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Glenn Beck On Friedrich A. Hayek and The Road To Serfdom–Videos

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“Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom. “

~Friedrich August von Hayek

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Hayek on Moral Values & Altruism

 

 

Glenn Beck really surprised me with this show on Hayek and his book the Road To Serfdom and Thomas E. Woods as a guest.

I had just finished a post on a Tom Wood’s entitlements speech.

As a classical liberal I am a great admirer of both Friedrich A. Hayek and his teacher Ludwig von Mises.

Glenn, time for a show on Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.

Tom Woods, Robert Higgs,  Robert P. Murphy, and Lew Rockwell would be excellent guests on the ideas of these late great economists.

Economics and Moral Courage | Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Meltdown | Thomas E Woods, Jr.

America’s New Road to Serfdom and the Continuing Relevance of Austrian Economics [Richard Ebeling]

Skip the first 12 minutes of introductions

 

 

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“There is simply no other choice than this: either to abstain from interference in the free play of the market, or to delegate the entire management of production and distribution to the government. Either capitalism or socialism: there exists no middle way.”

~Ludwig von Mises

 

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The Road to Serfdom

“…The Road to Serfdom is a book written by Friedrich von Hayek (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974) which transformed the landscape of political thought in the 20th century, shifting the terms of debate for millions of people across the political spectrum.[1][2] The Road to Serfdom is among the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism and libertarianism.

The title refers to economic and political policies which the author believes to invariably lead to the socio-economic condition known as “serfdom.”

The book was originally published by Routledge Press in March 1944 in the UK and then by the University of Chicago Press in September 1944. A condensed version of the book written by Max Eastman was then published as the lead article in the April issue of Reader’s Digest, with a press run of several million copies. This condensed version was then offered as a Book of the Month selection with a press run of over 600,000 copies. In February 1945 a picture-book version was published in Look magazine, later made into a pamphlet and distributed by General Motors. The book has been translated into approximately 20 languages and is dedicated to “The socialists of all parties.” The introduction to the 50th anniversary edition is written by Milton Friedman (another recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics 1976). In 2007, the University of Chicago Press put out a “Definitive Edition.” In total the book has sold over two million copies.[3] …”

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Libertarian critics

Libertarian economist Walter Block has observed critically that while the The Road to Serfdom makes a strong case against centrally-planned economies, it appears only lukewarm in its support of a free market system and laissez-faire capitalism, with Hayek even going so far as to say that “probably nothing has done so much harm to the liberal cause as the wooden insistence of some liberals on certain rules of thumb, above all the principle of laissez-faire capitalism.” In the book, Hayek writes that the government has a role to play in the economy through the monetary system (a view that he later withdrew[19]), work-hours regulation, social welfare, and institutions for the flow of proper information. Through analysis of this and many other of Hayek’s works, Block asserts that: “in making the case against socialism, Hayek was led into making all sort of compromises with what otherwise appeared to be his own philosophical perspective—so much so, that if a system was erected on the basis of them, it would not differ too sharply from what this author explicitly opposed.”[20]

Gordon Tullock has argued Hayek’s analysis predicted totalitarian governments in much of Europe in the late 20th century. He uses Sweden, in which the government at that time controlled 63 percent of GNP, as an example to support his argument that the basic problem with The Road to Serfdom is “that it offered predictions which turned out to be false. The steady advance of government in places such as Sweden has not led to any loss of non-economic freedoms.” While criticizing Hayek, Tullock still praises the classical liberal notion of economic freedom, saying, “Arguments for political freedom are strong, as are the arguments for economic freedom. We needn’t make one set of arguments depend on the other.”[21] However, according to Robert Skidelsky, Hayek “safeguarded himself from such retrospective refutation.” Skidelsky argues that Hayek’s argument was contingent, and that, “By the 1970s there was some evidence of the slippery slope…and then there was Thatcher. Hayek’s warning played a critical part in her determination to ‘roll back the state.'”[22] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_Serfdom

 

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Undercover-Census Fraud Investigation Louisian 

 
 

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By Haya El Nasser

“…The New Jersey sex offender was hired and began working as an enumerator before his fingerprint check was complete. In Indiana, however, a Census taker was allegedly involved in a burglary and rape even though he had passed the background check. He had no criminal history. 

“Also, starting immediately, whenever new information is obtained about criminal activities of our staff, immediate action will be taken,” Groves said. 

Conservative activist James O’Keefe, best known for an undercover video showing ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) counselors appearing to encourage him to hide a prostitution venture to get housing money, released another video this week. This one shows O’Keefe at two New Jersey Census offices where he was hired and took a two-day training course. O’Keefe quit after working 16 hours but was paid for 19.5 hours. The video also shows supervisors giving 70-minute paid lunch breaks — 40 minutes longer than allotted. 

“At the time of training, we expect each day to be an 8-hour day,” Groves said. 

Trainees are paid for class time, reviewing training materials and travel time. 

“Once they begin work in the field, each day they record the number of hours they worked, the number of miles that they drove and report to the crew leader,” he said. 

About 635,000 workers now are in the fifth week of knocking on 48 million doors of homes that never mailed back their questionnaires and “more often than not, it is the Census taker who is the victim.” …” 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2010-06-02-census_N.htm  

Undercover-Census Fraud Investigation Louisian
  

by Shaughn Adeleye   

“…I  had a payroll supervisor tell me not to worry about having been paid for hours I did not work: “I think you are just making a big deal out of it… I would just throw it away.” Yet within a few minutes I was told it was an offense worthy of termination. 

I resigned prior to doing any of the enumeration work door-to-door. There have been other reports around the nation of the systemic waste and abuse on the part of the United States Census.  The nation sees it for what it is. It’s the same continual waste of taxpayer funds in a time of need, the fraud that frolics freely through our political landscape, and corruption that would rather see us silent and submissive. The media will say that all government steals, is inefficient, and wasteful, but during this time of budgetary crisis, when everyone else is asked to tighten their belts, Obama’s Census gets to lie, cheat, and steal as much as it can get away with.  Obama moved control of the census to directly report to the White House, and yet the quality is dreadful.  No one is accountable, no one takes any responsibility, and the media yawns while as much as a billion dollars is wasted. …” 

http://biggovernment.com/sadeleye/2010/06/02/undercover-census-fraud-investigation-louisiana/ 

Two more Census workers blow the whistle

John Crudele

“…Each month Census gives Labor a figure on the number of workers it has hired. That figure goes into the closely followed monthly employment report Labor provides. For the past two months the hiring by Census has made up a good portion of the new jobs. 

Labor doesn’t check the Census hiring figure or whether the jobs are actually new or recycled. It considers a new job to have been created if someone is hired to work at least one hour a month. 

One hour! A month! So, if a worker is terminated after only one hour and another is hired in her place, then a second new job can apparently be reported to Labor . (I’ve been unable to get Census to explain this to me.) 

Here’s a note from a Census worker — this one from Manhattan: 

“John: I am on my fourth rehire with the 2010 Census. 

“I have been hired, trained for a week, given a few hours of work, then laid off. So my unemployed self now counts for four new jobs. 

“I have been paid more to train all four times than I have been paid to actually produce results. These are my tax dollars and your tax dollars at work. 

“A few months ago I was trained for three days and offered five hours of work counting the homeless. Now, I am knocking (on) doors trying to find the people that have not returned their Census forms. I worked the 2000 Census. It was a far more organized venture. 

“Have to run and meet my crew leader, even though with this rain I did not work today. So I can put in a pay sheet for the hour or hour and a half this meeting will take. Sincerely, C.M.” 

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/two_more_census_workers_blow_the_OqY80N3DBTvL17VmxKKR0O#ixzz0qGXQalJ4 

Daily Sound Off: Contender for Worst Local Census Office

“…While we are on the subject of questionnaires I would like to explain the process in our LCO (local census office), Macon Georgia. 

!. Enumerators turn in their completed questionnaires to their crew leader who reviews them for completeness and then initials showing his approval. Enumerators are experiencing a large number of irate people that do not want to participate and have discovered it is easier to call the residence vacant of cannot locate than it is to try and get the information. No one likes to be chewed out and in a way I don’t blame them. A large percent of the population don’t trust the Census and wish to be left alone. 

Residents are handing the Census envelopes they received in the mail to the enumerator and telling them to leave. These envelopes are not being mailed but are being thrown into boxes. At least if they were mailed, the people might be counted. 

2. The crew leader brings them to the office where clerks log the receipt of “X” number of questionnaires. 

3. Then they are given to clerks for review of completeness. We have about 30 clerks on three shifts doing this. Those that fail are returned to the crew leader for rework. The return rate is about 50% because Crew leaders are not reviewing, just initialing, and sometime not initialing. What company would pay for this amount of poor performance and then pay more to the same people to do the work again and even worse allow it to continue? 

4.  Once the clerk begins keying another 20% of the forms are pulled out to be returned to the crew leader because the clerks did a poor job of their review. Another 20% to 30% of the questionnaires are sent to Data Collection office with incomplete information 

5.  Where are the managers and supervisors? What are they doing about it? Well last month, the Area Manager took over the office but after two weeks she could not make a difference even with the assistance of three RT’s so they assigned another area manager who left two RT’s with us and one is acting LCOM (LCO manager) after firing the LCOM.  The acting LCOM can barely speak English and neither knows enough to do anything but contribute to the turmoil. They think the solution is to see how many people they can make miserable by denying them food and drink in their work area and not allowing them to leave except for a two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch. They must raise their hand when they need more work or have to go to the bathroom.  Next there is a field operations manager who has 3 office supervisors and 7 field office supervisors to help her. All are poorly trained and most are not supervisor material, The solution is to add two more Field Office Supervisors (both have less than 30 days experience) to supervise the office operations supervisors. To the Census, more is usually the solution not accountability for their actions. The same people that did poor work during Address Canvassing, and Group Quarters are still being paid to make a mess of Non Response Follow Up. These RT’s will not listen to those managers that years of supervisor experience and know how to solve the problem.  We probably will soon have a new set of RT’s and another Area Manager because nothing is improving. …” 

http://www.mytwocensus.com/tag/georgia/ 

 Looks like the zero tolerance for any mistakes  has resulted in fairly extensive termination of many census enumerators, crew leaders, and field operation and training supervisors in the state of Louisani. 

  

  

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