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How Government Cutbacks Ended Sweden’s Great Depression

December 25, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

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Per Bylund writes in today’s Mises Daily

Since 1992, Sweden has, across the board, seen consistent government cutbacks while increasing restrictions on welfare policies, deregulating markets, and privatizing former government monopolies. The country has instituted an overall new incentive structure in society making it more favorable to work. The national debt tumbled from almost 80 percent of GDP in 1995 to only 35 percent in 2010.

In other words, Sweden successfully rolled back its unsustainable but world-renowned welfare state. Despite Krugman’s wishful thinking, this is the real reason for Sweden’s success in riding out the present financial crisis.

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Feminists are not libertarians, neither are gays

December 25, 2013 in Economics

By Walter Block

This will shock you, gentle reader, but the feminists are not libertarians, and neither are the gays.

1. Check this out on the feminists, at least those in India. There has been a spate of horrendous rapes in this country. Do the feminists come out against rape? Well, of course, some of them do, quite properly, as rape is a per se violation of the libertarian non aggression principle (NAP). But, they also oppose “leering”: http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/shine-on/indian-ad-shows-absurdity-leering-men-212739529.html. The title of this 90 second video is: “Indian ad shows the absurdity of leering men.” At best, this video just muddies the waters; it takes time, effort, treasure, away from the only proper task, the elimination of rape. At worst, it implies that leering violates the NAP, and should be proscribed by law. But leering is just looking. People have a right to look at whatever they want. “He is looking at me,” when true, is not a rights violation. In any case, it is a perfectly legitimate action, on the part of both sexes, to look at each other. How, else, is the next generation to arise, if everyone has to keep his (or her) eyes to himself? I don’t know what are the Indian laws about packing heat, but if they were serious about stopping rape, women in that benighted country would arm themselves. They should all read John Lott, our point man on this important issue. See this book of his: More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control. I have also written a bit about this: http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block10.html; http://mises.org/Community/forums/p/5192/69550.aspx#69550;
http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block10.html; http://www.free-market.net/rd/997213159.html.

2. What about the homosexuals? When the gays rioted at Stonewall in New York City (http://manhattan.about.com/od/glbtscene/a/stonewallriots.htm) they were acting compatibly with the NAP of libertarianism. The cops (pigs, they were called in those days) were jailing homosexuals merely for consenting adult behavior. This was a violation of the NAP. But, nowadays, the gays do not limit themselves to upholding their (and by extension, everyone else’s) rights. Now, of late, they have been insisting that other people, who do not appreciate their lifestyle, and who wish to have nothing to do with them, be forced, against their will, to engage in commercial activities with them. See this, for example: Block, Walter E. 2013. “New Mexico Photographer Discriminates Against Lesbians: Liberals Zero, Conservatives One, Libertarians Full Marks.” September 13;

http://www.lewrockwell.com/?post_type=article&p=453653&preview=true

The gays, that is, have gone from a group defending the NAP to one …read more

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