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Obama Subsidy Spin

Obamacare incentives could reduce the size of the labor force by more than two million workers by 2017

Totalitarian-by-Proxy: Sarah Conly’s “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism?”

The stereotypical image of an ambitious tyrant is of Adolf Hitler haranguing crowds of rapt Germans, or of machismo-obsessed Benito Mussolini addressing his adoring audiences in a belligerent, hands-on-hips, jutting jaw pose. To their sole credit, they could deliver their calls to totalitarianism without the benefit of Teleprompters. Then we have the less hysterical, snooze-inducing […]

What About the Poor?

A common question, when discussing capitalism, is: What about the poor? In other words, won’t the poor be helpless and hopeless in a capitalist society? The premise underlying such questions is altruism. According to altruism, we have a moral duty to serve others. According to altruism, we have an obligation to help those in need. […]

What About The Poor?

A common question, when discussing capitalism, is: What about the poor? In other words, won’t the poor be helpless and hopeless in a capitalist society? The premise underlying such questions is altruism. According to altruism, we have a moral duty to serve others. According to altruism, we have an obligation to help those in need. […]

The Age of Envy and Entitlements: A New Kind of Civil War

Now that all the excuses, rationalizations, analyses, number-countings, hand-wringings, finger-pointings, and tear-sheddings have largely passed, I feel that I can say something about why, on November 6th, Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency and Obama retained it. It seems that all that is left to do, for someone who realizes that a second […]

Welfare State of Mind

I was recently advised by my office manager, who was responding to the building manager’s office receipt of complaints, that I could not smoke outside near a side entrance to our office building, as I had been for years, because it offended non-smokers who were coming and going and who claimed to be super-sensitive to […]

Socialism and the Meaning of Investment by Government

Government makes ‘investments’ in us that we can’t refuse. Many, including me, have identified the socialist premises in President Obama’s remarks on July 13 in Roanoke, VA. But are Obama’s actual policies as socialist as his socialist rhetoric? The answer is yes, but there has also been plenty of socialism in the policies of Obama’s […]

Why the Neediest Are Also the Greediest

A reader asked: Why is it that the people who are the most UNAPPRECIATIVE are also the ones who want EVERYTHING? Great question! The answer is: The neediest are the greediest. Actually, “greed” is not always bad. Greed can mean a zest for life, an ambition to create or produce. Defined that way, greed makes […]

The Freedom to Choose

You have a moral right to choose what will bring you satisfaction, joy, and happiness, as long as you respect the mutual rights of others.

A Beggar Society is Not a Great Society

In a work of historical fiction, one of the characters wrote to another about the leaders of the Communist-socialist revolution in Russia. “Their leaders were committed to peace; they had promised peace and plenty to their peasant followers, and it would likely be demanded of them — the peace part. As for the plenty, those […]

Republican Allen West and the Redistribution State

Republican Rep. Allen West decried government “handouts” as the worst form of modern “slavery” during a recent speech to Congress. In modern times, West said, this has meant fighting to prevent black Americans “from being trapped in a permanent underclass through dependence on government handouts.” He said that fight continues despite the welfare reform of […]

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