jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016




The Alcoholic Mammaries of the Welfare State

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

Upamanyu Chatterjee once wrote a book titled The Mammaries of the Welfare State. If he visited Tamil Nadu today, he would be tempted to write another called The Alcoholic Mammaries of Tamil Nadu’s Welfare State. Tamil Nadu gives away more freebies to voters than any other state. Its dark secret is that these freebies are financed mainly by massive revenues from liquor sales.
All liquor shops are run by TASMAC, a government monopoly, to maximize revenue. TASMAC makes additional money by leasing space to private bars within liquor shops. Liquor revenue has risen from Rs 2,800 crore in 2002-03 to Rs 30,000 crore today. To finance an ever-growing list of freebies, the state government has aggressively expanded the number of liquor shops, making access easy. These now open early in the morning, leading to stories of drunkenness before noon.

The Crowdfunding Catch: Government Regulations

By Thaya Brook Knight

Pop quiz: Your college roommate wants to start a restaurant and puts up a post on her Facebook page asking friends to contact her if they’re interested in providing startup cash in exchange for a share of the profits.
Remembering the great meals she whipped up in your apartment, you eagerly offer to invest.
The question is: Was any of this illegal?
The answer’s yes.
Your friend conducted an unregistered public offering of securities and now could face an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as other liability.

Venezuela the Victim of Decades of Losses in Economic Freedom

By Marian L. Tupy

The news from Venezuela is not encouraging. Last Friday, CNN reports, President Nicolas Maduro declared a state of emergency in order “to tend to our country and more importantly to prepare to denounce, neutralize and overcome the external and foreign aggressions against our country.”
In truth, Maduro is trying to intimidate and silence the growing domestic opposition to his rule, which saw inflation balloon, shops empty and, according to The New York Times, hospitals fill with dying infants.

Why Hillary Clinton Will Be a Foreign-Policy Nightmare

By A. Trevor Thrall

Imagine it is the morning of January 21st, 2017: President Hillary Clinton enters the Oval Office for her first daily briefing from the CIA. Without having to do much guessing we know that this briefing will be replete with terrible news about all the many fires burning around the world. The first priority, of course, will be the Islamic State (ISIS).

A Libertarian Ticket Sane Republicans Can Get Behind

By David Boaz

This article appeared in Reason on May 20, 2016.
Lots of Republicans are looking for a sane alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and it looks like the Libertarian Party has just given it to them, now that former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has joined former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson’s ticket.
It’s the first time two governors have shared a presidential ticket since Republicans Thomas E. Dewey of New York and Earl Warren of California narrowly lost to incumbent President Harry Truman in 1948.

Capitalism, Not Socialism, Led to Gay Rights

By David Boaz

This article appeared in Reason on May 20, 2016.
Some historians like to claim socialist ideas helped bring about gay rights in the modern era. But they’re mistaking academic theory for reality.
Jim Downs is a historian at Connecticut College and Harvard. A specialist in the history of race and slavery, he has recently published a new book, Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, in which he tries to move recent gay history away from an excessive focus on sex and AIDS.
Downs also has a new article in the digital magazine Aeon, in which he writes, “Throughout the 1970s, LGBT people theorised about the benefits of socialism in books and pamphlets and critiqued capitalism in the growing newspaper and print culture.” He goes on to discuss “LGBT groups” and newspapers that “made socialism a leading subject of political interest in the movement.” Most significantly he argues that “if you want to give credit for gay liberation and marriage equality, credit must also go to socialism.”

What Republicans for Trump Are Telling Me

By Michael F. Cannon

Even though I left the GOP 20 years ago — let’s just say I learned Republicans are less committed to individual liberty than they claim to be — I have continued to work for or with Republicans on health care reform. Now that some of the friends I have made along the way are endorsing Donald Trump, I’m learning even more.
For one thing, my Republican friends are telling me they don’t much value the idea of treating everyone with equal dignity. Trump’s divisive and degrading behavior toward women, Muslims, Mexicans, the handicapped, and others should disqualify someone from power. How hard is it to disavow the Klan?

Don’t Dilute Libertarianism Just to Beat Donald Trump

By Aaron Ross Powell

Now that Donald Trump has all but wrapped up the Republican nomination — and, with it, foreclosed any lingering claims that the GOP is the party of limited-government conservatism — a small cohort of notable Republicans have signaled that they are shifting their affiliation to the Libertarian Party. The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney, already leaning that way, tweeted that he’s making the switch and longtime Republican strategist Mary Matalin recently explained that she would “never vote for Hillary and never Trump means always liberty. Hence, Libertarian.”