By Bohumir Zidek
From the 10th to the 12th of April, on the first really warm weekend of this spring in Central Europe, European Students for Liberty organized their 4th annual conference in Berlin.
This year’s schedule featured a lot of interesting names. Among them the MEP and self-described “Old Whig”, Daniel Hannan, the Danish journalist responsible for publishing of controversial Prophet Muhammad’s cartoons in 2005 and also a staunch defender of free speech, Flemming Rose, and the man who ended Orban’s two-thirds majority in Hungary, Zoltan Kesz.
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“For the history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidences that a truth is not hard to kill, and that a lie well told is immortal.” Mark Twain “Advice to Youth,” 1882
An old joke goes: “How can you tell when a politician is lying?” The answer: “When his lips are moving.” While that may not be universally true, lying and deceit have infested our culture to an extent we no longer expect the truth. Lying is not new, but it has become pervasive.
White lies have always been around; they have always been acceptable and, in fact, are critical to a smoothly-functioning society. What characterizes such lies is that they are told to make someone else feel good, with little or no harm inflicted. For example, when my wife shows off a new outfit it is in my interest to express admiration. In turn, she will say things to inflate my ego, while (I am sure) crossing her fingers behind her back. Lying begins early. I recall occasions when, as a child, lying was preferable to the spanking I would get for a broken window or letting goats into the garden. The 2009 film “The Invention of Lying” depicted what the world would be like without lying – intentionally blunt and cruel, with no religion and no fiction. →']);" class="more-link">Continue readingby
By Sydney M. Williams
Mr. Obama will be a relatively young man when he retires from the most powerful position on earth – the Presidency of the United States. He will be 55, just a year older than Bill Clinton was when he left office, and seven years younger than was George W. Bush. What will he do for an encore? Will he go back to Hawaii and paint, like Mr. Bush? Will he use his years in public service as a means to accumulate personal wealth, as Bill Clinton has done? Or will he use the Presidency of the U.S. as a stepping stone to become the leader of the world – free and not free?by
The Austrian school of economic thought has returned to Europe after an American renaissance. French economist Pascal Salin represents a new generation of European “Austrians.” They are trying to explain to an audience that is still generally hostile to economic freedom that capitalism didn’t cause the recent crisis in the world economy. Grégoire Canlorbe sat down with Professor Salin to discuss Austrian business cycle theory (ABCT) and how to promote economic thinking to a skeptical public.by
In occasion of Free Market Road Show Zagreb, Matt Kibbe was interviewed by the Croatian newspaper Vecernji List – Croatia.
Matt Kibbe is one of the most influential advocates for minimal government and free markets and plays a very important role on Capitol Hill, lobbying for his powerful organization -FreedomWorks. He is a co-author of the Tea Party Manifest, a bestseller from 2010.
During his visit to Zagreb for the Free Market Road Show event, he talked about the Croatian economic system and tax reforms that should be implemented. Kibbe stated that he is not against all taxes, as he explained further – he is in favor of those taxes that would efficiently finance the basic functions of the state.by
By Mark Littlewood
This article was originally published on CapX
When posed with the question, ‘economic liberalism: damned, discredited or indispensable?, my own view is that all three are true. Economic liberalism has been unfairly damned, wrongly discredited and remains emphatically indispensable, especially in areas where it has barely been tried. I’ll come on to the lessons from and aftermath of the financial crash shortly.by
By Sydney M. Williams
Free speech is fundamental to ensuring that any country remains free. Trifling with it should not be taken lightly. Three recent events in the U.S. remind us of its value. One was the Prophet Muhammad Art Exhibition and Contest in Garland, Texas. That incident created a debate between “free” speech and “hate” speech. Another was the PEN (poets, essayists and novelists) award to Charlie Hebdo, which was boycotted by some prominent writers who claimed the magazine is “racist.” The third, and scariest, was the assertion by Hillary Clinton and others that the Constitution may have to be amended; so that Congress in its wisdom can determine what is appropriate and what is not in regard to political speech during Presidential campaigns.by
By Sydney M. Williams
The most visible teaching moment from Baltimore was the unrehearsed scene of a mother chasing after her son whom she had seen on television throwing rocks at police. It was important because it manifested the hurt and determination of a mother for a son whom she loved and who was at risk of destroying his life. She was not angry at the Baltimore police. She did not look upon herself as a victim. She understood right from wrong: that no matter the provocation, it was wrong for her son to cover his face and throw rocks at the cops.
The immediate source of the riots, as we all know, was the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. But the violence that followed had little to do with reasons suggested by the media and those like Al Sharpton: Black youth alienation, police violence toward African-American teens, poverty, White racism and economic inequality. Those are real and/or perceived consequences, not antecedents to the root causes that divide a nation by race, wealth and social status.by