Trump is hardly libertarian. But neither is today’s Libertarian Party.

Source: Washington Post
by Peter Goettler

“We know by now that Donald Trump likes nothing better than stepping onto a stage, hearing his name chanted by an adoring crowd, and flashing his familiar thumbs-up sign. This week, the former president will do just that under the bright lights at the Libertarian National Convention in D.C. It will be the first time in U.S. history that a presidential candidate of a rival party will address the convention of a party that is presumably gathering to nominate its own candidate. And this strange turn of events has many libertarians scratching their heads. With a razor-thin electoral college contest in the offing this November, it’s clear that any play for incremental support is worth Trump’s effort and could make the difference. But what’s in it for the National Libertarian Party? The answer, unfortunately, reveals the truth about today’s party: It’s hardly libertarian anymore.” (05/23/24)

Making it easier to make things in America

Source: Orange County Register
by Veronique de Rugy

“With more tariffs on electric vehicles and an election featuring two pro-tariff presidential candidates on the way, the debate about how best to support and strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector is back. Some argue, mistakenly, that the key to protecting American industries and manufacturing jobs is a set of tariffs on industrial imports. This approach is ultimately counterproductive. There are better ways to help American manufacturing, not the least of which is to remove regulatory barriers and reform the tax code.” (05/3/24)

Drug-War Obtuseness in Mexico

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the final debate between Mexico’s two leading presidential candidates, Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, before the June 2 election, both candidates vied with each other as to which one would be a stronger drug warrior. Both of them vowed to smash the violent drug cartels that dominate Mexican society. It would be difficult to find a better example of obtuseness than that. Following the lead (and perhaps the orders) of the U.S. government, Mexico has been waging the war on drugs for decades. The result has been a slow-motion destruction of the country by the violence that comes with drug cartels.” (05/23/24)

Dr. King’s Words on Vietnam Still Ring True for Gaza

by Andrew Moss

“As Israeli troops continue their assault in Rafah, increasing the death toll and displacing – yet again – hundreds of thousands of Gazans, there’s much to be learned from recalling Dr. Martin Luther King’s visionary words on Vietnam 57 years ago. Breaking his silence on a war that by then had claimed over 20,000 American and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives, King declared that the war in Vietnam was swallowing ‘men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube.’ It was blocking, he said, whatever progress the nation had been making toward economic and racial justice. Moreover, any hopes for a genuine multiracial democracy were being cruelly undercut by a war that drew disproportionately on poor American youth.” (05/23/24)

The Rages of Equivalence: The ICC Prosecutor, Israel and Hamas

Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“The legal world was abuzz. The diplomatic channels of various countries raged and fizzed. It had been rumoured that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with his cabinet colleagues, had been bracing themselves for a stinging intervention from the International Criminal Court, a body they give no credence or respect to. Then came the words from the Prosecutor of the ICC, Karim A.A. Khan on May 20, announcing that arrest warrants were being sought in the context of the Israel-Hamas War, benignly described as the ‘Situation in Palestine,’ under the Rome Statute.” (05/23/24)

An interesting implication of happiness economics

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Happiness economics is that idea that we shouldn’t prioritise mere economic growth, or GDP, but should instead decide to run policy by whatever makes people happier, or even happiest. That this is already incorporated into standard free market economics — everyone gets to build their own path to utility maximisation — gets lost by the ideologues. But, you know, let’s take the initial claim — happiness is what should run policy — and see where that takes us.” (05/23/24)