Folks who read or listen to me know that I am deeply against war; indeed, I have been against war since my earliest memories, going back to the Vietnam War. But why? To answer simply: I have standards. War is about "breaking things and killing people;" especially the latter. Now, I am no pacifist; there… Continue reading Against War: Standards
"Let's bring this meeting to order," said the Mayor. "Order, please." He banged the gavel. Quiet emerged in the packed City Council Chambers. Cameras flashed. "All right, to begin, this is a highly informal meeting, at the request of a group which calls themselves the Freedom Zone. This group, and the area where they reside,… Continue reading Freedom Zone Confronts City Council
It's no secret that I object to many of Donald Trump's policy proposals. But I can certainly get behind one: deregulation. It has been estimated that the cost to an average household is about $15,000 per year, in terms of more expensive food, housing, education, health care, and many other goods and services. We can… Continue reading Deregulation Of Innovation
A popular meme is captioned "The People Don't Know Their True Power." A politician speaks from a lectern, which sits upon a large plank, which juts over a cliff. An audience watches. One person leaves, stepping off the plank. If the others knew, they could do likewise, and the political "leader" would lose his support;… Continue reading Your Chains To Keep, Yours To Lose
Claire Wolfe observed that "America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." I can't disagree, but when I say this on Facebook or elsewhere, someone - possibly an agent provocateur - will inevitably express a wish to start "voting from the rooftops"… Continue reading That Awkward Stage
In March (2015), Pew Research published a survey which examined the Millennials in a variety of ways - some interesting, some rather dull. Do the Millennials use the Internet? Why not? They grew up with unlimited data plans. Do they post selfies? Of course! Phonecams are much more compact than the Instamatics of my generation,… Continue reading Reaping Distrust
Daniel J. Mitchell asks why Keynesian fallacies won't die. Keynesian economics is a failure. It didn’t work for Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s. It didn’t work for Japan in the 1990s. And it didn’t work for Bush or Obama in recent years. No matter where’s it’s been tried, it’s been a flop. So why,… Continue reading Why Won’t Neo-Keynesianism Die?
Might some political answer improve education in a systemic manner? Probably not, unless a wise and benevolent dictator has a striking change of heart, and in one fell swoop brings about complete educational freedom, along the same lines as religious freedom - no interference, funding, provision, or other contact between government and education. Political systems… Continue reading Getting to Educational Freedom: Politics is Not The Answer