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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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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