Battle for Libertarian Voters in Virginia

Almost two months ago I quoted a Washington Post op-ed that said that this fall’s gubernatorial race in Virginia would depend on the all-important independent voters — the disproportionately moderate, young, prosperous, suburban and libertarian-leaning people who typically decide Virginia contests. It looks like Frank B. Atkinson, a high-powered Richmond lawyer who served in the Ronald […]

Our Libertarian Future

Brink Lindsey described a “libertarian consensus that mixes the social freedom of the left with the economic freedom of the right” in his book The Age of Abundance. Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie said that right now is a “libertarian moment.” I saw a “civil liberties surge” in public opinion polls on marijuana laws and […]

Weekend Links

“Government should not subsidize health insurance — for the uninsured, the poor, the elderly or anyone else — or regulate health insurance markets.” Here’s why. This is what happens to health care when you are not the customer. An update on the EU Lisbon Treaty. Why Fannie and Freddie mustn’t be left out of reform efforts. Skepticism […]

Politicians Fiddle While America’s Corporate Tax System Burns

KPMG has released its annual global survey of corporate tax systems. For the 10th consecutive year, the average corporate tax rate fell, and it is now down to 25.5 percent — and just 23.2 percent in the European Union! In the United States, unfortunately, the corporate tax rates remains stuck at about 40 percent. Only one […]

Paranormal Legislative Activity?

Here’s an entertaining and timely video from the Sunlight Foundation: Readthebill.org is where you can learn more about H. Res. 554. Have a transparent Hallowe’en everybody!

Stimulus Jobs Reporting Charade

I have been reluctant to engage in the squabbling over the accuracy of the stimulus job “creation” figures because I believe it is more important to focus attention on the underlying “rob Peter to pay Paul” reality of Washington’s endeavor. As I mentioned yesterday, the government cannot “create” anything without also inflicting economic damage because […]

More on ‘Hate Crimes’

Law professors James Jacobs and Kimberly Potter make an interesting point: Laws do not spring forth from a groundswell of public opinion, but rather are the product of lobbying by interested (”interest”) groups that must mobilize support among politicians.  The hate crime laws are passed because of the lobbying efforts of organizations that advocate on behalf of […]

The Myth of ‘Market Failure’ in Health Care

One argument in favor of a government overhaul of the health care system is that the free market had its chance, and failed when it comes to providing the best possible care.  But as David Goldhill discovered while researching for the September cover article in The Atlantic, the United States has anything but a free-market […]

The New Republic and Guilt by Association

I watched with interest the J Street debate between Matt Yglesias and The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait over the question “what it means to be pro-Israel.”  Matt’s a very efficient thinker, and Chait’s a particularly sharp debater.  I witnessed him slug it out at length in a debate with David Boaz a while back, not […]

Wisdom of the Anti-Federalists

Everybody reads the Federalist Papers. (I hope!) Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, they are generally regarded as the most profound collection of political theory ever written in America. And since they deeply inform our understanding of our fundamental law, they are essential to understanding the American version of limited, constitutional government. […]