Cafe Hayek: Everyday Millions of Strangers Work for You

            by DON BOUDRAEUX             I’ve forgotten where I read the speculation that if Julius Caesar had been resurrected in 1795 and found himself walking with George Washington on the grounds of Mount Vernon and then with Lafayette in France, he would have regarded the late 18th century as reasonably fathomable.  Obviously, he would have noticed changes from his own time – including, of course, the widespread use of gun powder.  But the dominance of agriculture in the late 18th century would have made that era not terribly or radically unfamiliar to Caesar.             But then transport Caesar, Washington, and Lafayette to …

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Cafe Hayek: But the Gasoline Back then Did Contain Lead

            by DON BOUDREAUX Here’s a letter to Washington, DC – based WTOP radio: You report that  “A new Economist poll finds that a majority of Americans yearn for the bubble gum days of the 1950s” (*Which era do you prefer? Poll finds Americans long for the 1950s“). It’s hard to believe that these poll results reveal people’s informed preferences.  Rather, these results likely reflect nostalgia mixed with misinformation spread by a barrage of news “reports” on the allegedly stagnant – or even deteriorating – economic fortunes of middle-class Americans. I challenge you and other Americans to do what …

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Fear Mongering For Liberty

            by KEVIN CZAR             Fearis a natural, necessary animal instinct.  It serves as an indicator, signalingwhen we should snap into a state of extreme awareness.  When fear strikes,time slows.  The state of fear struck me six separate times today.             Thismorning, I was driving to work when an old man drifted his truck into my lane. I awoke from my morning haze, slammed the brakes, he returned to hislane, and I went about my day.  That was the first time, today, that Ifelt fear, and it served me well.             The secondtime I had a scare was around …

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FTCN sends thoughts and prayers to the Frezza family… “Menckenism: My Father” A Eulogy To A Good Man From The Greatest Generation”

            by BILL FREZZA Summing up my father’s life, I keep coming back to one thought. Never will you meet a man who more faithfully lived his values. My father was a teacher of all things. His method was simple. He taught by example. At any age, when faced with an ethical dilemma, after reflection, study, or even rationalization, I find myself coming back to one simple question. What would Dad do? His character is the foundation of my conscience. My father’s teachings are endless. Let me share a few. My father was strong in body, in spirit, and …

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