In recent Reading sessions, we discussed a Senator from Texas named Ron Paul. Paul is a free-market supporter, he has read Ayn Rand’s novels, and he has proposed 2 new laws regarding the Federal Reserve:
- is to audit the Federal Reserve, because the Federal Reserve refuses to say what it has done with all the money it has received from Congress;
- is to close the Federal Reserve, to end it. Ron Paul wrote a book recently called End the Fed (if you find a Japanese translation, please let me know)
Here’s a short news interview with Ron Paul: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/35978.html
In Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged (in Japanese 肩をすくめるアトラス） , she describes a fictional United States sometime in the future. In the world of Atlas Shrugged, the government intrudes increasingly into private business and private affairs. Well, here is some news from New York. This is not fiction. Bloomberg is the mayor of New York City:
New York City is considering banning smoking in public parks and beaches as part of a multi-pronged plan to make New Yorkers healthier, the health commissioner announced today.
“We don’t think children, parents when they’re standing at soccer games should have to be breathing in smoke from the person next to them,” Commissioner Thomas Farley said after unveiling the city’s plan. “We don’t think our children should have to be watching someone smoke.” [Emphasis mine.]
Farley said since the indoor smoking ban instituted in 2003 has been successful, so the city wants to expand the effort through either legislation or a simple change in policy with the Parks Department.
The free-market blogger who wrote about this points out that New York City has already banned smoking inside many private business and restaurants.
My third bit of news refers to MIT. MIT has put all of its courses online. Now, they have gone one step further, and put all their courses onto iTunes University.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has begun the most revolutionary experiment in the history of education, stretching all the way back to the pharaohs. It now gives away its curriculum to anyone smart enough to learn it. It has posted its curriculum on-line for free. These days, this means a staggering 1900 courses. This number will grow.