Fergus Hodgson

Posts by Fergus Hodgson (page 8)

  • Libre albedrío: no sólo para los creyentes

    ¡El periodico, La Conexión, gracias otra vez por publicar mi articulo! Un panel de congresistas testificaron en contra del mandato para la cobertura de anticonceptivos en los seguros, y diez líderes religiosos recibieron invitaciones a participar. ¿Qué está mal en este escenario? Mientras comentaristas y otros representantes del Congreso se han quejado de que la mayoría de los panelistas fueron hombres (8 junto a 2 mujeres), sus afiliaciones religiosas y el tema de la separación del estado y la iglesia han traído un problema más profundo.  Debido a la idea errónea de que el mandato sobre la anticoncepción es únicamente una cuestión acerca de la libertad religiosa, se ha minimizado el hecho de que si uno no es miembro de una organización religiosa, sus libertades sí pueden ser pisoteadas al ser obligado a adquirir el seguro, pues después de todo “no habría una creencia religiosa de por medio que lo impida.”
    Fergus Hodgson, February 23, 2012
  • A ban on “Happy Meals”? Yes… in the San Francisco nanny state

    Kudos to The Daily Show. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 22, 2012
  • ¿Por qué importa la libertad económica?

    Por Kim R. Holmes y Matthew Spalding (Heritage Libertad) Los Fundadores de América sabían que la libertad es algo más que solamente garantizar las libertades políticas. La verdadera libertad requiere libertad económica – la capacidad de beneficiarnos de nuestras propias ideas y trabajo, de trabajar, producir, consumir, poseer, negociar, e…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 22, 2012
  • The frontier of competitive governance: the Honduran Special Development Regions

    Although the Economist magazine has reported on the Honduran Special Development Regions (Regiones Especiales de Desarrollo) or charter cities, they were scant on details, and the accuracy of that article has come under fire. In the latest episode of The Stateless Man radio show, I went straight…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 19, 2012
  • Leave this man alone! Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

    As reported in the Washington Times yesterday: The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 14, 2012
  • From Christianity to Libertarianism: a few thoughts on Nullifying Tyranny

    While back in Louisiana, I picked up a book by twin-brother authors there, "Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society (2010)." This one is not an easy read, but it does have important arguments to share. In particular, it would be of interest to Christian Americans who are concerned about how their theology jives with what at face value may appear to be an opposing philosophy—libertarianism. I say of interest to Christians because it draws heavily on scripture, and I suspect non-Christians would find this off-putting. They are also responding to what they describe as an "immoral nation with a secular humanist ruling elite that dominates America's moral values." From there, though, the authors make the claim that the only legitimate role of government is the defense of private property. They call for skepticism of government intervention across-the-board and even go so far as to propose private provision of police services. "Unfortunately, modern Americans find it difficult to understand that unconditional reverence for and faith in government as the primary solution to social and moral problems can result in the people slowly exchanging faith in God for faith in god-government." These assertions place them squarely within libertarianism, and it indicates the great potential for a coalition between libertarians and theologically informed Christians. Much of the language they use also fits precisely with what a libertarian would use---including reference to the "parasitic elements" of government who prey on the "forgotten man." "The truth is that using the government to acquire another man's property against that man's will is no different than stealing. Government, even when sanctioned by a majority vote, cannot turn an otherwise immoral act into a moral act." Alongside the case for limited government, based on Christian theology, they seek to heighten awareness of the American context and how individuals can work to restore a constitutional republic of republics. As you can imagine, such an attempt covers a lot of ground, but in terms of proposals, they suggest withholding consent primarily through state and local nullification, along with efforts to replace the ruling elite, including "Washington conservatives." They also call for rejecting a secular notion of the United States, with plenty of historical backing.
    Fergus Hodgson, February 14, 2012
  • NC Chamber launches Unemployment Insurance tax calculator

    In response to the state’s mounting $2.7 billion UI debt, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce has produced a handy tool to quantify the negative impact on businesses if this were to be paid back through higher taxes. They note that such an outcome threatens jobs and…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 13, 2012
  • Bridging the divide towards immigration reform: Ferg’s latest interview on Jeff Crouere’s Ringside Politics

    Click below to listen to the interview on WGSO (19 minutes—mp3). [audio:http://bit.ly/w95OBe]…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 13, 2012