Monthly Archives: April 2010

Column on Are Government Regulators Incorruptible

Are Regulators Incorruptible? Tibor R. Machan         Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered … Continue reading

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Column on Anti-Libertarian Point Refuted

Anti-Libertarian Point Refuted Tibor R. Machan The English Marxist political philosopher Ted Honderich asks us to imagine a perfectly just society, constituted according to libertarian principles. Then he asks, rhetorically, whether it is possible that there exist starving people in … Continue reading

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Column on It wasn’t Capitalism, Stupid

It wasn’t Capitalism, Stupid Tibor R. Machan The Sunday, April 25, 2010, issue of The NYT Magazine carried a very clearly written essay by Roger Lowenstein, titled "Cracked Foundation, Fannie and Freddie are Broken. What would fixing them mean?" It … Continue reading

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Column on Corporate Socialism

Corporate Socialism Tibor R. Machan The idea that making a profit is somehow ignoble has ancient roots. Partly it stems from the utterly fallacious notion that when someone wins, someone else must lose. So if you go to the mall … Continue reading

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Column on Skepticism about Gov. Regulation

Skepticism about Government Regulation Tibor R. Machan In most eras of human history around the globe people worried about the power of governments, although for a long time little could be done since power was deemed the source of authority. … Continue reading

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Column on Justice and Commercial Crime

Justice and Commercial Crime Tibor R. Machan No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can–it is a basic human capacity not only to do something … Continue reading

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Column on That Terrible “We” Again

That Terrible "We" Again Tibor R. Machan Tony Judt is a constant presence in The New York Review of Books, sometimes with very fine, sensitive essays, sometimes with really annoying screeds. This last is what I found in a recent … Continue reading

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Column on NYT’s Tea Party Coverage

NYT’s Tea Party Coverage Tibor R. Machan In the Sunday, April 18, 2010 New York Times article "Doing Fine, but Angry Nonetheless," the author, Kate Zernike, discusses a poll done by The Times and CBS News on Tea Party members. … Continue reading

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Column on Thanking Mr. Obama?

Thanking Mr. Obama? Tibor R. Machan Sometimes even my best friends think I am over the top, as when I claim that the Obama Administration is out and out reactionary. How could that be so with a group of people … Continue reading

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Column on Predicting Free Actions

Predicting Free Actions Tibor R. Machan For several centuries there has been a widespread infatuation with approaching every topic scientifically, meaning along lines used in the natural science. The experimental method is indeed widely used in the social sciences even … Continue reading

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