Trump's Red Herring

Trump Ties

Donald Trump identifies some of the most important economic problems we face, but comes up short on solutions. Failing to emphasize sufficiently the real culprits he winds up focusing on red herrings.

First let’s look […]

Are the Republican Candidates Honest?

Several candidates have participated in a circular firing squad, shooting accusations of dishonesty at each other. Some accusations stick, some don’t.

Donald Trump has nick-named Ted Cruz as “Lying Ted”, because the Cruz campaign told voters that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, when he wasn’t. He adds that Cruz accused him (Trump) […]

Bad Ideas Never Die

Good economic intentions often lead to bad unforeseen consequences.


In 1850, the French economist Frédéric Bastiat wrote an essay: “That which is seen, and that which is unseen”. He said this: “…it almost always happens […]

The Rise of the French National Front – Populist Left – or Free Market Right?

Marine Le Pen and Supporters

Marine Le Pen and Supporters

In the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris, France’s National Front and its leader, Marine Le Pen scored electoral victories in the […]

Does the left believe its own rhetoric?

Does the left believe its own rhetoric?

Take the environment:

Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan notes that

Most of us, when we think “windmills” call up quaint, colorful wooden structures in the Netherlands. But today’s power–generating wind turbines can equal the height of a 30–story building. The end of the blades reach speeds approaching 170 […]

Who lost Iraq?

ExceptionalIn their book Exceptional, Dick and Liz Cheney talk about the rise of ISIS. In March 2014, both of them visited an Arab leader in the Middle East. He unfolded a map on […]

Losing the Public Trust


The desire of our leaders to do good can lead to much harm if, when things go wrong, they start hiding the truth from the rest […]

Moral Tradeoffs and the Muslim refugees

In response to the migrants fleeing the Middle East, our government has just announced that it is raising the refugee quota to 100,000 per year, and that is apart from regular immigrants (in just one year (2013) we admitted 300,000 Muslim immigrants.) In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that Britain will act with its […]

Bernie Sanders, Alexis De Tocqueville, and Hayek's warning

Road_to_Serfdom When Hitler came to power in Germany, Friedrich Hayek, an Austrian who had been following the rise of totalitarian movements, had already moved to England. There he wrote a book of warning to the […]

Stonewalled: Does our Government Lie to Us?

stonewalledIn the book “Stonewalled”, Sharyl Attkisson shows the answer is “yes”.

Myself, I had thought that the Fast and Furious scheme was simply an effort to trace how guns get to Mexican […]

Obama targets the internet.

Ajit Pai is a very worried commissioner at the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Specifically, he is very critical about the Obama plan to regulate the internet, which will not be released to the public until it becomes law. On the FCC website, he has posted the following: The American people are being misled about President […]

Environmentalists Against the Environment

Those who claim to champion the environment in practice are its greatest enemies. Herewith just a few examples:

The Endangered Species Act is supposed to protect the eagle, providing harsh penalties for harming one eagle, egg, or even unoccupied habitat.

In an article in Reason magazine, Brian Seasholes writes “This gives property-owners a strong incentive […]

Counterproductive Sixties

1960svlncAmerican campuses were in constant uproar during the late sixties. Now they are calm again, but they are very different places than they used to be. For instance, we have “speech […]

Intellectual Dishonesty – The Case of the Fan Club of Che Guevara

chgvrRobert Redford produced a movie about Che Guevara called “The Motorcycle Diaries.” It was based on Che’s real diaries, no doubt modified by the Cuban government, but what disappoints me greatly about Redford is that he wasn’t […]

Standing by Our Allies - and What Happens When we Don't


Most of us agree we should stand by our friends, and that we should keep our promises. However, the U.S. has a decidedly mixed record in doing this. I will look at that record, but the […]

War Profiteers or Heroes – The Story of Blackwater

blackwaterA young American visited Nicaragua when it first had a Marxist government, and he describes what he saw..:

The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights believed that Daniel Ortega, a Marxist who’d come to power when his […]

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