Theses and Timely Questions

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  1. Markets
    work extremely well in dealing with the sorts of problems with
    which markets deal.

  2. Governments
    work extremely poorly in dealing with the sorts of problems
    with which markets deal.

  3. Governments
    work extremely well in causing the sorts of problems
    which governments enjoy pretending to solve.

  4. Within
    fewer years than you might think, intelligent design theory
    will be giving the Darwinist money-changers a hard time in the
    scientific temple.

  5. Sixty
    years on, there is still something fishy about FDR and Pearl

  6. Stalin
    killed more people than Hitler.

  7. Mao killed
    more people than Stalin.

  8. In terms
    of what he had to work with, Pol Pot killed more people, proportionately,
    than Hitler, Stalin, or Mao.

  9. Pol Pot
    was educated in France. This may not mean a thing.

  10. Multiculturalism
    is not a reliable means of resolving the Rodney King Problem
    (u2018Can't we all just get along?').

  11. Spiro
    Agnew wrote a novel. Not everyone has read it.

  12. Secession
    was a logical implication of the American system of federalism.
    Absent the right of secession, we are all serfs of the paper
    feudalists in Washington City. This is okay with Printing Press

  13. The Great
    Plague, brought by Mongols, killed between one third to half
    of the population of Europe in the 14th century.
    Where are our reparations?

  14. Many Anglican
    clergymen in South Africa, before the recent happy arrival of
    universal brotherhood, were card-carrying members of the ANC.

  15. The ANC
    was riddled, packed, and eat-up with card-carrying Stalinists.

  16. It follows
    that the ANC was a coalition of Anglican clergymen, Stalinists,
    and Xhosa royalty. Not exhaustive, but there is an overlooked
    kernel of truth here.

  17. Saddam
    Hussein was largely a U.S. creation.

  18. Manuel
    Noriega was largely a U.S. creation.

  19. The Shah
    of Iran was largely a U.S. creation.

  20. Somoza
    of Nicaragua was largely a U.S. creation.

  21. Marcos
    of the Philippines was largely a U.S. creation.

  22. There
    may be others.

  23. Corollary:
    U.S. creations have an alarming rate of u2018going bad.'

  24. Second
    corollary: Dr. Frankenstein should find another line of work.

  25. The rate
    at which the Republican Party will sell out its supposed constituency
    approaches the speed of light. This leads one to wonder what
    the real constituency of that party is.

  26. The War
    in Vietnam was a bad idea.

  27. A major
    architect of that war got a really good job at the World Bank.

  28. The World
    Bank gave lots of bad advice to the soon-to-be-former Yugoslavia.
    Admittedly, this was probably not the fault of the major architect
    of the Vietnam War, who was writing books by then.

  29. Nonetheless,
    it may be that persons interested in keeping their lives and
    property should not heed the World Bank. (Wanniski's Law.)

  30. NATO is
    a High Cold War anachronism, which should have been disbanded
    around 1990.

  31. If NATO
    membership is extended to all states in the world, it will be
    hard to say what NATO's mission is.

  32. Myron
    Cohen was very funny. (See – it isn't all politics around

  33. u2018Smart
    bombs' are not particularly u2018precise,' unless you define precision
    as the ability to blow up an area the size of two football fields
    after hitting within several yards of the presumptive target.

  34. If you
    u2018degrade' the u2018infrastructure' of a Middle Eastern state, many
    people will die, long after the military heroics are

  35. Mme. Albright
    u2018can live with that.'

  36. If God
    appointed Mme. Albright to make such decisions, then all theism
    is wrong.

  37. It is
    more likely that Mme. Albright is wrong.

  38. There
    are no Neo-Cons. Just ask them.

  39. If there
    are no Neo-Cons, who is in charge? Damn! It must be The People.

  40. If a Straussian
    bares his soul, does the abyss stare back? How would you know?

  41. No freedoms
    worth having were sacrificed to federal civil rights. If you
    don’t believe me, ask the nonexistent Neo-Cons. None whatsoever.
    No sirree.

  42. It is
    morally wrong for any political party to seek the votes of white
    Southerners. On this interpretation of "democracy,"
    the best thing would be to disenfranchise white Southerners.

  43. Betting
    pool: which Neo-Con will be the first to endorse this solution,
    assuming Neo-Cons actually exist?

  44. If secession
    was so intrinsically immoral, why was West Virginia never reintegrated
    into Virginia? There may be good reasons; I'm just asking. Don't
    hit me! I'm a Mountain William, too, on the Scots-Irish side.

  45. Who was
    the first Neo-Con, if such there be? Pericles? Sir Francis Bacon?
    Henri Rouvroy Comte de Saint-Simon? Suggestions welcome.

4, 2003

Joseph R. Stromberg [send him
] is holder of the JoAnn B. Rothbard Chair in History at
the Ludwig von Mises Institute
and a columnist for

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