Monthly Archives: December 2011

Column on So What’s Wrong With That?

So what’s Wrong with That? Tibor R. Machan So there is now concern by some so called journalists that “in his 1987 manifesto ‘Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution after 200-Plus Years,’ Presidential hopeful Ron Paul wrote that AIDS patients … Continue reading

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Column on Sobbing for Dictators

Sobbing for Dictators! Tibor R. Machan As the BBC reported, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was provided with mass marches throughout the country in mourning of his recent death. As the thousands were shown on TV, they did … Continue reading

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Column on the BBC’s Sorry Journalism

The BBC’s Sorry Journalism Tibor R. Machan The BBC recently published the following in a report about the Republican primary contest in Iowa: “Correspondents say a Ron Paul victory in Iowa would be a major embarrassment to the Republican party … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: Libertarianism and Americanism

Machan’s Archives: Libertarianism and Americanism Tibor R. Machan Given that in the main the American political system is still the closest to protecting varieties of individual liberty—regarding speech, commerce, religion, due process, etc.—most of those who peddle political ideas want … Continue reading

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Column on Property rights and the Free Press

Property Rights and the Free Press Tibor R. Machan Not as if the point hasn’t been made often by now, but repeating it may be of some benefit: without a firm protection of the right to private property, the rights … Continue reading

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Column on Ideological Thinking Revisited

Ideological Thinking Revisited Tibor R. Machan Following the December 15th Republican “debate,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote once again about the evils of ideological thinking. Krugman began piece by criticizing Mitt Romney for his repeated vacillations about which … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: “Fetal Rights: Implication of a Supposed ‘Ought’”

Fetal Rights: Implication of a Supposed Ought [from Liberty Magazine, July 1989, pp. 51-52] Tibor R. Machan Introduction to reprint: [When back in 1973 I edited The Libertarian Alternative (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1973), the libertarian political outlook wasn’t well known and … Continue reading

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Column on Captialism & Socialism Rightly Understood

Capitalism & Socialism Rightly Understood Tibor R. Machan In a recent Op Ed for The New York Times, Professor Gar Arperovitz of the University of Maryland, who teaches political economy there, has written that “something different [from what OWS wants] … Continue reading

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Essay on Are Societies Owned?

Are Societies Owned? Tibor R. Machan Libertarians tend to view taxation as unjustified. It is something associated with statism, a kind of coercive institution that expropriates resources from members of society rather than securing the resources voluntarily. Statists, however, criticize … Continue reading

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Column on Needing Doesn’t Justify Stealing

Needing Doesn’t Justify Stealing Tibor R. Machan What one needs depends on one’s goals. And much of the time what one needs to pursue various goals is produced by other people, including some rather important stuff or services. Nonetheless, among … Continue reading

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