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Eugenics | Definition of eugenics by Merriam-Webster

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Jul 212015
 

: a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed

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: a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed

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Volokh Conspiracy: Paul Krugman claims there basically arent any libertarians

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Apr 132015
 

In a recent post , famed economist Paul Krugman claims that there basically arent any libertarians out there because public opinion breaks down neatly along a liberal-conservative spectrum where almost everyone who favors government intervention in the economy is a social liberal and almost everyone who is skeptical of it is a social conservative. But Krugman cites no data to support his conclusion. And, in fact, extensive survey data contradicts it.

The relevant evidence has been catalogued by David Boaz, polling guru Nate Silver (who is far from being a libertarian himself), and economist Bryan Caplan. Depending on what measures you use, anywhere from about 10% to as many as 44 percent of Americans hold generally libertarian views in the sense that they favor strict limits on government power in both the economic and social spheres. I believe the lower estimates are more credible than the higher ones. But even the former are still a substantial fraction of the population.

Most of these people arent as consistent and thoroughgoing in their views as libertarian intellectuals are. But the same can be said of most conservatives and liberals in the general public relative to intellectual advocates of those viewpoints. At least within the Republican Party (which is a major focus of Krugmans post), the percentage of libertarians is rapidly increasing; younger Republicans are much more libertarian on social issues than their elders, while still being skeptical of government intervention in the economy.

Krugman also claims that almost no one holds views that are the opposite of libertarianism: combining social conservatism with support for extensive government intervention in the economy (he calls such people hardhats, though public opinion researchers more commonly call them populists). This too is clearly false. As Boaz and Caplan note, surveys show a substantial number of people who fall into that category. In recent years, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum both ran campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination on such a platform, and both attracted substantial support. Perhaps even more telling, George W. Bushs policies as president included a combination of social conservatism and the biggest new welfare state program in some forty years, as well as a major expansion of federal government involvement in education. Bush and his advisers clearly believed there were enough hardhats out there to make this program politically viable. In Europe, the combination of social conservatism and economic interventionism is even more common than in the US, as witness the recent resurgence of parties such as Frances National Front, which combine right-wing nationalism with support for a large welfare state. As a libertarian myself, Im no fan of hardhat/populist ideologies. But I cant deny that there are large numbers of people who support them.

Admittedly, Krugmans claim might be right if we interpret his framework literally. He defines libertarians as people who combine social liberalism with the view that there should be no social insurance. As David Boaz notes in his critique, the latter is an extreme definition that would exclude such prominent libertarian thinkers as Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek (both of whom were willing to accept a strictly limited welfare state); it would also rule out the vast majority of those people who hold roughly libertarian views in the general population. But if Krugman means that definition literally, it would also prove there are no conservatives either. After all, very few people who consider themselves to be conservatives favor the complete abolition of the welfare state, as opposed to its restriction to levels smaller than that favored by the left. In the 2012 election, the GOP even ran on a platform attacking Obama for supposedly cutting Medicare too much.

Its also possible to try to justify Krugmans claim by arguing that most of those people who hold seemingly libertarian views havent thought carefully about their implications and are not completely consistent in their beliefs. This is likely true. But it is also true of most conservatives and liberals. Political ignorance and irrationality are very common across the political spectrum and only a small minority of voters think carefully about their views and make a systematic attempt at consistency. Libertarian-leaning voters are not an exception to this trend. But it is worth noting that, controlling for other variables, increasing political knowledge tends to make people more libertarian in their views than they would be otherwise.

Finally, Krugman is wrong to suggest that the difference between supporters and opponents of more extensive government intervention in the economy is solely or even primarily about social insurance that breaks down traditional structures of authority. In many places, early expansions of government intervention in the economy were in part intended to reinforce rather than break down traditional structures of authority, which is one reason why it was often pioneered by right-wingers like Otto von Bismarck. More recently, there are have been many forms of government intervention that tend to benefit the relatively affluent and and well-connected interest groups at the expense of the poor. If you dont want to take my word for it, read Krugmans own recent columns on zoning and farm subsidies.

In his critique of Krugmans post, Bryan Caplan suggests that Krugmans neglect of readily available evidence in this case gives us reason to doubt his reliability more generally. I dont go quite that far. As I see it, this is yet another case where a pundit gets into trouble by pontificating on issues outside their expertise.

Even if you are a brilliant Nobel Prize-winning economist like Krugman, its easy to go wrong in commenting on a subject you may not have much knowledge about. Moreover, in dealing with such issues, we are more likely to act like political fans and default to simplistic frameworks that make it easy to feel good about our own views, while dismissing those of the opposition.

In this case, postulating a simplistic one-dimensional distribution of political opinion enables Krugman to claim that virtually all of the people who oppose his views on government intervention in the economy do not, in reality, love liberty, and also to ignore the fact that many people who endorse a large welfare state also have illiberal social views. These assumptions make it easy to divide the world into good guys who want to break down traditional forms of authority and bad guys who want to maintain them. But, however comforting it might be, this approach fails to capture the true distribution of political opinion.

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Malzberg | General Michael Hayden (R-USAF): NSA Phone Surveillance Programs Could End – Video

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Apr 082015
 



Malzberg | General Michael Hayden (R-USAF): NSA Phone Surveillance Programs Could End
General Michael Hayden (R-USAF) – Fmr. Director, CIA NSA, Ret. Four Star General (USAF) Principal, The Chertoff Group, joins Steve to discuss the latest on Iran and the nuclear negotiations…

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"Nobody is Listening to Your Phone Calls." Really? A Debate and Discussion on the NSA’s Activities – Video

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Apr 052015
 



“Nobody is Listening to Your Phone Calls.” Really? A Debate and Discussion on the NSA's Activities
By Mark Jaycox “”'We failed to connect the dots. And so, we had to come up with a way of helping to stop attacks.'” – General Keith B. Alexander, Former Director of NSA, at Black Hat USA 2013….

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US Convoy in Czech Republic: American soldiers return from Baltic NATO exercise Atlantic Resolve – Video

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Apr 012015
 



US Convoy in Czech Republic: American soldiers return from Baltic NATO exercise Atlantic Resolve
NATO's top military commander General Philip Breedlove has said an armoured vehicles convoy travelling by road in the Czech Republic sent a message of reassurance. Speaking in Romania …

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NATO Secretary General with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, 25 MAR 2015 – Video

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Mar 262015
 



NATO Secretary General with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, 25 MAR 2015
Joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Jean-Paul Palomros, 25 March 2015.

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Britain Says to ‘beef Up’ Defense of Disputed Falkland Islands – Video

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Mar 252015
 



Britain Says to 'beef Up' Defense of Disputed Falkland Islands
Britain plans to “beef up” its defenses of the disputed Falkland Islands to ensure they are properly protected, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, in comments likely to irk Argentina…

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NATO Commander: West Must Contest Russia’s Social-media Postures in ‘informational Warfare’ – Video

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Mar 242015
 



NATO Commander: West Must Contest Russia's Social-media Postures in 'informational Warfare'
NATO's supreme commander says the West must do more to counter Russia by employing a rapid-reaction approach to internet communications that counteracts Russia's “false narratives” spread on…

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Villa "La Peruviana" in Milan. Art Nouveau and Liberty style from Expo Milan 1906 – Video

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Mar 202015
 



Villa “La Peruviana” in Milan. Art Nouveau and Liberty style from Expo Milan 1906
Built by the General Consul of Peru in Milan, Generoso Galimberti born in Seveso the March the 5th 1846, is on two floors villa with a belvedere tower block with a wide top porch and terrace…

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Russian Treaty With South Ossetia Breaks International Law: NATO – Video

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Mar 192015
 



Russian Treaty With South Ossetia Breaks International Law: NATO
Russia's new treaty with Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region breaks international law and hampers efforts to strengthen regional security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said…

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Exclusive Interview: NATO General Breedlove says Russian army still in Ukraine despite ceasefire – Video

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Mar 102015
 



Exclusive Interview: NATO General Breedlove says Russian army still in Ukraine despite ceasefire
Throughout the conflict in east Ukraine between Russian-backed militants and Ukrainian forces, NATO has been one of the most vocal critics of Russia's aggression in the Donbas. Even after the…

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NATO General Warns Over Russia and Baltic – Video

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Feb 242015
 



NATO General Warns Over Russia and Baltic
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw says the threat from Russia “represents an existential threat to our whole being”. General Sir Adrian Bradshaw says the…

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NATO to wait and see on Afghan progress

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Feb 222015
 

NATO will wait and see how Afghan forces perform in the upcoming fighting season before assessing whether they’ll need the help of foreign forces, including Australians, beyond the end of next year.

General Knud Bartels, Danish chairman of NATO’s military committee, said Afghanistan was on the right track to become a stable and secure nation.

The general, who’s visiting Australia for talks on security issues, said that for the first time Afghan National Security Forces were responsible for their entire country.

About 12,000 foreign troops including 400 Australians remain in Afghanistan to train and assist Afghan forces under the NATO Resolute Support Mission.

That ends at the end of 2016, raising concerns that Afghan forces will struggle as they confront a resurgent Taliban without foreign assistance.

General Bartels said this was just the start of Resolute Support, and there was a year to assess how the situation was unfolding.

‘There is no doubt we need to have a pragmatic approach as to timelines in 2015 and particularly the fighting season in 2015,’ he said.

‘During this process we will conduct consultations with the 28 allies who are our partners in this endeavour to define we are going to move beyond the end of 2016.’

General Bartels said Afghanistan was moving in the right direction.

‘It doesn’t mean there are no challenges. It doesn’t mean that there is a 100 per cent guarantee at the end of the day. But I would say the chances are increasing on a daily basis for positive outcomes on Afghanistan.’

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NATO hopes Australia will stay in Afghanistan after 2016

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Feb 202015
 

By David WroeFeb. 18, 2015, 6:12 p.m.

The military head of NATO has confirmed the alliance hopes Australia will remain in Afghanistan – including militarily – beyond the current withdrawal date of the end of 2016.

NATO military committee chairman General Knud Bartels. Photo: Carlos Alvarez

NATO military committee chairman General Knud Bartels. Photo: Carlos Alvarez

NATO military committee chairman General Knud Bartels. Photo: Carlos Alvarez

NATO military committee chairman General Knud Bartels. Photo: Carlos Alvarez

The military head of NATO has confirmed the alliance hopes Australia will remain in Afghanistan – including militarily – beyond the current withdrawal date of the end of 2016.

NATO military committee chairman General Knud Bartels has also told Fairfax Media in a wide-ranging interview that it will take “decades” to defeat Islamic extremism in the Middle East.

“Engaging ISIL and defeating ISIL and putting in place sustainable government institutions across the whole range of the [Middle East] area will take a long time,” he said, using the acronym for the Islamic State terror group.

Asked to quantify it, he said “decades”.

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RickWells.us – General Jerry Boykin on UN Attempt To Prohibit Free Speech Regarding Islam – Video

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Feb 162015
 



RickWells.us – General Jerry Boykin on UN Attempt To Prohibit Free Speech Regarding Islam
Retired General Jerry Boykin on UN Resolution 1618 to make any disparaging comments regarding Islam or their prophet a hate crime or hate speech. World Government is an ugly and evil thing.

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Cato’s David Boaz Talks Politics, History, and His Path to Libertarianism – Video

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Feb 152015
 



Cato's David Boaz Talks Politics, History, and His Path to Libertarianism
“I think the general idea of 'it's your life you get to run it the way you want to' is an appealing aspect of libertarianism,” says David Boaz executive vice…

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A General’s view of the new mission in Afghanistan – Video

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Feb 132015
 



A General's view of the new mission in Afghanistan
If international forces are committed to Afghanistan, why are they all leaving? General Semonite, a straight-talking US Army engineer, explains how the new mission, Resolute Support, will continue…

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Canada Life acquires Legal & General

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Feb 102015
 

Canada Life, the UK subsidiary of Canadian financial services group Great-West Lifeco, is to acquire Dublin based offshore insurer Legal & General International (LGII) for an undisclosed sum.

Canada Life, the UK subsidiary of Canadian financial services group Great-West Lifeco, is to acquire Dublin based offshore insurer Legal & General International (LGII) for an undisclosed sum.

Paul Mahon, president and chief executive officer of Great-West Lifeco, said that the transaction will enhance the position of Canada Life in the UK, and give clients and professional advisers further confidence in our UK offshore business.

Launched in 2007, LGII is a subsidiary of the Legal & General Group Plc and provides investment and tax planning solutions, primarily focused on the UK high net worth market. LGII has over 4,000 UK offshore bond policies with assets under administration of 2.5bn (3.3bn), as at October 30th 2014.

Canada Lifes Irish operations were subsumed into Irish Life in January 2014, but the UK operations still carry the name. An offshore bond provider, it has been selling into the UK for over 27 years through its offshore companies, based in the Isle of Man.

The sale of LGII is part of the L&G groups ongoing disposal programme of its peripheral assets.

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Belgium: NATO to set up joint military training centre in Georgia – Video

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Feb 072015
 



Belgium: NATO to set up joint military training centre in Georgia
NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg announced plans to set up a NATO-Georgia military training centre Tbilisi allowing Georgia to move “closer to NATO membership.” His remarks to the press…

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Capleton, General D, Colonel Reyel – Freedom Official Video – Video

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Feb 012015
 



Capleton, General D, Colonel Reyel – Freedom Official Video
Watch Capleton feat. General D, Colonel Reyel – (Freedom) Official video. Jamaica, Suriname French Guiana, Guadeloupe, connection! Follow Capleton Social Media http://www.capletonmusic.com

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