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Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Seattle, taxes, homeless tax, business

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is …

A half a year ago, when trying to make sense of the much-publicized search for Amazon’s “HQ2” — a second headquarters city, away from Seattle — I concentrated on the subsidies that cities and metro areas were apparently throwing at Amazon. It all seemed desperate, indecent. But there was a story

schools, corruption, D.C., Washington, education, cheating, incentives, teachers, union

Reading, Writing & Racketeering

When I attended a public school — many decades ago, in a galaxy far, far away — teachers told students that cheating was unacceptable and would be punished. Harshly. Today, the idea has students laughing — all the way to graduation. Last year, after DC Public Schools officials breathlessly announced

public schools, education, democracy,, propaganda, ignorance

Grading Democracy on the Curve

Voters, we are told, are amazingly ignorant. So, what to do? “Ultimately, the ideal democracy is one in which as many citizens as possible vote,” writes Dambisa Moyo at The Guardian, “and the voters are armed with the most objective information. Yet today only a fraction of the electorate are

Trump, dictator, war powers, Congress, Executive, power, incompetence

Matter-of-After-the-Fact

“For some time now,” writes Sen. Rand Paul for The American Conservative, “Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war.” Kentucky’s junior senator knows how unconstitutional this is. “The Founders left the power to make war in the legislature on purpose and with good reason,” Rand Paul explains — correctly.

prom dress, cultural appropriation, racism, political correctness, Keziah Daum

The Propriety of Cultural “Appropriation”

Young Keziah Daum committed a terrible crime. She wore a traditional Chinese dress and displayed it online. No wonder she was chastised by hordes of frothing guardians of cultural purity. Many Chinese themselves say they find the criticism baffling. Perhaps they are burdened by common sense. They are probably not

Studio System, antitrust, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon

The Studio System: The Sequel

Evermore virtue signaling, everless virtue — that pretty much encapsulates Oscars’ night. The industry that brought us Harvey Weinstein and the occasion for #MeToo made the 90th Academy Awards two months ago unwatchable for most of us. Now, as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences loses touch with

free speech, Trump, First Amendment, rights, college, campus, tolerance

Exit Strategy Advised

The First Amendment applies only against governments, but our free speech rights can be violated by nearly anyone. These days, these rights are most notoriously and routinely violated by mobs of students . . . attending colleges and universities nearly all of which depend upon taxpayer subsidies. David E. Bernstein,

Spencer Byrd, crime, asset forfeiture, police, Chicago, law enforcement, theft, stealing, government

Guilty of Innocence

If you are innocent of a crime, should you be punished as if guilty? Despite no arrest, no trial, no conviction? If you say “Yes,” raise your hand. I see no raised hands among my regular readers. But my readers don’t include the wicked Chicago officials who impounded the automobile

Milo Yiannopoulis, Democratic Socialists of America, Churchill Tavern, New York, Nazi

Include/Exclude

The right of free assembly is central to a free society. Not everyone understands this. Last week, conservative/“cultural libertarian” provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis went into the Churchill Tavern in New York to dine with fellow gay journalist Chadwick Moore. Also in the establishment? The New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists

Citizen Kang, Simpsons, Bernie Sanders, socialism, health care, income, welfare

Twirling Towards Freedom?

Does Bernie Sanders remind you of “Citizen Kang”? Vermont’s [S]ocialist Senator is whipping up a new plan for America: to “guarantee a job with at least a $15-per-hour wage and health benefits to every adult American ‘who wants or needs one,’” we are told. What was it that the slavering

Cuba, New York Times, communism, socialism, freedom, slavery

The Cuban Slavery-and-Freedom Sandwich

How easy is it to mix freedom with just the right amount of slavery? New York Times reporter Azam Ahmed regards the attempt to mingle political opposites as noble or at least understandable. He doesn’t call Cuban Communism and its destructive effects “bad” — it’s a “unique tapestry.” He wonders,

De-Escalate Washington, Tim Eyman, Initiative 940, initiative, democracy, shootings

Principle and Compromise

Last Friday, Tim Eyman — the Evergreen State’s best-known ballot initiative practitioner — won an important court case. But he also scuttled an amazingly impressive compromise between state legislators, police, and the proponents of Initiative 940. The measure was written and promoted by De-Escalate Washington, a group that includes several

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