Monthly Archives: June 2017

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

A Political Lifestyle Choice

From Jonah Goldberg at National Review, Politics Enters the Fast Lane: Two weeks ago, I wrote in this “news”letter about how politics is becoming “lifestyle-ized.” Everyone talks about how everyday life is becoming politicized, but the reverse is true, too. Politics…

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Tinkering with a Broken System

from George Will at The Washington Post, Why ‘repeal and replace’ will become ‘tweak and move on’ In 2009, President Barack Obama ignited a debate that has been, for many members of Congress and their constituents, embarrassingly clarifying. Back then,…

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The Human Chessboard

Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations with its often misunderstood ‘invisible hand’ was preceded by The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a work many consider more important and should be considered an integral part of Wealth of Nations. This Quotation of the…

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Self Serving ‘Studies’

From Kevin Williamson at National Review, Magical Thinking about Minimum Wages When Economics 101 tells you something you don’t want to hear, the thing to do is to commission a study. As Ronald Coase observed: If you torture the day…

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Thoughts on Health Care

Health care is the epitome of many political solutions where the anointed wish to provide benefits (in exchange for votes) without paying for them. They create Rube Goldberg systems of cross subsidies, mandates, tax benefits and penalties, and regulation to…

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How Progressivism Perverts the Constitution

From The Washington Post and  George Will, Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution: The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of…

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Front Page Pseudoscience

from Matthew Continetti at National Review, They’re Wrong About Everything The fact is that almost the entirety of what one reads in the paper or on the web is speculation. The writer isn’t telling you what happened, he is offering…

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Pelosi is not The Problem

From Jonah Goldberg at National Review, Politics Enters the Fast Lane: Oh, there is one point I want to make about Nancy Pelosi, other than the fact that she always looks like she just left a Ludovico treatment session and…

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Intellectual Scapegoats

William Voegeli wrote an important book, Never Enough which I highly recommend. In National Review he writes Why the Liberal Elite Will Never Check Its Privilege Speaking of Orwell, his observation that all leftist political parties are “at bottom a…

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The Strategic Absence of Strategy

From Jonah Goldberg at National Review, Politics Enters the Fast Lane: Everything we know about how Trump tweets, and talks, and acts, tells us that he lives in the moment. He even brags about it. His one concession to the future…

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Economic Segregation

Kevin Williamson is one of the best economics writers around, especially for a non economist. His style follows in the tradition of Henry Hazlitt and his classic Economics In One Lesson, bringing economic theory into common experiences. This is from latest…

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A Dangerous Moment in History

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, From Americans to Americans  This is a dangerous moment in our history, about which we ought to be honest. President Donald Trump is an irresponsible demagogue who ought never have been elected to the office…

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Laundering Privilege

William Voegeli wrote an important book, Never Enough which I highly recommend. In National Review he writes Why the Liberal Elite Will Never Check Its Privilege It turns out that “social justice” amounts to noblesse oblige, simultaneously strengthening the obligations and…

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Paglia on Trump Pt. I

from The Weekly Standard,  Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror by Jonathan Last After Trump’s victory (for which there were abundant signs in the preceding months), both the Democratic party and the big-city media urgently needed to…

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Resisting the Resistance: What Jon Ossoff Proved

by Henry Oliner The Democrats are 0 for 4 in recent state elections, losing in Montana, Kansas, South Carolina, and Georgia.  They bet big on Georgia’s sixth district and had hope they could win, proving that Trump’s victory was a…

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Economic Growth and Inequality

Lawrence J. Haas reviews “The Retreat of Western Liberalism” by Edward Luce in The WSJ How does this growing inequality affect the liberal project? “Liberal democracy’s strongest glue is economic growth,” Mr. Luce argues. “When groups fight over the fruits…

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How Inflation Happens

Kevin Williamson is one of the best economics writers around, especially for a non economist. His style follows in the tradition of Henry Hazlitt and his classic Economics In One Lesson, bringing economic theory into common experiences. This is from latest…

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The Law vs Moral Philosophy

from Kenneth Stars in the WSJ, Gorsuch Gets  Comfortable in Scalia’s Chair: When Scalia ascended to the high court in 1986, he saw the danger of a runaway judiciary, as embodied in the Warren Court and to a lesser extent…

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Political Gaslighting

Kathy Griffin’s offensive display with a fake severed head of President Trump was made even more pathetic by her whining victimhood display afterwards. She tried to blame those white men who keep oppressing women like her. How dare you be…

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The Age of Unreason

from Daniel Henninger at the WSJ Political Disorder Syndrome: Social media—a permanent marinade for the human brain—is causing a vast, mysterious transformation of how people process experience, and maybe someday a future B.F. Skinner will explain what it has done…

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