Revolts Against the Ruling Class and Bureaucratic Tyranny

This morning I found an article entitled Opinion: A revolt is taking place against the “ruling class” in The Christian Science Monitor.  Yesterday I read Rule of Law in the Regulatory State on John Cochrane’s blog, The Grumpy Economist. At first glance, they seem to have little in common, yet the theme is striking: we are living in a world of diktat rather than… Read more →

High Impact Grain Prices

Most Americans are relatively shielded from short-term moves in grain prices – after all, retail prices trend up slowly at the rate of inflation, but are not typically subject to fast price swings (unless you live in Venezuela, Sudan, or Argentina).  However, commodity price swings have huge impacts on many businesses, from bakers and hog farmers to consumer packaged goods firms.… Read more →

“The future can’t be modeled or predicted in economic terms.”

Okay, so that article is somewhat bombastic, even if it makes the excellent points that: 1. Any economic system that requires government coercion is bound to fail at the limits; and, 2. Socialism has long proven itself incapable of achieving the goals its advocates claim. From Investor’s Business Daily: Bernie Sanders Would Rather Drain than Grow the Economy. But what really… Read more →

The NYT’s forgets history…

Here is the title of a ridiculous little piece in a former newspaper, the New York Times: Germans Forget Postwar History Lesson on Debt Relief in Greece Crisis The author argues that Germany, “benefited not so long ago from more lenient terms than it is now prepared to offer” Greece.  In 1953, Germany’s creditors cut its outstanding debt in half. What… Read more →

Magna Carta’s Birthday: 800 years

From the Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2015.  Click for link. Magna Carta: Eight Centuries of Liberty June marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the ‘Great Charter’ that established the rule of law for the English-speaking world. Its revolutionary impact still resounds today, writes Daniel Hannan King John, pressured by English barons, reluctantly signs Magna Carta, the ‘Great Charter,’… Read more →

… Other Great Jargon II

I found this on John Cochrane’s blog, The Grumpy Economist (click for original).  Cochrane links to the original snippet here, at the Wall Street Journal. Friday, May 29, 2015 On writing well The WSJ notable and quotable picked a lovely snippet from “On Writing Well” (1976) by William Zinsser, who died May 12 at age 92. Clutter is the disease… Read more →

We’re going to optimize our efficiency and strategize our plans… and other great jargon

This makes for a nice read about the parsing of non-sensical business jargon.  Jargon is what business people use to sound smarter, but when you really parse it, it’s meaningless…  As a case instructor, I catch MBA students using jargon all the time; unfortunately, 98 percent of the time it is meaningless filler, written in some ‘stream-of-consciousness’ process and not… Read more →

The Hunger Games Juxtaposition

Find the original here, at Real Clear Politics. A Disturbing Intersection for America By Salena Zito – May 3, 2015 We all face some sort of intersection in our lives. Sometimes, if we aren’t paying attention, we miss that focal point of decision and stumble across what we might initially think is absurd — like the old yellow-brick building on… Read more →

The New World of Scotch Whisky

I like Scotch, and I have noticed the slow disappearance of the age statement from some bottles.  Having tried a few, I find some mixed results.  This article, from the Wall Street Journal, explains it a little.  What I find most interesting is the push, not just in Scotch whisky, but also American whiskey, to get more product out the… 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 →

Technology in Ag

From the WSJ.  Find the original here. A lot of this information isn’t new, but it is a concise synthesis of many technologies being applied to agriculture. Silicon Valley Firms Plant Roots in Farm Belt By ILAN BRAT And JACOB BUNGE April 6, 2015 3:32 p.m. ET New technologies that promise to change how food is grown, transported and sold… Read more →

Police Abuse

After looking through the evidence, I was heavily convinced that the confrontation between Officer Wilson and Mr. Brown was overblown – that the confrontation turned violent was not due to Mr. Wilson but to Mr. Brown’s behavior.  I admit I have not read the DOJ report on Ferguson’s policing problem, but this article points to the problems of ‘over-government’ and… Read more →