Menckenism: Can Post-Constitutional America Recover Its Freedom And Prosperity?

            by BILL FREZZA             It is by now undeniable that our Constitution is being unwound at an accelerating rate. With the wave of a blog post, the President of the United States suspends the due process checks and balances prescribed by the Constitution, refusing to enforce laws he finds politically inconvenient, while enacting other laws by executive decree to energize his political base.             Revelations that the Fourth Amendment has been rendered moot by massive internal spying operations are met with the facile explanation that administrations led by both parties have carried out such violations for a long time. Few people know the …

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Cafe Hayek: Unjust Exploitation is Everywhere

            by DON BOUDREAUX             Your website TheAtlanticWire.com reports on a class-action lawsuit filed against MSNBC and Saturday Night Live seeking at least $5 million in back pay for work done by unpaid interns (�Unpaid Interns Are Suing MSNBC and SNL,� July 3).             The plaintiffs' lawyers at Outten & Golden, LLP, pushing this case should set their sights higher.  If interns are unjustly exploited by receiving no pay beyond the learning and connections that they gain while interning, then the same is true in spades for college students.  Not only are most college students not paid to put in the hard …

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Cafe Hayek: July 8 Quotation of the Day

            by DON BOUDREAUX …is from page 117 of the 1991 Robert Schalkenbach Foundation edition of Henry George�s 1886 volume, Protection or Free Trade: To have all the ships that left each country sunk before they could reach any other country would, upon protectionist principles, be the quickest means of enriching the whole world, since all countries could then enjoy the maximum of exports with the minimum of imports.

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FEE: The Great Power Auction

            by THE FREEMAN             Leonard Read reminded us that state power is like a clenched fist. There�s not much you can do with a fist, except destroy. And yet many of us are still living in the illusion that if we could just get the right people into power, we could use the fist to change the world for the better.              People we like consistently disappoint us when given access to power. Is it any wonder? They�re just people. But without realizing it, a lot of us attribute abilities and virtues to these people that suggest they are somehow …

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