Monthly Archives: March 2016

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Reading 2016 03 29

Make Elites Compete How Crony Capitalism Works The Stupid Psychopath Problem Hillary & Bernie, Tax Fantasists  Climate Change Comments  

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The Ultimate Negative Campaign

from Ruth Wisse at the Wall Street Journal, March Madness, the Anti-Semite Bracket The agents of anti-Semitism are anti-Semites, and unless they become the object of scrutiny, the belligerents will achieve their goal. Blaming Israel for the suffering of Palestinian Arabs…

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Rejecting Collective Identity

From The Sultan Knish, The Traditionalist Rebel The traditionalist rebel is slow to anger. Unlike the social justice warrior and the crybully, he does not derive his sense of self from manufactured conflicts only meant to reinforce a collective identity, but…

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Too Much to Ask?

I would love to see a party that espouses the principles of the free market and the protections for liberty embedded in our Constitution that would reflect on the imperfections of these principles and would be clear, precise and limited…

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The Demise of the Nodding Constituency

from Victor Davis Hanson in PJ Media, Hillary Vs. Trump: Godzilla Vs. King Kong? Fairly or not, a third of Republican voters feel they live with the consequences of illegal immigration that others abetted, that they lose jobs when others…

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Vichy Republicans

From George will at National Review, Donald Trump’s ‘peak’ Might Be Coming: If Trump does become acquainted with gravity — no, not intellectual sobriety; nature’s downward tug — it will be for two reasons: The Republican party, which together with…

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Politics and Law

from Kevin Williamson at National Review,  Merrick Garland’s ‘Moderation’ It should not matter — if the law were the law. If the law is whatever our black-robed secular clerics say it is, then it does matter what sort of political…

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Playing the Middle Class for Suckers

A Gem! Please Lie to Us by Mona Charen at National Review excerpt: Truth serum: Our problems arise from demanding too much of government. We, the middle class, have asked government to make sure everyone (no matter how credit unworthy)…

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Progressive Tyrrany

from William McGurn in The WSJ Hillary’s Soft Despotism: This kind of authoritarianism doesn’t come with goose steps or brown shirts or large populist movements. It prefers bureaucracy to bombast. It presents itself as a solution to the complexities of…

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Uhauls and OxyContin

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, Chaos in the Family, Chaos in the State: The White Working Class’s Dysfunction It is immoral because it perpetuates a lie: that the white working class that finds itself attracted to Trump has been victimized…

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Supreme Bias

Aside from the political controversy about replacing Scalia, the court reflects an intellectual bias rarely considered. We consider bias in terms of race, religion or sex, but there is an intellectual bias when we consider different people with the same…

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Publication Bias

from Olivia Goldhill at Quartz, Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false: For example, there’s massive academic pressure to publish in journals, and these journals tend to publish exciting studies that show strong results. “Journals favor novelty, originality, and verification of…

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Is Democracy a Threat to Liberty?

from zpolitics’ Ron Hart,  AMERICA’S TWO-PARTY SYSTEM IS CRACKING UP Within the Democratic Party, which historically enforces party discipline with draconian measures, there is also a split. Secular progressives, led by Bernie Sanders, want to see this country become socialist.…

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The Hobbesian Optimist

From Bret Stephens at the WSJ,  Barack Obama Checks Out: Summing up the president’s worldview, Mr. Goldberg describes him as a “Hobbesian optimist”—which philosophically must be the equivalent of a Jew for Jesus. But Mr. Obama has shown that he…

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One Great Deal at a Time

from Clifford Asness at Real Clear Politics, My Dad And Donald Trump Me, I can’t go that far, even as Rubio is hanging on by his fingernails. I’m still not with Trump and still can’t see going there. I continue…

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Local Lofty Rhetoric

From the GlennHarlan Reynolds Instapundit, The Bloomberg Syndrome. (I tried to source it back to the original from Victor Hansen but it was no longer up.) The Instapundit excerpt: It is a human trait to focus on cheap and lofty…

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Capital Philanthropy

From The New Wasps by Kevin Williamson at National Review In fact, the opposite is closer to the truth: When you have a thriving free-market economy throwing off great gushing rivers of profit, the most successful people begin to look…

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Trump Scenarios

What if Donald Trump wins the nomination, faces Hillary, she is actually indicted and Bernie becomes the standard bearer for the Dems?  Trump wins in a landslide. What if Trump wins the White House but Congress is still inhabited by…

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How to Make a Bad Choice

Don Boudreaux writes Which presidential candidate will do the least harm? in The Triblive. At this moment — my assessment might change tomorrow — I have a slight preference for a Trump victory. The reason is that the same mainstream…

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The Measured and Unmeasured

From Joel Kotkin at newgeography.com AMERICA’S NEW OLIGARCHS—FWD.US AND SILICON VALLEY’S SHADY 1 PERCENTERS this is an excerpt from a reader’s comment on the article above: The Valley’s failure to fulfill its promise seems to be due precisely to this: it…

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