Bernienomics

The danger of Bernienomics is that Bernie Sanders opened the door of respectability for socialism. In the past calling yourself a “socialist” was political suicide. His “democratic socialism” is not harmless. There is no place in the world where socialism, democratic or otherwise, has not created poverty and, ultimately, repression.

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Fake Rights Are Dismantling America

Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose.
    —numerous attributions.

Everyone is demanding their “rights”. If the “rights” they demand take away my rights, are they “rights”?

Being on the libertarian end of the political spectrum (most freedom) I’m all for human rights—do your thing; just don’t make me do your thing or get in the way of me doing my thing.

This begs the question: “What are ‘rights’?”. This is a pretty deep philosophical issue that goes back millennia. read more…

President Trump and His Personal Trade Deficit

The other day President Donald Trump tweeted, “The United States has an $800 billion Dollar Yearly Trade Deficit because of our ‘very stupid’ trade deals and policies. Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries that have taken advantage of us for years. They laugh at what fools our leaders have been. No more.”

If it is the case that we have been fools to engage in “one-sided” free trade with other countries, then Trump personally entered into a “very stupid” deal resulting in a huge personal trade deficit. read more…

The Campus Vanguard on the “Road To Serfdom”

A movement is taking over America’s colleges and universities that rejects classical norms of reason, logic, and scholarship. This anti-intellectual trend is a road to totalitarianism.

What now passes for erudition in many liberal arts departments would not qualify as good scholarship using the proven tests of critical thinking. Worse, dissent is being shouted down, not debated. And many administrators support this trend making it, in effect, de facto campus policy.

This trend has all the hallmarks of societies that have gone totalitarian. read more…

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