Monthly Archives: January 2016

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Ideology and Pragmatism (pt deaux)

When we complain about others being ideological, aren’t we really complaining about their ideology? It is not the act of committing to a principle, it is the principle they are committed to.  It is the other person’s ideology we have…

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In the Secular World Saviours Dissappoint

From Thomas Sowell, Do Emotions Trump Facts? However puzzling the fervent support for Donald Trump may be today, given how little basis there is for it, such blind faith is not unique in history. Other dire or desperate times have…

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Finding the GOP Voice

from the Wall Street Journal,  Ending the Filibuster Would Hand Progressives a Huge Victory by Ben Sasse Conservatives might be tempted to curtail minority rights for supposedly conservative policies, but that’s playing with fire. Any short-term political gain from undoing the…

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The Constitutional Presumption of Error

Don Boudreaux expands on a quote from Richard Epstein and the core conflict between the Constitution and Progressivism Epstein goes on to show that what he calls “a presumption of error” – that is, a wise presumption that individuals exercising…

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Reading 2016 01 27

The Dangerous Lie That Bush Lied   tips to Instapundit From Newsmax, National Review Hoists White Flag, Defiantly Rows To Outcast Island Washington conservatives — Cable News Conservatives — overlook the fundamental principle of conservativism, and that is giving everyone the…

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The 34% Consensus

Matt Ridley brings some objectivity to an issue where it is sorely lacking- Climate Change It is a long post and is a compilation of a few of his articles: excerpts: The climate change debate has been polarized into a…

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Can The GOP Be Populist AND Realistic

from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, Conservatism Isn’t Dead: If conservatives want to win elections, their platform is going to have to be populist and realistic. That means small government, but the cuts have to start with the left’s sacred…

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Risk Horizons

There are a lot of ways to lose money in the stock market, but far fewer effective ways to make money. Looking at two managed accounts over the same time period, one was far more profitable than the other.  One…

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Stymied by Democracy

from Jonah Goldberg at National Review, The Bogeymen of the ‘Billionaire Class’: The simple fact is that almost everywhere you look, the super-rich are being stymied by democracy. In 2014, David Brat, an unknown academic, defeated the second-most-powerful Republican in Congress,…

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Of Gophers and Progressivism

Henry Oliner 2016.01.25 I recall years ago, reading a marketing newsletter call Towers about focus.  The author whose name I do not recall advised to spend 20 minutes a day reading on a narrowly focused and defined topic so that…

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The Difference Between Ideology and Principle

from Daniel Larison at The American Conservative, Ideology vs Principle Well, it matters which word you choose, because ideals, dogma, and principles are words that refer to things that are significantly different from ideology. If these words all seem to…

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Personality is No Substitute for Ideas

from National Review editors, Against Trump Indeed, Trump’s politics are those of an averagely well-informed businessman: Washington is full of problems; I am a problem-solver; let me at them. But if you have no familiarity with the relevant details and the…

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A Poor Guide to The Future

A NYT article, The Debate About America’s Best Days  about Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth sounds like another academic pontificating how our best days are behind us.  Reminds me of economists from the 1970s and early…

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Inexperience is No Virtue

from National Review editors, Against Trump It is unpopular to say in the year of the “outsider,” but it is not a recommendation that Trump has never held public office. Since 1984, when Jesse Jackson ran for president with no…

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Redistribution Qualified

“If we remain poor and dependent, the riches of other men will not avail us. If we are ignorant, the intelligence of other men will do but little for us. If we are foolish, the wisdom of other men will…

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Pre-Progressivism

Henry Oliner 2016 01 21 In the campaign leading up to William McKinley’s campaign of 1896 the two hottest topics in political debate was tariffs and currency.  Consider them as prominent as health care and immigration are today. Tariffs and…

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P.T Barnum Beats Hayek

from Of Course Sarah Palin Is Endorsing Donald Trump by Charles Cooke at National Review If you are surprised by this development, you shouldn’t be. Ours is an age in which politics and entertainment are melted together without opposition or disfavor;…

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Political Trade Schools

Henry Oliner 2106 01 19 Richard Hofstadter’s Anti- Intellectualism in America is often used by liberals to explain why conservatives vote as they do.  Hofstadter was motivated to expand on the subject by the rejection of Adlai Stevenson to the…

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Distrusting Democracy

from the Wall Street Journal, George Melloan’s Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy 2.0 Ms. Mayer is highly selective about which super-wealthy dabblers in politics she wants to expel. Warren Buffett, whose $62 billion fortune ranks second only to that of Bill Gates($76 billion), is not…

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The Political Crime Syndicate

From National Review, Kevin Williamson writes Political Poison; We have a special problem in the United States, which is that the Democratic party is more of a crime syndicate than a political party, and it is deeply embedded in institutions…

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