“Refugees and The Right To Bear Arms,” Today at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)

Today we’ll discuss the recent terrorist atrocities as well as the debate over the admission of Syrian refugees that has arisen as a result of these attacks. Also planned is a discussion of the importance of the right to bear arms, particularly today. See Program Notes, below, for all the stories, etc., I plan to discuss.

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Program Notes

Dozens feared dead as hostage situation in Mali hotel apparently ends

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Tell New York City to Ignore New ISIS Video

Apple, Google, and Microsoft-backed group rejects calls for weaker encryption after Paris attacks HT Rob Abiera

Only 28% Support Obama’s Plan for Syrian Refugee Migrants

There Are Serious, Unbigoted Reasons to Be Wary of a Flood of Syrian Refugees

Why the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 is necessary

Ted Cruz Once Again Mentions Ayn Rand on the Floor of the Senate

Obama Wants to Defeat America, Not ISIS

A Thirty-Year War—If Americans Will Have It

EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz Discusses His Plan to Keep America Safe

Clinton Goes after Laugh Factory Comedians for Making Fun of Her

Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”


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2 responses to ““Refugees and The Right To Bear Arms,” Today at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)

  1. Craig

    Are Venezuelans Shrugging?
    Merchants Must Rebel against State-Mandated “Fair Prices”

    by Andrea Rondón García


    “When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.

    In 1957, Russian-born writer Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged, an engaging and enjoyable novel with many time-proven lessons.

    I bring it up because the current crisis in Venezuela is ominously similar to the dystopia in the book, whose entrepreneurs vanish as they grow tired of the state looting the fruits of their labor. They shrugged.

    Recently, the Venezuelan government unveiled the latest installment of its surreal economic-interventionism saga. In updating the Fair Prices Act, the Nicolás Maduro administration decided to fix the price of one of the most highly consumed basic-food products, a pack of 30 eggs, at 420 Bs. (US$0.5). It used to cost around 1,200 Bs. (US$1.40).

    Unlike what has happened with other products, this measure won’t result in people lining up to stock up on eggs, or periodic shortages in stores. What will happen is that eggs will simply disappear in Venezuela.

    Anyone with a modicum of respect for himself and his work would refuse to sell at a loss. Case in point: in Falcón state, the owner of a grocery store decided to break his eggs instead of complying with the government mandate. The photo speaks for itself.

    I can only applaud the brave man. By destroying his product, he chose to tell the state that he won’t sell at a loss, that he is free to do as he pleases with the fruit of his labor, and that no armchair official will tell him what to do.

    With this gesture, he symbolically joined Galt’s Gulch, a remote place in the mountains where the entrepreneurs and creators in Atlas Shrugged retreat to once they realize society no longer values their contributions. There they can develop their potential, limited only by other people’s rights. It’s a place where talent and ingenuity aren’t looted or punished, and where people don’t try to impose equality, the most violent act of all.

    This individual refused to comply with a nonsensical regulation demanded by officials who know nothing about his trade, but want to control it. What these bureaucrats don’t understand is that the fair price is the market price.

    After reading Atlas Shrugged, I couldn’t help pick up Ayn Rand’s other books The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.

    I deeply regret that those who pretend to run this country don’t have the faintest idea about objectivism, and the legacy of Scottish philosophers such as Adam Smith and David Hume. They don’t understand that peacefully pursuing one’s self-interest benefits everyone.

    A renown professor at the Catholic University of Andrés Bello, Antonio Canova, said that “when a country’s vice president declares how much ‘a pack of eggs’ should cost, it’s clear that this is no longer a country.”

    Our legislation now has more mandates — prohibitions and authorizations — than proper laws, and sometimes it looks like this isn’t a country.

    But the merchant who shrugged is part of this country, just like thousands of Venezuelans who struggle for liberty every day, including Canova and myself.

    As the poet George Steiner used to say, I want to keep committing the error of having hope, and think that there are thousands of John Galts, Francisco d’Anconias, and Dagny Taggarts left in Venezuela.


    Translated by Adam Dubove.

    Andrea Rondón García has a PhD in Law from the the Central University of Venezuela, and teaches at the Andrés Bello Catholic University. She is the director of CEDICE’s Property Rights Committee, and academic director of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute in Venezuela. Follow @arondon75.

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