A critique of a recent New York Magazine article on recommended readings on socialism, along with the critics suggestions of books actually worth reading on the subject.
Here’s an amusing animation that explores the problem of how tax cuts in a progressive tax system lead to politicized envy. You may want to hoist a few beers when you’re done.
As minimum wages go up, jobs vanish and wages often shrink because fewer hours are assigned to remaining workers. A new study reminds us of the immediate consequences of government wage intervention. After Republicans ended the slave system run by the Democratic donors, they sort of understood economic theory. That’s why southern Democratic segregationists invented the minimum wage. They wanted to price Africans out of the job market so they couldn’t take work at lower wages than those paid to white Democrats and their buddies in the Ku Klux Klan.
Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative journalist who is suing members of the Obama administration for bugging her home computer, has done some yeoman work investigating the rogue FBI operation to illegally overthrow the democratically–elected President. She shares some of her observations in
One of the concerns about Obama’s “Patient Punishment and Unaffordable Health Care Act,” was that without a mandate that slaves must buy government designed health plans (which were mostly anti-insurance subsidy programs that shifted medical care from one group of patients to a different group of patients and priced many middle-class families out of the health care market) the program would go into a financial death spiral, with fewer drones buying such ridiculous insurance plans, thereby raising the costs of insurance that the other slaves would have to purchase. Other concerns were that there would be death panels determining who should be allowed to live or die (a basic socialist necessity for allotting diminishing resources.) Now it looks like the program may actually be causing people to die. Just another case of socialist bad luck I guess.
It’s not often noticed, but the Hitler-style racial identity politics of the Democratic Party base often works to obliterate the cultural identities of the people being offered special racial advantages. The recent Elizabeth Warren DNA fiasco illustrates that somewhat.
To briefly summarize, Warren spent much of her professional career claiming to be part Cherokee Indian and used that in her various biographies and Harvard used it in their faculty identifications. The claim was generally recognized as utter nonsense and critics challenged her to take DNA tests. How many secret tests she took before finding one that could even hint at the vague possibility that it might be possible, we don’t know, and the recent test results that she released provide zero evidence that she is of Cherokee heritage.
The report said only that there was a possibility that 6 to 10 generations ago there “might” be a possibility that she had “Native American” DNA. The public debate over this report bounced around between See, her claim is true to the possibility she is only 1/64th or 1/1024th possibility that it is true but the amount is so little that it is the equivalent of the old Democratic Party slavery view that one drop of negro blood makes you a negro. Both sides are wrong, and that is where the cultural suppression begins.
To begin with, there is no such thing as a “Native American.” Human life, according to all current scientific theories, began in Africa, probably in Ethiopia. Migrants from that initial grouping formed all the different races and ethnic groupings all over the world. The Americas were inhabited by different immigrant groups, from different cultures, with different genetic bases, arriving by different routes, at different times and places. The earliest arrivals probably came over a no-longer existing land bridge between Asia and Alaska.
To put it simply, Cherokees, Incas and Aztecs are not the same people, the same culture, or the same genetic group. In the DNA bases for ethnic groups there is no meaningful sample of Cherokees. The database used to prove Warrens bona fides consisted of Peruvians and Mexicans, some of whom may already have had genetic traits resulting from interbreeding with other genetic groups.
So when people say that Warren proved her case or only has a tiny percentage of “Native American” DNA they are saying, in principle, that there is no cultural or genetic difference between Cherokees and Incas and Aztecs. This is nonsense. There is zero evidence that Liz Warren is a Cherokee and the attempt to meld Cherokees in with Aztecs and Incas is a form of racism and cultural obliteration. But that’s what race-identity politics does to a culture.
Bjorn Lomborg is a prominent environmentalist who believes in global warming. But he is controversial in that he compares the impact on humans caused by proposed solutions against the alternative of not implementing such solutions. In a recent essay, he discusses the horrific impact of the global carbon tax on the world’s poor as well as such other things as the harm to poor people that would arise by implementing the Paris climate accords. He writes,
When a “solution” to a problem causes more damage than the problem, policymaking has gone awry. That’s where we often find ourselves with global warming today.
Activist organizations like Worldwatch argue that higher temperatures will make more people hungry, so drastic carbon cuts are needed. But a comprehensive new study published in Nature Climate Change led by researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis has found that strong global climate action would cause far more hunger and food insecurity than climate change itself. . . Trying to help 24 million people by imperiling 78 million people’s lives is a very poor policy (My emphasis.)
Read the whole thing. If his numbers are even remotely correct, the advocates of a carbon tax and related proposals are promoting a world-wide holocaust that dwarfs Hitler’s (and zooms toward the over hundred million victims murdered by Communism). They should be denounced for advocating “crimes against humanity.”
The Cato Institute released its annual survey ranking the 50 states from least free to most free. New York continues to hold fast to its title as the least free state. Rounding out the bottom five are Hawaii (49), California (48), New Jersey (47), Vermont (46).
The five freest states, according to the Cato methodology, are Florida (1), New Hampshire (2), Indiana (3), Colorado (4), and Nevada (5).
Found this story posted on the MSN Money site. It says labor department statistics just released show that American workers aren’t benefitting from the tax cuts and that there is a slight drop in wages. Really now! …Continue Reading “Jest spec’latin’ here about them tax cut benefits”
Factions. You want factions? Got the pieces right here.