December 2013

Volume 63, 2013

Healthcare was already a huge mess before Obamacare, and for the same basic reason: State intervention. While nobody expected quite the fiasco that Obamacare's launch proved to be, we knew it would not end well. In this issue, Merrill Matthews explains what was wrong before, and why Obamacare was one of the worst possible ways to address the problems. John Ross and Jordan Bruneau describe two different attempts to address the previous healthcare system's shortcomings. One, Remote Area Medical, has seen its efforts to provide free vision and dental care impeded by bureaucrats even in the wake of disasters. The other, Dr. Keith Smith's Surgery Center of Oklahoma, threatened insurers' and providers' cozy setup with genuine price competition and transparency. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker describes the new era today's youth are building, B. K. Marcus looks at the the current golden age of TV, and much, much more. 


Bureaucrats Against Healthcare Access

Remote Area Medical (RAM) offers a glimpse into a robust, voluntary health sector, but not if bureaucrats have anything to say about it
NOVEMBER 06, 2013 by

RAM is bringing free healthcare to people in the United States who don't have access to it--except when the State gets in the way.

Can This Man Save Healthcare?

OCTOBER 21, 2013 by

Dr. Keith Smith is putting the heat on the healthcare cartel that keeps prices high and rising. The effects have begun rippling throughout the region.

A Quick Fix Courtesy of Karl Marx

Privatize Social Security and the economy will roar back
NOVEMBER 04, 2013 by

Privatizing Social Security is a good idea long term. But even in the short term, it could get the United States out of the liquidity trap while giving each and every American an ownership stake in the means of production.

Debt-Ceiling Crises: Imagined and Real

A lot of the talk about the debt ceiling amounts to fearmongering
OCTOBER 10, 2013 by

If the U.S. government wants to get serious about paying the next few months' bills, the President could start by selling some assets. The long-term problems are another matter.


TV’s Third Golden Age

Programming quality is inversely proportional to regulatory meddling
OCTOBER 09, 2013 by

Television's new golden age puts consumers in control, rather than the government or the networks.

The Root of Evil

OCTOBER 31, 2013 by

A grisly tale perfectly suited for Halloween, Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale" is often said to be about the evils of money. But taking a closer look at the source suggests there's something more complex going on.

Chemistry Is What We Are

Breaking Bad shows exactly how entertainment can become art, and why the distinction matters
OCTOBER 16, 2013 by

There's a lot that can be said about Breaking Bad. What's more interesting--and what makes it art--is what our reactions say about each of us.


NOVEMBER 21, 2013 by

Sometimes we say to one
a goodbye
meant for another.


NOVEMBER 27, 2013 by

Mother, when my blood rises
it is you that flows through
my veins

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