Monthly Archives: October 2011

Column on OWS & Zero Sum Economics

Markets aren’t Zero Sum Games Tibor R. Machan The more I read about “Occupy Wall Street,” including the pundits who apologize for it, the more I find that people still believe that market exchanges are zero-sum games wherein for someone … Continue reading

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Column on Dyson’s Nonsense

Column on Dyson’s Nonsense Tibor R. Machan In a recent review essay Freeman Dyson flatly asserts that “social justice demands equality. Fair reward for enterprise and achievement demands inequality.” Well, neither of these is true but for soundbites in a … Continue reading

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Column on OWS’s Lack of Focus

Occupy Wall Street’s Lack of Focus Tibor R. Machan Rolling Stone magazine ran a piece recently arguing that what OWS is doing doesn’t amount to attacks on money or banking but is aimed at corruption. While this is a spin … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: Liberty & Virtue

Liberty and Virtue Tibor R. Machan In order to begin this essay with a degree of coherence, I need first to discuss two types of lib­erty. The one kind I will designate as meta­physical lib­erty; it means the capacity for … Continue reading

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Column on Did Rubio’s Parents Do Right?

Did Rubio’s Parents Do Right? Tibor R. Machan Despite what Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has reportedly believed throughout much of his political career, it seems that his parents didn’t flee Fidel Castro’s communist Cuba for political freedom in the … Continue reading

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Column on Abusing the Social Contract

Abusing the Social Contract Tibor R. Machan At the outset it needs to be noted that whatever is called the social contract, it is not actually a contract which is “an agreement entered into by two or more parties with … Continue reading

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Column on Warren’s Non-Sequitor

Warren’s Non-Sequitor Tibor R. Machan So Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts candidate for the US Senate, says “there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.” And so she is said to reject that it is possible for … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: Disputing Positive Rights

Machan’s Archives: Disputing Positive Rights Tibor R. Machan* An influential idea in contemporary political philosophy is positive rights. It has been advanced by political thinkers on both the Right and the Left. In contrast to the theory of basic natural … Continue reading

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Column on Greece in America

Greece in America Tibor R. Machan Most of us who are aware of world financial trends know that earlier this year thousands of Greeks took to the street and mercilessly engaged in destruction of property around Athens. They were upset … Continue reading

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Column on Obama the Wuss

Obama the Wuss! Tibor R. Machan Here is why President Obama is a wuss. He has never shown much taste for the war on drugs yet he has done nothing to stop it. He could save a bundle of money … Continue reading

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