Philosophy

The Donald

I feel compelled to say something short about Donald Trump.  I don’t know why, but it might have to do with the endless number of ‘hit’ pieces in most major news papers.  They almost never disparage his policies or discuss his actual qualifications for running the government.  If Mitt Romney’s success in business was one of his talking points, then how is… Read more →

Protecting the most basic of freedoms

Well said.  Find the original here at City Journal.   MYRON MAGNET Free Speech in Peril Trigger warning: may offend the illiberal or intolerant Spring 2015 Shut up or die. It’s hard to think of a more frontal assault on the basic values of Western freedom than al-Qaida’s January slaughter of French journalists for publishing cartoons they disliked. I disagree with… Read more →

In Hoc Anno Domini

An annual editorial from the Wall Street Journal.  This is my favorite of their annual Holiday publications.  Click the title for the original at WSJ. In Hoc Anno Domini   Conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus, 1865-1866. PRINT COLLECTOR/GETTY IMAGES Updated Dec. 23, 2014 6:32 p.m. ET When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to… Read more →

Charity, Welfare, Inequality, and Doom

Public debate of welfare and charity of late seems to come near-exclusively from two viewpoints: (1) the poor are poor by circumstance and must be helped by society; and, (2) the poor are poor because they are sub-par decision makers.  Poor by circumstance implies that poverty is not only inevitable, but that it will of itself perpetuate poverty and inequality.  Poor by… Read more →

Questions of Law Enforcement

The media is reporting some police involved (induced?) deaths recently, and I am not going to espouse any opinion on the specific incidents.  Instead, I think it is more important that people focus on the common themes in these incidents (one in New York and one in Missouri) and many like them that occur each year.  It is also important… Read more →

Economics to non-economists – Part II

One of the great problems economics has as a discipline right now is its inability to communicate clearly with non-economists.  To make it worse, people like Paul Krugman, who are political commentators, use the language of economics to lend credibility to their political assertions – typically using very bad economics.  More than anything, the politicization of macoeconomics has contributed to… Read more →