Thursday, February 26, 2009

Return to the Gulag

Each day, as the state expands into more and more areas of human life, we have to ask: Where will it end? Here is one potential answer. About 25 minutes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Free Speech and Elections

When local politicians decided to force individuals to become part of their jurisdiction some residents gathered together to oppose the measure. They suddenly found themselves in court because regulations forbade them to put up signs in opposition with registering with the state. Here is how government bans free speech in politics.

Stealing one business to benefit another business.

All Randy Bailey did was run his business and treat his customers fairly. Local politicians decided to steal his property in order to benefit another benefit.

Stealing the homes of average people.

Lori Ann Vendetti discusses how local politicians decided to steal her property, and that of her neighbors, to give it away to a private business.

Andrew Weck & School Choice

The importance of school choice for special needs students. About 4 minutes.

Erroll Tyler wanted to run amphibious tours of Boston. But the city council had created a tourist monopoly that favored one company and banned competition. About 3:30 minutes.

Banning Dancing

Drew Carey and Reason TV discuss the San Tan Flats case and the ban on outdoor dancing in Pinal County. About 6 minutes.

San Tan Flat and Arbitrary Government Power

A music video about the San Tan Flats case. This restaurant, without outdoor dining, was being fined $5000 a day when it had live music because patrons danced. Outdoor dancing was banned. (If in Queen Creek, Arizona stop by and try the place -- I did. Reasonable price and decent food.) About 3 minutes.

The Story of Susette Kelo

A brief introduction to the famous Kelo case where the Supreme Court stupidly ruled that private land may be confiscated, not for a public purpose, but for another private purpose. About 11 minutes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Regulating competition out

A small example of how politicians use regulations to favor specific, favored special interests.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Among the Dead Cities: A Debate

Professor A.C. Grayling debates Christopher Hitchens on the justification of Allied bombings of civilians during World War II. About two hours. Prof. Grayling's book can be ordered from Laissez Faire Books at 1 866 686 7210.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sex, freedom and censorship.

An hour long discussion of the shifting sands of censorship in America over the last 50 years from our friends at Reason TV.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Milton Friedman on Greed and Politics

Mississippi Drug War Blues

This short film from our friends at Reason TV won Best Documentary Short prize at the Oxford Film Festial in Oxford, Mississippi. Even if they hadn't won this is a film everyone should watch about the war on drugs is destroying innocent people. A point I've long made is that illicit drugs harm those