolite in not answering what I think are my reasonable requests.

This is no way to treat fellow members of the freedom movement. This is no way to treat anyone who submits an article to your journal. If you are no longer publishing, please tell me so that I can get this paper published elsewhere. If you are still publishing, please respond with information about this paper.

The unanswered correspondence:

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From: Walter Block
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 2:01 PM
To: ‘editor-jeeh-1246-1245891@bepress.com’; ‘pierre.garello@univ-cezanne.fr’; ‘jeanpierre.centi@ieeh.asso.fr’; ‘dlmccabe@loyno.edu’
Subject: RE: McCabe, D. Logan and Walter E. Block. Unpublished. “The Plastic Problem: A Free Market Solution.”

Please respond. are you still in publication? If not, please let us know so that we can publish this paper in another journal. If we have not heard from you in another month, we will withdraw this paper from your consideration and publish it elsewhere.

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics

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From: Walter Block
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 7:35 PM
To: ‘editor-jeeh-1246-1245891@bepress.com’; ‘pierre.garello@univ-cezanne.fr’; ‘jeanpierre.centi@ieeh.asso.fr’; ‘dlmccabe@loyno.edu’
Subject: McCabe, D. Logan and Walter E. Block. Unpublished. “The Plastic Problem: A Free Market Solution.”

Dear Pierre:

Please tell me the status of this paper in your refereeing system. It was sent to you about 6 months ago. My manuscript ID is DGJEEH.2013.0003. this is the paper: McCabe, D. Logan and Walter E. Block. Unpublished. “The Plastic Problem: A Free Market Solution.”

Best regards,

Walter

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Historic U.S. Senate Hearing on Marijuana Legalization

September 10, 2013 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Drug Policy Alliance: Era of Robust State-Based Regulation Has Begun

Majority of Americans Now Support Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana like Alcohol

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a first-ever Senate hearing on the issue of marijuana legalization and the tension between state and federal marijuana laws.

September 10, 2013

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Podcast: Mark Thornton Teaches on Bubbles, Booms, and Busts

September 10, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

Coming next week at Mises Academy, Mark Thornton will be teaching  a course on Bubbles, Booms, and Busts.

Daniel J. Sanchez interviews Dr. Thornton on the class and the nature of booms, busts, and the business cycle:

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Two Bills Introduced in California Legislature to Tightly Regulate Medical Marijuana

September 10, 2013 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

New state level regulations establish a division of the Alcoholic Beverage Control

SACRAMENTO, CA — The president of the California Senate and Chair of Assembly Public Safety introduced bills yesterday to crack down on illegal cultivation and distribution under guise of medical marijuana, and to create one of the most comprehensive regulatory structures in the country to allow bona fide patients to access medical marijuana, from state registered growers, transporters and dispensaries, and to reduce diversion to non-medical users.

September 10, 2013

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Sen. Rand Paul Appears on CNN's Premiere of Crossfire – 9/9/13

September 10, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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Sen. Rand Paul Appears on Fox's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren – 9/9/13

September 10, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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Mises Daily Tuesday: The First Step to a Free Detroit

September 10, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

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Patrick Barron explains how labor, even with very small amounts of capital at first, can lead to a new prosperity:

What might the ordinary people of Detroit achieve if all barriers to the free use of their labor were removed? What if taxes were eliminated, allowing workers to keep all of their pay, and not just that portion left over after multiple layers of government have skimmed off what they could? And what would result if regulatory barriers to productive work were eliminated?

We could expect that the less capital intensive enterprises would be the first to emerge. The least capital intensive enterprise of all is one’s own toil. We own our bodies and can toil for ourselves or for others in the marketplace. So, we could expect the early emergence of personal services, such as hairdressers, barbershops, cleaning services, home maintenance, babysitting, etc. If capital has confidence that it can be protected from the ravages of both the state and criminals (perhaps I repeat myself), then next we could expect to see small scale capital-intensive enterprises spring up, such as food vendors, private taxis, bodegas, and tobacco shops.

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US News and World Report Op-Ed: Obama's Blunders Shouldn't Lead to a New War

September 10, 2013 in Politics & Elections

Intervention in Syria is largely unpopular among Americans. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll reports that only 9 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. should intervene. Understandably, Americans are not eager to be plunged into another questionable or misguided war.
So, I was encouraged when I learned that President Obama had decided to seek authorization from Congress before taking military action against Syria. Yet, before I could even applaud him for that decision, I heard that President Obama still might attack Syria even if Congress rejected his request. I felt as if he was treating us as a joke and I have no interest in being part of this Administration’s political theater. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and I intended to keep it. I expect the same of the President of the United States, no matter which party he belongs to.
The Founders’ rightly recognized that the power to make war should not be in one person’s hands, and particularly the President’s. James Madison wrote: ‘The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the Legislature.’
The President has a responsibility to the people and to their elected representatives to abide by the constitutional restraints placed on his office. We have this system of checks and balances in place so that no branch of government would ever be powerful enough to do as it pleased arbitrarily against the rule of law or will of the people as expressed by Congress.
War should be the last resort. War should only occur when America is attacked, threatened or when American interests are attacked or threatened. I don’t think the situation in Syria passes that test.
Of course the sight of civilian suffering and death is heart-wrenching and no one disputes that Assad is a vile dictator. However, what do we know about the rebel forces we would be arming? It is safely assumed that these forces are allied with al Qaeda and their acts of brutality have been widely reported. We must be wary that in our rush to ‘do something’ we do not make an already bad situation worse. The enemy of my enemy is not always my friend.
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Unwise and Undeterred

September 10, 2013 in Economics

By Richard W. Rahn

Richard W. Rahn

Doubling down on mistakes is a fool’s gamble

Leaders who cannot see beyond Stage One often cause great harm. Unfortunately for the United States and the world, President Obama continues to exhibit a strange naivete and a lack of wisdom about domestic and foreign problems — Syria just being the latest example. The famous Russian “reset” was one of the first policies that later turned into an embarrassment.

The president was naive when he supported the election of Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt. He assumed that having a democratically elected leader would result in greater freedom for the Egyptian people, while ignoring the fact that many democratically elected leaders have turned into oppressors — such as Adolf Hitler in Germany and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Mr. Obama often and unwisely confuses democracy with liberty, seemingly not realizing that the goal is liberty.

Mr. Obama put himself and the nation in a box because of a series of naive and unwise statements.”

Before Mr. Obama was first elected in 2008, he made a very telling statement that too few picked up on, but it showed that he does not carefully think about the consequences of his proposals, as we now see with his Syrian policies. He said he would support an increase in the capital-gains tax rate — in the name of fairness — even if doing so cost the government revenue. His implicit assumption seemed to be that raising the tax rate on people who had capital gains would make incomes more equal. If he had not been so naive and thought through the consequences or examined the economic literature, he would have realized that if capital is taxed more heavily, there will be less investment and less job creation; hence, the low-skilled and more inexperienced worker will suffer most from the lack of job opportunities.

The president shows compassion when he talks about those who were gassed in Syria, and he shows compassion when he speaks about minorities, the young and those who have the fewest opportunities. Yet by placing additional burdens on job creation, many of his tax and regulatory policies have led to the biggest increases in unemployment among those he says he cares most about. A compassionate speech is no substitute for sound action. A wiser president would realize his policies are not working and reverse course. Wise people learn from their …read more

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