Everything bad that the Marxists said about capitalism – exploitation of the many by a privileged few; a gross inequality of wealth and opportunity simply due to an artificial arrangement of control over the means of production; a manipulation of reality to make slavery seem as if it meant freedom – was, in fact, the nature and essence, of Soviet socialism.
The first task in proper health care policy formulation must therefore be to turn the discussion to its necessary roots. A foundation must be built by establishing the proper political and moral principles: the distinctly American values of freedom, individualism and the right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.
Civil Forfeiture Enables The Government to Take Ownership of Property Without Even Charging Its Owner with a Crime
In far too many states, civil forfeiture enables law enforcement to take ownership of property without even charging its owner with a crime. And some states make challenging forfeiture cost-prohibitive—so innocent owners can never even get their day in court.
The effect of this law, were it actually enacted, would be the death of the health insurance industry.
For more than a century, government involvement in American medicine has moved in a single direction: more spending, more bureaucrats, and more government power over the most intimate details of our daily lives.
The only thing governments can do to facilitate innovation is to stay away from markets and allow companies compete and trade freely.
Everything the Marxists said about capitalism – exploitation of the many by a privileged few; a gross inequality of wealth and opportunity simply due to an artificial arrangement of control over the means of production; a manipulation of reality to make slavery seem as if it meant freedom – was, in fact, the nature and essence, of Soviet socialism.
Instead of endeavoring to influence a market-determined federal funds rate by reducing or increasing the supply of bank reserves, the Fed now adjusts a pair of rates determined solely by its own administrative decrees, while conducting open-market operations without any particular reference to these rate adjustments.
Telus doesn’t get that its role is the creation of material values (cell phone service), not encouraging more taxation. On the contrary, it should oppose the carbon tax and any other taxes as they destroy human welfare.
Recognizing facts and assessing them by the standard of human flourishing inevitably leads to the conclusion that fossil fuel companies are not villains but producers of essential human value and deserve to be not attacked, but thanked.
As appeasement and pursuit of ‘social license’ is futile, other oil and pipeline executives should follow Girling’s example and defend their companies on moral grounds for the great value they provide. Governments, for their part, should cease their welfare-destroying climate change policies and focus on protecting individual rights instead.
Free Speech & Censorship
When free speech is gone, all of freedom is gone.
Geert Wilders is on trial not for his actions, but for his opinions.
You don’t have to like Donald Trump, or his positions, to be uspet about what’s happening to freedom of speech and association in America.
America was once a “melting pot” of a diversity peoples that over several generations become something different from their ancestors’ national origins: they became Americans.
Obama may think of himself as a citizen of the world, but he was elected President of the United States, not head of a world government, and that does not authorize him to gamble the lives of Americans for the benefit of people in other countries.
Europe provides a valuable lesson for Americans — on what not to do.
We must replace this ghastly kind of evenhandedness by U.S. government agencies toward military veterans and little boys with adequate and timely treatment.
The loving hand of government-controlled medical care will always come to this: brute force, setting some groups of citizens against others, and medical care subordinated to the demands of a political spoils system.
A very important article by Richard Ralston.
The teaching establishment, at our public schools and colleges, is being used to undermine American values.
Individualism and Capitalism vs. Marxian Gender and Race Conflict: Trigger Words and College Safe Spaces
In our post-Soviet era, the Marxian framework and mind games have been transformed into issues concerning “gender” and “race” as well as “social class.”
Today, expenditures per pupil in the United States exceed those of nearly every other country in the world.
Protectionism is not a recipe for prosperity—free trade is.
Americans will most gain from whatever trading opportunities that may offer themselves around the globe if the U.S. government follows a strict and principled policy of unrestrained and unrestricted free trade with any and all nations of the world.
“The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.”
There certainly are bad actors, deceptive demand letters, and frivolous litigation in the patent system. The important question, though, is whether there is a systemic problem requiring further systemic revisions to the patent system.
This basic economic fact—dynamic development of innovative distribution mechanisms require substantial investment in both people and resources—is what makes commercialization an essential feature of both copyright policy and law (and of all intellectual property doctrines).
IP rights have developed in the same way as property rights in land with both legislatures and courts creating, repealing, and extending doctrines in an important institutional and doctrinal evolution of these property rights securing technological innovation and creative works.
Clear moral principles, such as honesty, make the right—the self-interested, win-win—course of action so much easier.
CSR also sneaks in the ideal of altruism, the duty to serve others “to further some social good, beyond the interests of the firm.”
By clearly and publicly withdrawing their moral sanction of government’s freedom-curtailing and welfare-destroying actions, business leaders can have a big impact on all of our future.
The egalitarians know that they cannot bring equality by raising everyone up, so their nihilistic conception of racism aims to foster equality by crushing everyone down to the level of the worst performers.
The civil rights movement started out in the 1950s and 1960s as against white-black segregation. And now, half a century later, we’re back to full-fledged white-black segregation at California state schools.
Since summer 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter, which claims that police officers are among the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat—to young black males. Heather Mac Donald...
David Ricardo (1772-1823) was one of the most influential economic theorists of the first half of the nineteenth century.
This escape from poverty originated in Western Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the freeing of men and markets from the heavy-handed regulations and commercial restrictions of government.
Adam Smith on Free Trade, Crony Capitalism, and the Benefits from Commercial Society: Economic Ideas
Adam Smith’s central contribution to economic understanding was surely his demonstration that under an institutional arrangement of individual liberty, property rights, and voluntary exchange the self-interested conduct of market participants could be shown to be consistent with a general betterment of the human condition.
Academics who don’t toe the leftist line get attacked and lose their jobs.
What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris’ Bataclan theater had guns?
Maybe the parents who are so bitter over the loss of a son in a wholly unnecessary confrontation with a policeman doing his job might ask themselves if they did their job, when they raised a child without teaching him either common sense or common decency.