We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is always with truly great delight you bring to us books with knowledge such as this. Far too long the educational system in this country, controlled by the NEA and others have "dumbed down" the curriculum to satisfy biological and social shortcomings. In the process they have also done their best to either not teach at all or teach a highly perverse, bastardized American History.
To show highlight how truly screwed up things can be I would like to add this interesting fact. MF readers are free to check it's veracity.
Because the author and others like him are members of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and because what they produce is the truth unaffected by the PC pressure of this era the Ludwig von Mises has made the "bad" list of a very well known civil rights organization run by Morris Dees of The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization.
For many years Morris Dees and his organization have been the resource for the MSM to run to to check on the "purity" of an organization. If one checks the SPLC list of suspect and racially bias organizations they will find the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The first time I saw this I just about fell out of my chair. But that is how politics works. If you do not conform to the Jesse Jackson school of racial politics then you are labelled a racists organization...truly amazing. Of course it's wrong but how many citizens, once hearing from the lips of their favorite newscaster that an organization is not approved by the Southern Poverty Law Center (and all it's great civil rights work) then they immediately discount the source as one that is racists in makeup and objective. But now we have the Internet and can exposed the Rainbow Coalitions for what they are, con artists and purveyors of the "white guilt" school of shakedown.
Ronald Reagan was quite correct in identifying the Federal Government as the problem not the solution. The solutions were deisgned to come from the states as they grappled with various problems and sought solutions to bring to Washington for discussion. Now EVERYTHING comes from on high, from our "rulers" in DC who along with their oaths are mantled like great Delphic oracles.
It's our own fault. We invest our reform hopes in the top office, because we want quick results. But at the same time, "top-down" is the very structure giving us fits. An internal contradiction. Maybe we should be planting acorns. Maybe we ARE planting acorns.
Anyhoo, the Mises Institute, maybe 20 years ago, published a landmark criticism of the economic effects of welfare on the (supposed) beneficiaries. The report was all stats, all empirical, and as such made Mises an enemy of the state within the state.