Tag: progressivism
Joseph Stiglitz: The Price of Inequality

Although Joseph Stiglitz has a reputation as one of the most prominent defenders of big government, I found much to agree with in his book, The Price of Inequality.  It does appear to me that throughout the political spectrum, from left to right, there is a substantial consensus that government is the cause of…
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You Didn’t Build That Business, and You Don’t Run It, Either

During the 2012 campaign, President Obama famously said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, someone else made it happen.” And now, it appears, if you’ve got a business, someone else makes what you do with it happen, too. Imagine you’re a Jewish tailor, the child of holocaust survivors. Into your shop…
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Just Say No to Jobs for the Young and Unskilled

As pictured here, Governor Jerry Brown has signed new minimum wage legislation that ups the minimum productivity to be employed in California to $9 per hour starting next year, and $10 per hour in 2016. Supervisors will also have to increase their productivity if they want to stay employed. The San Francisco Chronicle offers…
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The Difference between God and Congress

In Letters to a Diminished Church, Dorothy Sayers writes about God’s incarnation as Jesus: …for whatever reason God chose to make man as he is—limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death—he [God] had the honesty and courage to take his own medicine. Whatever game he is playing with his creation, he has…
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The Pro-Liberty Message in Man of Steel

I have pretty low expectations for Superman movies, so I was both impressed and pleasantly surprised to find myself entertained as well as see an important pro-liberty theme embedded in the movie Man of Steel. Leaving aside problems of excessively long special effects and a few plot holes, the 2013 version of the Superman…
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Classical Liberalism’s Impossible Dream

I can understand why someone might embrace classical liberalism. I did so myself more than forty years ago. People become classical liberals for two main reasons, which are interrelated: first, because they come to understand that free markets “work” better than government-controlled economic systems in providing prosperity and domestic peace; second, because people come…
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Bush Wasn’t a Conservative and Obama Isn’t a Liberal

Americans need to stop picking the politicians they support based on how those politicians self-identify. Each of us needs to know what values we hold, and when all the evidence shows that the guy claiming to represent those values doesn’t, give up the party line. Conservatives are supposed to be for limited government—both in…
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Rand Paul’s Filibuster Divides the Left and Right

Senator Rand Paul’s thirteen-hour filibuster of Obama’s appointee for CIA chief, John Brennan, was the ninth longest filibuster in U.S. history, and unlike most such spectacles in U.S. history, it concerned fundamental, core issues of American liberty. It will go down in the history books as one of the very few great moments in…
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Hurray for Washington!

The culmination of last night’s Oscars broadcast with a Live! feed from the White House with Mrs. Obama (hangin’ with her military BFs) marks the official recognition of the Presidency as theater: like the old Western sets, no substance required. From the very beginning, President Obama was elected based on his strong delivery of…
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The 16th Amendment: A Transfer of Power from the States to the Federal Government

The biggest effect of the 16th Amendment has been to shift the balance of power toward the federal government and away from the states.

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