Monthly Archives: October 2015

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Reading 2015 10 07

The Authoritarian Left is Getting Comically Desperate For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? Israel-bashing just came back to haunt the State Department Fatalism vs Free Will Why Was There a 12-Year Gap in…

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The Power of 20%

Kyle Peterson interviews Thomas Sowell in the Wall Street Journal in The March of Foolish Things: excerpt: So how can the case for reform be made? Let’s say the Republican presidential nominee has a speech lined up at the historically black…

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Order and Liberty

From Barron’s, Chinese Puzzle by Thomas Donlan: Worldly wise investors and sophisticated geopoliticians sometimes forget that Chinese markets reflect the power of the country’s government more than its economy. The price of stocks in state-owned and state-funded corporations has too…

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Substitutes for Religion

from The Wall Street Journal,How to Defeat Religious Violence by Jonathan Sacks: What the secularists forgot is that Homo sapiens is the meaning-seeking animal. If there is one thing the great institutions of the modern world do not do, it…

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Ranking Risks

From National Review, Theatrical shootings aren’t the problem, hysterical reactions aren’t the solution, by Kevin Williamson: These acts are dramatic because they are unusual (not as unusual as we’d prefer), extraordinary because they are unrepresentative of the contemporary experience rather than…

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Political Thoughts 2015 10 04

Why do I vote as I do? At the current time I see the priorities of our political requirements as being 60% economic, 30% foreign policy, and 10% social issues.  Why? The economic issues includes other domestic policy initiatives such…

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Decadent Risk

from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, A Tour of  Our Decadent Civilization Excerpt: Vigorous civilizations pursue meaningful risks. Decadent civilizations pursue meaningless ones. For a vigorous civilization, adventure ends with an accomplishment. For a decadent civilization, risk is the accomplishment. The…

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Thoughts on the Economy 2015 10 02

Steel prices are the lowest they have been in 15 years. In China it is cheaper than cabbage. Stainless and aluminum are also very low. Oil is also bouncing around new lows. A sharp drop in industrial commodities has some…

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A Series of Relationships

from National Review, Checkmate: The Economic Chess Masters Play a Losing Game by Kevin Williamson: Our metaphors fail us. Our political leaders still talk about the economy as though it were one of Henry Ford’s factories: It creates so many…

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Modern Fallacies

Perhaps the greatest of modern fallacies is that economic problems can be solved by political means, and that charismatic leadership can be a positive unifying force if only political restraints are sacrificed. HKO

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Government Chemotherapy

From George Mellaon at the WSJ, Rewriting the Economic Rules: The point, for Mr. Reich, is a familiar one: We are ruled by big business. The granule of truth in that claim has sustained progressive politics for decades, harking back…

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