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Oil’s Bad that Ends Bad

Sometimes socialism seems reasonable. Emphasis on “seems.” Take natural resource socialism. Ores and oil are “just there in the ground” and “belong to everybody.” So it “just makes sense” that “the people” should “own” the mining and drilling and refining industries, and run these operations to share the profits to






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The Shadow of Incompetence and Racism

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore Hillary Clinton . . . Out from the Land of Might Have Been blurps the “news from nowhere” as to what Mrs. Clinton’s cabinet would have been. Some are calling it the “ghost cabinet,” the sadder version of a shadow cabinet.






Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal, Independent Citizens Commission, Senator Jon Woods

Hog-Wild Corruption

Former Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal pled guilty last week to a felony charge of conspiring “with an Arkansas state senator to use their official positions to appropriate government money to certain nonprofits in exchange for bribes.” Neal, who embraced graft his first month in office, received $38,000 in “legislating-around”






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Town, County, Stasis

The savvier economists (and intellectuals like Steven Pinker) like to remind us that it is progress that must be explained; poverty is natural. But when you see poverty settle in like an infestation of slime mold, staining a whole modern city or region, you begin to wonder. As Ron Bailey






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A Futility Triptych

Port Angeles is a quaint town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in Washington State. It now sports three state-of-the-art wind turbines. Which were purchased with more than just generating electricity in mind. “They were also meant to educate folks about wind power,” City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch said recently.






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A Hailstorm of Orthodoxy

Don’t worry, scientist Roger Pielke, Jr., informs us. He is doing fine — he has tenure. It is too bad, though, that he no longer works in climate science. He was drummed out of that endeavor by journalists, big-monied foundations, and the White House. Are you skeptical? Well, drill down






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Thanksgivings, 1623 AD

The Pilgrims we were taught about in school deserve a Paul Harveyesque “Rest of the Story” treatment. Most students were not told about how they tried communism before they wised up, though I actually had a teacher who made a point of it. Yes, initially, the “community” owned everything, and






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Virtually Useless

Here is something I don’t quite understand about us moderns — we, oh-so-sophisticated citizens of the world; we who say that government is instituted to help us . . . but often we expect almost no real help when it comes to even the basics. Take this very “virtual” venue:






Bill Clinton, First Gentleman

The Problem with Ruth Marcus

Channeling The Sound of Music’s Mother Superior, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus asks, “How do you solve a problem like Bill Clinton?” Marcus means Bill’s problematic possible return to the White House, the scene of his crimes, as First Dude in a new Clinton Administration — specifically his difficulties with






Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Mosul, Syria, Turkey, illustration

The Un-gaffe-able Hillary Clinton

What a troublesome election season. My wife and I have argued for days . . . over which one of us first blurted out that Clinton’s statement about Mosul, Iraq, in the final presidential debate, was flat-out wrong. Geographically. Map-wise. Iraqi and Kurdish troops (with U.S. “advisors” and air cover)






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Successful Strategy Fails

A dark cloud hangs over tonight’s debate. Not the sex assault scandals. Not the WikiLeaks email apocalypse. Not even the banning of Gov. Gary Johnson from the debate stage. I refer, instead, to the obvious failure of American foreign policy. Last week, U.S. warships in the Red Sea received missile






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Trump’s Road Rage

There is no reason why the states shouldn’t handle their own infrastructure. Not only in funding, but in direction and method of production and “distribution.” But politicians aiming for the presidency tend not to even consider that heresy. And journalists, of course, tend to rah-rah for the nationalist planning notion,






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