quinta-feira, abril 26, 2018
The Many Ways the Pope Is Wrong About Capitalism:
However well-meaning Pope Francis may be, he has failed to understand how a free economy works. Economics is a science, and to ignore economic law is futile. As Mises trenchantly observes, “it is futile to approach social facts with the attitude of a censor who approves or disapproves from the point of view of quite arbitrary standards and subjective judgments of value. One must study the laws of human action and social cooperation as he physicist studies the law of nature.”
quinta-feira, abril 19, 2018
Todos os anos marcham pela Avenida da Liberdade aqueles (ou os herdeiros ideológicos daqueles) que lutaram contra a ditadura - mas não a favor da democracia, e muito menos pela liberdade. Em cada slogan, um apelo ao colectivismo. Se levassem a sua avante, Portugal seria mais pobre. A "liberdade" desta gente não é a de gente livre. Mas esperam-se sorrisos embevecidos e declarações para arrancar aplausos.
Jovem liberal e descomplexado
Jovem liberal e descomplexado
terça-feira, novembro 28, 2017
Consent of the Governed, Revisited:
For the record, I can state in complete candor that I do not approve of the manner in which I am being treated by the liars, thieves, and murderers who style themselves the Government of the United States of America or by those who constitute the tyrannical pyramid of state, local, and hybrid governments with which this country is massively infested. My sincere wish is that all of these individuals would, for once in their lives, do the honorable thing. In this regard, I suggest that they resign their positions immediately and seek honest employment.
segunda-feira, novembro 27, 2017
Politics in One Page por Jeffrey A. Tucker:
- Lesson 1: Your Vote Cannot Change the Election Outcome
- Lesson 2: You Are Voting for People, Not Policies
- Lesson 3: These People Are Not Actually the Government
- Lesson 4: These Are Not the Only Options
- Lesson 5: Social Change Happens Outside of Government
"Libertarian Paternalism is Plain Oxymoron" por Pedro Videla (sem link):
.. on closer look, the concept of "libertarian paternalism" looks like an oxymoron for three reasons:
First, libertarians believe that adults should be allowed to pursue their own interests, unless their behaviour hurts other. They do so because they assume that individuals know their own interests better than bureaucrats, authorities, the elite, or anyone else.
Second, libertarians believe that adults should be allowed to pursue their interests, unless their behavior hurts others. They do so because they assume that individuals know their own interests better than bureaucrats, authorities, the elite, or anyone else.
Second, libertarians do not assume that individuals never make mistakes, always know their interests, or even are always able to act on their interests when they know them. Rather, they stress that individuals have the right to make their own mistakes because it leads to a more autonomous and competent individual.
Third, libertarians emphasize that even the best-intentioned member of the educated elite may be subject to the same irrational traits and cognitive limitations that are supposed to affect choices of ordinary people. Remember that these problems are not a function of low IQ or a poor education; they are universal.
To summarize, libertarian paternalism should be considered just a nice intellectual exercise.
If the elite want new reasons to implement policies that control choices - such as how much fat people are allowed to consume, whether adults are allowed to smoke, or how much they have to save - it must be called what it is: a nanny state that drains freedom and kills individual responsibility.
domingo, outubro 29, 2017
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Mises, Rothbard, and Catalonia por David Gordon:
Mises addresses the issue directly. In Omnipotent Government, he criticizes the eminent Spanish liberal Salvador de Madariaga for his opposition to Catalonian independence. “If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace. It is unbelievable how deep-rooted these vicious ideas of hegemony, domination, and oppression are even among the most distinguished contemporaries. Señor Salvador de Madariaga condemns the demands of the Catalans and the Basques for independence, and advocates Castilian hegemony for racial, historical, geographical, linguistic, religious, and economic considerations.”
Attempts to suppress the autonomy of a distinct linguistic group, Mises thought, would tend to lead to war. Peace requires that groups be allowed to choose their own destiny. “It is futile to advance historical or geographical reasons in support of political ambitions which cannot stand the criticism of democratic principles. Democratic government can safeguard peace and international cooperation because it does not aim at the oppression of other peoples.”
Mises extended the right of secession very far: any group wishing to fend for itself should be free to do so. “The right of self-determination in regard to the question of membership in a state thus means: whenever the inhabitants of a particular territory, whether it be a single village, a whole district, or a series of adjacent districts, make it known, by a freely conducted plebiscite, that they no longer wish to remain united to the state to which they belong at the time, but wish either to form an independent state or to attach themselves to some other state, their wishes are to be respected and complied with. ... If it were in any way possible to grant this right of self-determination to every individual person, it would have to be done.”
Mises would have little sympathy for the view, held by some libertarians today, that Catalonian independence should be opposed because the Spanish government is at present less socialist than the Catalonian provincial authorities.