The (Crony) NFL Is in Decline

Football was the only sport I was ever really good at and I used to love it. (Though I abandoned playing by junior high.)

I was a pretty good soccer player. I loved and love surfing, though at my very best I still wasn’t an “A” or even “B+” level surfer. I’m a reasonably good golfer. I used to play a lot of tennis. But football was the only sport where there was even the glimmer of something extraordinary for me.

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Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war

This is really pretty terrible. If the soldiers had taken these bonuses with the knowledge that they were improper, that is one thing. But it doesn’t look like this is the case. It appears that the California National Guard wasn’t meeting its recruitment targets and so gave out the large bonuses, which were outside of the rules, to make these numbers. Now the Pentagon is trying to recoup these improper bonuses from retired and current military war fighters.

The people who received the bonuses were enlisted folks for whom in most cases repaying $10,000 is probably a colossal challenge.

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Millennials vs. Mutant Capitalism

We don’t call it “mutant capitalism,” we call it crony capitalism. But the main point made in the attached article is vitally important.

What many young people know as “capitalism” is not capitalism. They’ve known only crony capitalism. Many young people have never seen a world in which the economy was allowed to breathe and one where people were generally free to start businesses and carve out a claim while helping fulfill the needs and desires of their fellow humans.

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This Election Is A Gift For Libertarians

It really has been for both big “L” Libertarians and for small “l” libertarians. The curtain has been thrown back. We’ve seen the inner machinations of the electoral system. We’ve seen the lying and the deceit and the collusion and the media compliance. Many of us already knew. Some of us had already seen the nastiness first hand. But now my generally apolitical neighbors down the street have seen what’s really going on, and it is opening minds.

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