This is the second “Rule of Law” Farce in 2 days: the Justice Dept. just announced that it won’t prosecute Attorney Gen. Holder, who the House voted in contempt yesterday for refusing to surrender documents on “Fast and Furious.” Who benefits from the illusion that the government is obliged to obey the law?
Archive | June, 2012
Today’s Supreme Court ObamaCare ruling proves the folly of relying on 9 political appointees to rescue individual freedom. I’ll post more after I read the decision. (I need to restock on Raging Bitch before tackling that monstrosity).
June 28th is the 300th birthday of Jean Jacques Rousseau, a French philosopher whose writings have cursed political life since the mid-1700s. The New Republic has a good essay on Rousseau’s bitter legacy here. I paid my respects to Rousseau in Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen […]
The Future of Freedom Foundation is shotgunning out this op-ed today… Will Supreme Court’s Ignorance Torpedo Americans’ Freedom? by James Bovard Americans have never had reliable protection against the ignorance of the Supreme Court. During the past 80 years, Supreme Court justices have routinely rubber-stamped government policies that they grossly failed to understand. Black-robed economic […]
Economist Bill Peterson passed away yesterday at the age of 91. I had enjoyed running into Bill at Washington events from the late 1980s onwards. He always had a hearty smile and a sparkle in his eyes. His buoyant joy of life was difficult to reconcile with his devotion to the “dismal profession.” Bill wrote […]
Yale University Press will soon be releasing Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War. The author, R. M. Douglas, had an excerpt essay in last week’s Chronicles of Higher Education that is stunning: Between 1945 and 1950, Europe witnessed the largest episode of forced migration, and perhaps the single […]
Washington Times June 15, 2012 Dollars for Smiles: Government Seeks Happiness Index by James Bovard The Obama administration is financing research to devise a new gauge for measuring Americans’ happiness. A National Academy of Sciences panel is analyzing proposals for surveying Americans’ “subjective well-being.” But there are grave perils in any “national happiness index” Uncle […]