The Linguistic Bastardization of Liberalism

Daniel Klein Leads the Charge to Reclaim the Negative-Liberties Tradition

There is an unfortunate divide over the use of the word liberal in North American discourse. I say unfortunate because this word has historical roots we should celebrate, yet in the United States its meaning has become bifurcated — in contrast to elsewhere in the Anglosphere.


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Correa’s Defense Minister Loses His Mind on National TV

There Is No Logical Fallacy Fernando Cordero Doesn't Like

EspañolBy Jorge Emilio Lince

While eating breakfast the other day, I remembered something: that heated discussion between Ecuadorian Defense Minister Fernando Cordero and TV host María Josefa Coronel. They talked about the police and their use of force against protesters recently.

It was so good, I had to watch it again.

In Ecuador, the government has censored practically all free entertainment, so watching politicians lose their minds on national television is a real treat.

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Hey Bachelet, Leave Them Teachers Alone

Let the Market Decide the Cost of Education

Teachers unions in Chile are engaged in an intense campaign for "fair wages."

Teacher unions in Chile are engaged in an intense campaign for “fair wages.” (Telesur)

EspañolBy Iván Garay Pagliai

Ever since the Michelle Bachelet administration announced its proposal for education reform, the issue of teacher salaries has become the focus of much public discussion.

While the debate has centered on whether or not it was the right move, or whether it’s too much or too little, few have bothered to question whether the state should decide teacher salaries in the first place.

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A 90-Year-Old Goes Shopping in Venezuela

The Rise of Totalitarianism, as Seen from the Queue

En Venezuela, ni los ancianos se salvan de hacer largas colas por la comida. (Maduradas)

Even the elderly, the most frail among us, must suffer through Venezuela’s punishing queues. (Maduradas)

EspañolA few days ago, I went to get groceries with my father. This wouldn’t really merit an article if it weren’t for the fact that my father is an elderly man, aged a very respectable 90. Papá was born nearly a quarter into last century and has been “fortunate” enough to see how the country has transformed from the idyllic landscape he saw in his childhood to the violent urban state we now live and suffer in as Venezuelans.

My father can still move about relatively well, though slowly; he walks using a cane and suffers from knee problems. He had surgery a few months ago to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck.

You might say that a person with health issues like these should be resting, enjoying his retirement, and definitely not running errands. And it is not because I am heartless or have some perverse or vengeful motive that I take the old man along with me to buy groceries, even with his slow pace and curved back.

The truth is that, in this incomprehensible country we live in, the authorities have limited purchases of some staple products, such as corn flour and powdered milk, to specific days and according to the last digit on one’s ID card. In other words, only the people with the right ID numbers can buy items on a particular day, and in person.

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Taxi Cartels Shout Down Uber Hearing in Brazil

Students for Liberty Makes the Case for Free Travel, If Only Incumbents Would Listen

PortuguêsEspañolBy Bernardo Vidigal

On August 28, a public hearing about a bill seeking to ban Uber took place in the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Following similar actions in São Paulo and Vitória, representatives of Students For Liberty Brazil showed up and made the case for freedom of transportation.

Students for Liberty Brazil argued for the right to freely choose how to travel around in Minas Gerais. (SFL Brazil)

Students for Liberty Brazil argued for the right to choose how to travel around in Minas Gerais state. (SFL Brazil)

We arrived early and were harassed by taxi drivers from the outset. Not all of them behaved that way, as many tried to calm down their colleagues, but to no avail. The confrontation became so heated that the legislature’s police intervened to guarantee our safety. We remained guarded at all times, and in the end the officers even escorted us out of the building through the back door.

While there were around 400 taxi drivers protesting Uber, our delegation had 11 SFL representatives and nine activists from partner organizations. Thaiz Batista, a Brazilian SFL Executive Board member, took the stage to defend Uber, citing examples of other apps that once upset the apple cart and also faced attempts to ban them. That includes the popular messaging platform Whatsapp.

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PanAm Post Editor a “Right-Wing” Anti-Chavista Conspirator?

From Maduro's Lips to His Gullible Followers' Ears

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
— George Orwell

EspañolVenezuelan President Nicolás Maduro held a press conference on Monday, August 24, exclusively for foreign journalists. Just like his predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, Maduro avoids the local press, claiming they don’t meet with “putschists” or “conspirators,” even though both have said the same thing about foreign reporters.

Thábata Molina has committed a crime in Venezual: being a good journalist and cultivating high-quality sources. (<a href="http://www.noticierodigital.com/2015/07/thabata-molina-denuncia-hostigamiento-por-twitter/" target="_blank">Noticiero Digital</a>)

Thábata Molina has committed the crime of journalism in Venezuela. (Noticiero Digital)

Maduro went on to explain the reasons behind the deportation of over 1,000 Colombians and the declaration of martial law in Táchira state. The president used the opportunity to lash out against “those right-wing journalists in Panama … a right-wing [woman] conspirator,” he said.

And while there are hundreds of journalists in Panama, and hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who have migrated there, he could have only been referring to our Spanish-language deputy editorThábata Molina — a Venezuelan reporter based in Panama.

For the Maduro administration, anyone who reports the truth, or opposes him, is a “right-winger.” In reality, however, the only ones behaving like fascists are his government officials and supporters.

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Evo Morales Orders a Policeman to Tie the President’s Shoes

Bow Down in the Name of Socialist Equality

EspañolAmilcar Barral, a Bolivian opposition legislator, released a video on Monday, August 24, in which Bolivian President Evo Morales can be seen gesturing at his shoe to a presumed police escort.

In the video, the public servant then immediately kneels to tie the president’s shoes.

The video has sparked debate on social media and has evoked memories of colonial times, since it highlights the president’s arrogance. How far should the president’s authority go? Is this the equality sought after by socialists?

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Let the Kurds Mind Their Own Business So We Can Mind Ours

Interventionists Trip on Their Own Criteria

By Zachary Yost

US interventionists may have good intentions, but it is extreme hubris to believe that our government can redraw the world map on a whim.

In his August 4 article for Rare, Tyler Koteskey highlights the Turkish government’s recent offensive against Kurdish militia groups, who have been our strongest allies in the fight against ISIS.

Unfortunately, Koteskey seems to buy wholesale into the idea that the United States should be the almighty arbiter of justice in the world. As a result, his analysis is off track.

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How the Right to Discriminate Helps the LGBT Community

Let Bigots Reveal Their True Colors and Consumers Vote with Their Dollars

The Equality Act, which bans private businesses from discriminating against gays and lesbians, hurts the LGBT community more than it helps.

The Equality Act hurts the LGBT community more than it helps. (Flickr/ JoshuaMHoover)

By Julian Adorney

EspañolCongress’s recent introduction of the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against gays and lesbians by private business, is already picking up major endorsements from corporate giants like Facebook and Nike.

But laws banning discrimination will hurt the LGBT community by empowering bigots.

Customers are the lifeblood of a business. Their willing patronage is the difference between a business failing and thriving.

The problem with anti-discrimination laws is that they deny customers the information needed to make informed choices.

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Rafael Correa’s Game of Words

How Can There Be Dialogue with a Deceiver?

Words mean what you want them to mean in the world of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. (Presidency of the Republic)

Words mean whatever you want them to mean in the world of President Rafael Correa. (Presidency of the Republic)

EspañolBy María Aguilar

At the beginning of his book, Plastic Words, Uwe Poerksen recalls a conference, within which one of the lectures consists of perhaps no more than 100 words. Surprisingly, one of his colleagues replies: “No way, there were barely 50. With 100 words he could become president.”

Unfortunately, Ecuadorian citizens know this is not far from reality. President Rafael Correa carries the banner as the best example, as he evades detail and utilizes plastic terminology in his daily rhetoric to frame economic, social, and political issues.

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