Nationalism PART IV, Nix Nationalism?

While nationalism produces many negative consequences, the fact that independent states—all of which are nationalistic to some degree—have survived the evolutionary test of time suggests, if not proves, that nation-states are, on balance, better for humans than chaos and the other approaches to governance that have been tried. At best, however, even the most successful… Continue reading Nationalism PART IV, Nix Nationalism?

Exploitation-Part II, Reparations—Calculating A Fair Amount.

“Exploitation-Part I, The Bay For Justice” sorted out how conflating punishment of crimes with compensation for losses in determining a fair reparation amount for colonization would produce an unjust result. Yet, conflating those disparate things is as common as it is illogical. That being the case, many people are fine with punishing people who had… Continue reading Exploitation-Part II, Reparations—Calculating A Fair Amount.

Free Markets and Morality—PART I

A primary “progressives’”[i] pastime appears to be seeking, finding, and pointing out ways in which free markets and the participants therein, especially those who succeed, are immoral. I was reminded of this fact last week when Freakonomics served up a rebroadcast of a 2013 podcast [ii] that followed Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation “EVANGELII GAUDIUM.” That… Continue reading Free Markets and Morality—PART I

Slowing the “School-to-Prison Pipeline”—At What Cost?

A Classic Case of Leftist Blindness to Tradeoffs Causing More Harm Than Good Like essentially all claims about causes and effects with respect to societal phenomena (no matter who makes such claims), what follows cannot be proved or disproved with certitude. With humility, therefore, what follows is a case for the claim that the leftist… Continue reading Slowing the “School-to-Prison Pipeline”—At What Cost?

Prelude To A Post About The Florida Shooting – A Growing Leftist Trend

I was writing a post about the possible nexus between the leftist school policies implemented in Broward County Florida prior to February 14, 2018 and the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that occurred on that day. In the process, I realized that I was addressing an item that… Continue reading Prelude To A Post About The Florida Shooting – A Growing Leftist Trend

Non Sequiturs on Parade – PART V

Let’s continue analyzing Steve Roth’s handy compilation of leftist bromides, non sequiturs, self-congratulations, and just plain ol’ errors, “Why Welfare and Redistribution Saves Capitalism from Itself.”[i] This series of posts addresses the following question: Did Roth explain why welfare and redistribution save capitalism from itself? (Prior posts on this question can be found in PART… Continue reading Non Sequiturs on Parade – PART V

Obamacare – Repeal, or Repeal and Replace? PART II

HOW POLITICIANS ARE MAKING MATTERS WORSE In PART I of this series of posts on healthcare, I made the case that because of the unrealistic beliefs embodied by U.S. statutes and in the minds of Americans, the U.S. healthcare system is unsustainable—and that Obamacare has made matters worse. Obamacare has doubled down on the false… Continue reading Obamacare – Repeal, or Repeal and Replace? PART II