UPDATE: Mick Hume asks here whether protesters in Tehran will win real change - or be used as a stage army for conservative opposition leaders who only want another palace coup?"One thing for sure is that the people of Iran will have to decide their own destiny, and if they want real change, make their own revolution."
"U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R,Tx) understands the danger to Americans of permitting government to violate the law. In Torturing the Rule of Law, he said that the US government's use of torture to produce excuses for illegal actions is the most radicalizing force at work today. 'The fact that our government engages in evil behavior under the auspices of the American people is what poses the greatest threat to the American people, and it must not be allowed to stand.'"
Hunsinger's new book, Torture Is a Moral Issue, is"[a] collection of essays by thoughtful and moral people, including an American admiral and general, [that] demonstrates the danger of torture to the human soul, to civil liberty, and to the morale and safety of soldiers."
Roberts concludes,"Hunsinger, Paul and others are trying to save our souls, our humanity, our civil liberty and the rule of law. Obama can say that he forbids torture, but if those responsible are not held accountable, he has no way of enforcing his order. As perpetrators are discharged from the military and re-enter society, some will find employment as police officers and prison officials and guards, and the practice will spread. The dark side will take over America."
"Dees and his hate-seekers scour the landscape for hate like the arms manufacturers inventing new threats and for the same reason: it's their staple."
Cockburn recommends his readers send their checks to the Southern Center for Human Rights that"is basically dedicated to two things: prison litigation and the death penalty. [President and senior counsel Stephen Bright] fights the system, case by case. Not the phony targets mostly tilted at by Dees but the effective, bipartisan, functional system of oppression, far more deadly and determined than the SPLC's tin-pot hate groups."
Liberty & Power readers will appreciate Frederick Douglass' justly celebrated quotation that is prominently displayed on the home page of the website of Bright's organization.
"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."
That said, the Washington Post has always been rather selective in its reporting of the news.
Readers should pay particular attention to his concluding paragraph that read as follows:
"Recent massive injections of bank reserves by the Fed are probably intended to reverse expectations of price declines. Under current conditions, slightly higher inflation and inflationary expectations could be the very balm essential for pulling the economy out of recession. Of course, it remains true that the Fed must later ensure that demand-driven inflation does not spin out of control. But that's a balancing act for the future, the need for which would not arise unless the economy recovers. Currently, price increase expectations appear to be a precondition rather than a hindrance to achieving an economic recovery."
I guess some of the folks over at the Mises Institute were apoplectic when they read this letter. Indeed, for my part I'm more than a little perturbed by this policy recommendation. And although it's not as awful as the prescriptions of a Paul Krugman or a Brad DeLong, it's a disturbing reminder of how so many self-identified free market economists have long advocated managed money.
Although Caldwell believes that piracy both as a form of larceny and as a form of war will always endure,"piracy as a form of governance ... is something that exists only in brief moments of government indifference, and soon ends in Davy Jones's locker." In other words, he's claiming that the historical record doesn't support the sort of conclusions that Leeson and others seek to draw.
Would anyone who has read The Invisible Hook wish to comment on Caldwell's review? Indeed, would Pete himself care to respond?
I wish libertarians were both more cognizant of, and more interested in, these events. However, so often I find libertarians exhibit ignorance of, and apathy towards, these aspects of American history. In the past, libertarians didn't leave these matters to Freda Kirchwey and her ilk. Now, sadly, it seems people of every persuasion are as likely to support aerial bombing as oppose it.
"Today Somalia has been a collapsed state for nearly 20 years, in lawless confusion that no outside power can or will subdue. It harbours bands of men in light craft armed with rifles who can seize 50,000-tonne tankers flying the flags of western states. And there is almost nothing anyone can do, despite Sunday's escapade."
Geoffrey Wheatcroft explains why the Age of Might is over.
David Cesarani's Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (William Heinemann) has already generated considerable interest in the British press. You can read reviews here, here, here, and here, and watch Joshua Rozenberg's extensive interview with the author here.