Monday, July 18, 2016

Your Life is Yours, by Robert Gore | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

History's greatest heist, swindle, and travesty has been the never-ending effort to convince those who produce that they owe something to those who don't. Slavery can be imposed by force, but it's not especially productive. Convince producers that their lives are yours, and you get the production without the whips and chains. That has been the philosopher's stone for every half-baked collectivist, redistributionist, populist, authoritarian, totalitarian pipe dreamer who ever became or wanted to become a "leader," and their motley cohorts.

This is a very good article.  Pretty much sums up the argument for the free market.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This Map Shows the Average Income of the Top 1% by Location

Interesting map.  Anyone know much about this?  I was surprised a bit by the strength of the midwest.  From Texas all the way to North Dakota.  Texas has oil but what supports the rest of the midwest?  The left and right seaboard concentrations are not surprising.  Most of them are the major urban, metropolises.  Fairfax County,Va, right outside Washington DC, was not in the top ten.  I thought it would be.  Lots of money in South Fla.  Retirement money?  But, that's not income.  What do you think?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ruling class redefinitions no more equal protection

From the article: 
The ruling class's component groups jointly dismiss America's traditional liberties because they aim to replace them with their own primacy. Having seized the power to redefine liberty, our rulers tighten their definitions around their opponents' necks like nooses. Since their desire for primacy has no limit, they can't stop tightening. The norms that they demand that we honor help sustain each constituency by letting its members feel good about themselves while looking down on others. Their "dignitary interests" (to use Justice Kennedy's term for who must be honored vs. those who must submit to being vilified) simply trump those of others. This is why the ruling class demonizes any questioning of its demands' substance by imposing modern equivalents of the slave-era "gag rule." They wage identity politics as war.

This is a bit long but really good stuff.  Codevilla nails it.  Notice, he does not talk about Left and Right, or Democrat and Republican.  He talks about the "ruling class".  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Obama should stop smearing cops by calling them racist | New York Post

From the article: 
Hours before the murders of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, President Obama was again spouting false claims about racism by the police. He sees racism whenever there is any disparity in outcomes, no matter what the cause.
Obama and others inflame passions, but take no responsibility, and instead use events to push for more gun control. Yet, shouting racism can endanger the lives of police officers. The Dallas police chief tells us one of the shooters "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."

Inflammatory, false claims about police racism not only endanger the lives of police officers, they can also lead to higher crime rates — especially in heavily black areas. If Obama really cares about poor blacks, he should be more careful getting his facts right.

The thought that keeps rolling through my head today - Are we starting to unravel?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

ARRA News Service: Bill Gates And Other Billionaires Backing A Nuclear Renaissance

From the article: 
"While it may be theoretically possible to stabilize the climate without nuclear power, in the real world there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power."

Why is it, this reality can't seem to gain traction.  We continue to denigrate nuclear power because we are old to be afraid of it yet "the fact that the statistical probability of serious accidents is pretty low. They focus on the "What if?" and neglect the other side of the coin. But let's try to see both sides of the issue."  The Navy has been successfully using nuclear power for many years.  

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87 - The New York Times

But by the sheer force of his personality and his gift for the haunting phrase, Mr. Wiesel, who had been liberated from Buchenwald as a 16-year-old with the indelible tattoo A-7713 on his arm, gradually exhumed the Holocaust from the burial ground of the history books.
It was this speaking out against forgetfulness and violence that the Nobel committee recognized when it awarded him the peace prize in 1986.
"Wiesel is a messenger to mankind," the Nobel citation said. "His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that the forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief."

An extraordinary man has died.  Where do we get men like this?  To survive such horror and then to teach and live such good lives.  I am also reminded of Viktor Frankl.  Another Jew who survived the camps.  RIP Elie Wiesel.