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Good and Evil, and Commerce and Capitalism as a Way to Cure Poverty

“In fact, Bono, C. S. Lewis has a great quote which I love: ‘When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that’s left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his … Continue reading

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Former East German Stasi Head on NSA Surveillance

“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used. This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect … Continue reading

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Photography is not a crime, and can help solve crimes

Matt Blaze: Personal photos helped solve the Boston Marathon case, so cameras will be banned at Kentucky Derby for security reasons. Somehow after 9/11 people decided that cameras were terrorist tools, so banning them became part of the ongoing security … Continue reading

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QotD – The Truth at the Center of Politics

“We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we have done it.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

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Quote of the Day

“Preposterous Keynesian fallacy at work. It presupposes that money allocated to some project via the political process is more likely to create a ‘multiplier’ than market driven uses of that money… and it assumes that the money taken by the … Continue reading

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Land of the Free Except for All the Prisoners

    The per-capita numbers by country aren’t any better. We have more people in prison per capita than Russia and China. Maybe one day we’ll end the war on drugs and release the prisoners.  

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It’s the morning after the election, America

We can all go back to ignoring Ohio.

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Quote of the Day

“If you want less of something, like tobacco or income, tax it. If you want more of something, like tobacco or unemployment, subsidize it. (And if you want proof that our government is crazy, roll those two sentences around in … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Limited Hangout, Modified Limited Hangout

In light of yesterday’s partial confession by Peter Gleick, this seems like an appropriate word of the day. From Wikipedia: A limited hangout, or partial hangout, is a public relations or propaganda technique that involves the release of previously hidden … Continue reading

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Power Cycle

Via RNS.

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Go Read Theodore Dalrymple’s Latest

Austerity in the U.K.: Since the end of World War II, the British have grown accustomed to the idea that the money in their pockets is what the government graciously consents to leave them after it has taken its share. … Continue reading

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Glenn Reynolds on Weinergate

“I think there’s an important point in the comic value: The people who think they’re smart enough, and morally superior enough, to run everyone else’s lives are risible. They’re not smart enough to run their own lives competently, and they’re … Continue reading

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P.J. O’Rourke on Government Charity

“There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as “caring” and “sensitive” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing … Continue reading

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Joseph Sobran

“Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized.”  — Joseph Sobran

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Word of the Day: Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureacracy

Jerry Pournelle: Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples … Continue reading

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