DAVID T. BEITO: An Important Victory for Academic Freedom (UNC-Wilmington)

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138265.html

Professor Mike Adams deserves much praise for bringing this case. A federal court has dealt the University of North Carolina- Wilmington a well-deserved rebuff:

A lower court had said that Adams’ speeches and columns on matters of public concern were not protected by the First Amendment and instead constituted “official” speech as part of his job duties. The 4th Circuit disagreed, finding that Adams’ columns and speeches constituted protected, private speech and that university officials could be held personally liable for damages should Adams ultimately prevail in the case.

C.J. MALONEY: For America Today, A Gold Standard Is Unworkable

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138166.html

Throughout recorded time God has punished mankind (deservedly so, one must admit) with frogs, floods, and country music, but He has never punished us with inflation, which for humanity is a purely self-inflicted scourge. Inflation is man-made, foisted upon the working masses not by heaven but by the political class. History is replete with instances of their coin clippings, passing off of counterfeit money, and, in the modern world, the scam of paper money.

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DAVID T. BEITO: What Would Walt Think?

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138161.html

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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138161.html">http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138161.html</a></p><p><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p3WmOIU07Yc/TVqwPAxOaNI/AAAAAAAAVfc/t2_WZwf6iU0/s1600/in%2Bsitu%2B2.jpg " width="350" height="300" </a="&lt;/A"><p> Would he approve of the endless stream of pro-nanny-state tax-funded television and other advertisements featuring scenes from Disney films? Given Disney's focus on individual responsibility perhaps he would have objected. <p> Then again, he may have viewed the current campaign as consistent with his own record as governmental propagandist. During World War II, in cooperation with the Department of Treasury, he produced two Donald Duck cartoons, including the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5CKHLlwA7U">New Spirit</a>, which promoted the income tax to the masses. <p> This is from his <a href="http://www.h-net.org/~hst203/documents/disney.html">testimony</a> before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities in 1947:<p> <b> Mr. DISNEY: Well, on the one for the Treasury on taxes, it was to let the people know that taxes were important in the war effort. As they explained to me, they had 13,000,000 new taxpayers, people who had never paid taxes, and they explained that it would be impossible to prosecute all those that were delinquent and they wanted to put this story before those people so they would get their taxes in early. I made the film and after the film had its run the Gallup poll organization polled the public and the findings were that 29 percent of the people admitted that it had influenced them in getting their taxes in early and giving them a picture of what taxes will do.</b></p>

DAVID T. BEITO: You Must Own This Book! (Raico's Great Wars and Great Leaders)

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138141.html

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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138141.html">http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138141.html</a></p><p><IMG SRC="http://www.asiaing.com/images/stories/2011/Great.Wars.Great.Leaders.jpg" WIDTH="200" HEIGHT="300"</A><P> Anyone who thinks that they know anything about World War I, Harry S Truman, or Winston Churchill should first read <a href="http://mises.org/store/Great-Wars-and-Great-Leaders-P10437.aspx">Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal</a> by Ralph Raico. Once they do, they might realize just how little they really know. I have taught and researched American history for a quarter century but there was a lot here that was completely new to me.<P> In elegant, and often witty, prose, Raico demolishes interpretations that all too many historians, and members of the reading public, take for granted. Few single volumes by any historian pack so much punch, and or have so much breadth. <P> Raico shows, for example, that historians who accept the Fischer Thesis, which puts the main blame for World War I on Germany, as the "last word" on the subject are sadly mistaken. <p> Raico pokes apart the standard assumption that Winston Churchill was a far-sighted and principled wartime leader who consistently opposed Communism. Champions of Truman as a great president will find it hard to explain away stunning evidence of the "plucky little man from Missouri's" habitual resort to emergency powers and politically cynical war scares. <P> Those of us in need of rich material for lectures in American history, on the other hand, will be able to profit from a treasure trove of revealing quotations, richly illustrative anecdotes, and high-powered interpretation. Ralph Raico has performed a great service in writing this book. <br /> </p>

ROBERT HIGGS: Work in Progress: A Boy and His Mom

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138132.html

Anyone who knows me well also knows that I revere my father. Two years ago, on the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, I wrote a short remembrance of him as a tribute to the most important man in my life, the kind of man who might well inspire others, as he inspired me. In view of how greatly I esteem my father, someone might infer that I do not have a great deal of appreciation for my mother (Doris Geraldine Higgs, ne Leiby, May 14, 1917 – May 25, 1980). Such an inference, however, would be a mistake. Although my mom was in many ways a different sort of person than my dad, she also had a great influence on her younger son (Bobby Larry, as she called me). As I have reflected on my relationship with her, I have come to believe that in an extremely important regard she influenced me in exactly the same way that my dad influenced me―which is to say, she gave me an appreciation of the joy of working, and of doing one’s work readily and well, rather than grudgingly and carelessly.

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C.J. MALONEY: New Book Released

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138130.html

"It seems to me the time has arrived...a human experiment station is being established."

Those words by Eleanor Roosevelt marked the beginning of one of the New Deal's most influential, and least known, projects - the Division of Subsistence Homsteads. Designed to create a "new" American, and a new America, it resulted in the establishment of modern America as we know it.

My first book, Back to the Land: Arthurdale, FDR's New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning is now availble on Amazon and tells the story of Arthurdale, that project's crown jewel.