Board Meeting; The French; What is x?; Conspiracy theories

March 11, 2014 at 9:10 am

Board Meeting
The French
What is x?
Conspiracy theories

Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 12 @ 6 P.M. for dinner.  7 p.m. business meeting.

China Panda
301 Main Street
Longmont, CO

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The French

I am reading a wonderful biography, *Mr. Speaker!* by James Grant about the life and times of Thomas B. Reed (a Republican speaker of the House).

It should be noted that at that time in history (circa 1880), Republicans were protectionists and Democrats were, for the most part, free
marketers.  Since then, nothing has changed except the labels.

I want to quote – without comment – something the author wrote about the Republicans and Democrats circa 1880:

The champion expositor of these [free market] ideas was the Frenchman Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850). In logic,
humor, clarity of expression and simplicity of argument, Bastiat was unsurpassed. The Democrats delighted in
quoting him in congressional debate. The Republicans, having no ready answer for Bastiat’s arguments, were
reduced to pointing out that he was, indeed, French.

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What is x?

A friend from Melbourne, Australia sent me this delightful link.

This has almost nothing to do with libertarianism but it is a fun 4 minutes of trivia to watch:

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Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theorists seem to be attracted to the Libertarian Party.

I attribute this to the fact that we are simultaneously skeptics and the only people willing to listen.

This week I want to talk about the costs and benefits of keeping an open mind.

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A reminder that our weekly

Libertarian Lunch
645 30th Street
Boulder 80303
will be held this Thursday at 12:30

This week’s topic: The costs and benefits of entertaining conspiracy theories

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Ralph Shnelvar
Libertarian Party of Boulder County

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