Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus

A coupleof years ago my family spent some time during the Christmas season with my sisters, one of whom actually owns a Festivus pole. Read more
Audrey

Fairport, NY

#1 Dec 21, 2010
This is an excellent treatment of the Hayek v. Keynes debate, done in rap form - Fun!!

Since: Nov 10

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#2 Dec 21, 2010
I would like to wish everybody a RamaHannaKwansMas. There, I think that covers everybody.
Mark Shepard - Bennington

Brookline, MA

#3 Dec 21, 2010
Audrey, thanks. An exceptional book for lay people better understand economic ideas is: The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers by Mark Skousen.

If these ideas and their consequences were taught in high schools across America, I am confident that we would not be in the mess we are, both personally and nationally.

At Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Making-Modern-Economics...
Liberty

Bristol, VT

#4 Dec 21, 2010
Mark Shepard - Bennington wrote:
Audrey, thanks. An exceptional book for lay people better understand economic ideas is: The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers by Mark Skousen.
If these ideas and their consequences were taught in high schools across America, I am confident that we would not be in the mess we are, both personally and nationally.
At Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Making-Modern-Economics...
or here for $16.95 and free shipping.
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults...
Shadeclan

Albany, NY

#5 Dec 21, 2010
I always find it interesting that political correctness only works in one direction. Why do I have to be tolerant of the symbols and holidays of other cultures and religions but others don't have to recriprocate? Do my religous beliefs do physical damage to them somehow? Does the constant presence of my symbols make them feel insecure about their own beliefs?
I refuse to wish anyone a "happy holiday": I always say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah" - and now, I can wish my atheist friends a "Happy Festivus"!

I agree with Audrey about the "Hate Crimes" thing. I think the law should convict people for the actual crime. Laws condemning intent get into a very dangerous area as far as Liberty is concerned.

Please forgive me for correcting you Audrey, but the thrust of Austrian Economics is that general business cycles - those that affect the ENTIRE economy - are the result of economic distortions, usually caused by government interference in the market and manipulation of fiat currency (money created out of thin air with no tangible assets) by the banking industry. Individual markets - such as the buggy whip industry during the advent of automobiles - will experience slumps and may even disappear but general, systemic and pervasive slumping has historically found its source in governments and the fractional reserve (lending out more money than you actually have on hand) banking system.

I find it funny that the government - the major player in causing the recession - declared the recession over some months ago. Does anyone reading this column really feel that the recession is over? Just more flim-flam from an entity trying desparately to save its bacon. Paradoxically, the only power the government has in ending the recession is to stop trying to end the recession - and, on a personal note, if they would stop taking so much out of my paycheck for their pie-in-the-sky projects, I'd be grateful!
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#6 Dec 22, 2010
Jeff Phillips wrote:
I would like to wish everybody a RamaHannaKwansMas. There, I think that covers everybody.
OOPs you forgot the pagans-Happy Solstice and of course the Atheists-Happy ???
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#7 Dec 22, 2010
Love the column. I keep my Festivus pole up all year long ;-).
I agree with, with Audrey on the Hate Crimes legislation also. When ANYONE,I don't care what their makeup/background etc., is singled out for ill treatment, bullying, etc., that is a "hate crime"

A Merry Christmas to all!

Since: May 08

Lowell, MA

#8 Dec 22, 2010
Concerned wrote:
Love the column. I keep my Festivus pole up all year long ;-).
I agree with, with Audrey on the Hate Crimes legislation also. When ANYONE,I don't care what their makeup/background etc., is singled out for ill treatment, bullying, etc., that is a "hate crime"
A Merry Christmas to all!
... which is why the entire designation of "hate crimes" strikes me as ridiculous. Most crimes are "hate crimes;" whether the hate is directed at a person ("he done me wrong!") or a group ("People with [characteristic X] drive me up the wall!"), you hardly ever see anyone whose defense is that they were stabbing someone to express appreciation and admiration.

Decreeing that hating a particular group for possessing a given characteristic is somehow more criminal than hating another group for possessing a different characteristic is just plain silly.

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