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Gun Rights Lessons – A Series

The debate over gun rights and gun control stretches back decades, to at least the early part of the 20th century. It should, then, come as no surprise that there are quite a few recurring and oft-argued themes and positions in this long-running debate. Seasoned...

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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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Carbon Delusion

Over in Poland, a passel of the world’s elite have gathered for the 24th annual Conference of Parties (COP24), to discuss climate change and hammer out an agreement on carbon emission tracking and mitigation. The word coming out of Poland is that the situation...

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The Only Difference That Matters

“Identity Politics.” Depending on your political and philosophical leanings, this phrase evokes either a nod of approval or an eye-roll of frustration. Progressives tend to believe that to understand someone, you must recognize and grant deference to that...

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Screw The Poor

Capitalists and free-marketeers, we are told, don’t care about the poor. Capitalists and free-marketeers, we are told, exploit the poor and the weak for selfish and excessive gains, and actively work to keep them down so that the exploitation can continue....

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Capitalism Needs Poverty

Flipping through the stations on my satellite radio the other morning, I heard those three words uttered by a talk show guest. With great earnestness, and more than a tinge of anger. His “logic?” Apparently, when unemployment gets too low, capitalist pigs...

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Fear, Not Ethics

The scientific ethicist community’s response to the report that a Chinese genetic researcher successfully altered a gene in twin human embryos (that were later implanted in the mother’s uterus and resulted in live births) was exactly as expected:...

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All Socialists Are Thugs

The oft-memed and oft-mocked Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apparently got her feathers ruffled by Donald Trump, Jr. the other day. Junior tweeted a meme that depicted AOC asking “why are you afraid of a socialist economy?” and Daddy Trump...

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Irony is Dead

Way, way back in 1987, Steve Martin starred with Daryl Hannah in a fun little movie called Roxanne. The story, based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac, is a romance between a smart, clever, and spirited small-town fire chief in the Pacific Northwest and a beautiful...

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Normalizing Impeachment

Impeachment is in the air as the Democrats take up the House. They promise a “cannon of subpoenas.” The nation will soon grapple with the precedents of properly relieving a President of duty. The precedents are not encouraging, with regard to dressing up...

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Our 21st Century Eloi

France continues to be rocked by a populist uprising against the former golden child Emmanuel Macron and his “green” policies, serving notice to the rest of the First World that their citizenries aren’t going to meekly accept hardships imposed from...

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The Death Premium

Despite easy and repeated deconstruction, the “gender wage gap” narrative remains a popular talking point among the synthetically aggrieved and the cynically partisan. Its simplicity, “women get paid 78 cents for every dollar men get paid,”...

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Tariff Man!

Prior to the implementation of Trump-o-Nomics, 2018 Edition, most people with a smattering of historical knowledge and economic literacy knew that tariffs were a Bad Thing. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 was a stupendously wrongheaded action, one that combined...

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Anatomy of a Gun Bill

California, a state that used to actually have some modicum of respect for gun owners (decades ago), has become (no surprise, given its leftward lurch) the land of a steady stream of gun-rights infringements in recent years. A proposal for a tax on the sale of all...

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Thinkers and Doers

An intellectual is someone whose product begins and ends with ideas. This quote by Thomas Sowell was among a pile of delicious nuggets in a recent interview of the great thinker posted at Reason. Sowell both defines what he means by “an intellectual” and...

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Carbon Delusion

Over in Poland, a passel of the world’s elite have gathered for the 24th annual Conference of Parties (COP24), to discuss climate change and hammer out an agreement on carbon emission tracking and mitigation. The word coming out of Poland is that the situation...
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The Only Difference That Matters

“Identity Politics.” Depending on your political and philosophical leanings, this phrase evokes either a nod of approval or an eye-roll of frustration. Progressives tend to believe that to understand someone, you must recognize and grant deference to that...
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Separation of Powers and the Deep State

The Supreme Court, earlier this week, announced its docket of upcoming cases. Among those to which it granted certiorari is Kisor v Wilkie, a “boring” case that could have massive implications for the administrative state. The case, about a Marine seeking...
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Capitalism Needs Poverty

Flipping through the stations on my satellite radio the other morning, I heard those three words uttered by a talk show guest. With great earnestness, and more than a tinge of anger. His “logic?” Apparently, when unemployment gets too low, capitalist pigs...
Read More

All Socialists Are Thugs

The oft-memed and oft-mocked Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apparently got her feathers ruffled by Donald Trump, Jr. the other day. Junior tweeted a meme that depicted AOC asking “why are you afraid of a socialist economy?” and Daddy Trump...
Read More

Irony is Dead

Way, way back in 1987, Steve Martin starred with Daryl Hannah in a fun little movie called Roxanne. The story, based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac, is a romance between a smart, clever, and spirited small-town fire chief in the Pacific Northwest and a beautiful...
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Erecting New Barriers

Not content with demanding racial quotas in education and geography, the Left took another giant step backward in its supposed advocacy for equality. California recently passed a law requiring women on corporate boards. Step backward, you might ask? Indeed. Hereafter,...

One Good War

Libertarians (among others) often criticize the past few decades worth of foreign entanglements, pointing out that they have almost universally not gone as intended, have almost universally produced unintended adverse consequences, and have cost the nation trillions...

What Are Your Real Priorities?

The creators of America’s system of governance recognized that different people want different things. They not only ensconced this philosophically in the “pursuit of happiness” understanding, but practically in their creation of a federalist system,...

About That Wall

Some time ago, I used to argue that the Right’s focus on illegals was misplaced (to put it mildly). Of course, that fell on deaf ears – nothing seemed to wind GOPers up more than the illegal “problem,” and I eventually gave up (mostly) spitting...

The Immigration Snooker

Talk to a present-day GOP die-hard about issues, and pay attention to the emotional level associated with each. Run the gamut of today’s big issues, and gauge the fervor behind each response. I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that, in most cases, you’ll...

Virtue Signal Sleight-of-Hand

A couple months ago, Amazon declared that it would pay all its employees at least $15 a hour. It cannot be coincidence that Amazon picked the very wage that progressives are demanding be set as a national minimum via legislation, so the Amazon move reeks of...

Unstable Perfection

Most of us know that the socialist and communist nations of the 20th century inflicted a horrible death toll on the human race (over a hundred million dead, by any informed reckoning, and possibly over 200 million by some counts). Most of us also know that the rise of...

Clowns and Jokers

Hot on the heels of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio blaming the weathermen and refusing to shoulder any responsibility for the city’s atrocious management of a relatively pedestrian 6″ snow storm last Thursday comes a similar not my fault abdication...

Ambition Over Mission

Yesterday afternoon, a snow storm hit New York City. As NYC storms go, it wasn’t extraordinary – maybe half a foot of snow – but it turned out disastrous for millions of New Yorkers. The post-mortem reports blame faulty forecasts (instead of an inch...

Solidarity Over Sanity

A few recent political and cultural data points support the unfortunate conclusion that our culture continues to fracture, along what may best be called tribal lines. In New Hampshire, state legislator Brandon Phinney, who got elected as a Republican, but switched to...

Glorious Gridlock

This week’s mid-term elections offered very little for the liberty-minded voter. On one side, we had Trump’s Republican party, which did rather well for us in 2017, but spent this year pursuing an agenda that included closed-border nativism, tariff and...

Fentanyl – Policy vs Evolution

The opioid Fentanyl has been increasingly dominating headlines these last few years, as the “opioid epidemic” grew to the point of capturing public attention, and by extension politicians and the press. Unlike heroin, which is made from opium poppies,...

Vote-Shaming

It happens every election, and it seems shriller every time. I speak of the exhortations we see all over the place to “vote!” I refer to the declarations of “I voted!” I note the highfalutin language about democracy and civic duty, and how if...

Who Wants To Work Forever?

If 2017 was the year of Trumponomics (deregulation, tax cuts, and a generally pro-business attitude in the administration), 2018 is turning out to be the Year of the Nationalist. Economically, it’s been about trade wars, tariffs, and rewriting agreements. And,...

Trapped By Impatience

Yesterday, the police arrested a suspect in the letter bomb matter. The alleged bomber, Cesar Sayoc, looks at this juncture to be an anti-left rager/nut, with a troubled history that includes bomb threats going back to the early 2000s, and a number of run-ins with the...

Monopolizing Health Care

There’s an old adage that goes “don’t steal, the government hates competition.” As another old adage advises, “truer words were never spoken,” especially the “government hates competition” part, and more expansively true...

About That Caravan…

If anyone predicted that, 15 days before the mid-term election, there’d be a highly visible “caravan” of several thousand Central American migrants working its way northward, with the intent to cross America’s southern border by whatever means...

The Eight Percenters

An article in The Atlantic that surveyed attitudes towards political correctness in America, which I previously discussed here, noted that only about 8% of Americans considered themselves “progressive activists,” vs 25% for “devoted...

More Important Than Ever

The Kavanaugh confirmation battle has, as I discussed recently, fed the Orwellian sheep a new mantra. “Democracy!” we hear, over and over again, as a declaration that our nation’s system is not-democracy and therefore a Bad Thing. They are right, the...

No-Go Zones

The title phrase, drawn from an article on how transgender activists managed to spike some research they didn’t like, is a sharp and worrisome reference to certain areas of academic inquiry, where ideologues have succeeded in shutting down any opinion that...

The Exhausted Majority

A major piece in the Atlantic, and a related article at ABC News, point to an emerging problem for the Left: Their identity politics narrative isn’t working out for them. The Atlantic article offers some revealing statistics: 25% of Americans are “devoted...

Totalitarian Rapture

I had an odd little conversation with someone on the Internet a couple days ago, one where my counterpart actively defended socialism and communism as worthy ideals. Normally, such dialogues go a standard “it simply hasn’t been done right” path,...

Forgetting The New Goal

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is a follow-up to yesterday’s Forgetting The Goal Yesterday, I lamented that today’s progressives have forgotten the original goal of affirmative action, i.e. assisting individuals who’ve faced a greater challenge due...

Forgetting The Goal

The mountains of mockery heaped upon Elizabeth Warren for her tin-ear revelation of her DNA-tested proof that she does, indeed, have a few micrograms of Native American heritage have reopened, at least in some circles, discussion of affirmative action and diversity....

Pocahontas Warren And The Diversity Game

Senator Elizabeth Warren, obviously laying groundwork for a Presidential run, released DNA test results that support her long-standing assertion that she has some Native American in her lineage. Warren has been under considerable pressure to do so, especially from...

Genetic Sin

I came across another one of those “old white slaveowners” dismissal of the Constitution and originalism (the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as it was written, not as justices of today feel) the other day. The usual rebuttal of such an...

When Lawyers Define Sex Roles

In history, have more brains ever been more racked over anything less knowable than in analyzing the recollections of the teens Ford and Kavanaugh from back in 1982? (The Dreyfus Affair, maybe). Have more media ever before been spilled over less content? Now that the...

Government Of, By, and For The Bureaucrats

Have you ever received one of those class action notifications in the mail? The sort that says you may be eligible for compensation because some Big Company allegedly wronged you and thousands of others? The sort where you end up with eleven dollars and thirty-four...

Pimping “Democracy”

Pay attention to the news and opinion you see, hear, and read these days, especially that of a liberal bent. Pay attention to the words they use, and see how often you are fed the word “democracy.” I’ve noticed it quite a bit of late, especially...