Archive for the ‘Democracy’ Category

Hey, look, I wrote up some thoughts about Trump’s election

Friday, November 11th, 2016

I focus a lot—maybe a little too much—on people's visceral, gut reactions to various things. I just think it's a good gauge of what their principles and priorities are. Well, my gut reaction to seeing Hillary Clinton's lead diminish on Tuesday night and Trump win Ohio, then North Carolina, then ...

Brexit, free trade, and Enlightenment principles

Monday, August 1st, 2016

NEOLIBERALISM, LIBERTARIANISM, AND FREE TRADE As I read about the rationales given for each side in the recent "Brexit" decision as well as their respective complaints and predictions about the UK's present and future situation, one thing strikes me as particularly funny above all: All the economic and social objections to ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

"But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all." —Mark Steyn, "The slow death of free speech" I suspect that some of my ...

It is not possible to reason with some people

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

"Gee, you're just now figuring that out?" you might say. But seriously, think about the full meaning and implication of this fact: Adult human beings of average or even above-average IQ have become so willfully ignorant, so blinded by bias and partisanship and fighting their battles, that they are constitutionally ...

Favorite rant of the year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Clark of Popehat.com is understandably angry. The "system" of corporate-State socialism seems rigged against the little guy, the common man, the individual, the lower and middle classes—and its exploitation of everyone outside of the power elite seems to grow more blatant and more absurd by the year. What set off ...

Easy prediction about Obamacare (and Democratic voters)

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

At Cafe Hayek, Russ Roberts writes, Either ObamaCare is going to be dismantled or the government is going to take over the insurance industry. The latter is an unlikely possibility given the botched logistical performance of the roll-out of ObamaCare. I just don’t see how these kind of unexpected changes are ...

It’s a feature, not a bug

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Many injustices committed by the State make more sense when you consider the possibility that the real goal of government—as championed or at least sanctioned by the majority of the populace and as carried out by State officials—is to wield power over others. Power usually for some (however vaguely stated) ...

If you boycott Forever 21, you’re probably a hypocritical moron

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Via Facebook I hear about this letter that the U.S. clothing store Forever 21 sent to many of its employees, telling them they will be cut from full-time to part-time to avoid incurring the costs of medical and dental insurance mandated by the looming Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. One or ...

If every criminal trial followed the same standards that you wanted for the George Zimmerman trial, how would that affect the number of incarcerated Americans?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

If the truthful answer is "the number would greatly increase", as it is for probably tens of millions of Americans, including a lot of my friends, then you are part of the problem with the legal system in the United States. These people have abandoned the principle (if they ever had ...

The coming ban on semi-automatic rifles

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I expect Congress and President Obama to pass some form of ban or stricter federal law against semi-automatic weapons and/or "assault rifles" in the next few months. I'm sure many Americans strongly support such a ban now, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, if they didn't before. It's easy ...

Arianna Huffington on short-term solutions to long-term problems

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I liked this column by Arianna Huffington about the fiscal cliff face-off and the irrelevance it has to our deeper, long-term problems of employment and growth: 'Slightly Above Zero': A Slogan for Our Age of Diminished Expectations. I never thought of her as an astute political commentator, but this is ...

Greenwald on the deification of Democrats and villification of Republicans

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Glenn Greenwald's column Obama: a GOP president should have rules limiting the kill list must be my favorite political writing that I've read in years. It expresses why I'm so frustrated and fed up with liberals and their Democratic politicians better than I ever could have, so I'll just quote ...