Another terrorist attack and another liberty grab by politicians. It’s like clockwork. Some tragedy happens and some busybody uses it as an opportunity to take yet more freedom from everyday people.
The IRS has gone after Boris Johnson, current London mayor and potentially the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, because Mr. Johnson sold his house for a profit and because Mr. Johnson holds a US passport. He was born in the US (he left when he was 5) so naturally the Internal Revenue Service feels that by virtue of this it is owed some of Johnson’s money. Under the law as it stands the IRS has a case, if an immoral one. Johnson has however told the IRS to take a hike. As he should.
UKIP is not a libertarian party but it does have deep and serious libertarianish tendencies. In the wake of the Purple Party’s historic win in Parliament comes this interesting bit of analysis of the political disposition of Britain’s youngest voters.
Willie says “Aye or die!”
Well that IS a relief. I thought things were going to hell in a hand basket over there. Whew!
Technically Hong Kong is now part of communist China, yet today it is perhaps the freest and one of the wealthiest places on Earth. One man, Sir John James Cowperthwaite, had everything to do with this.
The times they are a changin’ and they are a changin’ in jolly old England.
The big pharmaceutical companies have done very well in the crony department over the last decade. Medicare Part D was a giant gift to pharma, then the “donut hole” fill of Part D in 2010 meant even more money for the drug companies. Big Pharma in many respects is a government contractor. A quarter of its revenue comes from Medicare, Medicaid, and various other government programs. But now one of the giants is leaving for England lured by lower tax rates.
“I’m not for laws. We need a minimum of laws. I hate big government, I hate being told what to do on a personal basis.” – Nigel Farage *
Nigel Farage has lead a deeply important political surge in the United Kingdom over the last few years. His rants from the floor of the European Parliament have become legendary.
No reason to keep records of what happened at one of the world’s most powerful central banks during the height of the 2008 Crash. Nothing important to know there. No reason to look back and remember what worked and what didn’t. No reason to keep the evidence.