Archive for the ‘Power elite’ Category

Brexit, free trade, and Enlightenment principles

Monday, August 1st, 2016

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 the UK exiting the ...

Thirteen miscellaneous thoughts on the Hobby Lobby case and the reactions to it

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." —Thomas Jefferson Other than the absurd necessity (and apparent futility) of explaining that a government's failure to mandate something doesn't equate to outlawing it, nor does it enable other people or ...

Did he do a billion dollars’ worth of work?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

In an article about Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's net worth surpassing $1 billion, David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, is quoted as saying, "Did she do a billion dollars' worth of work? I don’t know. She had the good fortune to land in the right place where her talents ...

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 ...

On stereotyping and skepticism in the Maryville, Missouri, rape cases

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports wrote an excellent article about the emotions and passions that have erupted in response to the "Nightmare in Maryville". One of Wetzel's main points is that we shouldn't let our emotions get carried away and lead us to incorrect conclusions and rash judgments, such as ...

Oh, but in a libertarian society, the privileged, powerful, and connected would trample the rights of innocents without consequence

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

If you haven't heard about the "Nightmare in Maryville, Missouri", you might want to make sure you read about it on an empty stomach, because it will probably make you physically sick. In brief, a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl were raped by popular older boys, one of whom, ...

The strange case of Barrett Brown

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

This is a fascinating but chilling account of journalist Barrett Brown's cooperation with hacktivists, his investigations into the questionable activities of intelligence/security companies, his discovery of the collusion between them and the Department of Justice, and his harassment and arrest by the FBI. Writing in The Nation, Peter Ludlow chronicles ...

The Obama administration’s selective prosecution of leakers

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

In his excellent column Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks, Jack Shafer details several leaks of formerly classified information by the Bush and Obama administrations and points out that these administrations—indeed, all administrations—are hypocritical because they want to prosecute lower-level, less influential, less powerful people when they leak ...

NCAA admits its student-athlete "promotion" clause is not required and not backed by law

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

According to an email that Sports By Brooks obtained, the clause in the NCAA student-athlete eligibility form that authorizes the NCAA to use the student-athlete's name or picture in promotional materials is not required for the student-athlete's eligibility, and it would not be legal for the NCAA to make it ...

Quote of the day

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires? How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us? How do politicians' stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge-fund managers'? I answered the question in that ...

Stop the Stop Online Piracy Act!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

The latest attempt from the parasites in Washington to limit the freedom of the internet and all of the benefits that stem from it is called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Its more official, full name is Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation ...

Big government, big corporations, corn syrup, and Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

This video seems to be popular with the kids around the internets this week. It's about Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles, a small, independent soda pop store that seems to sell mostly drinks that I've never heard of, many of which I'm assuming are also made by small ...