Brian Doherty — Radicals For Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement — Videos

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Required reading for all lovers of liberty and capitalism. Recommend all Americans read this book.



How Brian Doherty Became a Libertarian

Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

Featuring the author, Brian Doherty; with comments by E. J. Dionne Jr., Columnist, Washington Post, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and moderator David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute, Author, Libertarianism: A Primer.

For the first time, the history of the modern libertarian movement is presented in one comprehensive book. Reason editor Brian Doherty has pored through archives across the country and conducted dozens of interviews. The result is a book that moves smoothly from the ideas of Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand, and F. A. Hayek to the growth of libertarian think tanks to the factional feuds within the Libertarian Party. Every reader, no matter how well informed, will learn things from this book. Radicals for Capitalism will take its place alongside other key books about American ideological and political movements. Don’t miss the unveiling of this impressive book.

Conservatism vs Libertarianism – Brian Doherty

Reason Magazine Senior Editor Brian Doherty discusses the differences between libertarianism and traditional conservative ideologies.


Brian Doherty considers “Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.”

This illuminating, lively history of a political movement on the rise – told through the life stories of its standard bearers – casts new light on the intellectual and political history of post-WWII America. Doherty traces the evolution of libertarianism through the unconventional stories of Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman, and their personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. In so doing, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history, from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1060s to today’s divisiveness.

In February, the Wall Street Journal noted, “With ‘Radicals for Capitalism’, Brian Doherty finally gives libertarianism its due…Mr. Doherty has rescued libertarianism from its own obscurity, eloquently capturing the appeal of the ‘pure idea’, its origins in great minds and the feistiness of its many current champions.” – Cody’s Books

Brian Doherty is a senior editor of Reason, the libertarian monthly named one of “The 50 Best Magazines” three out of the past four years by the Chicago Tribune. Established in 1968 and a four-time finalist for National Magazine Awards, Reason has a print circulation of 40,000 and won the 2005 Western Publications Association “MAGGIE” Award for best political magazine.

Brian Doherty on The Forgotten History of the Antiwar Right

What Happened to the Antiwar Movement? 

Gun Rights on Trial: Brian Doherty Reacts to D.C. v. Heller

Gun Rights Under Obama – Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty on Ron Paul’s Revolution

Ron Paul Supporters Seek to Assert Presence at RNC and Influence Long Term Direction of GOP

Brian Doherty Discusses ‘Ron Paul’s Revolution’

Brian Doherty’s Favorite Obscure Libertarian: Thomas Szasz

Background Articles and Videos

Libertarianism From A to Z With Jeffrey Miron

What happened to the “libertarian moment”?

With Ron Paul retiring, who will pick up the mantle of the libertarian movement?

The Libertarian View: Liberty and the Path of History

Exploring Liberty: The History of Liberty, Pt. 1 (Tom G. Palmer)

The Morality of Capitalism | Tom G. Palmer 

Tom G. Palmer gives a speech based on his new book, “The Morality of Capitalism.” Presented at the John Locke Foundation on October 17, 2011.

Thomas Szasz on Socialism in Health Care

The health care debate is fundamentally broken, argues the great psychiatry skeptic Thomas Szasz, because it assumes a flawed premise. Namely, that “diseases require treatment, so the thing to do is to avoid diseases so you don’t need treatment.”

Szasz ties this to the problem of socialism in health care. Because of the way we think about disease, we have a health care system that removes control from individuals and gives it to state-enabled doctors and insurance companies. In psychology, for example, “diseases are no longer defined by pathologists but are defined essentially by a political process.”

This has lead to, among other things, more expensive health care. Szasz offers seven reasons why, many having to do with the way we think about disease, how it should be treated, and the relationship between citizens and medicine.

A Special Tribute to Thomas Szasz

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Murray Rothbard: Six Stages of the Libertarian Movement — Videos

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Murray Rothbard: Six Stages of the Libertarian Movement

Libertarianism | Murray N. Rothbard

The Future of Austrian Economics | Murray N. Rothbard

Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods discuss Rothbard and the Koch Brothers

Lew Podcast #20 – Memories of Murray

Murray Rothbard Gives a Tribute to Ludwig von Mises


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Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party Movements Sold Out and Betrayed By Gang of Six and Progressive Republicans In Senate–Videos

Posted on July 19, 2011. Filed under: Agriculture, Banking, Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Employment, Energy, Farming, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, government, government spending, Health Care, history, Inflation, Investments, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Public Sector, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Taxes, Unemployment, Unions, Video, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


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Segment 4: Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party Movements Sold Out and Betrayed By Gang of Six and Progressive Republicans In Senate–Videos

Gang of 6 Plan Could Offer GOP Path to Debt Deal

The CBS Evening News w…: Clock ticking on debt reform plans

2011 07 19 Crapo on Bloomberg

Senator Warner calls for a bipartisan solution to the deficit

Face The Nation with B…: Coburn, Durbin agree debt compromise will be

Solving the Debt Ceiling Crisis

Obama Applauds ‘Gang Of Six’


Meet the Senate’s “Gang of Six”

Dr. Coburn on CNBC Kudlow Report: “Came to an impasse in Gang of Six negotiations”

Michael Bennet: Gang of Six ‘Not Dead’

Crapo on Fox News’ Special Report with Brett Baier

Grover Norquist Responds to Sen. Tom Coburn- MSNBC

Debt Ceiling: Chris Mathews Dukes it Out With ‘NO’ Mastermind, Republican Grover Norquist

Sen. Toomey Talks Debt Limit on Fox and Friends

Senator Pat Toomey Explains That Failing To Raise Debt Limit Doesn’t Cause Default

Sen. Toomey Gives a Speech on the Debt Limit at AEI

“Cut, Cap and Balance,” the Debt Ceiling and Federal Spending

It’s Simple to Balance The Budget Without Higher Taxes

Conviction, Not Compromise!

Ron Paul to Congress If Debt Is the Problem, Why Do You Want More of It

The estimated total tax revenues in Fiscal Year 2012 are estimated to be between $2,500 billion and $2,600 billion.

The gang of six Fiscal Year 2012 budget will have outlays or spending between $3,500 billion to $3,700 billion

The Fiscal Year 2012 will result in a deficit of over $1,000 billion under the gang of six’s plan.

The Fiscal Year 2012 budget for outlays or spending needs to be reduced by $500 billion to $3,000 billion or less.

This would result in a deficit of about $500 billion.

Any politician who votes for the gang of six so-called compromise balanced approach of more taxes now and spending cuts in the out years will not be getting my vote.

Both President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush fell for a similar compromise of tax increases now for future spending cuts that never happened.

Reagan; Taxes and Budget Deficit: Revenue 19% of GDP; Spending is 23%; Revenue is sufficient

Cut spending and balance the budget in Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013.

Pass the FairTax bill.

Tax increases will put the economy into another recession or depression.

Monetization of the debt by the Federal Reserve only leads to defaulting on the debt by debasing or devaluing of the currency which results in rising prices or inflation and a decrease in the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar.

Explanation of Fed Monetizing US Debt

Quantitative Easing Explained

The gang of six compromise is a betrayal of the American people.

No deal.

Background Articles and Videos


Debt hope: Obama praises ‘Gang of Six’ plan

Obama, some Republicans laud Senate ‘Gang of Six’ deficits plan as a way ahead on debt limit

“…President Barack Obama and a startling number of Republican senators lauded a bipartisan deficit-reduction plan Tuesday that includes $1 trillion in higher taxes, raising hopes of a last-minute compromise to repair the nation’s finances while averting a government default. Wall Street saluted as well. …”

“…Unlike Obama, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. was harshly critical, calling McConnell’s approach “smoke and mirrors.”

“If Republicans do not show the political will to stop the spending, and use the debt limit to make our case, the party is gone,” he was quoted as saying on National Review Online.

The Gang of Six envisioned a two-stage process in which $500 billion in savings would be enacted swiftly, with the more complicated changes in programs like Medicare and Medicaid to follow.

Obama Backs New Senate Debt Plan

“…The proposal would cut spending, overhaul entitlement programs such as Medicare, rework the tax code, and make significant changes to Social Security. He said he still hadn’t read all the details of the plan, and said it will be difficult for all parties to reach agreement.

The plan is sweeping in its scope but was thought for months to be both overly ambitious and slightly ambiguous, which nearly led the effort to collapse in recent weeks. But the plan was revived, in part by its lead authors—Sens. Mark Warner (D., Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.)—and the flood of bipartisan support coming out of the meeting surprised them both, the lawmakers said.

Mr. Obama’s endorsement of a bipartisan Senate deficit-reduction proposal, however, could isolate conservative House Republicans who have yet to embrace the president’s call for a deficit-cutting plan that includes tax-code changes. It faces an uncertain future in the House, and even in the Senate, however.

Senate Democratic leaders reacted cautiously, saying the Gang of Six plan had come too late to be incorporated into legislation increasing the debt ceiling.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill), one of six senators who helped crafted the plan, said it wouldn’t form part of a debt-ceiling package that must be passed by Congress before Aug. 2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said he thought there could be elements of the plan that might be wrapped into the legislation increasing the debt ceiling.

Aides said the plan still lacked many crucial details. Its release, instead, would influence the budget landscape after Aug. 2, aides said. …”

“…Central parts of the plan would:

• Impose immediate spending cuts and caps that reduce the deficit by $500 billion over 10 years.

• Make changes to Social Security to make the program solvent over 75 years.

• Direct key congressional committees to find specific levels of deficit reduction within their areas of jurisdiction. If the committees fail, then five Democratic and five Republican senators would be able to offeKr their own deficit-reduction plan as a replacement.

Messrs. Warner and Chambliss said they asked the other lawmakers at the meeting to report back to them within 24 hours with any feedback, and several lawmakers said the group had already begun drafting legislation. …”

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Happy Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre–Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Budget of $4,000 Billion: Driving America Off The Cliff–Videos

Posted on January 31, 2011. Filed under: Banking, Blogroll, Communications, Culture, Economics, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, government, government spending, history, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Rants, Raves, Taxes, Video, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


Thelma & Louise


Stop Spending Our Future – The Crisis


After listening to President Obama’s State of the Union’s address last week I was curious as to the total Fiscal Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 would be in terms of outlays, receipt and deficits.

At first I expected that the President would submit a budget between $3,700 billion to $4,000 billion.

For fiscal year 2011 President Obama budget estimated outlays at $3,834 billion, tax receipts at $2,567 billion and the deficit at $1,267 billion.

Table S-1. Budget Totals

(in billions of dollars) 

The more I thought about the various investments or “stimulus” spending the President proposed in this speech, I concluded the President would pull out all constraints and stops and propose a budget over $4,000 billion.

The reason is simple.

The Republican establishment is calling for a Fiscal Year 2008 level budget or about $3,000 billion in outlays.

The tea party, conservative and libertarian movements are all calling for massive cuts in Federal government spending, balanced budgets and no increase in the debt ceiling.

A balanced budget would require a $2,500 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2012 which is slightly above the level of  Fiscal Year 2005 outlays of $2,471 billion when tax receipts were $2,153 billion and the deficit was $318 billion.

A balance budget assumes tax receipts would be $2,500 billion for Fiscal Year 2012 which could be optimistic.

Historical Tables Budget of the U.S. Government


President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Budget will most likely be $4,000 billion in outlays, $2,500 billion in receipts, and a deficit of $1,500 billion. However, he might fudge the tax receipts number and estimate it to be $3,000 billion with a deficit of $1,000 billion.

For Fiscal Year 2010 that ended on September 30, 2010, the actual outlays were $3,455 billion, actual receipts $2,161 billion and the deficit was $1,294 billion.

Monthly Treasury Statement of Receipts and Outlays of the United States Government

One day after President Obama’s speech the Congressional Budget Office revised its estimate of the Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Budget to $1,500 billion.

Budget Deficit Projected to Grow to $1.5 trillion; Obama Pledges Spending Freeze


President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Budget will be dead on arrival when it reaches the House of Representatives.

President Obama’s state of the union address was really the launch of his 2012 run for a second term as president.

The American people will soon become aware of President Obama’s Valentine present of a $4,000 billion budget.

With the official unemployment rate remaining above 9% and the total unemployment rate running above 16% for the next 24 months, President Obama is now a lame duck one term president.

President Obama’s budget will be a Saint Valentine’s Day massacre of the Democratic Party.

The American people have stop listening to President Obama and the Democratic Party for the simple reason that they have ignored their primary concerns–high unemployment, out of control government spending and massive increases in the national debt.


St Valentine’s Day Massacre

May they rest in peace.

How sweet it is!

Jackie Gleason – How Sweet it Is 


Background Articles and Videos


FY 2012 budget readied for Valentine’s Day release

By Suzanne Kubota

“…Although the President’s fiscal 2012 budget is confirmed to be released on February 14th, don’t expect there to be hearts and flowers flowing up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.

The president has already said he wants a 5-year, non-security discretionary spending freeze, while promoting other investment spending.

Republicans, however, pledge deeper cutbacks in view of Congressional Budget Office estimates the deficit will hit $1.48 trillion in fiscal 2011. …”

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