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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Questions For Mr. Obama Over Dinner

Follow the link in this article, fill out the appropriate form and you could be the lucky person selected by the Obama campaign to have dinner with the President. By the way, no need to actually contribute to the campaign for Mr. Obama's re-election. As in all such contests, the fine print allows individuals to enter the dinner lottery FREE OR CHARGE. I say go for it. And I did.

Should I be selected to have dinner with Mr. Obama, I thought it might be prudent to prepare with appropriate questions for our fearless leader. I limit myself to questions because I have more to learn from him than he does from me:

1) Mr. President, every month the government releases data on the status of jobs created or lost in this nation, and every month you or your administration remind us that during your tenure as President the nation has experienced many, many consecutive months of private sector job growth. Tell me Mr. President, what specific, governmental economic policies that you or your administration initiated are responsible for this private sector job growth?

2) Mr. President, you recently commented that "there are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers." As an example of such structural unemployment, you named the banking industry's use of ATM's and the airline industry's use of check-in kiosks. Would you cite the economic theory which explains this "structural" unemployment argument?

3) Mr. President, you once said: "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...” Would you please tell me at what point you and your wife will have made enough money?


John Galt said...

These questions are excellent.
Of course, we all know the answers, with the exception of "Mr. President".

I saw your comment about the drug war at PR and I completely agree with you. (I gave up commenting on Jack Camwell's pieces); So I tell you here.

I would like to support your site and give you a link at our site, www.robbingamerica.com , but I don't see your third Blogs links at your site.

Is that the Von Mises of Michele Bachman? Good.

Sherman said...

I would appreciate a link at your site. I put up a blogroll which links to it. I'm new to the game of blogging and putting up a blogroll didn't cross my mind!

Yes, von Mises is the guy Bachmann reads on the beach. I'm his biggest fan.