1. Today I ran across a Townhall article singing the praises of the Import-Export Bank. As it makes a number of claims I find highly dubious, I feel the need to offer my response. This article will likely be written tomorrow if time allows.
2. I have almost finished an essay on the topic of government secrecy, as well as movements pressing for "government openness". As I have written from time to time about secrecy and the proper role of secrets in the operation of government, I should be able to finish this shortly, hopefully tomorrow or Wednesday.
3. I have plans to write a follow-up to "Chaotic Government" and "Follow Up on 'Chaotic Government'", in which I shall examine how the authoritarian structure of Rome's government, especially right before the fall of the western empire, led to behaviors that were terribly counterproductive.
4. I also want to write a follow up to "Killing and the State", in this case looking at the use of military force, and the proper function of government in terms of military, and perhaps police, actions.
5. I also want to, if time allows, look at some absurd comments I read about the supposed small minded bigotry of flyover country, and look at what this sort of casual bigotry says about conventional liberal pseudo-intellectuals.
6. I want to look into the question of intellectual property laws, and ask whether or not they serve the purpose for which they were instituted, and whether or not a free market economy could work with vastly reduced, or even non-existent, patent and copyright laws. (Trademarks are somewhat different, though I shall look at them briefly as well.)
7. I want to look once more at our modern liability laws, in this case in the context of the rather bizarre NFL concussion decision.
8. I also want to look at immigration, protectionism and a host of other topics, all viewed in a rather unusual context. I don't want to say much more, as it will give away most of the interesting material.
9. I want to follow up on my many essays on protean and meaningless words, in this case by examining the word "dictator", examining how the word, seemingly so simple to understand, is truly so emotionally loaded that it is effectively meaningless. In fact, the difficulty of finding any fixed meaning for words that carry emotional weight will be one of the main topics I shall examine.
10. Finally, I hope to complete the series of essays I began with "A Timeline Part One", "A Timeline Part Two" and "A Timeline Part Three" , taking the series from FDR to the present day. At the moment I plan to write it all in a single essay. However, as there is a lot to cover in the New Deal, and in Nixon's monetary issues, I may end up covering through 1973 in the first essay, ending with closing the gold window, and then write a final essay, taking us from Watergate and the Carter era of inflation, fuel crisis, hostages and malaise, through Reagan, Bush and Clinton, and finally into the modern era of Bush II and Obama.
I think that is it, though now looking at the complete list I doubt I will finish it this week, even if several are already partly complete. More likely, I will get through say four to seven this week, and wrap up the rest next, assuming work remains quiet and nothing else comes up.
So, please check back soon, as I do plan to get at least one posted tomorrow, perhaps two if I am especially productive.