The 37 million uninsured that you’ve kept going on about aren’t helpless victims. All along, they have been making a cunning decision not to pay their fair share. Obamacare is going to upset their lives and they ain’t gonna be happy about it. ...MORE
It’s not just the folks getting cut back to 29 hours per week that are getting hammered by Obamacare. ...MORE
FOR about a year now, our "progressive" friends have been amping up a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Now President Obama is joining the chorus. It's all part of the liberal war on "inequality."
This, of course, is shocking to me, because I thought that the science on the minimum wage was settled. Simply put, the minimum wage does three things:
WHEN a kid dies of an untreated dental abscess, who's to blame? I'm talking about Deamonte Driver, a kid from Maryland. It's a story from Avik Roy's book "How Medicaid Fails the Poor," retailed by Mona Charen. When Deamonte complained of a toothache in September 2006, his mother began calling around, seeking a dentist who would take a patient with Medicaid coverage. When she finally found a ...
IN our age we are taught from our cradle to honor altruism and fear selfishness. Of course, we are social animals and we survive by sticking together and helping each other. And our mothers start working on us at an early age: "don't be selfish, share your toys." On the other hand, our Marxist friends like to conjure up a collectivist golden age when everyone got along and people worked ...
EVEN as the mechanical vice of Obamacare slowly clamps itself on the American people, so that they are forced into a one-size-fits-all plan for healthcare, mandated by a committee of lifer bureaucrats at the IPAB, you still see stuff like this.
"Talent Just Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free Riding." That's a book by Orly Lobel, a law professor at the University of San Diego. Talented people just don't want to be mewed up at some big institution. They want, they need to be free to job-hop and re-skill, as the mood takes them.
Lobel critiques the dog-in-the-manger attitude of big institutions.
She identifies a “control mentality” in many companies that locks up employees and stifles creativity through the aggressive use of noncompete contracts and copyrights on inventions. She thinks bosses are too worried about “brain drain” to recognize the opportunities for “brain gain.”Today in my AT piece "The People of the Lie" I make a joke about the internal contradictions between the managerial liberalism of the Progressive Era and the community-organizer liberalism of today's "progressives."
FIFTY years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald, an avowed Marxist who had traveled to the Soviet Union and had a curious relationship with the Castro regime in Cuba. So it makes complete sense that for fifty years liberals have been blaming the assassination on right-wing hate in Dallas. For seventy years, since the end of World War II, ...
ON the O'Reilly Factor, Dr. Charles Krauthammer tried to pour oil on the troubled waters of the Republican divide. All this is just a question of tactics, he said. But conservative firebrand Jeffrey Lord begs to differ. Republican moderates, he argues, are willing to accede to the leftwards ratchet. Republican conservatives want to ratchet the government to the right. Moderate George W. ...
THE NFL "toughening up" scandal involving offensive lineman Richie Incognito and rookie Jonathan Maartin raises an interesting question. What about toughening up? What about hazing? Is it a bad thing or a good thing? After all, all military training involves some kind of "boot camp" in which recruits are deliberately given a "hard time". For what exactly? Is it to make recruits into ...
THE last century has seen a great ideological war about the foundation of the good society, and that war has really been about capitalism. Is it a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? In about the middle of the 19th century, capitalism became, for a growing sector of western society, a scandal, and that sector is identified with the name of Karl Marx. It seemed to young Germans like Marx, in the decade...
OBVIOUSLY, with the rollout of Obamacare, liberals are in a tight spot. And we know why. It goes back to Hillarycare and the "Harry and Louise" TV commercials run by the insurance industry. Harry and Louise liked their health insurance and they didn't think that a plan devised by a Hillarycare bureaucrat would be good for them. That's why President Obama had to lie, again and again, and say ...
THE TROUBLES of Obamacare serves all those liberals right. But you can still feel for CNN’s kid now in medical school that voted with enthusiasm for Obama and now wonders what went wrong.
But if the kid still thinks that the Affordable Care Act is a “great... accomplishment” and that “partisan obstructionism has upended too many efforts to push our nation forward” then it is clear that his education has done nothing ...
Conservatives are all shouting delighted fiascos at the pathetic debut of Obamacare. ...
THE GREAT EVENT of the second millennium was the rise of the world-historical middle class.... more
Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education
Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system
James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor
James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls
E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in
Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century
F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law
Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract
John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present
James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.
David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century
David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state
Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again
David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China
Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation
Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state
David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world
Work to restore the Road to the Middle Class. Heres how. Ground it in faith. Grade it with education. Protect it with mutual aid. Defend it with the law. more>>
The Road to the Middle Class is a journey from a world of power to a world of trust and love. In religion, it is a journey from power gods that respond to sacrifice and augury to the God who makes a covenant with mankind. In education, it is a journey from the world of the spoken word to the world of the written word. In community, it is the journey from dependence on blood kin and upon clientage under a great lord to the mutual aid and the rules of the self-governing fraternal association. In law it is the journey from the violence of force and feud to the kingŽs peace, the law of contract, and private property.
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
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