Scamocracy in America

How a fraudulent ruling class plundered our most precious inheritance. Over the past fifty years the rules of public and even of private life in America have well-nigh reversed, along with the meaning of common words, e.g. marriage, merit, and equality. Social inequality, even more than economic, has increased as personal safety and freedom have … Read more Scamocracy in America

If You Love Anti-American Riots, Thank Our Universities

Rioters who hate America are not an accident; they are the fruition of decades of ideological indoctrination at our universities. While Marxism was increasingly repudiated around the world by countries that had suffered and failed under communist rule, professors in Western universities enthusiastically took up the destructive system, breathing life into its rotting corpse. Many … Read more If You Love Anti-American Riots, Thank Our Universities

Black Lives Matter are pushing division, not unity

In London, black people constitute only 13 per cent of the population but almost half of murder victims and suspects are black, according to figures obtained by Sky News. In Africa, millions face starvation as the pandemic exacerbates an already grave food crisis. In China, at the height of the pandemic, African students were barred … Read more Black Lives Matter are pushing division, not unity

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or … Read more UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Democrats have met the enemy, and it is the police. Well, not all police. They love the heavily armed federal police at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Just days after George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Democrats managed to compile a sweeping police reform bill that would, among … Read more Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Chronicles of scientism

As an old Cold Warrior, and once “science kid,” whose childhood developed through the 1960s, there is nothing that ought to surprise me. We have Antifa today; we had the Weather Underground then. We have parallels to every event I witnessed through the idiot box of adolescence, and vice versa. Even the destruction of American … Read more Chronicles of scientism

C.S. Lewis’ Theological Lens on the World

Pete Wehner, a gifted writer, thinker, and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently wrote a great op-ed in the New York Times on C.S. Lewis’s approach to politics. You can read the whole piece here, but one quote, in particular, caught my attention. Wehner writes, Lewis saw public matters, and indeed … Read more C.S. Lewis’ Theological Lens on the World

The fallen state of experts

Today we have the “rule of experts.” Monopoly experts have the power to choose for you in one field after another, including child protective services, economic policy, and pandemic response. But if you give some humans the monopoly power to choose for other humans, you have created some dangerous incentives. The rule of experts gives … Read more The fallen state of experts

Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Some doctors, economists and educators argue stay-at-home orders defy data and medical science, and are hurting young people the most. Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, says an overestimation of the fatality rate of those infected has created an unwarranted panic. In a column published by The Hill, he … Read more Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Welfare States in Miniature

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” advises the proverb. Why not? Anyone who ever has spoken with an investment adviser has heard the sermon about diversification of risk. And most people understand that in the context of an investment portfolio. But in other contexts, we respond to risk with the opposite of … Read more Welfare States in Miniature

Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law recently caused a stir with her ignorant and nakedly authoritarian Arizona Law Review essay calling for a ban on homeschooling. On its own, the article is bad. In context, it is worse. Professor Bartholet is hardly the first progressive academic to call for a ban on homeschooling. She is … Read more Harvard Law Takes Aim at Homeschooling

There are a lot of people on Wall Street and in Washington who see no problem with an America defined by big box stores and chain restaurants.

While Washington is printing money that is increasingly going to the wealthier companies with more accountants and more lawyers, and while the politicians are busy crafting the next stage of their economic relief plan, the offer of reward, the threat of punishment, and the insurance companies should play a major role. There are a lot … Read more There are a lot of people on Wall Street and in Washington who see no problem with an America defined by big box stores and chain restaurants.

Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

Despite being informative, President Trump’s daily coronavirus press briefings are sometimes derailed by campaign-trail-esque antics. This was the case Monday evening, when Trump told reporters that he has “total authority” to override governors and re-open the economy at a time of his choosing. “I have the ultimate authority,” Trump told the press. “When somebody is … Read more Conservatives must reject Trump’s false claim to ‘total authority’

The World Health Organization’s Predictable Coronavirus Failure

Reviewing public policy and the coronavirus, I’ve mostly focused on the manifest failures of Washington bureaucracies. But let’s not overlook the politicized incompetence of the World Health Organization, a U.N.-connected bureaucracy that ostensibly exists to prevent global pandemics. Much of that criticism, as illustrated by this National Review column by Senator Marco Rubio, has focused … Read more The World Health Organization’s Predictable Coronavirus Failure

DC Shuts Down Everything Over Coronavirus — Except Parking Tickets

Going to another zone [in Washington, DC] for dinner? Sorry, Rockefeller, you can’t park on the street there. Live in Georgetown but visiting a friend on The Hill? Can’t park. Catholic University student going to a lecture downtown? No! Stop. Enough. You know the answer. You can’t park on the street. D.C.’s parking laws need … Read more DC Shuts Down Everything Over Coronavirus — Except Parking Tickets

Small retailers face compliance headache from explosion of internet sales taxes

The growing patchwork of state internet sales taxes that has emerged since the landmark 2018 Supreme Court decision regarding out-of-state online sellers has hamstrung small businesses with costly compliance burdens. Halstead Bead Inc. an online jewelry supply store in Prescott, Arizona, has found complying with the online sales tax vexing. “It’s been quite challenging,” said … Read more Small retailers face compliance headache from explosion of internet sales taxes

The Little Sisters of the Poor Head Back to the Supreme Court

The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their case heard before the Supreme Court yet again in their years-long fight against the federal contraceptive mandate. The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear oral arguments in the case of the sisters against the State of Pennsylvania, which challenged the order’s exemption from … Read more The Little Sisters of the Poor Head Back to the Supreme Court

FISA Court Committed a Fraud upon America

Presiding judge Rosemary Collyer, having returned from her vacation on Mars and just in time for her retirement, has demanded of the FBI revised procedures to ensure that the multiple frauds committed upon the court, including inclusion of fraudulent material, omission of exculpatory information, and the deliberate alteration of documents to mislead the court. It … Read more FISA Court Committed a Fraud upon America

You Didn’t Build That

“Detroit did not need a Thomas Jefferson or a Mohandas Gandhi or another great political philosopher with a world-changing idea — it needed someone to fix the potholes, balance the books, keep order on the streets, see to the schools, and keep the city agencies orderly and honest and effective. Without that, all of Detroit’s … Read more You Didn’t Build That

Subsidies Distort Market Signals

  Biting the Hands that Feed Us: Food Laws vs. Culinary Reality   Government has tilted the scales in milk’s favor for so long that dairies forgot how to compete. In early November [2019], Dean Foods, the nation’s largest dairy producer, filed for bankruptcy protection. The company, which has secured nearly a billion dollars in … Read more Subsidies Distort Market Signals

“Put not your faith in princes”

Paul is in that passage echoing Exodus: “I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt.” Why did God bring the Israelites out of Egypt? The Israelites were comfortable in … Read more “Put not your faith in princes”

Children’s Book Author Indicted, Oh No!

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of Wire Fraud and Tax charges related to the selling of her children’s book series Healthy Holly. “Our elected officials must place the interests of the citizens above their own,” said United States Attorney Robert … Read more Children’s Book Author Indicted, Oh No!

In Most Places Traffic Tickets Are About Revenue, Not Safety

  Citizens Fighting Back Against Speed Traps and Tickets   Ridgetop [TN] Police Chief Bryan Morris submitted his resignation on Friday. The Tennessee city is now without a police force and it’s all due to a disagreement over illegal ticket quotas. In January, FOX 17 released explosive reports that implicated Ridgetop Mayor Tony Reasoner and … Read more In Most Places Traffic Tickets Are About Revenue, Not Safety

Beto O’Rourke’s America: Progressive Security State

Imagine one vast airport that you cannot leave. With apologies to Margaret Atwood and a thousand other dystopian novelists, we do not have to theorize about what an American police state would look like, because we know what it looks like: the airport, that familiar totalitarian environment where Americans are disarmed, stripped of their privacy, … Read more Beto O’Rourke’s America: Progressive Security State

This Day in 1934 – The Long March

  Mao Tortures His Way to Power   The embattled Chinese Communists break through Nationalist enemy lines and begin an epic flight from their encircled headquarters in southwest China. Known as Ch’ang Cheng—the “Long March”—the retreat lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles, more than twice the distance from New York to San Francisco. Civil … Read more This Day in 1934 – The Long March