Monthly Archives: November 2015

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Mentality of Religious Fanaticism

From Matt Ridley and Benny Peiser  at The Wall Street Journal, Your Complete Guide to the Climate Debate; To put it bluntly, climate change and its likely impact are proving slower and less harmful than we feared, while decarbonization of the…

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Tolerating Intolerance II

from Jonah Goldberg at National Review, The Left’s Illogical Logic of Diversity Ellison was hardly alone. Everyone seems to be talking about those American “values” of tolerance, diversity, and pluralism. Obama has been on a tear about how rejecting refugees is…

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Tolerating Intolerance in Higher Ed

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, The Pink Guards on Campus The Pink Guards have declared war on freedom of speech, demanding official retribution against those expressing even such innocuous sentiments as “all lives matter.” Indeed, they have declared complaints about…

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Free From Dogma

“The unique threat of today’s left-wing political religions is precisely that they claim to be free from dogma. Instead, they profess to be champions of liberty and pragmatism, which in their view are self-evident goods. They eschew “ideological” concerns. Therefore…

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Hillary’s Economic Scorecard

Carly Fiorina schools Hillary on the economy in Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics in The Wall Street Journal: And yet Hillary Clinton said on Oct. 13 in the first Democratic presidential debate, “The economy does better when you have a Democrat in the…

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Where Politics Begin and End

  “Perhaps the gravest threat is that we are losing sight of where politics begins and ends. In a society where the government is supposed to do everything “good” that makes “pragmatic” sense, in a society where the refusal to…

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Making the Unseen Seen

from Cafe Hayek – Quotation of the Day on Minimum Wage The ‘new’ minimum-wage research that commenced in earnest in the mid-1990s is highly appealing to non-economists, for it supports their economically uninformed understanding of markets in general and of…

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The Great Enrichment

from the Cato Policy Report, Deirdre McCloskey writes How Piketty Misses the Point: What caused the Great Enrichment? It cannot be explained by the accumulation of capital, as the very name “capitalism” implies. Our riches were not made by piling…

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Sanctified Tantrums

From The Islamic Tantrum by Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal: Before Friday’s carnage in the City of Light, the world was treated to the hideous spectacle of Palestinians knifing Jews in Israel. The supposed motive of these stabbings…

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Political Skepticism

From Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek, Sometimes There Are No Good Options: Whenever I hear politicians and their deputies discuss the subject that I know best, economics, they typically get it wrong.  And they get it wrong not in minor…

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The Threshold becomes a Wall to Growth

Health Care Law Forces Businesses to Consider Growth’s Costs by Stacy Crowley at The New York Times When LaRonda Hunter opened a Fantastic Samshair salon 10 years ago in Saginaw, Tex., a suburb of Fort Worth, she envisioned it as the…

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Pragmatism and Fascism

“Part of Mussolini’s reputation as a new kind of leader stemmed from his embrace of “modern”ideas, among them American Pragmatism. He claimed in many interviews that William James was one of the three or four most influential philosophers in his…

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Smothered in Quasi-Socialism

from Mona Charen at National Review, How Bernie Sanders Became the Conscience of the Democratic Party The idea that “the rich” sit permanently atop a pyramid of worker drones is false. Consider the companies that were once ubiquitous but are now…

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What Progressives Think

American Colleges Are Reaping the Progressive Whirlwind, from George Will at National Review If you believe, as progressives do, that human nature is not fixed, and hence is not a basis for understanding natural rights. And if you believe, as…

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Why Businesses Leave California

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The 97% Fraud- Part Deux

A closer look at the climate-change consensus. From National Review by Josh Gelernter For starters, though, Reuters and the president are wrong about what Cook’s study claims. It does not claim that 97 percent of scientists believe that climate change is…

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