Wisdom From the Old Republic: William Leggett (2nd Ed.)

I’ve decided I’m going to keep a running theme for many (probably most) of my posts from now on.  As an historian, I find my work in the sources of the past and the analysis of my fellows.  For this series of posts, which I will call “Wisdom From the Old Republic,” I will report my findings from primary and/or secondary sources communicating the wisdom of libertarian themes.
My last post–and this post–dealt with Jacksonian purist editorial writer William Leggett and the credit induced boom-bust cycle of the 1830s.  Because I am engaged in in-depth research on Leggett, most of my [...]

How to build a raised bed garden

A raised bed garden allows you to have greater control over the soil you are using in your garden. It also puts the garden at a height that is much easier to maintain and work with. Many veggies will thrive in raised beds. Here is how I made mine…

Wisdom from the Old Republic: William Leggett

William Leggett was an infamous Jacksonian purist editorial writer in the 1820s and 1830s who held a solid free market democractic political position. The vast bulk of his political writing (from the late 1830s) focus on the tremendous depression of the period, the Panic of 1837. Leggett severely critisized the inflationary paper standard of the Second Bank of the United States and squarely blamed the money monopolists for the country’s economic woes. I am undergoing a thorough research project of his thought and the thought of his contemporaries and ran across this particularly glowing gem (among many, [...]

The EPA is killing the environment?!?

shrooms As we speak environmentalists are helping to kill backyard gardening one mushroom farmer at a time. The EPA is swooping in to overregulate and help to remove a valuable commodity in the gardeners’ tool belt. Mushroom Compost. Not to mention what they are doing is a huge violation of private property rights. read on

My latest harvest

Picture of the latest food I pulled from my garden. Looks like a nice little batch of salsa to me.

The Patriot Act hurts us!

This month I had a little extra money, so I decided, why not invest in the stock market during these turbulent times and see how I do. I went and opened up an E-Trade account, transfered in some money and waited a couple days to get started. Low and behold I get a call saying “Due to the patriot act we need you to fax us a copy of your drivers license and social security card”. Not happening. So I canceled my account and removed all my transfered funds. Instead of helping the economy by [...]

Chuck Baldwin on Sarah Palin

Can Two Walk Together Without Agreement?
by Chuck Baldwin
Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
John McCainʼs selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate was exactly what he needed to do to make himself competitive against Barack Obama in the November elections. (For the record, I predicted three weeks ago that Palin would be his choice.) As a result (and right on cue), conservatives throughout the country–especially Christian conservatives–are now fully supporting McCainʼs candidacy for President. Even James “I-will-never-vote-for-John-McCain” Dobson has endorsed McCain.
By all appearances, Governor Palin is a true conservative. She is pro-life. She is pro-Second Amendment. Alaska [...]

Is Ron Paul Wrong?

Came across an interesting blog that put my thoughts on Ron’s “Big Announcement” in order quite nicely…it pretty much wraps up Ron’s entire mis-managed campaign in the last paragraph.
This action today was a repudiation of all the hard work of his most effective supporters, and once more a sign that the people running this movement have lost touch with the people who made things happen. Perhaps the more radical ideologues will be encouraged and heartened, but when you court the fringe as a core constituency, remaining on the periphery will always be your invariable end.
Read more here.

Libertarian Theory and Private Ownership of Nuclear Arms

The following is from an e-mail exchange I had with Austrian economist and professor Walter Block regarding an article of his in which is put forth a “libertarian” theory of arms control which is highly nuanced though, as you’ll see, I feel it is also highly problematic. The original article by Dr. Block can be found here: http://www.walterblock.com/publications/theory_gun_control.pdf and my objections to it are the following:
“Regarding your article on nuclear weaponry, I do have some objections:
1) “The libertarian response to this is predicated upon the issue of whether it is possible to use these weapons in a [...]

Mainstream Media Remembers September 11 with Fear Tactics

As if all of us who were alive didn’t remember exactly where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard of the attacks. As if every September 11th that memory didn’t come flooding back to us. As if the anger, shock, and horror of watching our fellow Americans jump from the windows of the three towers because the fear of burning alive was worse than getting smashed to death on the pavement below. As if all of that were not in our minds this very moment and that pain were not enough to keep us from [...]