Monthly Archives: February 2009

Column on Bad Deja vue

Bad Deja vue Tibor R. Machan I was born on the eve of World War II and once I could think a bit formyself my life was surrounded in Budapest with the disaster of Sovietstyle socialism. One standard feature of … Continue reading

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Column on Bailouts versus bailouts

Bailouts versus bailouts Tibor R. Machan The current focus on bailouts brings to the fore a widespread confusion.Perhaps it can best be understood by comparing the bailouts many of us whoare parents have performed, versus the government’s bailout of banks, … Continue reading

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Column on Seeing Merits of Capitalism

Acknowledging the Merits of Capitalism Tibor R. Machan Anyone with but a little knowledge of Marxism, at least Karl’s version ofit, knows that the old communist wasn’t altogether hostile to capitalism.He regarded it as a necessary and indeed beneficial phase … Continue reading

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Recommending I could Never Be Your Woman

I found this a very pleasant romp. Of course, Pfeiffer is always a greataesthetic experience but the movie is actually quite entertaining."Michelle Pfeiffer (Hairspray) and Paul Rudd (Knocked Up) star in thishilarious romantic comedy for the ages. Rosie (Pfeiffer) is … Continue reading

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Recommendation of Review

The review essay by Joseph Frank, of Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers:Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, is filled with valuable information andinsight. If the books is as good as the review and the review says it is,it should be a gem. … Continue reading

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Recommendation of Vatel

"Vatel" is labeled a true story and it does seem to be based on certainestablished historical facts. [http://movies.ask.com/c/people/G%C3%A9rard-Depardieu/87517?q=G%C3%A9rard+Depardieu]GĂ©rard Depardieudoes a fine job depicting the rebellious chef, Vatel, with a love offreedom and independence. Here is a summary from the Web:"A … Continue reading

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Recommendation

Defiance is quite a gripping but sad movie, a reminder of just how rottenand courageous people can be. It’s about a large group of Jews who campedin a great forest and resisted and often struck deadly blows at the Nazisand … Continue reading

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Column on Troubles with Economics

Troubles with Economics Tibor R. Machan The social science of economics became distinct when several Frenchintellectuals and the Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith isolated thefield for special study. From a long time thereafter certain assumptionsunderpinned the discipline, mostly about human … Continue reading

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Published Column on Taking Full Responsibility

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Column on A Yes and A No

A Yes and a No Tibor R. Machan President Obama made two important points during his Monday evening newsconference, the first of his presidency. One was when he observed that oldhabits are very hard to shed. How true that is … Continue reading

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