Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis.) A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)
I talked about the economic passages of Evangelii Gaudium on my podcast today. I’ve discussed issues like this at great length before, particularly in my 2005 book The Church and the Market. But I devoted an episode to this because I have been receiving quite a few messages via Facebook and this site from people who were interested in my thoughts.
When I noted on Facebook that I was going to discuss the Pope’s attacks on markets, I was told by at least one person that this was the media’s misleading spin on the Pope’s views. But read the document for yourself. He is indeed criticizing markets. I did not make this up.
There is an unfortunate, if understandable, tendency on the part of some conservative Catholics to pretend, when the scandalous statement of the month emerges from the Vatican, that the popes are being misinterpreted by the media, that they didn’t mean what they clearly did mean, etc. These Catholics attribute thoughts to the post-Vatican II popes that those men did not have.
Another interesting item: there are some conservative Catholics who cannot abide any criticism whatever of any pope, including the implied criticism that accompanies the decision to attend the traditional Latin Mass. (These people had to tie themselves in knots to deal with Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism of the way the liturgical reform had been instituted; why, these were arguments that they had spent their lives criticizing liturgical traditionalists for making, and now a pope was echoing them!) Pope Francis himself dealt with these people just weeks ago when he personally telephoned traditional Catholic journalist Mario Palmaro, who had been fired from Catholic broadcaster Radio Maria for criticizing him, to explain that it was “important” for him to hear criticism.
I’ll be hosting the Peter Schiff Show tomorrow (Thursday); the show runs from 10am-12pm at SchiffRadio.com. I’ll be taking calls. Hope you can tune in!
Last month I spoke at the St. Louis University School of Law on secession. I didn’t come up with the topic; the invitation specifically asked me to speak about this. Today I reviewed with my podcast audience what I told them. Have a listen!
U.S. News and World Report writes:
The National Security Agency has an Achilles heel, according to some anti-surveillance activists. The key vulnerability, according to members of the OffNow coalition of advocacy groups: The electronic spy agency’s reliance on local utilities.
The activists would like to turn off the water to the NSA’s $1.5 billion Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, and at other facilities around the country.
Dusting off the concept of “nullification,” which historically referred to state attempts to block federal law, the coalition plans to push state laws to prohibit local authorities from cooperating with the NSA.
Draft state-level legislation called the Fourth Amendment Protection Act would – in theory – forbid local governments from providing services to federal agencies that collect electronic data from Americans without a personalized warrant.
No Utah lawmaker has came forward to introduce the suggested legislation yet, but at least one legislator has committed to doing so, according to Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center. He declined to identify the lawmaker before the bill is introduced.
I talked to Phil Giraldi last week about noninterventionist foreign policy, and I raised some of the standard neoconservative objections to the Ron Paul position. It’s worth a listen!
“Mainstream” Republicans in Iowa are tired of the Ron Paulians running the state party. Here’s their strategy, which from what I can tell they are advancing in all seriousness:
Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state party — one that ideological crusaders have shaped over the past few years — by bringing back into the fold pragmatic-minded voters while attracting more women and younger voters.
These Republicans say success would be Branstad winning re-election next fall and paving the way for a national GOP comeback in the 2016 presidential election by choosing a mainstream Republican in the leadoff presidential caucuses.
A “mainstream Republican” for president? You mean like the losers they’ve nominated twice in a row, who really helped “grow the party”? These are not fast learners.
Politico ran a story about the chairman of the state party, and actually devoted column inches to complaints that he de-friended some people on Facebook. The man must be stopped!
Critics are also upset about the Ron Paul Christmas Party, which the state GOP is holding as a fundraiser. It’s December 13 in Houston, in case you feel like annoying the Romneyites, who evidently learned nothing in 2012, by attending.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated by the history of American conservatism and libertarianism. That’s probably why I enjoyed today’s program with Brad Birzer so much. We talked about Russell Kirk, a central intellectual of the postwar conservative movement. I don’t always agree with what I read of his, but he was a fascinating man, and to discuss his life is to discuss a great many important things.
Professor Birzer and I spent some time on the conflict between Kirk and Hayek — I hadn’t realized Hayek’s essay “Why I Am Not a Conservative” had essentially been directed at Kirk, and was delivered as a speech with Kirk in the room! Lots of gems like this. I really hope you enjoy this episode. (It was Brad’s recent article in The American Conservative that got my attention.)
Brad Birzer, by the way, is a professor at Hillsdale College and the author of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle Earth, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll, and Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson. He is co-founder of The Imaginative Conservative, and is one of the founders of Progarchy, a site dedicated to progressive rock!
Just today we added our ninth course over at LibertyClassroom.com. It’s “Freedom’s Progress: The History of Political Thought, Part I,” by Professor Gerard Casey (author of Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State) of University College, Dublin. Check out the topics below! (For our other courses, click here.)
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Now for the course topics:
Pre-and Early History
In the Beginning
Gardens of Eden
Some Early Civilisations
The Emergence of the Ruling Class
What a Piece of Work is Man
The Sophists and the Polis
The Sophists on Law and Nature
The Republic (1)
The Republic (2)
Statesman and Laws
Polis and Slavery
Chrematistics, Economics and Politics
Slavery—Natural or Conventional?
Slavery—Stoic, Jewish and Christian Views
Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy
Epicureanism, Scepticism and Stoicism
Seneca and the Roman Lawyers
Scriptural Interpretation and Samuel
Romans 13 et al.
City of God, City of the Earth
The State as Thieftaker
Early Medieval Thought
Slavery, Authority and Justice
The Universities and the Cities
Feudalism and the Law
Kingship and John of Salisbury
Sources of Political Authority
Sacred and Secular, Tyranny (and an aside on Sir John Fortescue)
Slavery, Property, Usury and Heresy
Marsilius of Padua
Intimations of Modernity
The Defender of the Peace
Money and Usury
Utility, Value and Price
Wycliffe & Luther
Luther; Radical Reformers