Theft and prosperity

It is truly miraculous that the following proposition continues to be held as proven: Anything that an individual steals from the whole is a general profit.  Perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, or the squaring of the circle have fallen into oblivion, but the theory of Advancement through theft is still in fashion.

Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms and “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen”

Child-like excitement

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Earth hour is just good intentions without any goodness


Earth Hour is largely celebrated in rich, urban areas. Around the world, there are around 1.3 billion people living in the developing world who will not get a choice whether to participate or not. That’s because they will be living without reliable electricity on Saturday night, just like they do every other night.
Bjorn Lomborg

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/24/earth-hour-electricity-poor-africa-development-natural-gas-bjorn-lomborg-column/99550612/

Famine is about freedom, not just food – quote 2

Economic freedom for individuals and the protection of property rights is the reason that famines do not occur in democracies today, as Amartya Sen documented in his book Development as Freedom. Hunger isn’t just about food – it’s about freedom.
JOY BUCHANAN, Famine is about freedom, not just food

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/famine-is-about-freedom-not-just-food/

Famine is about freedom, not just food – quote 1

Fortunately, most humans today do not live and die by whether rain happens to fall on their farm. Today, episodes of mass starvation only occur when people are oppressed by authoritarian government regimes or gang violence organized on a smaller scale.
JOY BUCHANAN, Famine is about freedom, not just food

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/famine-is-about-freedom-not-just-food/

An antidote for Obamacare: Cash only medicine with transparent pricing and no insurance – the future of medicine? – AEI | Carpe Diem Blog » AEIdeas

https://www.aei.org/publication/an-antidote-for-obamacare-cash-only-medicine-with-transparent-pricing-and-no-insurance-the-future-of-medicine/

We will only get medical costs under control when we move the medical system in the direction of the Clinica Mi Pueblo and the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which are both based on the sensible, cost-controlling medical business model of: a) transparent pricing, b) out-of-pocket cash payments like almost everything else consumers purchase (food, clothing, housing, transportation, computers, travel, etc.), and c) minimizing the role of third-party payers like insurance companies, Medicare, and Medicaid. The future of affordable health care is not more government control, third-party payments, mountains of bureaucratic paperwork, Medicare/Medicaid, and opaque pricing, but rather more market-based solutions, direct out-of-pocket payments, less paperwork, less government involvement and more transparent pricing. 

Progressive agendas


 “Progressives’” first and overriding instinct whenever they encounter some economic or social situation that they disapprove of is to forcibly push, pull, demand, and prohibit individuals who are going peacefully about their own business to behave in ways that “Progressives” have divined is best.
Don Boudreaux

http://cafehayek.com/2017/03/quotation-of-the-day-2006.html

Some respect 

This is why I still have some respect for Republicans. 

The Democrats simply close ranks regardless of the charges or accusation. These Republicans are at least making the pretense of looking into the accusations. I hope it’s more than pretense, but we don’t really know. With it on the table, the Democrats should be able to force a thorough investigation. 

Healthcare and the Laws of Economics


“Sanders’s emotional argument hinges on what happens to people who cannot afford health insurance. But his answer is one that can only yield worse outcomes for people who cannot afford health insurance.”
Jonathan Newman #Healthcare 

Healthcare Is Not Immune to the Laws of Economics | Mises Wire

Organizing theft 


Some people will say, You are partisans, then, of the laissez passer?—economists of the school of Smith and Say? You do not desire the organization of labour. Yes, gentlemen, organize labour as much as you choose, but have the goodness not to organize theft.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms

Progress by Plunder fallacy


Verily, it is marvellous that people should persist in maintaining that all which an individual steals from the masses is a general gain. Perpetual motion, the philosopher’s stone, the quadrature of the circle, are antiquated problems; but the theory of progress by plunder is still held in honour. A priori, we should have thought that, of all imaginable puerilities, it was the least likely to survive.
Frédéric Bastiat, Economic Sophisms

Markets vs Politics 


One cannot observe markets without coming away mightily impressed with the intelligence, the courage, the prudence, the fortitude, the self-discipline, the astuteness, and, above all, the creativity of fellow human beings. To observe and reflect on markets is an uplifting experience that makes one proud of the human species.

One cannot observe politics without coming away mightily distressed at the stupidity, the cowardice, the recklessness, the timidity, the prodigality, the gullibility, and, above all, the cruelty of fellow human beings. To observe and reflect on politics is a disheartening experience that makes one ashamed of the human species.

Don Boudreaux
An Off-the-Cuff Observation http://cafehayek.com/2017/02/an-off-the-cuff-observation.html