Monthly Archives: February 2011

Column on Multiple Universe Puzzles

Multiple Universe Puzzles Tibor R. Machan An issue that has puzzled many philosophers and cosmologists is whether there is just one universe or might there be many. On first inspection the puzzle appears to be bogus. After all, by “universe” … Continue reading

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Column on “The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters”

“The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters”* Tibor R. Machan In basic reasoning courses one learns that certain ways of thinking are fallacious, others are sound. Sadly, most students don’t actually remember much of what they learn here because these courses … Continue reading

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Column on Democrats Against Democracy?

Democrats Against Democracy? Tibor R. Machan Am I alone in finding the Wisconsin Democrats who have been AWOL anything but democratic? Sure, they weren’t doing anything illegal like soldiers who go absent without leave. But that’s a legalism that makes … Continue reading

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Open Letter to The New Republic

Dear Editor: Jonathan Chait’s “Kangaroo Court” (3/3/11) is disgusting. First, calling the ruling “laughable” shows just how uncivil he is despite all the bellyaching about the rhetorical excesses of the Tea Party. Then, more substantively, Chait’s relentless cheering in favor … Continue reading

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Column on Are Public Unions Unjust?

Are Public Unions Unjust? Tibor R. Machan Bona fide Labor unions work within a free market system where firms compete for customers who are normally able to switch from sellers of wares and services if they want to. Public works … Continue reading

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Column on Making versus Owning

Making versus Owning Tibor R. Machan Now it is obvious to most of us that one need not make something so as to own it, fair and square. No one made one’s eyes, kidneys, and other organs and limbs yet … Continue reading

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Column on Krugman and Bias

Krugman and Bias Tibor R. Machan In a recent column Princeton economist a regular New York Times columnist Paul Krugman claims that the economics profession–including the editors of scholarly journals and the staff at econ departments–is fraught with bias. This … Continue reading

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Column on Where Multiculturalism is OK

Where Multiculturalism is OK Tibor R. Machan It is reported that France’s, England’s and Germany’s leaders have issued an announcement claiming that multiculturalism is a failure. But are they right? Or perhaps it is more likely that implementing multiculturalism the … Continue reading

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Column on Holding One’s Nose for Principles

Holding One’s Nose for Principles Tibor R. Machan One of the difficulties with standing on principle is that often one is defending them when they are practiced by bad people. Or when bad conduct is involved. In both kinds of … Continue reading

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Column on Besmirching Libertarianism

Besmirching Libertarianism Tibor R. Machan Now that libertarianism has gotten some publicity in mainstream forums, those who are convinced of its merit have much work to do. This is because of the well publicized distortions of the position in prominent … Continue reading

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