Daily Archives: February 29, 2012

Hanson probes the historical record for clues about potential U.S. action against Syria, Iran

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest National Review Online column examines post-World War II history to calculate the likelihood of U.S. military action against either Syria or Iran. Hanson offers 15 points. I’ll excerpt six of them: 7. Intervention is mostly a bipartisan affair. Democrats went into Haiti, Libya, Serbia, and Somalia, Republicans into Afghanistan, Grenada, Panama,Continue Reading

More evidence that college is oversold

The latest Forbes features a conversation between publisher Rich Karlgaard and Jeff Joerres, CEO of Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup. It includes the following exchange: Fifteen percent of parking lot attendants have B.A. degrees. Would more students be better off going to a trade school? Clearly. This trend started in the 1970s—and for the right reasons: The knowledgeContinue Reading

Historian Johnson muses on free societies and the world’s most dangerous weapons

Paul Johnson‘s latest Forbes column turns to history for an example about the interesting link between freedom and military might. When Hitler took power in January 1933, Germany was home to some of the best military scientists in the world. Fortunately, Hitler’s prejudices led him to rule out a major military and industrial effort toContinue Reading

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rowan County Commissioner Carl Ford, a Republican, is running in House District 76 (Salisbury Post) Democrats file for two state House seats in Forsyth County (Winston-Salem Journal) A Democrat finally files to replace U.S. Rep. Brad Miller in the 13th Congressional District (Dome) Ed Goodwin, chairman of the Rowan County commission, files for secretary ofContinue Reading

Borders addresses inflation fears

Max Borders‘ latest Ideas Matter update features timely observations about inflation: Notice how in the lead-up to the election there seems to be slight improvement in the unemployment rate. But we’re also starting to see the “ragged” forms of inflation to which Steve Horwitz refers in the video [below]. Let’s start with the price ofContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports this morning on the John Locke Foundation’s latest By The Numbers report ranking N.C. cities and counties by their local government tax-and-fee burdens. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores an episode from ancient Chinese history that has continuing relevance today.