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Archive of posts published in the category: American Thinker

Predicting Nothing

From American Thinker, Anthropogenic Global Warming and the Scientific Method by Betsy Gorisch excerpts: Science is about ruling things out. Any good scientific hypothesis will make predictions about the natural world — ideally, it will predict at least one natural…

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All Inequality is not Equal

From my article in American Thinker, Everything that Counts” excerpt: While Piketty reviews a history of inequality, we should realize that the inequality of the feudal society of the middle ages, where force kept the poor in a lifetime of…

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The Hands that Prosper

From my article in American Thinker, Everything that Counts” excerpt: When Piketty suggests that we tax the wealth of the richest, exactly what does he think will happen to it?  The government will spend it – but on what?  Does he…

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Inequality vs Mobility

From my article in American Thinker, Everything that Counts: Vast inequalities may harbor the potential for social unrest, but that is muted by social mobility.  Oprah and Andre Young (Dr. Dre) may have been born in poverty, but that has…

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Detroit’s Suicide

There are many who blame the woes of Detroit on the decline in the auto industry, but the auto industry did not decline- it just moved.  Paul Krugman passes the decline off to the normal creative destruction of capitalist progress.…

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The Tools of Capitalism

George Gilder in The New Edition of Wealth and Poverty made an interesting observation that capital is the tool of capitalism like books are the tools of the intellectuals and academics.  This analogy led me to my article in American…

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The Other Side of Government Help

From my recent post in American Thinker, What Government Really Does for My Business, 7/17/12 These are just the recent additions to decades of regulations that have chiseled away at company profits and potential for decades.  “Every snowflake pleads innocent, but it…

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Deniers vs Skeptics

Few of us who comment on the climate debate know the science involved, but there is more to it than just the science. Claiming to be “beyond left and right” I lean towards a lot of economic thought, but one…

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With Friends Like These….

Three recent instances of anti- Israeli stances have come from administration officials in a very short period of time. First Hillary Clinton overreacted to an orthodox effort to separate the seating of men and women on Israeli buses. The effort…

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Supply Side Footnotes

Supply side economics remains controversial and poorly understood both by its critics who think it is just  ‘trickle down’ economics: a thinly veiled rationalization to improve the lives of the wealthy at the expense of the poor, and by many…

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The Power of a Common Threat

Professor Angelo Codevilla‘s excellent piece in American Spectator, “America’s  Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution”  is the must read piece of political analysis in the last month. It is rich with insight that explains the crossroad we inhabit.…

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Paralyzed in Cash

I have been a fan of Fareed Zakaria,l read and enjoyed his Post American World, and I like the depth of his interviews on the TV show GPS. His recent article in Newsweek (“Obama’s CEO Problem”- 7/12/20101 print edition), however,…

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The New Aristocracy

When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of America in the early 19th century in his classicDemocracy in America, he was comparing America’s democracy to the declining norm in Europe: aristocracy. The European aristocracy, a landed aristocracy, ruled with inheritance and privilege.…

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Why Obama’s tax incentives for small business will backfire

President Obama proposed to give tax incentives to small businesses to hire more people. This sounds like a generally good idea, unless you happen to have any practical experience which  is sorely lacking in this administration. Read full article at American…

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The Iron Law of Bubbles

In A Short History of Financial Euphoria(1993), J. K. Galbraith takes a brief look at financial bubbles and draws conclusion about the similarities among them. The most remarkable of the early manias was not in stocks, but in tulip bulbs. The…

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