Report: Nearly 30 Percent of Public School Teachers Chronically Absent

Stories like this really make me question the future of this country. How can parents stand for this? But they do. No wonder FDR, the closest thing this country has ever had to a fascist in the White House is so venerated in textbooks. Public schools are sick in too many places. The teachers have forgotten who they work for. The students. The parents. The taxpayers.

As my professor said once, teachers lost their status as professionals once they unionized.

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Public Sector Unions Are Beginning To Panic

There are undoubtedly and obviously many many good people out there who also happen to work for the government. (Taxpayers.) Many of these people probably belong to a public sector union. However, our government generally speaking is much too large. The larger the government the more crony. That’s just the way it is. And public sector unions do much to perpetuate the current crony friendly environment.

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The case for free-market anticapitalism (“it takes a government to do a death camp”)

“As Deirdre McCloskey put it:

“Anyone who after the 20th century still thinks that thoroughgoing socialism, nationalism, imperialism, mobilization, central planning, regulation, zoning, price controls, tax policy, labor unions, business cartels, government spending, intrusive policing, adventurism in foreign policy, faith in entangling religion and politics, or most of the other thoroughgoing 19th-century proposals for governmental action are still neat, harmless ideas for improving our lives… is not paying attention.”

This is an excellent essay.

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“Participatory Fascism” is the future?

By Robert Higgs

“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” = Chinese fascism
“American capitalism” = American fascism
“Post-Communism in Russia” = Russian fascism
“Scandinavian Third Way” = Scandinavian fascism
“Italian fascism” = Italian fascism
“German fascism” = German fascism
“European corporatism” = European fascism

Are you starting to see a pattern?

Many people continue to perceive the presence or impending advent of socialism here, there, and everywhere. But full-fledged socialism is almost extinct.

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How the Minimum Wage Puts People Out of Work: Do such wages chase minorities out of cities? (PICs)

There is actually a pretty good statist rebuttal to this. The rebuttal is fundamentally incorrect but from an argument perspective one could get some mileage from it. But I’ll let you guys figure out what this rebuttal might be.

But in the end a minimum wage that is set arbitrarily above the actual – real – market based minimum wage will put people out of work. It will increase gentrification of working class neighborhoods. It will chase less fortunate people out of the cities that are foolish enough to proceed with non-reality based minimum wages.

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Parents Continue Legal Fight To Blame Unions For Bad Teachers

I’ve known some great public school teachers. I’ve also known some really bad ones. The unions in many states reward and protect too many of the bad ones.

As an old professor of mine (who had escaped communist Yugoslavia many years before) said, teachers stopped being “professionals” in this country when they collectivized and decided instead to be “workers” with unions. Perhaps it’s time (long past time actually) that we reintroduce the concept of teachers as “professionals” again.

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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration (OR: How the Dems sold out the American working class for votes and favor from corporations)

The whole “open borders” stance with the Democrats is new – as is documented in this excellent if ultimately wrong headed article in The Atlantic. When I was growing up it was conservatives – of the economic sort primarily – who called for more immigration. (This was always a point of conflict with socialcons however.) Why restrict human capital as we sought to unleash other types of capital? If there are jobs at a certain wage level why not let people cross the border and fill those jobs?

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This is what globalized crony capitalism looks like, GE’s (former) CEO Jeff Immelt

He was one of the crony “kings” until yesterday. Once the toast of the Obama White House, (he headed the “Jobs Council”) the shareholders of General Electric gave him the ole’ heave ho earlier than expected.

Of course Immelt leaves the scene an extremely wealthy man and much of this wealth comes courtesy of US taxpayers.

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Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia

Allegedly.

The Democrats are in many respects a regional party now. The current obsession with Russia and the effort to take Trump down, at what seems almost any cost has become clinical. The Dems seem to have divorced themselves from reality and now wring their hands – gollum like – as they contemplate Trump’s downfall. It’s weird. It is bad for the country to say the least. And it isn’t good for the Dems.

Consider that Maxine Waters is now held up as a leader within the party.

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US pilots call on Trump to stop Norwegian’s low-cost transatlantic flights (Pure Crony Capitalism from US Airline Pilots)

Never trust the airlines, the airline regulators, the airline unions (mechanics, pilots, or flight attendants) the whole industry. Even after official deregulation (something Carter did right) American airlines are deeply crony.

Lower fares are good for US consumers. They are good for the economy. Trump better not cave to these guys.

This is just ugly crony capitalism.

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