Freedom Updates: May 10, 2001
All Freedom Updates by Ari Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
Repeal Growth Controls
And now Owens has called a special legislative session to pass laws letting politicians control growth to a greater extent.
Professor George Reisman recently posted a speech that aptly describes Colorado lawmakers:
So far is the failure of socialism from being a failure of reason that it would be much more appropriate to describe it as a failure of lunacy: the lunacy of believing that the thinking and planning of one man or a handful of men could be substituted for the thinking and planning of tens and hundreds of millions of men cooperating under capitalism and its division of labor and price system. (Of course, because they never bothered to read von Mises, the intellectuals do not even know that ordinary people do in fact engage in economic planning, planning that is integrated and harmonized by the price system. From the abysmally ignorant perspective of the intellectuals, ordinary people are chickens without heads. Thinking and planning are allegedly actions that only government officials can perform.) http://www.capitalism.net./articles/Environmentalism%20Refuted.htm
Why do politicians think they can do a better job at managing growth than can individuals interacting on the free market? In truth, they don't think that. They simply don't think about the matter at all, and instead rush headlong into more socialism without a serious moment's reflection.
British Crime Wave
A recent CBS story confirms the trend. In addition, the English are losing their basic civil rights of privacy and jury trials over the matter, a topic considered by Dave Kopel and co-authors in the June Liberty Magazine. But Britain is disarmed! How could violent crime be going up? Look at it from the criminal's point of view, and the answer is obvious.
The British government's tough as nails reaction to a rise in violent crime is raising worries that a pillar of civil rights, the jury trial, might be sacrificed to satisfy a concerned public....
While you're at it, check out the companion story at http://cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,210074-412,00.shtml.
A person is more likely to be burglarized, almost twice as likely to be robbed, and two-and-a-half times more likely to be assaulted there than in America....
But how is that possible? The law says people can't have guns, right? Maybe, just maybe, criminals don't obey the law. But that doesn't fit in with the utopian, head-in-the-sand thinking of the anti-gun lobby. Speaking for the Million Mom March at a recent state legislative hearing, an immigrant from England said, "People don't have guns in England." Unfortunately, that's true only of law-abiding citizens.
Gutless Old Party
Don't look now, but with the budget agreement reached this week, it now appears that federal spending is going to end up growing at about seven percent this year -- or about twice the spending rate under Bill Clinton. Good thing we've got Republicans in charge to keep government as small and confined as possible.(http://www.nationalreview.com/balance/balance050401.shtml)
We all know Bush is a little slow, so I'll clue him in: Moore is being sarcassisistic.
Post Gets Sentimental
It wasn't long ago that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist appealed to Congress to slow down or, better yet, stop the trend toward the federalization of crime. It is obvious that Congress still isn't listening. (http://denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,73%257E29631,00.html)
The powers of the United States Congress are laid out in Article I, Section 8. The federal government is given power over the following types of crimes: monetary counterfeiting, "felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations." In addition, the federal government has power over certain civil matters, such as copyright and bankruptcy. Note that Congress has the power to enact such laws, not the duty.
The Tenth Amendment states clearly: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
So maybe soon the Post will demand the repeal of all national laws pertaining to drugs and firearms, as those laws are unconstitutional. Yea, I'll hold my breath.
Million Moms Squelch Debate
From: Clarence Lovell
For the record, I have an open subscription policy. If you want to join, go for it! In addition, I make a point to publish contrary views when submitted. (I even hope at least one federal agent is monitoring my site: my attitude is, maybe he or she will learn something.)
Along the same lines, Ed Williamson sent out an e-mail recently discussing the Million Mom March in Tennessee:
From: Ed Williamson
IRS Slacks Off
A sampling of Internal Revenue Service employees found that they used about half their online time at work to visit sex sites, gamble, trade stocks, participate in chat rooms and do other nonwork-related activity...
My immediate reaction was, yippie! Maybe if they spend more time getting off on porn, they'll spend less time screwing tax payers.