Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful the Pilgrims' realization that collectivism causes misery and creates poverty still resonates enough 400 years later that most of us continue to respect the ideas of freedom of conscience, individual liberty, and free markets. Despite over 100 years of accelerating totalitarian attempts to destroy them from within. In "Of Plymouth Plantation, ... the… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

Which clueless totalitarian are you?

We need a Facebook quiz to find out which Atlas Shrugged character Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is like. There might not be a match. Ayn Rand’s fiction has been criticized for unidimensional characterization, but even she would find AOC unbelievable. Here Are The Most Shocking Proposals From Ocasio-Cortez' "Green New Deal" Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t provide any insight into… Continue reading Which clueless totalitarian are you?

In China the government tracks your every move

Information Warfare: 1984 Becomes Real In 2024 In the United States, we just let Google and Facebook track us. With Twitter brownshirts and the Maim Scream Media™ as the enforcers. On the whole, the Chicoms are likely fairer, and they're certainly more circumspect. See Mark Steyn: The Drumbeat of the Mob and Neo: The Covington… Continue reading In China the government tracks your every move

The selected zero-sum victims cult

Conflate the ideas in the following 3 articles, and ponder. 1) Selection effects To take a more provocative example [of selection effects], consider the “____ studies” fields in academia. Even if they don’t explicitly require professors to have left-wing ideas, they select for such professors by making uncomfortable anyone with a different point of view.… Continue reading The selected zero-sum victims cult

Collectivism isn’t Right or Left

Jordan B. Peterson Is the Furthest Thing from the Alt-Right Peterson’s claim that identity politics is “genocidal in its ultimate expression” is no exaggeration. Hitler’s military invasions and death camps were the ultimate expression of the racialist and nationalist identity politics that spiritually drove Nazism. And Stalin’s weaponized famines and “gulag archipelago” were the ultimate… Continue reading Collectivism isn’t Right or Left

The problem with NAtionale soZIalists

Thanks to Instapundit, I was made aware of this post by Ezra Klein, whose credentials include work at The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, MSNBC and The American Prospect.It’s from 2006, so it isn’t news. Then again, he’s writing the same sort of stuff today.Not everything the Nazis touched was bad. Hitler was a vegetarian. Volkswagen… Continue reading The problem with NAtionale soZIalists

Reconciling the Union Leadership minimum wage rhetoric

AFL-CIO leader warns labor could sit out 2016 fight over tradeAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka threatens “no endorsement” for President, if Hillary supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal:…that's conceivable if both candidates weren't interested in raising wagesThey decided to pass something that was going to cost jobs and lower wages, and they're going to have to… Continue reading Reconciling the Union Leadership minimum wage rhetoric

American school children and Russian cows

If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children… Continue reading American school children and Russian cows

Animal Farm Shrugged

Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Ought to Be Shared In plain English, Google wants Apple's intellectual property to be declared public property. Google General Counsel Kent Walker wrote:While collaborative [Standards Setting Organizations (SSOs)] play an important part in the overall standard setting system, and are particularly prominent in industries such as… Continue reading Animal Farm Shrugged

Universal health care

Be careful what you wish for....Take the much-vaunted Canadian system. More than 825,000 Canadian citizens are currently on waiting lists for surgery and other necessary treatments. Fifteen years ago, the average wait between a referral from a primary-care doctor to treatment by a specialist was around nine weeks. Today, that wait is over 16 weeks....In… Continue reading Universal health care