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So, You Want To Save The World

A friend shared this Twitter snippet, which apparently crossed her facebook feed, presumably shared by a friend of leftist leanings. Her (wholly accurate) rebuttal offered that actually believing this, but choosing to share a meme instead of "storming their houses,"...

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Gun Rights Lessons – A Series

Gun Rights Lessons – A Series

The debate over gun rights and gun control stretches back decades, to at least the early part of the 20th century. It should, then, come as no surprise that there are quite a few recurring and oft-argued themes and positions in this long-running debate. Seasoned...

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The Headline Is The Tale

The Headline Is The Tale

Two headlines caught my eye this morning: "Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End The Pandemic" - The New York Times "COVID-19 will likely be with us forever. Here's how we'll live with it." - National Geographic Both articles were pay-walled, which means that most of those...

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The Problem With Fascism

The Problem With Fascism

Fascism. It's a word that's becoming more and more common in the political sandbox. I see it used by people on the left side of our political aisle, and by people on the right side of our political aisle. Therein lies a problem: people cannot agree on what, exactly,...

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He’s Gone.  Move On

He’s Gone. Move On

Yesterday, Joe Biden got sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In his acceptance speech, Biden spoke the word "unity/uniting" eleven times, and he declared that, We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative...

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Power and the Purge

Power and the Purge

The Capitol riot is quite possibly the biggest gift the Democrats could have wished for, ahead of Biden's inauguration. It will be used to vilify the entirety of the Republican Party and its voters, no matter how horrified they were at the riot, no matter how overtly...

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Cutting the Rungs

Cutting the Rungs

Way back in the day, which in modern measurement means the previous Presidential campaign, Democratic candidate were all of a mind on doubling the national minimum wage. That there is a mountain of scholarship explaining why this is a Bad Idea from an economic...

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Mandated Moderation

Mandated Moderation

I recently listened to a snippet of a Ben Shapiro interview with Amy Peikoff, Parler's chief policy officer, wherein the de-platforming of the site by Amazon was discussed. This, on the heels of listening to a legal-issues analysis that affirmed my belief that there...

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House-Cleaning 101

House-Cleaning 101

As the Trump-impeachment movement gains steam, I am prompted to recall some relevant history. A bit of it older: The Republican Party basically telling Nixon "resign or we will impeach you." A bit of it more recent: my multiple blog posts this summer...

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Striking a Blow For Liberty

Striking a Blow For Liberty

A few years ago, the popular political narrative was all about Russia, Russia, Russia. Meanwhile, Trump warned us all of China. Turned out, despite the urge that many have to simply gainsay anything that came out of his mouth, Trump was right. China has proven to be a...

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Fire Him!

Fire Him!

The case for firing Donald Trump is an extension of an argument I've long made in these pages: impeachment should be "normalized." It should seem incredible that a man with control over nuclear weapons has less job performance accountability than a Starbucks barista....

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Conservatives Against Liberty

Conservatives Against Liberty

Twitter's editorial bias in policing the content that flows through its service has been ruffling the Right's feathers for quite a while. The market responded, and Parler emerged as an alternative, with a promise of more freedom and less censorship. Google was...

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One Failure To Rule Them All

One Failure To Rule Them All

The doer and the thinker, no allowance for the other - Gerald "Little Milton" Bostock A disinterested observer might conclude that there have been two Donald Trumps. There is the doer, someone who had some significant accomplishments during his Presidency. Some good,...

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“Not In My Name”

“Not In My Name”

Those four words, followed by an explicit repudiation and an unqualified concession, are what a true leader would have said during yesterday's riotous chaos at the Capitol building. Those four words would be the feeling and sentiment of a statesman, of a person who...

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The Great Divergence

The Great Divergence

There was a time, not that long ago when measured against the scale of human civilization, but perhaps an eternity ago when measured in political years, when liberals held a number of beliefs associated with the word "free." Free love, free speech, free press, free to...

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The Headline Is The Tale

Two headlines caught my eye this morning: "Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End The Pandemic" - The New York Times "COVID-19 will likely be with us forever. Here's how we'll live with it." - National Geographic Both articles were pay-walled, which means that most of those...

The Problem With Fascism

Fascism. It's a word that's becoming more and more common in the political sandbox. I see it used by people on the left side of our political aisle, and by people on the right side of our political aisle. Therein lies a problem: people cannot agree on what, exactly,...

First Impressions

Biden inaugurated his presidency with a bang, or more aptly, a torrent of executive orders, and in doing so, established a particular tone of governance. Sad to say, it's not what I had hoped, although I can't even remotely say I'm surprised. First off, he set about...

He’s Gone. Move On

Yesterday, Joe Biden got sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In his acceptance speech, Biden spoke the word "unity/uniting" eleven times, and he declared that, We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative...

Power and the Purge

The Capitol riot is quite possibly the biggest gift the Democrats could have wished for, ahead of Biden's inauguration. It will be used to vilify the entirety of the Republican Party and its voters, no matter how horrified they were at the riot, no matter how overtly...

The Great Social Media Crackup

There was a man, of libertarian leanings, who found that he enjoyed talking politics. His business being business, he was a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, and in time found himself drawn to the editorials published daily therein. He soon discovered that the...
Frivolity and the Supremes Redux

Frivolity and the Supremes Redux

Last month, the Supreme Court refused to take up a challenge to Pennsylvania's voting process put forth by Texas, a decision I roundly criticized. That decision is, I fear, even worse than originally posited, with the country breaking at the seams, culturally, over...

The Perils of Vindictiveness

The Perils of Vindictiveness

The New York Post runs a "Career Coach" column every monday, wherein a couple readers' letters are answered. This week, the column included a letter from someone who works for a recruiting firm, who noted that his boss instructed him not to refer any candidates who...

Frivolity and the Supremes

Frivolity and the Supremes

One rarely hears "frivolous lawsuit" and "Supreme Court of the United States" spoken together, yet that is the position we find ourselves in. The President's lawyers promised to "unleash the Kraken" of proof of widespread electoral fraud. Instead, fruit-bat-like Rudy...

Sacrificed To Ideology

Sacrificed To Ideology

A COVID-19 vaccine arrived, a product of human ingenuity motivated by crisis. In months, not years. Then, a second. Soon, a third. And, now, the politics. It was inevitable that there'd be debates about who should get immunized first. In a rational society, the...

Emperor Cuomo and The First Amendment

Emperor Cuomo and The First Amendment

I've long held the belief that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has presidential aspirations. That belief has been bolstered of late by a number of his actions and public postures, including his myriad bits of self-congratulation regarding his handling of the COVID-19...

Defending Distrust

Defending Distrust

A common theme, in looking at America's galaxy of ills in the fall 2020, is that we are transitioning from a high trust society to one of low trust. Consider though, if we look at the last two decades, the problem is trust in the competency (and motives) of our...

Jill Biden and the Cancelniks

Jill Biden and the Cancelniks

Joseph Epstein, a writer, essayist, and "visiting lecturer in literature and writing at Northwestern University," set off the kerfuffle of the day with an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal that offered a bit of unsolicited advice to the First Lady-Elect....

They’re Not Even Pretending Any More

They’re Not Even Pretending Any More

For weeks after the New York Post broke its story about Hunter Biden's shady dealings, we were told by the mainstream press that it was all "fake news," foreign propaganda, and wildly unconfirmed claims. We also bore witness to social media giants damping the story on...

Biden, Babies, and Bathwater

Biden, Babies, and Bathwater

Politics of personality is the state of affairs America finds herself in more often than not, usually with problematic outcome. One of the greatest features of libertarianism, at least for me, is its elevation of ideas over idols, and while we do have our idols...

The Gatekeepers’ Panic

The Gatekeepers’ Panic

Remember 2005? It wasn't that long ago. George W. Bush started his second term in office. The Iraq War entered its third year. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iraq's President, and pressed forward with a nuclear program that...

Remembering AOL

Remembering AOL

A bit over 20 years ago, social media was dominated by one company: America Online (AOL). It was a monster, and if you weren't on AOL, you weren't one of the cool kids. AOL's market cap in December, 1999 was $222B (about $350B today). A month later, AOL announced that...

Modern Monetary Stupidity

Modern Monetary Stupidity

An economic notion, Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), has been pulled from the dustbin of history to serve as the foundation for a set political doctrines and proposals currently being espoused by the progressives in America. The word "theory" is the notion's first...

SALT Follies, Revisited

SALT Follies, Revisited

We hear it all the time: Republicans support "tax breaks for the rich," Democrats want the rich to pay "their fair share." All this makes great fodder for those who don't bother to inform themselves of the realities of our tax code, and of taxation in America in...

The Razors of Scrutiny

The Razors of Scrutiny

Highly charged events often produce highly questionable assertions, allegations, opinions masquerading as facts, and armchair erudition. We are inundated with such even in quiet times, and that inundation becomes deluge when things get "interesting." A discerning...

Ideology Trumps Color

Ideology Trumps Color

The post-election parsing has begun in earnest, no matter that we are still several weeks from Biden taking the oath of office. People have noticed that the country did not go whole-hog down the path laid out by the Left, the Justice Democrats, the socialist-wannabes,...

It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

An outsider that looked at a system of 90% disapproval, with 90% non-adaptivity, would conclude there was some kind of fundamental flaw. Most Americans agree this is true of our political system. Ask a spectrum of Americans if they think the system is broken, and...

The Fruits of Hypocrisy

The Fruits of Hypocrisy

New York City's five boroughs are a rather diverse group. Each has its own character, and each produces a distinct breed of New Yorker. Even the two that share a land border - Brooklyn and Queens - have different "feels" and different attitudes. Nowhere is this...

Structural Stupidity

Structural Stupidity

Every so often, a new word becomes de mode in the political sandbox. While the metastasizing social justice movement has provided a veritable deluge of such, along with words to describe those words, oftentimes a "new" word is merely one being used in a new fashion....

Lawsuit Frivolity

Lawsuit Frivolity

Anyone who thought we would escape pandemic year election 2020 without maximum self-inflicted agony has not been paying attention. Naturally, lawyers have added a heapin-helpin. That a judge is throwing out Republican lawsuits in Pennsylvania that contest the election...

The Pandemic and the Public Trust

The Pandemic and the Public Trust

Editors Note: This article is a follow-up to Inconvenience or Devastation, which explores citizens' motivations in complying with pandemic lockdowns. In the grand tradition of dividing people into two groups, today sort people based on their attitude toward public...

Oppressor *And* Savior

Oppressor *And* Savior

The New York Times, the Gray Lady, the former bastion of proper journalism, where legendary editor Abe Rosenthal maintained an iron wall between news and opinion, has become a full-on apparatus of the Democratic Party machine and leftist politics. In other news, water...

Inconvenience, or Devastation?

Inconvenience, or Devastation?

Editors Note: This article is a follow-up to The Politics of Lockdowns, which explores politicians' motives and motivations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on in the COVID crisis, many warned that this fall would bring a second wave of infections, as...

The Politics of Lockdowns

The Politics of Lockdowns

Conspicuous Action. Those two words encapsulate a politician's default response to any crisis (or "crisis" - many dubbed as such do not, considered rationally, deserve that level of emphasis), with the effects or efficacy of the action of secondary relevance. Doing...

The Power Makes The Bully

The Power Makes The Bully

Most Americans agree that we are in a culture war, and most probably agree that temperature is rising. Many see a real possibility of a systemic disruption, despite it being the most enduring political arrangement in the world. With both sides of the political divide...

Will They Listen?

Will They Listen?

Election day finally came and went. The final outcome of the Presidential contest appears to still be several days away, and perhaps weeks if we get into recounts and contested balloting, but at this juncture, it's more likely than not that Joe Biden will be taking...

Care Before Crisis

Care Before Crisis

A common theme, in looking at America's galaxy of ills in the fall of 2020 is that we are moving from being a high trust society into a low trust one. Low trust societies have all sorts of problems, but they boil down to the fact that trust is a lubricant, and less...

That’s Rich

That’s Rich

Much mockery has been made of young socialists in America decrying and denouncing capitalism using social media on their iPhones. Deservedly so - these youngsters routinely fail to realize that the reason their lives are so good, so easy, and so full of the free time...

Sending A Message

Sending A Message

Election Day approacheth. In every iteration since, oh, about 1984, I've viewed its advent with a mix of resignation and detachment. Not apathy - I had and have a strong interest in who'll win and how the political landscape will change as a result, but I've long...

Principled Rejection

Principled Rejection

As I've noted ad nauseam on these pages, too many libertarians love, love, LOVE to denounce each other. More so, even, than their denouncement of non-libertarians of both the Left and the Right. It's shallow moral preening, virtue-signaling, attention-grabbing,...

Weighing Policies

Weighing Policies

"Mixed bag." A phrase I've used more times than I can count in reference to the Trump administration's policies and actions of these past four years. There are things to like, there are things to dislike, and there are things to hate, and that's wholly apart from his...