Monthly Archives: February 2013

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Selective Outrage

“How funny is it that gay activists stay away from black churches; it’s the same hypocrisy you see with the animal rights group PETA. They’ll throw paint on a white guy wearing ostrich boots, but they’d never do that to…

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It’s Just History

Daniel Greenfield wrote Capitalism: A Hate Story in his blog, The Sultan Knish, 2/27/13. Excerpt: The traditional image of the anti-capitalist as a ragamuffin who dies of consumption in his garret has always been at odds with the real image…

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Selfish AARP

Mark Tooley writes A Liberal Evangelical Resigns From AARP in American Spectator, 2/22/13. Excerpt: Calling AARP “selfish and guilty of intergenerational injustice,” Sider chides the self-professed lobby for seniors over its adamant opposition to any reform of Social Security and…

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Criminalizing The Hiring Process

Dan Mitchell writes The Perverse Unintended Consequences of Anti-Discrimination Laws in his blog International Liberty February 23, 2013 Excerpt: And if there are two applicants who otherwise seem to have equal qualifications for a certain job, but one has been out…

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Culture Determines Politics

John Agresto writes Was Promoting Democracy a Mistake in the 12/12 issue of Commentary. Excerpts: Democracy, we need to understand, is rule by the people. Democracy more than any other government takes on the character of its people. But if the people…

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A Detached Elite

Megan McArdle writes The New Mandarins in The Daily Beast, 2/21/13. Excerpt: All elites are good at rationalizing their eliteness, whether it’s meritocracy or “the divine right of kings.” The problem is the mandarin elite has some good arguments. They…

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On Green Tyranny

Robert Zubrin writes Green Anti-Humanism in The National Review 2/21/13 Excerpts: Colorado State University philosophy professor Philip Cafaro advanced the argument that immigration needs to be sharply cut, because otherwise people from Third World nations will come to the United…

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What if…

What if Democracy is Bunk by Judge Andrew Nepolitano at Townhall, 2/23/12: Excerpt: What if the government misinforms voters so as to justify anything the government wants to do? What if the government bribes people with the money it prints?…

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Political Distractions

From John Cochrane, The Grumpy Economist, Two Cents on the Minimum Wage, Let’s presume for the sake of discussion that a rise in the minimum wage would indeed not much change the demand for labor, the costs would just be…

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Bigger Haystacks

What Data Can’t Do by David Brooks at The New York Times, 2/18/13 Excerpt: Data struggles with context. Human decisions are not discrete events. They are embedded in sequences and contexts. The human brain has evolved to account for this reality.…

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Compulsory Unemployment

From the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, Outlawing Jobs: The Minimum Wage, by Murray Rothbard: Excerpts: In truth, there is only one way to regard a minimum wage law: it is compulsory unemployment, period. The law says: it is illegal, and therefore…

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George Orwell Quotes

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. We have now sunk to a depth…

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Negative Marginal Returns on Government

Americans are losing trust in government by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  in USA Today February 11, 2013 Excerpt: Nobel-prize-winning economist Ronald Coase made that point in a 1998 interview: “When I was editor of The Journal of Law and Economics, we published a whole series of…

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The Entrepreneurial Deficit

In a couple of postings I have written on what seemed to be a bifurcated economy: publicly traded large firms and large private firms seem to be doing OK, but smaller privately held firms are not.  In my narrow window…

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An Assumption of Decency

Daniel Greenfield writes The Guns of Obamerica in his blog The Sultan Knish, 1/20/2013. Excerpts: 67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate…

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The Benefits Trap

In the Wall Street Journal Richard Vedder writes The Wages of Unemployment, 1/15/13. Excerpts: The sharp rise in food-stamp beneficiaries predated the financial crisis of 2008: From 2000 to 2007, the number of beneficiaries rose from 17.1 million to 26.3…

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Byzantine America

Victor David Hanson writes The Decline of America is The National Review, 2/14/13. Excerpts:  One recurring theme seems consistent in Athenian literature on the eve of the city’s takeover by Macedon: social squabbling over slicing up a shrinking pie. Athenian…

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There is Only Politics

Dan Greenfield write in his blog Sultan Knish The Unverifiable World. Excerpts: Every issue becomes tribal, sometimes literally in the accusations of racism and representation, but mostly in the sense that every position depends on affiliation. Every idea becomes a…

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