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Monday, October 24, 2016

Holiday Book GuideThroughout the year we have been collecting and providing you with excerpts of books we find interesting and entertaining. The Weekend Reader covers a range of topics including economics, foreign policy, immigration, and various social issues. We’ve compiled these books — and a few others — into one comprehensive guide to give you some gift ideas for family and friends this holiday season… perfect for last-minute shopping. Click the link below to open The National Memo Holiday Book Guide.

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  • Montesquieu

    Since civilization and competitive free markets are dynamic, spontaneous, and unpredictable, one must always be ready to adapt to their inevitable changes.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Since free markets reward us for the usefulness of our actions, they are incompatible with merit-based systems of subjective judgement.

    • alphaa10000

      According to Hayek and others of the “free market” persuasion, a full economic depression is merely Nature’s way of rewarding us for the usefulness of our actions– we merit the suffering wrought by our subjective judgment.

      Of course, the principal issue is whether we ever enter the state of pristine clarity required to escape what you term subjectivity. For the world’s billions in economic distress, there are more pressing matters– your concern about subjectivity is beside the point when people are starving and freezing in the streets of even the United States.

      As the ultimate rejoinder to economic neoliberal policy, Alan Greenspan made an abject confession in 2008 that must seem heretical, even today. After the debacle of so-called free market ideas on Wall Street, Greenspan said it is clear the market cannot regulate itself, and does not act in its own interest.

  • Socialism is Organized Evil

    If we are to choose our own way, rather than having it dictated to us, our rewards must result from using our talents and abilities wisely.

    • nilvek

      you are confused!!!!!!!!! it is the capital mongers that are evil….it takes
      little talent to be selfish…….self satisfaction is the reward for being good
      and acting human…………..

      • Socialism is Organized Evil

        We’re all selfish. It’s the nature of mankind to be selfish, social, aggressive, and sinful.

        Free enterprise channels mankind’s nature to positive, constructive activities. That’s the great advantage of free-enterprise.

  • Defend The Constitution

    Biology’s natural selection concept is applicable to cultures in the sense that those cultures which are most adaptable are those that survive and thrive.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Since liberty unleashes the knowledge of millions of free people, free countries are able to use far more knowledge than socialist systems.

    • alphaa10000

      However, your statement fails to demonstrate that, altogether.

      Liberty unleashes nothing, in and of itself– liberty is necessary, but not sufficient to what many insist is progress. Put differently, a people must pursue wisdom and a beneficent vision to realize good.

      Likewise, political freedom does not dictate an economic system. If a people chooses freely to adopt a socialist system, that decision falls within your own definition of freedom’s (implied) benefit.

      More to the point, socialism is a term primarily focused on an economic system, not whether a country is democratic or authoritarian. Clearly, socialists also can enjoy the benefits of their political liberty.

      For example, nation-states you might consider socialist have provided
      better medical care, and more consistently, than the care provided
      through the “free market” patchwork of private providers in this
      country– and at a cost averaging only 40 percent of what Americans must
      pay for their “knowledgeable” system of health care.

      Historically, the term “socialist” has been honored more in the breach than observance. National socialism found itself at the opposite end of the economic spectrum from soviet socialism, even if both were authoritarian.

      Further, who defines liberty? When George W. Bush pledged he would defend “freedom” in Iraq, he meant freedom as he defined it– primarily, his own ability to do what he wished. The freedom of Iraqis, or of any other people, was surely an afterthought, if measured by his disastrous results.

      The real Aquinas employed logic in the service of wisdom, not to advance an agenda. Dividing the world into “free” and “socialist” is deceptive, to say the least, and at worst, a mark of belligerent ignorance.

  • Dana Whaley

    What is wrong with you people? Do you not observe the world we live in? Do you not understand (or even look up) the terms you use? Ah well, it is better for you, I suppose, to cease thinking beyond your closed minds. And you may think I am uncivil, but I can get a lot more uncivil if provoked. Closed minds have that effect on me.

    • alphaa10000

      Part of effective dialogue is knowing your audience– you seem not merely “uncivil”, but incoherent. Presumptively addressing readers with a shotgun approach as “you people” is surely as ham-handed as Rush Limbaugh’s (closed) rhetoric.

  • Defend Liberty

    Arguably, the regard for responsibility that thrives where people embrace liberty has fallen low enough to undermine the very freedom upon which our prosperity and civilization rest.