Monthly Archives: November 2008

Column on Society Versus the State

Society versus the State Tibor R. Machan Some careless people, even with academic credentials, confuse the stateand the government. But just think, there is no consent where the stateis concerned whereas with government you can have, even if it is … Continue reading

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Column on Are the Poor Petrified?

Are the Poor Petrified? Tibor R. Machan When I came to America I was seventeen and a half and once I turnedeighteen I ran away from my family. My father was a brute and in America Ididn’t have to accept … Continue reading

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Column on Bailouts and Your Prudence

Bailouts Destroy PrudenceTibor R. Machan So you notice that your income has shrunk, you may even have lost yourjob. So you decide to trade in your gas guzzler for a small vehicle andeven reduce your monthly car payments, if you … Continue reading

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Column on Government Regulation

Exceptions Not the Rule Tibor R. Machan As a nearly lifelong champion of the fully free society I routinelyencounter skeptics who cite cases showing that now and then free men andwomen do not do the best for themselves and others. … Continue reading

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Column on the Big Corporation Excuse

The Big Corporations ExcuseTibor R. MachanAnytime I mention to someone from the Left that I consider the scope ofgovernment way beyond justice and prudence, I am likely to be told that itis big corporations that make this necessary. And, furthermore, … Continue reading

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Column on End of Exceptionalism

The End of Exceptionalism Tibor R. Machan America has been thought of as an exceptional country because of its basicpolitical principles. In particular, the recognition of individualrights, the sovereignty of the citizens instead of some king or evendemocratic assembly, rendered … Continue reading

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Column on What Fundamental Change

What Fundamental Change? Tibor R. Machan Senator Obama won over millions of voters by promising fundamental changein America under his leadership. He was not specific about what kind ofchange but there were hints here and there and by now a … Continue reading

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Column on Democracy, When it Suits me

Democracy, When It Suits MeTibor R. MachanBack in the 1970s I think it was, California had one of those referenda onwhether to slap huge taxes on oil companies and the thing lost. The personwho was an avid supporter—maybe even the … Continue reading

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Column on American Commisars

American CommissarsTibor R. MachanBack in 1859 Abraham Lincoln noted that “All this [the economic success ofAmerica] is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause.Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained theresult; but even … Continue reading

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Column on Obama, Franken & Socialism

Obama, Franken & Socialism Tibor R. Machan The race in Minnesota was still too close to call on Friday, November 7thbut the fact that Senator Obama, who had by than become president elect ofthe United States, made a strong plea … Continue reading

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