Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Upcoming Post

Things have finally settled down at home and at work, and I have published most of my unfinished essays (and decided to abandon several that proved less promising than I thought), so I intend to start on a project I have long intended to undertake. In the spirit of Hazlitt's "Failure of the 'New Economics'", I intend to go chapter by chapter through "the book", the holy scripture of the FairTax movement, and analyze the arguments, good and bad, and publish my thoughts in this blog. I am not sure if I will do it one post per chapter, several chapters per post, or all at once, we will have to see how long each chapter proves.

In addition, I have the text of the associated law, or rather bill, and I will cite it when needed to clarify the text in "the book". In addition, should the bill itself prove either sufficiently different from the book, or prove to have a lot of added details, then I may follow up with a similar in depth analysis of the bill. But, for now, I only intend to use it as a supplement. We shall have to see if it goes beyond that.

I am not sure when I will start, but since I have been posting pretty irregularly, I figured it was time to finally undertake this project. If only to make up for the dearth of material recently.

1 comment:

  1. A Secession Thought Experiment

    The Constitutional convention is closing, but before sending out the representatives to their various states to debate and ratify the newly proposed Constitution, George Washington rises and says:

    “I now send you out to your various sovereign states to debate the issues and consider ratification of a new VOLUNTARY union, a union that will replace the Articles of Confederation and form a stronger central government.

    “Please, gentlemen, I implore you to make sure you tell all the delegates of the various ratification committees that once a state signs on to the new Constitutional Compact, if and when at any future date, any state decides to leave this VOLUNTARY compact FOR ANY REASON–no matter how egregious, the General government will be compelled to mount a massive army, the size, scope and force of which have never before been seen on the earth, invade that state (or those states), slaughter tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of its citizens, destroy not only its military properties and emplacements, but also ravage the private homes, loot and destroy the properties of individuals, over throw the sovereign state government, subjugate the people, reduce their once free Republic to the condition of a conquered province, establish military occupation, disenfranchise the children of the sons of the Revolution of 1776 in that state, suspend elections and overrun that land with foreigners who will be placed by Federal fiat, into positions of rulership and power, to do as they please.

    “And, after the subjugation of that state, and after it is forced back in the union, it shall be forever mocked and hated, and those who died in defense of that state’s independence and sovereignty shall be vilified and the children of that state shall be taught to hang their heads and be forever ashamed that their forebears had the temerity to want to be free of this glorious VOLUNTARY compact, which we now have the opportunity to join.

    “MAKE SURE, MAKE SURE you tell the delegates what will happen if their states ever decide to be independent of the Union. Also, spread this message far and wide among the citizenry so they may appeal to the delegates, letting their will be known!

    “Go forth now with my blessing, and may the spirit of the Revolution of 1776 be with you all!”

    Q: How many states would have signed on to the Constitution had the delegates brought that message along with the newly proposed Constitution?