There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.
We had a friend over recently and conversation quickly turned to our Idiocracy-like state of affairs.
(From The Anti Media)
Judge, the creative mind behind Beavis and Butthead, Office Space, and HBO’s Silicon Valley, told the Daily Beast “it’s a tad bit scary” how closely the film and real world now parallel each other.
“Three or four years ago,
If there is one thing that is ubiquitous in socialist countries it is lines. Lines for food. Lines for health care. Lines for transportation. Lots of lines. But the Maduro government in Venezuela, embarrassed by all the photos and videos of people queuing up to fill their stomachs has figured out a solution.
Just ban lines.
This is encouraging to see from Prime Minister May. She might just halt a massive crony energy deal previously supported by both the Conservatives and Labour. Not to mention the governments of China and France.
The project was to be subsidized by Britain’s taxpayers.
Some real truth embedded in this meme.
This seems fair.
Innovators subsidizing the market laggards is not a recipe for progress.
As we said in a recent video, there are many reasons why much of urban America is an economic wasteland. We site 2 main reasons however, big government, and cronyism.
Cities are often not very good places to do business. They are typically high tax high regulation zones. Cities often look at businesses as little more than revenue streams. And what can’t be extracted from business via taxes can be regulated out of businesses with laws.
Good question. And one that bears directly on the kind of employment depression we are continuing to experience today.
The article below, a review of a new book by Charles Rappleye, is titled “In Defense of Herbert Hoover.” The reviewer, David Bahr, is right that historians have mostly made a muddle of the start of the Great Depression and the Hoover presidency. But he is wrong that Hoover deserves rehabilitation.
The standard story,
Brexit was a massive win for those of us who oppose crony capitalism. It was a line in the sand, in the Channel, and Britain in the end decided to remain Britain and to tell the eurocrats to take a hike.
But the folks in Brussels and many EU apologists warned of dire consequences if Britons dared assert themselves. Basically these fear mongers have been completely wrong. Britain’s future if anything looks a bit brighter today than pre-Brexit.
This piece is from last year.
Because if one wants one’s economy to run well who better to consult than a Marxist college professor?
Pay your taxes? OK, right after I beat you at chess.
One of the reasons Angela Merkel has been so welcoming to the Middle Eastern refugees is because she needs bodies, people, workers, to keep the welfare state alive. Much of Europe long ago stopped having babies. Now as the baby boomers hit retirement they realize that someone has to pay the welfare state bills. In Denmark there’s hope that robots will do it.
OK. That doesn’t seem a desperate hope.
Mackey is almost too sane. I enjoy listening to him and his analysis on pretty much everything is almost always excellent.