Archive for March 6, 2008

Nationalism and Socialism

March 6, 2008 Leave a comment

Posted on 3/5/2008

[This article originally appears as chapter 8 in Essentials of Economics.]

Nationalism appears to be a modern phenomenon having its origin in the nationalities constituted in Europe between the 16th and the 19th century concomitantly with the disappearance of feudalism and of the Romano-Germanic Empire that came into being with Charlemagne and was totally liquidated with the unification of Italy.

In fact, however, the spirit of nationalism is very ancient.[1] It has been and still is present as a factor in both political and economic history. The only thing that has changed is its form. It was this spirit that animated the absolutist and totalitarian regime of the Egyptians, that of the decadent Roman Empire, and the mercantilism of the 17th and 18th centuries, and, after a brief eclipse that lasted from the Congress of Vienna to the First World War, revived in the form of the so-called controlled or planned economy under the combined influence of war and socialism.

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“Fair and Balanced”

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It’s over at Fox4 for reporter Rebecca Aguilar (fired)
Uncle ^ | ED BARK
Posted on 03/06/2008 8:44:09 PM EST by LdSentinal
Rebecca Aguilar’s 14-year career as a Fox4 reporter has officially ended via a letter from an attorney representing the station.

In a telephone interview Wednesday night, Aguilar, 49, said she was checking her mail at mid-afternoon that day when she noticed an envelope under her front door mat. It informed her that Fox4 was exercising an option to drop her at the halfway point of a two-year contract that began on March 6, 2007.

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National Guard to be pulled from border patrol

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Posted at: 03/04/2008 05:27:42 PM
Updated at: 03/04/2008 05:30:05 PM
By: Chris Ornelas KOB-TV, and Joshua Panas
National Guard to be pulled from border patrol
The state said there will be a six month gap of vulnerability at the border when feds pull National Guard troops.

Sate homeland security said the National Guard on the border will leave in July, six months earlier than expected. Officials said border agents won’t take over until December at the earliest, leaving more than 180 miles of border virtually unwatched.

The original plan was to have the National Guard watch the border until 6,000 new agents could be properly trained.

Border patrol officials said that won’t happen until December, but state officials said that’s not stopping the feds from pulling the plug early.

State officials said the feds are not saying what’s behind the early withdrawal of guard troops from across the country.

The state said the withdrawal leaves the New Mexico border vulnerable.

“We’ll create a window where the smugglers and the cartels and the border criminals may try and take advantage of,” said Tim Manning of New Mexico Homeland Security.

Homeland security said heavy patrols and new fencing in Arizona and Texas means there will be a funneling effect of immigrants and smugglers into New Mexico.

Ron Paul, the Bomb on the Internet

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March 05, 2008 11:40 AM ET | Paul Bedard | Permanent Link

If there’s anybody who doubts the importance of the Internet in the 2008 elections, a quick explanation of how Rep. Ron Paul came from nowhere to build support and collect millions of dollars online should change that. At this week’s Politics Online Conference, we listened to Paul’s E-campaign director, Justine Lam, who methodically spelled out how her operation worked its magic. First, she said, the candidate’s antiwar, old-school Goldwater message was something a segment of GOP voters wanted to hear. And they came to him and to his website in droves. But being low on funds and staff, Paul didn’t try to capture them all on his site like other campaigns, notably the Barack Obama effort. Instead, Paul’s campaign urged supporters to build their own support sites, networks, and groups. Lam’s message to supporters: “Do what you think is best for the campaign.”

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Free Speech in Wartime….

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Robert M. La Follette

Free Speech in Wartime (Abridged)

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delivered 6 Oct 1917 Washington, DC

Mr. President: I rise to a question of personal privilege.

I have no intention of taking the time of the Senate with a review of the events which led to our entrance into the war except in so far as they bear upon the question of personal privilege to which I am addressing myself.

Six Members of the Senate and fifty Members of the House voted against the declaration of war. Immediately there was let loose upon those Senators and Representatives a flood of invective and abuse from newspapers and individuals who had been clamoring for war, unequalled, I believe, in the history of civilized society.

Prior to the declaration of war every man who had venture to oppose our entrance into it had been condemned as a coward or worse, and even the President had by no means been immune from these attacks.

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National Dragnet Is a Click Away

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Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records
By Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 6, 2008; A01

Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to fight crime and root out terror plots.

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Policing for Profit and Political Gain

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RICO laws shouldn’t provide incentive to plunder

Goldwater Institute
March 05, 2008

Arizona’s racketeering or “RICO” laws generate millions of dollars each year for local police and prosecutors by allowing their offices to seize and keep money and property allegedly used in or generated by criminal activity. The RICO laws require prosecutors to meet only the most minuscule of legal burdens in court before being allowed to pocket the proceeds.

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