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Archive for October, 2009
Will Layoffs be based on Diversity?

In recent weeks, the USA Today and National Public Radio have crowed that this recession is different: most of  those losing jobs were men (and predominantly white). This is “encouraging” according to these news outlets. Why is it good? Because a majority of the workforce is now made up of women; and blacks have…
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Nice Nobel!

With so much press coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Prize in economics has not been discussed much.  I am an economist, but I’m not really complaining.  The other prizes haven’t received much press coverage either, and most people don’t have that much interest in economics anyway.  (That’s not to say they’re…
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“I am Woman”: Sharia is OK with Me

Surprise, surprise: multicultural dogma and concern for “the Other” have seeped from college campuses to the highest corridors of power (again). To wit: The first veiled female appointee in the White House, Dalia Mogahed, member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mogahed recently appeared on an Islamic television show in…
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Partisan Politics—A Fool’s Game for the Masses

Because I despise politics in general, and the two major parties in this country in particular, I go through life constantly bemused by all the weight that people put on partisan political loyalties and on adherence to the normative demarcations the parties promote. Henry Adams observed that “politics, as a practice, whatever its professions,…
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Biological Determinism, as with Marxist Determinism, is Folly

James Montanye’s recent posting on reciprocal rights theory and altruism provides the standard evolutionary biological (evo-devo) view, but as such fails to explain pure altruism or “radical altruism” and is inadequate to defend any consistent system of political economy and morality, including natural law and natural rights, individual liberty and the rule of law….
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Man in the Moon Protests Obama Peace Prize

The Man in the Moon issued a statement protesting the naming of U.S. President Barack Obama as this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on the same day as the unprovoked missile attack against his unarmed, peaceful nether-regions. On Earth, others similarly questioned the designation, citing continuing U.S. involvement in conflicts around the…
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Lou Dobbs (Yes, Lou Dobbs): Petition to Bring Home All Troops

I rarely agree with Lou Dobbs but am gladdened to find out that he has adopted a radical Ron Paulian stand on foreign policy. He is promoting a petition to bring home all U.S. troops from overseas. This is a hopeful sign that some elements on the right are beginning to question Obama’s wars….
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The Rationales Behind Empire Shift Again

Under the Age of Obama, as some conservatives like George Will begin to question how much these open-ended foreign occupations serve US interests, and the left is stuck with a president pushing for a war that many of them had opposed, the rationales behind continuing US imperialism are beginning to shift again. Now Code…
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Spreading the Wealth: An Introduction to Political Biology

President Obama’s commitment to use the compulsions of regulation, tax policy, and individual mandates to “spread the wealth” prompts thinking men and women of good virtue to wonder anew whether Karl Marx and his acolytes were right about communism’s inevitability. Economic theory predicts that collectivist policies of the sort now being advanced are inherently…
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Fox’s Shephard Smith Defends the Public Option

A fascinating and frustrating exchange. Smith is exactly right that mandatory insurance without a public option is hardly a victory for the American people: Over the last ten years health care costs in America have skyrocketed. Regular folks cannot afford it. So, they tax the system by not getting preventative medicine. They go to…
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