Spring 2013Vol. 8, No. 1

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Features

The End of Central Banking, Part I

Argues, via a mountain of evidence, that the ultimate purpose of central banking is not to “correct market failures” or “prevent financial crises” or the like, but to finance fiscally profligate governments and welfare states.

Why “Big Government” is Not the Problem

Surveys various problems inherent in focusing on the non-essential characteristic of government’s size rather than on the truly essential characteristic of whether and to what extent government protects or violates individual rights.

Debate: Christianity: Good or Bad for Mankind?

Debates the question, “Christianity: Good or Bad for Mankind?” D’Souza defends Christianity while Bernstein defends Objectivism, the philosophy that holds the requirements of human life as the standard of moral value.

Robert G. Natelson on State-Driven Amendments to Restrain Federal Spending

Mr. Natelson discusses state-driven amendments to restrain federal spending, the processes of proposing and passing or rejecting such amendments, the safeguards in place for preventing a “runaway convention” that might fundamentally alter the U.S. Constitution, and more.

Film Reviews

Zero Dark Thirty

FrackNation

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Book Reviews

Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure by Randy Simmons

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

From TOS Blog

Government Destroys Buckyballs, Assaults the Mind

Even Nicholas Kristof Recognizes Failure of Government “Anti-Poverty” Program

Sam Harris Can Sound Like an Egoist; Too Bad He Isn’t One

“Giving What We Can” Calls for Sacrificing What We Have

Interview: Linn Armstrong on Self-Defense and Guns

Startling Homicide Statistics Among Blacks (and The Cause)

Glenn Reynolds and the K-12 Implosion

Obama’s Second Inaugural Address vs. What Made America Great

Anti-Abortion Crusade is Anti-Life, Anti-Rights, Anti-Reason

Gun Restrictions Punish the Rational and Responsible for Acts of the Irrational and Irresponsible

Cass Sunstein and the “Second Bill of Rights” Seek to Obliterate Rights

Interview: Linda Cordair on the Importance of Art in the Workplace

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