"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" January 2011 - Posts - TT's Lost in Tokyo

January 2011 - Posts

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On climate, another libertarian bravely fights to keep Mises' light under a bushel by TokyoTom

I just left the following closing comment on Jim Fedako 's December 30 Mises Economics Blog post, " What?!? No one mentioned the cult or kooky parts ": TokyoTom January 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm You’re done here, Jim? Hardly, as you never...
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Gerald Celente sees global uprising of repressed+linked youth, rise of ‘progressive libertarians’ in 2011 by TokyoTom

Good summary at The Raw Deal of an interview of Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute , conducted by Russia Today on January 10. Here's a clip of the interview:
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More by Nader and Napolitano on pushing a libertarian-progressive alliance by TokyoTom

From The Raw Story on January 12 ( 'Nader: Progressive-libertarian alliance ‘the most exciting new political dynamic’ in US' )(emphasis added): Prepare for the rise of libertarian progressives. That was the message earlier in the week...
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A productive, progressive, anti-corporatist libertarianism? Ron Paul and Ralph Nader build bridges at Judge Napolitano's by TokyoTom

Ron Paul , Ralph Nader and Andrew Napolitano are joining forces to emphasize common ground between right-libertarians and progressive Left. This holds some promise of steering dissastifaction with government by the Tea Party Right into positive directions...
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The "Oath Keepers" on principles, rule of law and Federal judge John Roll by TokyoTom

Worth a quick read. Judge John M. Roll : A True American Hero , By: Richard Mack , a former Arizona sheriff who took a stand against federal control of state police in connection with the Brady Bill (fmore here on Roll by Wikipedia) (emphasis added):...
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Actually, a very commendable job: NPR's Ira Glass/This American Life on "The Invention of Money" by TokyoTom

Even Ron Paul gets a chance to talk! Listen for yourself : play full.php?play=423&podcast=1 In particular, I like Act Two, starting at 29:12 (and don't miss the closeout song, "We Do (The Stonecutters' Song)", The Simpsons):: Act...
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Inspiration for further human action? "Here's to you, Mr. Jefferson" by TokyoTom

I've commented quite a few times on Thomas Jefferson , chiefly in the context of the rights of corporations (as opposed to the rights of the individuals who form them, own their shares or are employed by them). I just stumbled in to the following...
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Great find! Anthony Watts and fellow 'skeptics' have nihilistic fun with new report on long-lasting effect of human changes to atmosphere, oceans & albedo by TokyoTom

Gitchyer climate fun here, at this January 10 post by Anthony Watts at his skeptic climate blog, Watts Up With That : " Abandon all hope, ye who read this" ! Most of the post is a copy of the entire press release concerning an article slated...
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Is Philip Klein's "A Study in Contrasts: NYT on Ft. Hood and Arizona Shootings" a study in shallow partisan self-deception? by TokyoTom

Judge for yourselves - but I left the following comment on Phlip Klein's piece at The American Spectator blog:: TokyoTom | 1.10.11 @ 12:50AM I love the hypocrisy with which the right points out the hypocrisy of left, in order to dodge its obvious...
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Judith Curry, climate scientist who is controversial because she talks with 'skeptics', wonders about "Libertarianism and the environment" by TokyoTom

See this post and comment thread on Dr. Judith Curry's blog. Here is Scientific American on the controversy around her. Anyone interested in jumping in? Yours truly has left comments, and Dr. Curry promises a follow-up post.
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Lew Rockwell and Unthinking Libertarians on "The Unthinking Right" by TokyoTom

Lew Rockwell has a curiously perceptive yet blind post out yesterday ( The Unthinking Right , Friday, January 7) on how far the Right has drifted from its principles on matters of "Defense"; he fails to see the glaring dynamic of "defend...
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To Tom Lorenzo: when explicating "Lincoln and the Growth of Statism", don't forget Lincoln and the Growth of Corporate-Statism by TokyoTom

I left the following comments recently at Thomas L. Lorenzo 's December 15, 2010 Mises Daily post, The Great Centralizer: Lincoln and the Growth of Statism in America : TokyoTom January 6, 2011 at 6:00 am Tom, great post/precis of your book. I do...
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Does the LRC post on "When Goliath Is the ‘Victim’" refer to BP? by TokyoTom

So I wondered when I saw William Grigg' s "When Goliath Is the ‘Victim’" post at LRC last month. The first paragragh hinted at the answer, while leaving me hopeful: How does one simultaneously swagger and simper? Is it possible...
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Larry Lessig sounds Libertarian; says it's time to "strike at the root" of evil of a corporate-funded "marionette government" by TokyoTom

I've discussed previously other pieces of commentary by Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig (now director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard; formerly internet guru at Stanford Law School). Lessig is now focussed on how corporate influence...