Peter Schiff on Gold

            Peter Schiff, broker, author and financial commentator, reflects on the historic drop in the price of gold, and where this financial chaos is headed.  Read the article here.             "When the reign of 'king dollar' finally comes to a belated end, let's hope all the gold we allegedly have stored in Fort Knox is actually there. We're going to need every ounce of it." – Schiff

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Hunger Strikes in Guantanamo Bay Intensifying

            In protest of being held for over a decade without trial or charges, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been holding a hunger strike–one prisoner is down to 77 pounds.   To stop the upheavel, the prison policy has been to force-feed inmates by strapping them down and inserting a feeding tube through their nostrils.  In light of this peculiar situation it can be asked, should these prisoners of a war without geographic or temporal limit be given a trial, or at the least, charges?

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Jan Helfeld, The Socratic Imperative, and Testing Principles

            Jan Helfeld is an independent journalist using peculiar tactics while interviewing government and media figures.  Helfeld merely asks simple questions, and while most interviews start off smoothly, the Socratic Impretive slowly exposes the interviewee's lack of consistency.               For example:  "Do you believe in government-forced redistribution of wealth?"             While most would say no, Helfeld goes on to ask about farm subsidies and foreign aid–forms of redistribution that people often find themselves in favor of, despite contradicting themselves by claiming a stance against redistribution.  Congressman Gerald Connolly is interviewed below.  

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FEE: Milton Friedman, Right to Work, and Free Riders

            by CHARLES BAIRD             On December 11, 2012, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, signed a bill that made the state�home of the United Auto Workers (UAW)�the twenty-fourth right-to-work (RTW) state. A RTW law prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues and fees as a condition of continued employment.              The UAW and other unions reacted with predictable wrath and violence, even going so far as to tear down a large Americans for Prosperity tent with several pro-RTW people in it. Not to be outdone, state representative Douglas Geiss, a reliable union crony, threatened that blood would be spilled in reaction …

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Cafe Hayek: Lauding Commercial Culture

            by DON BOUDREAUX             Here�s a letter to the New York Post:             In �The art of Free Markets� (April 11), you rightly applaud Leonard Lauder�s gift of cubist art to the Met.  But such philanthropy is not the chief means by which free markets promote the arts.             Free markets greatly expand the availability of the leisure that is necessary for both the creation and enjoyment of art.  Perhaps even more importantly, though, as my colleague Tyler Cowen documents in his book In Praise of Commercial Culture, free markets also create a diverse range of high-quality, affordable media on which art …

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