Archive for the ‘Socialism’ Category

The Saturday Night Live solution to high medical bills

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I have an audio file of a 1992 Saturday Night Live skit in which Dana Carvey plays Ross Perot discussing some of his proposals to save the United States from financial ruin. One of the many funny passages goes: Let's take the issue of waste. You know, I find it fascinating ...

Tyrants overthrown vs. innocents killed

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This Tom Toles political cartoon from 2010 is making the rounds in the Twittersphere in support of strict gun-control laws in the wake of the Newtown, CT elementary school murders. The content and the message of this comic are so misdirected and disingenuous that they could not have been unintentional. ...

Big government is only possible because of previous free enterprise, not the other way around

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Libertarians should be familiar with the position that the mixed-economy socialism much of the Western world lives under is only affordable because previous decades of relative freedom have enabled a level of economic production and a climate of trust, mutual dependability, and competition that produced the wealth that could (relatively ...

Government-enforced net neutrality

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The only part of the phrase "government-enforced net neutrality" that is relevant is the "government-enforced" part. There are so many arguments against the position that the Imperial Federal Government should enforce net neutrality that I had a hard time knowing where to begin. They include: Most problems with cable companies ...

Two totalitarian laws closer to being enacted

Friday, November 19th, 2010

You might have heard about two awful, totalitarian, Orwellian laws that the Senate is close to passing, which would unquestionably make our lives worse and cement this Democratic Congress as one of the worst in our history. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act ...

Links for an ending week

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The Fraud Started at the Very Top: With Government Leaders, from Washington's Blag. See their numerous examples of how rating agencies, the Treasury Department, the SEC, the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and others committed fraud and helped banks commit fraud. This is truly a devastating list of criminality ...

That refusal-to-put-out-house-fire story

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Only this morning did I hear about the South Fulton, TN, fire department responding to a house fire but then declining to put the fire out because the homeowners had not paid the annual $75 protection fee. I thought about using this story to explore some issues of statism and ...

China’s 25-year government-bloat plan

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

According to Thomas Friedman, China is doing moon shots. Yes, that’s plural. When I say “moon shots” I mean big, multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments. China has at least four going now: one is building a network of ultramodern airports; another is building a web of high-speed trains connecting major cities; a ...

Driver error, not Toyota defects

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

To the surprise of absolutely no one who was paying attention, the data recorders in the Toyota vehicles that supposedly accelerated out of control indicate that the drivers were responsible, not the accelerators, brake pedals, or electronics. I remember the Regular Guys radio show in Atlanta predicting, when these faulty ...

Anthony de Jasay: socialism has made the European worker impotent

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Somehow I came across this article written by Anthony de Jasay for the Library of Economics and Liberty, which I know best as the site that publishes EconLog, the blag of Bryan Caplan, Arnold Kling, and David Henderson. Jasay's article was written in 2006. It details some consequences of socialist ...

Economics link of the day

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I really liked this article that I found from Reddit: Economics In Four Dimensions. Here are two good passages to entice you: The most complex factor in the study of economics is time. Because liberal and statist economic theory does not properly account for the fourth dimension, it rarely predicts economic ...

The auto bailout money will not be repaid

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

And there will be more of it. Probably multiple times. Until the automotive industry is a de facto arm of the Imperial Federal Government. If you think this is not an explicit goal of the Obama regime, leave your address in the comments so I can mail you a tall, ...