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Paul Krugman, economist, propaganda,

Dead Economists Walking?

Zombies don’t exist. Not like in the movies. Or like in the pages of The New York Times. The Times’s economist Paul Krugman has a new book out, Arguing with Zombies, and, if I ever had the tiniest margin of utility nudging me towards reading it, John Goodman’s review in

freedom, prohibition, rules, regulations, red tape, bureaucracy,

The Exceptions Disprove the Rules

“I’ve instructed my prosecutors not to charge certain low-level nonviolent offenses to avoid people being held in jail unnecessarily,” Maryland’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby informed the state’s Republican governor. She also urged the governor “to release all inmates in state prisons who are over 60,” explains The Washington Times, “approved

price gouging, price freeze, scalping,

Gouging vs. Kicking

New crisis, old reactions. The market has failed, we are told, to handle the coronavirus pandemic . . . even though it has just begun. We hear demands for vast public takings (California Gov. Gavin Newsom commandeering hotels to add quarantine stations and hospital beds), huge transfer programs (including gargantuan

British Liberty, British Flag, Brexit,

Albion, Weak or Strong?

The European Union is an anti-democratic, quasi-tyrannical mess. And Great Britain, having Brexited over the weekend, has a chance at a clean-up job. But that doesn’t mean that Britain won’t go down a very dark path, creating an even bigger mess. Freedom provides opportunities to fail as well as to

California, socialism, labor, progressivism, Democrats

The Anti-Worker Ism

Progressives who lean socialist used to hide their worst intentions. Now they are letting it all hang out. There have always been overt socialists in the U.S., of course. They would sometimes protest the reluctance of fellow travelers to fully embrace socialism’s moniker. But the sentiment “Ah, screw it, let’s

Pizza, DeBlasio, New York, New Year,

Served and Disserved, New York Style

“Jacking up your prices on people trying to celebrate the holidays? Classy, @dominos,” tweeted former presidential aspirant and current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “To the thousands who came to Times Square last night to ring in 2020,” continued  Hizzoner’s New Year’s Day message from his official city

plunger, flag, regulations, laws, Trump, flush,

Plunger Politics

President Donald Trump may win re-election because he dares speak the truth about toilets. A Washington Post tweet presents the president talking about the insanity of American plumbing: “People are flushing toilets ten times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water.” Jeffrey Tucker, in a

Yuh-Line Niou, housing, regulations,

Location, Location, Dislocation

“While Lower Manhattan is desperately in need of affordable housing,” writes Yuh-Line Niou in an official statement of her re-election campaign for New York State Assembly, “we cannot pit the need for housing against the need for green space, especially when so many good alternatives are available. . . .”

Kamala Harris, pay gap, lie

The 79¢ Lie

Sen. Kamala Harris successfully bears aloft the banner of Barack Obama. As “a person of color”? Yeah, sure — but mainly by pandering to ignorant ideologues. “Look, women are still not paid equal for equal work in America,” she said recently at a campaign stop. The Daily Wire notes that

savings bond, family, interest rates, economics, savings,

Negative Logic

“The idea that negative interest rates will produce loans and generate growth,” concludes Richard Rahn in a Washington Times op-ed, “is not supported by the evidence to date.” Citing current markets for Danish and Swiss bonds, Rahn states that “approximately 30 percent of the global government bond issues are now

body cam, camera, police, feds, federal, crime, law,

Don’t Follow the Feds

“Federal agents never wear body cameras,” The Washington Post reports, “and they prohibit local officers from wearing them on their joint operations.” That’s why a growing number of local law enforcement agencies are doing what Atlanta’s police chief and mayor “decided late last month,” pulling “out of joint task forces

Kamala Harris, statistics, pay gap, sexism,

Why Lie?

Democratic presidential contender and U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris leaned in to the big lie. Debuting a new proposal to “close the gender pay gap,” she declared that, “In America today, women for the same work, for the equal work, on average make 80 cents on the dollar, black

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