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Must Reads For The Week 12/5/15

December 5, 2015

Economics Is About Scarcity, Property, and Relationships, by Michael J. McKay, at mises.org. A free market is aboutĀ  individuals making voluntary exchanges of what they own (property) in a world of scarcity.

The Department of Agriculture is a Welfare Scam, by Dan Mitchell, at freedomandprosperity.com. Crony capitalism for big Agribusinesses consists of subsidies, handouts, and favorable regulation, all on the tax payers dime. We also have to pay higher prices than would be charged in a true free market.

Black Friday Breaks Record With 185K Gun Background Checks, at tammybruce.com. No comment needed.

Chart Of The Day: More Guns Less Gun Violence Between 1993 and 2013, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. No comment needed.

Hunger And War In WWI Germany: Remembering The Slaughter Of Pigs, by T. Hunt Tooly, at mises.org. The During WWI, the German Government fixed the prices of potatoes. This made it more profitable for the farmers to feed them to their hogs. The result was a potato shortage (which is what happens when government sets a price ceiling). The government solution to the potato shortage they created was to kill a third of the pig population. This resulted in a shortage of pork and potatoes. Central planners are much smarter than the market!

Extreme Poverty Worldwide Has Plummeted As Market Economics Has Spread, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The best anti poverty plan is to keep governments from interfering in the free market. Just think how prosperous the world would be if government sanctioned central banks hadn’t printed multiple trillions of dollars over the past ten years.

Incentives, Ideology, and Climate Change, by Peter G. Klein, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “journalists thinkĀ  that “scientists are disinterested truth-seekers immune from institutional and organizational constraints. This is the default assumption about scientists working within the general consensus of their discipline. By contrast, critics of the consensus position, whether inside our outside the core discipline, are presumed to be motivated by ideology or private interest.”

A Behind The Scenes Look At The November Jobs Report, by Jonathan Newman, at mises.org. Government jobs and jobs created because of Obamacare provisions are part of this increase. Tax payer funded jobs are not productive jobs.

Video Captures At Least Nine Cops Surround, Shoot A California Knife Wielding Man, at reason.com. I have one question. Why don’t cops carry billy clubs anymore? This guy would be beaten and bruised, but at least he would be alive. Can someone help me out on this?

Person Who Made Racist Death Threats Against Blacks…Is A Black Woman Who Participated In Protests, at thepcgraveyard.com. No comment needed.

Must Reads For The Week 3/28/15

March 28, 2015

The Grand Canyon Filling Up With Fog – And Why – In 60 Seconds.

 

California Raisin Farmers Get Another Day In Court, by Bonner Cohen, at cfact.org. The Government through the USDA has the authority to confiscate half of farmer’s raisin crop and sell it abroad at a discounted price in order to keep prices in the US high. The fifth amendment of the Constitution states, “…nor shall any person’s private property be taken for public use without just compensation.” As Joseph Sobran stated, “The constitution is no threat to our current form of government”.

Guiding The Blind Through London’s Subway With Estimote Beacons, at wired.com. Blind people are navigated through the subway via spoken instructions through their mobile device. Where is the seeing eye dog lobby complaining about putting these dogs out of work?

Don’t Call An Ambulance, Call Uber, at medium.com. The median response time for an ambulance in NY City is 6.1 minutes. The median response time for an Uber is 2.42 minutes. It is much cheaper to be transported by Uber than an ambulance. Does this outweigh the medical expertise of the EMT’s? People have another choice when deciding how to get to a hospital. I saw this at Carpe Diem Blog.

Oil And Gas Exports – One Policy Change Many Benefits, by Marita Noon, at cfact.org. Did you know that oil produced in the US is not allowed to be exported to foreign markets? Another example of Government interfering in the market.

Venezuela Oil Wealth Doesn’t Stop Gas Shortages, by Jeremy Morgan, at laht.com. Who would have ever thought that Government price controls, labor union disputes, and socialist distribution collectives would lead to shortages of gasoline?

Venezuela: All Day Shopping Trip For 8 Basic Items.

Prices ration scarce resources in a free market. Waiting in line is part of the rationing process in a socialist paradise. People in the former Soviet Union used to say, “if you see a line forming, get in it”. I saw this at Carpe Diem Blog.

 

EPA Wants To Monitor How Long Hotel Guests Spend In The Shower, Elizabeth Harrington, at freebeacon.com. There is no aspect of your life that Government bureaucrats and politicians won’t try to control. Do you want to bet that someday this will be mandated monitoring equipment on your shower at home? No, that could never happen here.

Michigan Tourism Agency Sees Airbnb As A Threat, at michigancapitalcomfidencial.com. Airbnb is to people looking for lodging, as Uber is to people looking for a ride. And just as the taxi monopoly doesn’t want competition from Uber, so the hotel monopoly doesn’t want competition from Airbnb. This another example of the unstoppable forces of economics catching up to crony capitalists, and helping the consumer through lower prices and more choices. I saw this at Carpe Diem Blog.

The Only Truly Compliant, Submissive Citizen In A Police State Is A Dead One, by John W. Whitehead, at targetliberty.com. Excerpt from the article: “It doesn’t matter where you live, it’s the same scenario being played out over and over again in which government agents, hyped up on their own authority and the power of their uniform, ride roughshod over the rights of the citizenry. In turn, Americans are being brainwashed into believing that anyone who wears a government uniform – soldier, police officer, prison guard – must be obeyed without question.”