New Year’s Resolution: No More Blind Faith in the State or Politicians

Yesterday, Rob Knowles wrote an insightful short post, “Why the Apolitical Class Always Falls Victim to the Lies of the Left, and What We Can Do About it.” The “apolitical class” are what I commonly refer to as the “pragmatic” or “n0n-ideological class”–though they are ideological and they are not pragmatic. Knowles uses an incident involving Bernie Sanders and global warming mythology. Why do the “apoliticals” tend to believe such superstitions? For years, the left has told the American people Read more […]

Reading to Your Children Is Unfair

Philosophers think you should question whether reading to your children is the right thing to do because it promotes inequality. I guess the best way to introduce what a couple of Australian philosophers are arguing is to reproduce the headline from the Australian media: “Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?” The answer, provided by two philosophers in a recent book: yes. “I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the Read more […]

C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

The Christian apologist and author of the Narnia Chronicles hated statism. David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, discusses the writings of C.S. Lewis and Lewis’s views on liberty, natural law and statism. [See also, “Almost Every Young Person Believes Truth and Morality are Relative.”] The presentation was the keynote talk at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards Read more […]

Why You Need to be Aware of Economic Science: To See Through Media Smears

Bloomberg recently published an amazingly ignorant and inaccurate attack on adherents to the Austrian School of economics [“Austrian Economists, 9-11 Truthers, and Brain Worms”]. Most people wouldn’t know it due to simple ignorance of the Austrian view, but this piece didn’t even attempt to perform as an accurate critique, it was simply a malicious pack of lies. I am convinced the Austrian view is the most accurate and helpful school of economic thought in existence, and it was the reason Read more […]

Tea Party Is Not Enough: The Budget Insanity

At the Open Market blog, Wayne Crews quotes a statement from the Huffington Post that deserves some contemplation: In the lead-up to the State of the Union…a briefing theme was that President Barack Obama has little appetite for a debt reduction deal and no plans to further tackle deficit reduction. Sounds plain enough, but it is an immense change from the days when he was promising to cut the deficit in half. Crews launches an on-target critique of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress: They Read more […]

Put Up Sail! Obamacare Is Shifting The Wind

Gallup reports that now over half of Americans want to repeal or scale back the Affordable Care Act. After two months of glitches with the new federal healthcare website and attempts to fix it, the percentage of Americans who prefer that Congress scale back or entirely repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” has changed little. Fifty-two percent favor scaling back (20%) or repealing (32%) the law, similar to the 50% from mid-October. Perhaps that doesn’t seem like much. But you Read more […]

The False Hope Of Discrediting Obama: Idolatry Not So Easily Refuted

This HuffPo article states what I would love to be true: For Obama and the Democrats who’ve stood behind Obamacare during four years of relentless attacks from Republicans – including a face-off that led to a 16-day government shutdown and a threat of U.S. default – failure of this magnitude would discredit a core premise of this presidency, that government can do big things to improve Americans’ lives. It is a pleasant dream, but it is probably not really a possible outcome. If people were Read more […]

Liberal Artist Paints Jesus with AK-47

Artist Michael D’Antuono has unveiled his latest painting: “The Conservative Christ.” It shows Jesus holding an AK-47 and holding a pot of gold as He ignores a beggar wearing a rainbow wrist band. Jesus is shown to be indifferent to the man’s obvious needs. Liberals love Jesus as long as He’s a tax-and-spend leftist. Central and South America have made socialism its new political religion calling it “Liberation of Theology.” There’s nothing liberating about it. When it comes Read more […]

Pure and Undefiled Religion

What passes for Christianity these days is really nothing more than baptized statism, i.e. 21st century Christianity has less of an issue with an omnipotent government than they do with an omnipotent God. Similar to the church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:4), American Christianity has “left its first love.” Rather than viewing the Church as the change-agent for modern civilization, we have traded away our ecclesiastical birthright for a steaming pile of tax-exempt pottage. The governmental usurper Read more […]

Forget About the Elections, What Does Hurricane Sandy Reveal About Us?

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great Read more […]

The Cultural Paradigm of the Democratic Party

I want to start with a quotation from Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention this past August: This Republican narrative — this alternative universe … says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we’re all completely self-made…. We Democrats — we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it … with a relentless focus on the future, with business and government actually working Read more […]

Entitlement Mentality is a “Sign of Progress”?

So much nonsense, so little time. Soon after publishing yesterday’s article about government creating economic markets, I read a similar one by Jonathan Cohn extolling the virtues of the entitlement mindset prevalent among so many Americans. Mitt Romney has gotten into political hot water over his comments about the 47% of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, but now Cohn wants to come along and inform us that this statistic is, in fact, a sign of good ole American progress. If you think Read more […]