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Socialists and Capitalism

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio helped snag Amazon for his city. Yes, the long-awaited destination of Amazon’s HQ2 has been determined. Amazon is not putting all its eggs into the Queens borough, though: there’s another headquarters . . . to be placed near Washington, D.C. The mayor seems quite

Cuomo, Mayor, New York

Il Duce Cuomo

A federal judge has ruled that the National Rifle Association has a plausible case against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; the NRA’s lawsuit, alleging that the organization’s rights have been violated by the governor, is going ahead. As related by Jacob Sullum in two pieces over at Reason, Cuomo sure

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Socialism Is Anti-Democracy

Common sense politics must peer beneath the superficial attractions of “democratic socialism.” In “Civil Liberties and Socialism Don’t Mix,” Matthew Harwood explains why those who call themselves democratic socialists may “say they believe in civil liberties” nevertheless “will always be hostile to individual freedom.” In this short Reason piece, Mr.

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Burning Isn’t the Only Way to Attack Books

The U.S. Copyright Office is enforcing an unjust and destructive law merely because it is there. Selectively enforcing. Valancourt Books prints books on demand. It keeps no stocks of books in a warehouse in between orders. Even so, the Copyright Office is demanding to be supplied with physical copies of

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Big Government Apologetics

Journalists play different roles. Too few report. Too many engage in elaborate apologetics for favored causes. Like big government. Take this headline: “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — and Authoritarianism.” Guess: reporting, or bending over backwards to save socialism? The article’s summary of the decline and fall of

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More of the Same?

For those who hated NAFTA, and have supported Donald Trump in his complaints about “the very bad deal” that the North American Free Trade Agreement [allegedly] has been, I ask: what was bad about NAFTA that isn’t in Donald Trump’s new version, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement? Actual question. I am

British Labour MP Lucy Powell, censorship, UK

Censorship for Unity

“Social media has given extremists a new tool with which to recruit and radicalise,” writes British Labour MP Lucy Powell in The Guardian.  And just where are people “being exposed to extremist material”? On Facebook! “Instead of small meetings in pubs or obscure websites in the darkest corners of the

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Retreat to Atlanta

“California is the place you oughta be” — or so sang Jerry Scoggins for The Beverly Hillbillies. That may still hold true, if you are an oil millionaire retiring to a pleasant climate. But if you are trying to make your fortune, the direction is outbound. Take, for example, the

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An Evil Ism

With “democratic socialism” again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide. As I mentioned on Monday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie suspects that this response is not very convincing to people tempted by socialism.

The Irony Law of Socialism

Under capitalism, said the old socialists, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Today’s socialists admit this hoary “immiseration thesis” is old hat. “The socialist argument against capitalism isn’t that it makes us poor,” explains City University of New York Professor Corey Robin in the New York Times.

The Ambit of an Ambition

“The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, staking a big claim for the future in this year’s State of the Union Address. Juncker wants the EU to be a shiny new “global player,” but shies

Cornel West, socialism, socialist, Venezuela, starvation

Pulling It Off

Give democratic socialism a chance?  So says Dr. Cornel West, the “provocative democratic intellectual” who serves as one of eight honorary co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America.  This accomplished Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, explained to Fox News host

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