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 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.
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
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?
Let’s sort out whether it is a good idea for society to punish people for crimes despite the fact that their environments, not their innate selves, caused them to be criminals. This is an important and topical question because the idea that crimes should be punished has come under withering attacks by leftists. Whether those… Continue reading Crime, Punishment, and Fairness
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
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
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
Some of the wisest and most beautiful words ever put to parchment are these: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence) Not far behind… Continue reading Equal Rights or Equal Outcomes?