The Definition of Terrorist Expanding Under Barack Obama

The definition of terrorist is much like the definition of “criminal” in relation to the political class: they have a motive to enlarge it. No one described this fact more dramatically than Ayn Rand in her novel, Atlas Shrugged, where she has a government bureaucrat lecture CEO and entrepreneur Hank Reardon: “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up Read more […]

Subtract 41 Percent (Or More) From New Jobs Number; Governments Hired Them

When a person “gets a job” he exchanges the use of his time for wages. Typically this is doled out in terms of being paid a certain amount for a time period of labor, but it always comes down to the worker doing something that profits the employer so that the employer is willing to pay him. But what about government? People who work for the government might do things that are good and necessary—for example, deliver the mail or teach students. But outside of government, and outside of Read more […]

Herd Immunity and Moral Individualism, Part 2

So what does herd immunity have to do with morals? Bear with me a moment. I believe there is a Moral Consequences Immunity in the realm of ethics which has parallel functions to herd immunity in the realm of epidemiology. In other words, a population of people can be protected from the deleterious consequences of immorality if the vast majority of that population are virtuous. On the other hand, when a large enough percentage of that population embrace immoral behavior, the consequences of that behavior Read more […]