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The Bombs of August: Remembering Neak Luong, 1973
Post Date: 2023-09-22 00:47:41 by Charles_Byrd
As Americans flock to Oppenheimer, one salutary result is a reawakened public awareness of the perils of nuclear weapons, and revived attention to the U.S. decision to bomb Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). Less apparent is the extraordinary suffering of Japanese civilians and the appalling failure of the Truman administration to consider policy alternatives. This inattention mirrors the public’s perception at the time, a pattern which has persisted over decades, as the U.S. government strikes countries from the air. Click for Full Text!

Kofun Burial Chamber and Two Iron Swords Uncovered in Parking Lot Shrubbery
Post Date: 2023-09-20 21:45:35 by Charles_Byrd
A fairly ordinary parking lot in Japan’s Nara prefecture has revealed the Kofun tomb of an elite person from the ancient era, accidentally uncovered as the area was being cleared to prepare it for shrubbery. The area near the renowned Horyuji temple, under excavation since spring 2022, led to the unearthing of various artifacts, removed from centuries of soil buildup within the stone burial chamber – two iron swords, arrowheads, equestrian-related items, exquisite amber jewelry, and clay pots. Click for Full Text!

Second Temple workshop for ritually pure stone vessels discovered near Jerusalem
Post Date: 2023-09-20 21:39:31 by Charles_Byrd
The Civil Administration’s Archaeology Unit announced on Tuesday that they discovered a Second Temple (516 BCE-70 C.E.) workshop to manufacture stone utensils and vessels. The site is located between Geva Binyamin/Adam and Kfar Hizma, north of Jerusalem. Click for Full Text!

Entrepreneurs Thrived During America’s Free Banking Era
Post Date: 2023-09-18 02:04:26 by Charles_Byrd
Long before the Federal Reserve was established in 1913, private banking flourished in the United States, and entrepreneurs were a major reason why. Between 1837 and 1863, when private banking reached its apex, hundreds of private currencies circulated throughout the country. Entrepreneurs not only founded private banks, they also appraised private currencies—or banknotes—which helped to constrain banks from overissuing money. Imagine you’re a traveling salesperson crossing state lines in the US circa 1850. You’re about to make a major business deal. The only problem: You aren’t sure whether you can sell your wares in exchange for an unknown, private currency. The ...

The Founders and the Constitution: Alexander Hamilton
Post Date: 2023-09-07 23:47:03 by Charles_Byrd
It’s easy, if not entirely fair, to explain Alexander Hamilton’s relentless search for fame and power as the outcome of a life begun under very unfavorable conditions. He was born on Jan. 11, 1757, an illegitimate child on the Caribbean island of Nevis, then a possession of the British Empire. His father deserted young Alexander’s mother when he was 8, and his mother died when he was 11. Click for Full Text!

Gerald "Jerry" Carmen — RIP
Post Date: 2023-09-06 18:42:41 by Charles_Byrd
Many individuals try to take credit for Ronald Reagan’s revolutionary campaign victory of 1980. Only a few can really lay claim to that win; men like Ed Meese and Ken Khachigian and Dick Wirthlin. This writer knows this well, having labored in that campaign and then having written the definitive history of the 1980 campaign, "Rendezvous with Destiny." Click for Full Text!

What Is the New Deal with the New Deal?
Post Date: 2023-09-01 01:20:22 by Charles_Byrd
David Beito’s The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of FDR’s Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance (Oakland: Independent Institute, 2023) is one of at least four recently published and forthcoming books to pummel the four-term administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), especially its so-called New Deal policy platform. It’s about time, as the ninetieth anniversary of FDR’s first term and the (in)famous First Hundred Days passed earlier this year with the banners of FDR hagiographers and New Deal acolytes still firmly in possession of the historiographical battlefield. Beito, though, has helped to expose a flank that a ...

Archaeologists In Mexico Discover 13 Skulls At The Base Of A Maya Pyramid
Post Date: 2023-08-31 23:51:49 by Charles_Byrd
Researchers made the discovery while excavating the Moral-Reforma archaeological site near Tabasco, Mexico, and they believe that the burials date between 600 and 900 C.E. Click for Full Text!

The African Origin of the Slave Trade
Post Date: 2023-08-28 20:57:52 by Charles_Byrd
For decades liberals have beat into the heads of white Americans that they are racists responsible for enslaving blacks. The insistence on white racism was music to the ears of black activists. Here is racial provocateur Al Sharpton 21 years ago: “The first thing we need to do is acknowledge that you robbed me. Let’s start there with reparations. . . . America must admit its sins in Africa and its sins against people of African descent.” Click for Full Text!

How the Soviets Used Common Criminals to Destroy the Regime's Enemies
Post Date: 2023-08-25 01:21:05 by Charles_Byrd
As violent crime rates rise and unsolved homicides become more common, Many ordinary voters have noticed that the regime doesn't seem especially interested in investigating and prosecuting actual dangerous criminals. At the same time, the regime appears increasingly paranoid about "antidemocratic" activities and other alleged threats to the state. Gangs of thieves cleaning out the inventory of small businesses? The ruling elite isn't concerned. Meanwhile, if a small business owner fails to report a $700 transaction on Venmo, heavily armed IRS agents may soon show up on his doorstep. This apparent trend toward ignoring violent criminals while prosecuting hapless ...

Top Warnings from the Antifederalist Brutus
Post Date: 2023-08-23 19:20:01 by Charles_Byrd
In his series of essays during the ratification debates, the Anti- federalist writer Brutus repeatedly warned about the dangers of centralized power, predicting the proposed federal government would end up exercising “infinite” and “incomprehensible” power. Like everyone else, Brutus didn’t get everything right. But some of what he predicted may sound absolutely prophetic. Click for Full Text!

What Orson Welles and "War of the Worlds" taught us about economic panic
Post Date: 2023-08-14 20:34:18 by Charles_Byrd
Eighty years ago Tuesday night, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater went on the radio and panicked people coast to coast with these words: “I can see peering out of that black hole two luminous disks … are they eyes? It might be a face. It might be … (shout of awe).” Click for Full Text!

How FDR's 1933 Gold Executive Orders Impacted Families on a Personal Level
Post Date: 2023-08-14 19:18:26 by Charles_Byrd
When I was a young child, both sides of my extended family played cards from after dinner to late at night. The men played Poker and the women played Bridge and Canasta. We kids ran around between the card tables. But I sat on my dad's lap. Their talk was all about politics. (In those days the conversations were civil.) Click for Full Text!

Why Rome Collapsed: Lessons For the Present
Post Date: 2023-08-14 19:11:08 by Charles_Byrd
Identifying why the western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 AD has been a parlor game for at least two centuries, since Edward Gibbon published his monumental The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Abridged). Gibbon concluded Christianity had a major role in weakening the Empire, a view few today share. Part of the fun of the parlor game is trying to identify the one thing that pushed it over the cliff: poisoning from lead pipes and wine goblets being a famous example that has been discounted by modern historians. Click for Full Text!

The Churchill Legend
Post Date: 2023-08-13 02:14:28 by Charles_Byrd
Last week a Palm Beach friend, a country club Republican, gave me a copy of the Weekly Standard. She urged me to read “A World in Crisis, what the thirties tell us about today” by its opinion editor, Matthew Continetti. The predicate of this overly long article seems to be that the fate of the universe hinged upon a little-known traffic accident involving Winston Churchill on the upper east side of Manhattan in the early 1930’s. Unlike a Thomas Hardy novel, in this instance a chance mishap worked out for the best. Or so Continetti would have the reader assume. Churchill was crossing Fifth Avenue at 76th Street in the late evening of December 13th, 1931 on his way to Bernard ...

Black Ghosts in the White House
Post Date: 2023-08-09 02:13:56 by Charles_Byrd
From the very onset of America’s European colonization, what would ultimately become the United States was never really a closely united nation. For over a century prior to their declaration of independence and secession from British rule, the American colonies in the South had numerous deep-seated disputes with their Northern counterparts over a number of issues. Many of these arguments were geographic in nature and in 1763, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania appointed two English astronomers, Charles Mason of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and his assistant Jeremiah Dixon, to chart an official boundary line between the four colonies. Over a decade later, other ...

78 Years Ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki: What Oppenheimer Wrought
Post Date: 2023-08-08 00:27:50 by Charles_Byrd
It’s been 78 years since the United States dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. While antiwar activists and nuclear weapon opponents have made great efforts to ensure the barbaric attack on Japanese civilians will not be forgotten, the present moment presents a unique opportunity to consider the ominous anniversary in light of a host of new perspectives. Not only does the world stand at the cusp of a potential new nuclear war, but the impact, consequences and relevance of such weapons have reached a new high in the cultural zeitgeist. The release of Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, “Oppenheimer,” which details the life of the ...

Lessons from the Unraveling of the Roman Empire: Simplification, Localization
Post Date: 2023-08-02 21:18:03 by Charles_Byrd
The fragmentation, simplification and localization of the post-Imperial era offers us lessons we ignore at our peril. There is an entire industry devoted to "why the Roman Empire collapsed," but the post-collapse era may offer us higher value lessons. The post- collapse era, long written off as The Dark Ages, is better understood as a period of adaptation to changing conditions, specifically, the relocalization and simplification of the economy and governance. Click for Full Text!

The woke war on the Enlightenment
Post Date: 2023-08-01 01:02:41 by Charles_Byrd
Too many who lean left today claim that the Enlightenment was the ideology of colonialism. Some academics, for instance, have claimed that it was a racist, colonial endeavour from the outset. That the Enlightenment needs to be ‘decolonised’. One piece in Harvard Magazine is even entitled ‘How the Enlightenment led to colonialism’. Do those who make this claim imagine there was no colonialism before the Enlightenment? Presumably not, but it’s important to understand how something so false could come to seem true. (Raise a glass to the virtue of trying to understand those you disagree with.) Click for Full Text!

It's a Historical Fact That Minimum Wage Laws Are Rooted in Racism
Post Date: 2023-07-31 22:23:24 by Charles_Byrd
Minimum wage laws are suddenly vogue. In recent years, states across the country have passed $15 wage floors, while others continue to explore the issue. The age-old lesson of Econ 101, that, to quote Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in 1998, “the higher wage reduces the quantity of labor demanded, and hence leads to unemployment,” is no longer considered rock solid. Click for Full Text!

Raico on Liberty and Its Adversaries
Post Date: 2023-07-26 23:02:30 by Charles_Byrd
I first met historian Ralph Raico at a Cato Institute Summer Seminar in 1990. Like George Walsh, Raico was an old-school scholar who published modestly but knew extravagantly. I hung out with Raico at two or three seminars, and he amazed me. The man could expound at length on any historical topic I threw at him, and knew more economics and philosophy than most professors of either subject. Click for Full Text!

Ashamed to be an American?
Post Date: 2023-07-25 21:03:11 by Charles_Byrd
This is the era of the ungrateful American. This is the time when some Americans pour contempt on their country – even before the whole world. For example, last week, at the opening of the World Cup of women’s soccer in Vietnam, all the Vietnamese players showed their pride for their country. But, as the New York Post notes, “Most members of the US women’s soccer team stayed silent during the national anthem.” Click for Full Text!

U.S. leaders knew we didn’t have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anyway
Post Date: 2023-07-25 00:17:26 by Charles_Byrd
At a time when Americans are reassessing so many painful aspects of our nation’s past, it is an opportune moment to have an honest national conversation about our use of nuclear weapons on Japanese cities in August 1945. The fateful decision to inaugurate the nuclear age fundamentally changed the course of modern history, and it continues to threaten our survival. As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock warns us, the world is now closer to nuclear annihilation than at any time since 1947. The accepted wisdom in the United States for the last 75 years has been that dropping the bombs on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki three days later was the only way ...

Lessons from The Great Depression
Post Date: 2023-07-22 01:59:03 by Charles_Byrd
Longtime correspondent Ishabaka recently shared key takeaways from a classic on-the-ground account of The Great Depression in the U.S.:, The Great Depression, a Diary. Another reader reminded me that The Great Depression was global, and occurred earlier that 1929 in other nations and had equally (or even more) calamitous consequences elsewhere. That said, humans are running Wetware 1.0 everywhere, so it's likely that many of these lessons are applicable to the collapse of speculative asset bubbles in other economies and eras-- for instance, the global economy's Everything Bubble of 2023. Click for Full Text!

How East Germany's Stasi Perfected Mass Surveillance
Post Date: 2023-07-22 01:36:17 by Charles_Byrd
The state has a monopoly on violence. However, abusive repression harms government credibility and alienates public support in the long run. A more subtle and effective way to exercise power is to surveil the population and to prevent open manifestations of discontent. This article analyzes the case of the of the German Democratic Republic’s (DDR) Ministry for State Security (MfS), also known as the Stasi. The thesis is that an effective surveillance regime makes the use of open violence less urgent because the population is nudged to discipline itself. Click for Full Text!

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