Month: April 2011

Robber Barons and Busybodies

C.S. Lewis said: “It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.” He’s right. “Robber barons” was the term for the successful businessmen of his time. There is no theft in success, however. This...

It's the People's Fault

By now it’s plain to nearly everyone that Republicans are getting nowhere in massively cutting the budget and limiting the scope of the federal government. It’s tempting to blame the politicians themselves. “Those politicians!” it could be...

Republican "Business As Usual" in Washington

You think I’m overstating it when I say the world has gone mad? Then listen to our leaders — most of them Republicans, the very ones who claim they want to change the status quo within our government. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,”...

Why Illness Has Become a Crime

Recently, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer received a lot of media attention when she proposed fines and other financial punishment for overweight citizens and smokers on Medicaid. Others targeted by such programs include diabetics who fail to follow instructions from...

No Principles? No Credibility

I’m sick to death of all this talk about “both sides” in the federal budget debate needing to “come together.” We should get something straight. In every issue, there is a right side and a wrong side. (That is, assuming there’s any...

Controlling Others is Insulting

?Telling others what to do is an insult. It implies that the person you’re ordering to do something has no rational faculty of his or her own. If you went up to somebody and said, “You’re mindless. You can’t do anything,” this would be...

Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

I do not recommend the movie based—unfaithfully, in my judgment—on Atlas Shrugged (Rand 1957) that is opening this weekend. (See my analysis of one scene from the movie and novel.) Instead, I urge every thoughtful individual to read the novel, again and...

Districting

Districting is a Constitutional requirement that must be done every ten years following the census. The requirement has become a political tool. It is believed that If one can corral many of one’s own party into one district, reaching them will be easier. This...