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Warming Up To Lukewarmism

President Trump’s proposed budget includes, among its many cutbacks, substantial cuts to the EPA’s budget and plans to zero out global warming research. Naturally, leftists are agog, agape, and apoplectic. Dogmatic faith in the catastrophic version of...

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Equal In Misery

Proving that there’s no idea so terrible that a politician cannot make it worse, today’s New York Post reports a nasty little nugget about BernieCare, Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal to expand the government’s Medicare program to cover...

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Zero-Sum Everything

A core premise of capitalism and free markets is that people voluntarily enter into exchanges and interactions with each other. Each does so because he believes there’s a benefit to be gained from that exchange or interaction. Thus, the benefit is mutual. It is...

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Re-Electing Trump

Offering proof that there is no lesson so obvious that it cannot be ignored, today’s political and social media landscape demonstrates, time and time again, in ever more bewildering ways, that the Left hasn’t come to terms with why Trump won the Presidency...

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Scarcity Pricing and Price Gouging

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and ahead of the likely devastation of Hurricane Irma, social media is awash in expressions of outrage over what is commonly labeled as “price gouging.” For the few unaware of the term, price gouging is a (derogatory) term...

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Energy is Life

The preparations for Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall served to shine light on a core reality of modern life: energy is fundamental. The mass exodus out of Miami and other threatened coastal areas has taxed the regional infrastructure’s ability to provide...

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Gun Rights Lesson #940 – Confiscation

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The government doesn’t want to take your guns away!” This lesson is a follow-up to Lesson #831, wherein I challenged the declaration by...

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Power and Responsibility

Comic book fans will recognize the quote “with great power comes great responsibility” from the Spider-man comics (and movies). This statement, (apocryphally) uttered by Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, who was later murdered by a criminal that Parker (as a...

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Hurricanes and Socialists

In appalling but typical “never let a crisis go to waste” style, big government advocates and apologists aren’t even waiting for the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston to subside before attacking conservatives’ and libertarians’...

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Review: Ozark on Netflix

The deluge of original television programming, from the networks, from cable channels, from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streamers, and from innumerable other sources, is one of the great byproducts of the Internet age. But, just as the universe of information...

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Anger Is A Gift?

The American band Rage Against The Machine, categorized as “rap metal” or “alternative metal,” is notable for, among other things, an overt political agenda in their songwriting. Unlike many or even most musicians who dabble in politics by...

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Gatekeeper Censorship

Three years ago, I asked whether social media platforms might one day be deemed a “public good,” subject the principles of public accommodation currently applied to brick-and-mortar businesses, as well as other government mandates (e.g. those imposed on...

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Boycotts and Victims

Hot on the heels of the Dunkin Donuts “doesn’t serve cops” incident, a tale that offered a teaching moment in economic liberty, comes another tale of public-space malfeasance. In this instance, a server at a high-end romantic restaurant refused to...

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Socialist Relativism

Nazis suck. So do neo-Nazis, Nazi wannabes, Nazi sympathizers, and those who share the “values” of racism, oppression, broad hatred, ethnic cleansing, and all the rest of that garbage. The Third Reich and the war it started killed tens of millions of...

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Settled Science, Enormous Egos, and Appeals-to-Authority

I just finished a very enjoyable book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. The book presents, in layman’s terms, what we know about the Earth, the universe, our ecosystem, and the human race through the history of how we learned it all. Or,...
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Equal In Misery

Proving that there’s no idea so terrible that a politician cannot make it worse, today’s New York Post reports a nasty little nugget about BernieCare, Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal to expand the government’s Medicare program to cover...
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Re-Electing Trump

Offering proof that there is no lesson so obvious that it cannot be ignored, today’s political and social media landscape demonstrates, time and time again, in ever more bewildering ways, that the Left hasn’t come to terms with why Trump won the Presidency...
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Review: Ozark on Netflix

The deluge of original television programming, from the networks, from cable channels, from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streamers, and from innumerable other sources, is one of the great byproducts of the Internet age. But, just as the universe of information...
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Anger Is A Gift?

The American band Rage Against The Machine, categorized as “rap metal” or “alternative metal,” is notable for, among other things, an overt political agenda in their songwriting. Unlike many or even most musicians who dabble in politics by...
Read More

Socialist Relativism

Nazis suck. So do neo-Nazis, Nazi wannabes, Nazi sympathizers, and those who share the “values” of racism, oppression, broad hatred, ethnic cleansing, and all the rest of that garbage. The Third Reich and the war it started killed tens of millions of...
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Free Speech and Privilege

There are occasions, in the halls of public discourse, where high-concept exposition turns into farce, where an author’s grand ideas depict a lack of self-awareness so monumental that it defies belief. Consider a deeply self-important op-ed by K-Sue Park,...

Nazis, Statues, and Slippery Slopes

Musician Jeff Hanneman, recently-deceased guitarist and lyricist for the heavy metal band Slayer, wrote a song called Angel of Death about the Nazi monster Josef Mengele. The song, the first track on the album Reign in Blood (1986), was controversial from the outset,...

Scrubbing History

Efforts to denude the South of Confederacy statues, memorials, flags, and other historical depictions have accelerated rapidly in the wake of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally and Antifa counter-rally. A mob mentality has started to creep in, with wanton...

Political Isotopes

Julie Borowski, a libertarian blogger, recently asked “Can the commies and Nazis just destroy each other?” This question, which if actualized would make for a much better world, suggests (at least to us nerdy types) a matter-antimatter annihilation. Yes,...

The Hypocrisy Wars

The aftermath of a grotesque display by the worst sorts of racists (actual ones, mind you, not the sort of soft racism that identity-politics- and social-justice-warriors accuse even the best-intentioned and best-hearted people of), and Trump’s infuriatingly...

Internet Muscles

My main Facebook feed is not normally populated by too much in the way of politics. Sure, I have a couple political “friends,” i.e. people who friended me via some political forums, who have 4999 other friends and post politics 50x a day, but they can be...

Trusting Your Beliefs

Consider the notion that shutting down someone else’s words with violence or the threat thereof is acceptable behavior. As in “if you speak, I/we will assault you or riot, and either you or people you care about may be harmed.” This idea goes well...

Markets, Regulation, and Opportunity Cost

A friend in one of my political groups shared a quote culled from a Wall Street Journal comments-section discussion: Government regulation also creates markets in the first place. Markets aren’t naturally occurring phenomena. The quote, meant to rebut the...

Cops and Donuts

A Lesson in Economic Liberty Sometimes, it is the cliche that perpetuates the tale. A story in yesterday’s New York Post would be much less of one had it been about, say, doctors or firefighters and donuts, but when it’s cops and donuts, the incident...

Underestimating Human Ingenuity

There is a very common human failure, one born out of hubris, self-centeredness, and a touch of solipsism. It can be expressed as “if I, personally, can’t envision how something would work, then it won’t.” Phrased thus, it sounds silly, but...

Sorry, Greens, Carbon Energy is Here To Stay

According to Al Gore, Prince Charles, Bill Nye, and a host of other high-profile enviro-scolds, the world’s burning of carbon fuels is the death knell of civilization itself. Setting their hyperbole aside – the current state of knowledge points more...

Hating Entrepreneurship

Creative Destruction. Two words that summarize the free market’s perpetual pressures, the constant improvements in productivity that make our lives wealthier, easier, and better. New ways of doing things replace old ones. Printing presses replaced scribes. Farm...

How Many More Lives?

It has been a scant few years since leftists, liberals, progressives, and statist dreamers sang the praises of Venezuela’s socialism. The roster of famous praisers includes Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Jesse Jackson, Michael Moore, Jeremy Corbyn, a Hillary...

Slacktivism and Umbranosh

Having spent a lot of time in the poor precincts of New York City I can advise with perfect confidence: the unfortunate and neglected, sick, mentally ill, drug and alcohol dependent, care nothing for what the better-off write and share on social media. None of this...

Pounding the Table

Many of Trump’s cabinet appointments have elicited howls of outrage, but one that stands out from the pack is that of Betsy DeVos to Education. DeVos was beset upon all sides by the public-education-monopoly apologists, the teachers unions, the knee-jerk...

The Fruits of Ignorance

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated war movie Dunkirk opened this past weekend. Highly anticipated and stellarly-reviewed, it tells one of the great stories of 20th century history: the rescue of 400,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers from a French beach...

Muh Roads and Mileage Taxes

If you’re a libertarian who’s wallowed in that political mud for a while, you know the “Muh roads!” gag. The rest of you – the normal people who may even know a fair bit about libertarianism but haven’t spent endless hours debating...

Don’t Steal…

The Government Hates Competition A heretofore under-reported bit of government odiousness is finally getting the headline treatment it so richly deserves. Civil asset forfeiture, where government seizes money and property it believes was involved in or the result of a...

What’s in a Name?

This morning, as I surfed the news and social media, I came across a Freedomworks Facebook post. The content of the post aside, what clicked in my head was the organization’s choice of name, and how the name suggested the goals and mission. So, I decided to...

Quoting Jesus

If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you are an internet-savvy consumer of political opinion. If you are an internet-savvy consumer of political opinion, it is very likely you have seen memes that purport various things Jesus would say or do....

The Liar’s Victory

The sordid saga of the Republican Party’s attempts to do something about ObamaCare closed a chapter yesterday. Party leadership threw in the towel on both repeal and replacement, and I presume will move on to the next big legislative item (tax reform). Depending...

The Social Justice Jungle

An essay by a self-proclaimed social justice activist has crossed my social media feed 4 times in the last 2 days. It was shared not only by the expected, i.e. conservative-leaners who’d offer it as a “wow, look at what’s going on over there,”...

The Decline of Tertiary Education

It has been said that, if one is not a liberal at 25, he has no heart, and if one is not a conservative at 35, he has no brain. The statement’s origins are murky and more than a century old, but, given what we know about how people tend to evolve politically,...

What Are You?

I grew up in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn. Not the old-money Brooklyn that is Brooklyn Heights. Not the hipster-ground-zero Brooklyn that is Park Slope. Not the gentrified Brooklyn that is DUMBO, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg or...

“You Leftists Hate Me”

Trump’s victory last November has been the subject of more analysis than most of us can even fathom. The list of possible reasons range from the mundane to the conspiratorial to the bizarre, and, depending on one’s perspective, represent everything from...

Grievance Intersectionality

A recent political discussion that started with a story about how the Black Death was a “reaction” by Mother Nature to humanity’s excesses and overburdening her evolved to a recommendation that people could help fight global warming by having fewer...

Why Praising The West Enrages The Left

A funny thing happened in Poland. Donald Trump gave a good speech, one that highlighted an element of his appeal to those who voted for him. He spoke in glowing terms of Western values and society, and their roots in individual liberty. Hold on – that’s...

Monopolist Hand-Wringing

Whole Foods Market, a mecca for sophisticated urbanites, “woke” progressives, and crunchy-granola types, is being bought by Amazon, and that unsettled some of the folks in the eternally fretful and perpetually aggrieved world of liberal politics. Matt...