To The Governments and People of Earth: A Declaration of Separation

Free and Unashamed
by anonymous

04/07/09)

We claim the right to exist, and we will defend it. We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We merely wish to be left alone. All we ever wanted was to live in peace with our friends and neighbors. For a long, long time we bore insults to our liberty; we took blows, we did what we could to avoid injury and we worked through the system to get the offenses to stop. That has now changed...

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Ways of changing the world

Ideas
by David Friedman

04/08/09

I see democracy as equipped, like a microscope, with a coarse control and a fine control. The fine control is special interest lobbying, the coarse control is majority voting. It is coarse because of rational ignorance. Voters know their vote has a negligible effect on outcomes and so have no incentive to acquire the information they would need in order to do a good job of making sure that governments do good things instead of bad things. The result is that how they vote and the outcome of their voting are largely driven by free information — what everyone knows, whether or not it is true...

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The people’s bailout

Adam Smith Institute
by Tom Clougherty

04/08/09

Oxfam has a new report out today, calling for a ‘people’s bailout.’ Their argument is that a fifth of the population already lives in poverty and millions more will become more vulnerable as a result of the recession, and that something must be done. Of course, Oxfam uses a relative definition of poverty, whereas what really matters is absolute poverty. Poverty is about being unable to satisfy basic needs, not just about having less than others. But let’s leave that aside for now, because however you define ‘poverty,’ it is clear that there are already plenty of people in Britain who struggle to make ends meet, and that the recession is only going to make that worse...

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