The Democrats’ Next Debate Controversy, Over Larry Lessig, Could Be A Doozy

lwrnclsg4prsdntThe Republicans have finished up their first two rounds of presidential debate.

Next up, the Democrats’ first presidential debate on October 13th. The fireworks have started.

The Democrats’ debate process is proving controversial. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz recently, according to and given national […]

Brutal Imperialism: The Deeper Political Meaning Of 9/11

islmcemrUpon the anniversary of the infamous 9/11 it is instructive to put that and current events into an overarching context. 9/11 was an act of terrorism and a very effective one. That said, it was more than that. By understanding the “more” we are better equipped to […]

How Donald Trump’s Campaign Spending Shows He’s Not A Serious Contender

dnldtrmpmnyDonald Trump, in the first debate, made a telling comment. “Well I’m a natural negotiator and I like leverage, to be honest with you.”

The Donald Trump candidacy has been from before inception a highly leveraged operation. Trump shrewdly has leveraged his celebrity, his novelty, and […]

Hey Elizabeth Warren, Crony Socialism, Not Crony Capitalism, Is The Problem

elzbthwrn2A Progressive axiom, made central by Sen. Warren, is that “Many feel that the game is rigged against them, and they are right. The game is rigged against them.” This theme is echoed by Sen. Sanders and, slightly paraphrased, by Secretary Clinton.

Their alleged perp? “Crony […]

If The Fed Is Always Wrong How Can Its Policies Ever Be Right?

fdrsrvOne of the most curiously persistent surrealisms of Washington, DC is the reflexive deference given the Federal Reserve System. The Washington elite tends to accord more infallibility to the Fed than do Catholics the Pope.

Now comes one of the world’s top monetary reporters, Ylan Q. Mui, […]

Politics Noir: Donald Trump, Chinatown, Breaking Bad, House Of Cards

dnldtrmp1“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

Donald Trump continues to dominate and fascinate. Why?

Politics, like comic books, thrillers, detective stories, science fiction, professional wrestling, movies and TV is a pulp medium. We Credentialed Members Of The Media Elite wish to sanctify it (and, thereby, ourselves). But come on. […]

As Bernie Sanders Dismantles Hillary Clinton Let The GOP Discover Human Capitalism

brnsndrsWhile the Mass Media has been obsessing on the Donald Trump phenomenon, Bernie Sanders has been packing stadiums. Sanders’s Madison speech pulled in nearly twice as many as Mrs. Clinton’s official campaign kickoff event (which The Atlantic dubbed “uninspiring”). Mrs. Clinton’s relaunches and presentations continue to draw tepid […]

On To Immense Prosperity: The Brady-Cornyn Monetary Commission Proposes To Lead The Fed Out Of Uncharted Territory

fdrlrsrv2We pixel-stained wretches of the Mass Media lately have been busy as ever transfixing you with spectacles. Meanwhile, something really important — softly outside the melodrama — has occurred. Trillions of dollars — including your dollars — in the real economy and in the stock and bond […]

Reagan Economist Larry Kudlow Reveals The Republicans’ Secret Agenda

rchThe Revelation: “All we want,” said Kudlow, “is for everybody to get richer.”

Therein hangs a tale. And therein, perhaps, hangs the outcome of a presidential race.

The Republican Party (much to the astonishment of practically everyone) is composed exclusively of … people. It thus is subject […]

At Long Last Jeb Bush And Rand Paul Throw The 2016 Presidential Race Into Overdrive

jbbsh-rndplLast month the GOP suddenly awoke.

As Michael Tomasky wrote in the March 19 issue of the New York Review of Books:

As matters are shaping up so far, the sense of many people I speak to is that the election appears destined to be about the […]

Could The Fast Track For The Trans-Pacific Partnership Be A Bad Thing?

TPPWriting about TPP, “Fast Track,” and all the associated skirmishing is made somewhat difficult by the secrecy of the legislative text. That said, supply-side thought leader John Tamny declares “The TPP is a no-brainer.” (If Tamny means free trade is a no-brainer he surely is right.) So […]

The Shoes Of Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul And Others Reveal The Truth

hlryclntnpntstsForget the speeches, the debates, the Dark Money, the white papers, the talking points, the high gloss commercials. The secret to the character — and agenda — of the presidential candidates is hidden in plain sight. Don’t “follow the money.” Follow the shoes.

No less of a […]

If The Republicans Won’t Win The Argument There’s No Way They’ll Win The War

clmtdnrs“Climate Denier.”

One of the environmental advocates who coined this term recently revealed to Jean Chemnick, a reporter for E&E, one of the Left’s most potent weapons in dominating the policy discourse (even while, often although not always, losing political battles). Call it the “framing war.”

Chemnick […]

Confessing My Secret Love Affair With John Maynard Keynes

Universal ManLet me now publicly reveal my long love affair with John Maynard Keynes. On June 5th, stationed on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, I raised my annual toast to the memory of this great man on the anniversary of his birth.

This year […]

The Left’s Plan: Undoing The ‘Reagan-Gingrich-Bush Legacy’

rgnbdThe upcoming 2016 presidential election is a very big deal. As the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky sums it up — in all its passionate intensity — in Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal.

We haven’t had a liberal Supreme Court majority in this country in 35 years. […]

What The ‘Bourbon Shortage’ And The Kentucky Derby Can Teach Us About The Fed

amrcnphrhThere is an urban legend that there is a looming Bourbon Supply Crisis. (Heaven Forfend!) Meanwhile, American Pharoah, as expected, won the Kentucky Derby. Both circumstances contain a homey lesson about the Federal Reserve System’s conduct of monetary policy.

Let’s start with bourbon. According to a recent article […]

The UK Left’s Political Martyrdom: Welcome to the Church of State

brnsndrsprsdntProgressives are a Faithful lot. They live, and die, by a Creed. Welcome to the Church of State.

We saw the religiosity at work again recently in the United Kingdom. We saw Martyrdom.

When the voters toss out a Left-wing political party (two, actually) for having moved […]

Meet The Political David To Hillary Clinton’s Goliath

Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator from Rhode Island, announces his support for Obama on Thrusday morning in East Grand Rapids at the Obama headquarters. Paul L. Newby, II I The Grand Rapids Press

Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator from Rhode Island, announces his support for Obama […]

Economics So Simple, Even Politicians Will Understand

Popular Economics What the Rolling Stones Downton Abbey and LeBron James Can Teach You About EconomicsA specter, to paraphrase the opening line of The Communist Manifesto, is haunting America. That specter is the economics profession itself.

Economics has become immersed in arcane modeling. Modeling does not really […]

The Political Implications Of Kelley Paul’s “True and Constant Friends”

True and Constant Friends Love and Inspiration from our Grandmothers Mother and FriendsAmericans have a deep ambivalence about the role of First Lady.

In a 1992 segment of Nightline correspondent Jackie Judd observed,

Americans are most comfortable, for example, with first ladies who are gracious, stand […]

Bring On A Republican Pride Movement!

rpblcnprdRepublicans! To the barricades, mes enfants!

As The National Journal noted late last year, in an article entitled It’s Hard Out There For A Bay Area Conservative, “‘Conservatives in Northern California ‘have been beaten into submission,’ says Chris Pareja, host of a weekly political television show […]

“It’s The Economy, Stupid!” What Could Really Hurt The Republicans In 2016

obmecnmy“It’s the economy, stupid!” The weirdest thing about the onrushing 2016 presidential cycle is the scarcity of a GOP economic growth theme. Missing, too, is a serious growth agenda. That gap — not demographics, nor electoral college math — is the GOP’s most serious deficiency in its […]

How Rand Paul Thinks Different

rndpldctrFrom Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. Senator Rand Paul declared his candidacy for the presidency. The run-up had all the pageantry now associated with such affairs: prayers, recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and well-produced campaign videos galore.

There also was something […]

The Science Fictional Foundation Under Paul Krugman, Part One

plkrgmnPaul Krugman, a few years ago, wrote at length to extol the magnum opus of science fiction grandmaster, Isaac Asimov, the Foundation Trilogy. Prof. Krugman’s reflections thereon are of keen interest.

I met Asimov once, 40+ years ago, at a world science fiction convention. I even […]

The 'Live and Let Live' Philosophy That Informs The Policies Of Rand Paul


The author interviewing Rand Paul.

Libertarianism no longer seriously can be considered marginal. It has emerged as an important part of our public discourse.

Sen. Rand Paul writes, “They say the libertarian moment has arrived. If you want to understand and be part of that moment, read David […]

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