Fall 2008Vol. 3, No. 3

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Articles

McBama vs. America (accessible for free)

Surveys the promises of John McCain and Barack Obama, shows that these intentions are at odds with the American ideal of individual rights, demonstrates that the cause of such political aims is a particular moral philosophy (shared by McCain and Obama), and calls for Americans to repudiate that morality and to embrace instead a morality that supports the American ideal.

The Resurgence of Big Government

Identifies the cause of America's two-decade swing to the right, explains why this cause was philosophically insufficient to sustain the movement toward capitalism, and indicates what Americans must understand if we want to resume the trek toward freedom, armed with the means to sustain it.

The Mystical Ethics of the New Atheists (accessible for free)

Examines the moral ideas of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins, exposes some curious truths about their ethics, and provides sound advice for theists and atheists alike who wish to discover and uphold a rational, secular morality.

Mandatory Health Insurance: Wrong for Massachusetts, Wrong for America (accessible for free)

Identifies the theory behind the Massachusetts mandatory health insurance program, exposes the program as a fiasco, explains why the theory had to fail in practice, and sheds light on the only genuine, rights-respecting means to affordable, accessible health care for Americans.

Deeper Than Kelo: The Roots of the Property Rights Crisis

Surveys the pivotal historic events that paved the way for today's flagrant violations of property rights in America, documents the United States Supreme Court's indifference to and complicity in the crimes in question, and indicates the solution to the crisis.

The Menace of Pragmatism

Examines the nature of this widely-accepted philosophy, identifies its remarkable "essence," surveys its disastrous implications, and provides pointers for effectively opposing this persistent philosophical problem.

How the FDA Violates Rights and Hinders Health

Surveys the history, nature, and consequences of this behemoth government agency; shows that it is impractical and immoral; and indicates how, in the absence of the FDA, the free market could provide the highest possible level of drug safety and efficacy.

Book Reviews

Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions, by John Agresto

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack, by Ronald Kessler

The Tyranny of the Market: Why You Can't Always Get What You Want, by Joel Waldfogel

First into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War, by George Weller

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