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Passions Jeopardize Fairness

“We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.”

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PC Fatigue

“But what the vast majority of Americans seem to see—at least according to the research conducted for “Hidden Tribes”—is not so much genuine concern for social justice as the preening display of cultural superiority.”

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RINOs Found Their Balls

“And that’s why it was the moderate side of the right that stepped up to the plate and delivered the goods in the Kavanaugh fight. Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, all of them harshly vilified in the past by the more conservative wing of the party, found themselves uttering words that those who had previously reviled them were now cheering.”

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Political Thoughts 2018 10 02

Identity Politics has gone nuclear over the Kavanaugh confirmation.  Democrats want Roe V Wade to be made sacred law and untouchable. How do they reconcile this with the belief in the Constitution to be a living breathing document to be…

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The Greater Threat to Democracy

“The greatest factor in hastening the end of American-style democracy over the past 125 years (at least) has been increasing government centralization and administrative rule.”

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Democracy and Populism

From the first progressive era the left has preached democracy but delivered a credentialed new aristocracy with increasing contempt for the voters who do not acquiesce. It is called democracy when the mass abides the elite, populism when they do not.

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Since originalism is so objectionable to progressives, who’s up for a living constitutionalist justice who shares the President’s moral and political beliefs? — Randy Barnett (@RandyEBarnett) June 28, 2018

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Rebel Yid Podcast- The Berkshire Meeting 2018

Joe Finkelstein and Rebel Yid Henry Oliner discuss the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Meeting and the wisdom of the world’s wisest capitalist gurus.

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Rust Never Sleeps

“Modernity often assumes that we’ve conquered human nature as much as we’ve conquered the natural world. The truth is we’ve done neither. We simply restrain each from generation to generation. If you’ve ever owned a boat, car, or house, you know that nature needs only time and opportunity to reclaim everything. Rust doesn’t sleep. Termites respect a grandfather clock no more than an outhouse. “

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Everything Must Be Easy

“We live in an age when we all too often want our local problems, even our personal problems, to be national problems because we think that the government in Washington is there to solve anything called a “national problem.”

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Rage is Poor Fuel

Trump remains vulnerable and the Democrats are too self absorbed and ill tempered to be able to take advantage of it. Resistance is not enough, and it is becoming progressively weaker.

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Henry’s 12 Rules of Life

Progress is inevitable, pushed by man’s desire to better his condition. We can screw it up in countless and incredibly severe ways, but we progress anyway.  Look how much better off we are today from 1900 despite two world wars and the Great Depression, and thousands of violent conflicts and collapses.

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Isolating Blue States

It is a money decision.  Trump money-balled the electoral college and targeted just enough to win.  It is a poor investment to invest in races that are so overwhelmingly blue.  The result in the current scenario us that the most populous centers do not get a seat at the table and have little leverage to gain any. Thus the critical loss of the state tax deduction that hurts them disproportionately.  (now they have to argue that their wealthy taxpayers deserve a break.)

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Best of 2017

Donald Trump Is The First President To Turn Postmodernism Against Itself Like other utopian visions that seek to remake human beings into something alien to their nature, however, it is incapable of compromise, and thus lends itself to hypocrisy and fanaticism.…

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Five Best Reads of 2017

Out of dozens of books read in 2017 these are the five I found most worthwhile.

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The Perversion of the Risk Pool

Kevin Williams writes on health insurance The Private Option- Back to Square One in National Review.   We have written about the problem with cross subsidization driving up costs, the perverted incentives of third party payers and the tax incentives to…

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Understanding Progressives

In The World is Never Finished Kevin Williamson addresses the fear of AI on employment . But if we are going to look backward, let’s look back even farther. The belief that the remorseless efficiency of capitalist production will lead…

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The Progressive Contradiction

from Bring Back Political Parties by Kevin Williamson at National Review : The Democratic party had an excellent reason to exclude Senator Bernie Sanders, the same reason the Republican party had to exclude Donald Trump: He wasn’t a member of…

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The Special Interest Spread

By Henry Oliner The life force of the swamp is the tax system.  It has grown monumentally complex from the thousands of lobbyist swamp creatures and the thousands of special interests who have learned how to thrive in the hazardous…

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Regulatory Capture

from Gene Epstein’s departing column at Barron’s- Keep Asking the Big Questions: I often paraphrase Winston Churchill on democracy when confronting a critic of the financial markets: They’re the worst way to allocate capital investment, except for all the others. The…

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