Welcome to the May 3, 2009 edition of carnival of the libertarians. I've neglected this thing for about six months and had to weed through more than 85 entries to get it down to these. You can spend days and days reading some of these people. Best taken in smaller doses, or it's like too much candy.
DWSUWF presents "The ShitHouse" - A fable for our time posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, "An amusing libertarian reader guest post, taking issue with the divided government voting heuristic. While, I am sympathetic to libertarian objectives, I am frustrated with a voting strategy that embraces political impotence."
David Gross presents Does political philosophy reduce to ethical philosophy? posted at The Picket Line, saying, "Will the question of what political arrangements are appropriate in a society of individuals always be in principle reducible to a question of the appropriate ethical actions of those individuals?"
Don Elton presents How to do Universal Healthcare Right insurance, posted at ReformHealthCare.net, saying, "How to get universal healthcare and actually DECREASE government involvement while saving money at the same time."
Jeffrey Stingerstein presents As I Said! The 700 BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT Will Not Work posted at Disillusioned Words.
Kirby presents Are you stupid for paying your mortgage? Kirby on Finance posted at Kirby on Finance.
DWSUWF presents President Jed Bartlett Endorses Divided Government. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying "This submission is less explicitly libertarian and more about minimizing the damage in the next administration. Barack Obama fits somewhere between Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush in these One Party Rule Abuse of Power Rankings. Somehow that seems appropriate. My casual observation is that the amount of damage done by One Party Rule correlates primarily to the number of years the Rule is in place, and whether the party in power has a filibuster proof 60-40 majority. So there is some cause for hope that the damage can be limited in the next two years."
Rick Caldwell presents Joe The Plumber Victimized By Protection Racket posted at InFrequently Asked Questions, saying, "A number of years ago, I had a friend who was a plumber. He told me there were three common sense rules of plumbing. And he told me that anybody who could learn these three rules could do the job. Those rules were:
* Water flows downhill.
* Payday is Friday
* Never eat on the job
But my friend was wrong. You also need to submit to a protection racket. They call this racket licensing."
Peter Midnight presents Should Pornography be Banned from the Internet? by Peter Midnight posted at Official Home of the Real Mr. Controversy Peter Midnight "The Black Horse".
Mike Billy presents The Financial Crisis is Not a Market Failure Reflections From A Rotting Nation posted at Reflections From A Rotting Nation.
APH presents Talking points on the housing bubble posted at Market Urbanism, saying, "by Sandy Ikeda
So in my talk on this highly complex issue I tried to make three points: (1) the immediate cause of the financial panic on Wall Street was the housing bubble with its sudden rise in mortgage defaults; (2) the free market, which stands for minimal government and the absence of privilege or discrimination, did not create this bubble; and (3) government (and Fed) policy and pressure did, by undermining lending standards across the board and pushing lending rates artificially low."
lazy slacker presents Kicking and Screaming Part II: Evangelicals and Barack Obama posted at The Lazy Slacker Blog.
lavender presents Ron Paul on whether or not drugs should be legalized posted at News for Freedom Daily.
Clair Schwan presents Our Market Economy - well, almost posted at Libertarian Logic, saying, "Observations on how our market economy is really more of a market mess, all because the government believes its meddling is helpful. From an economic stimulus package to minimum wages, why can't the government see that it will never be the cure for its own illness. The patient will get better if we simply leave it alone."
Colin Timberlake presents Forced Fatherhood: Are Men Being Treated Equally? posted at colintimberlake.com, saying, "Asking the question of whether men should enjoy freedom to choose whether to be a parent as well. Food for thought to stimulate discussion..."
Shot presents Piercing the Veil posted at Conunderground.com, saying, ".., if legal but unsuccessful business decisions made as a business owner or a mere employee subject you to personal liability, what is your or anyone’s incentive to take chances and succeed or fail?"
Brett Buchanan presents How To Barter Your Way Through the Depression posted at It's Not Real Money - Is it?, saying, "Our future currency may well be canned goods and the kinds of female toiletries American soldiers used to bring over from the states during World War II to lure French chicks into bed. A common sense look at where we are and where we're headed."
Praveen presents Illinois Governor Tries To Eliminate Flat Income Tax posted at My Simple Trading System.
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