Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell think they are: https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/07/17/western-values-are-superior
I am inclined to agree.
Young Christopher Machold has trouble understanding the English language (and, perhaps all language) when he accuses the NRA of using language in a “frightening way.” The Frightening Way the NRA Just Co-Opted the Term “Hate Speech”
When the lines of these categories are blurred and our understanding of what constitutes violence is so contorted, it becomes possible to unironically argue that the answer to speech you don’t like is hurting people.
It’s shocking that he makes the same case that the video makes that he is attempting to refute. He, like so many of his generation, confusedly assumes that somehow the video is a call for violence. If the young man understood English, he would see that the video makes the very case against violence that he mistakenly makes against his malformed idea of what the the video communicates.
The fact that young Christopher Machol does not like the NRA does not mean that the NRA constitutes a call to violence. If young Christopher understood language, he might understand that the natural right to be armed (protected by the Second Amendment) is a safeguard against violence.
The road to poverty is paved with good intentions.
Minimum wage version:
Watch “Go To Where The Light Is: Escaping North Korea — Yeonmi Park” on YouTube
What she escaped from is Socialism. What she escaped to is Freedom. Socialism is antifreedom. Why any person would desire to inflict Socialism on themselves, their neighbors, their children is something I cannot understand.
Some truths are completely counterintuitive.
Price controls – both price ceilings and price floors – reduce the quantities of price-controlled goods and services that consumers actually get.
Don Boudreaux explains why Price Controls destroy productivity. What is true of artificially low prices (price ceilings) and artificially high costs (minimum wages) are so bad for everyone – not just business.
On Jan. 24, 2017, PBS aired a two-hour special on Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement. Although the program crossed the line from biography to hagiography, in Carson’s case, the unbridled praise was well deserved – with one exception.
To rob this get-out-the-vote myth of its glamour, no more is required than to compare ballot-casting as a means of selecting representatives with a method devoid of all voter judgment: selection by lot. Politically unthinkable as it is, reflect, just for fun, on your own congressional district. Disqualify those under 21, the insane, all illiterates, and all convicts.4 Write the names of the balance on separate cards to put into a mixing machine, and let some blindfolded person withdraw one card. Presto! Here is your next representative in Congress, for one term only. After all, how can a person qualify to vote if he is not qualified to hold the office himself? And, further, it is assumed, he will feel duty-bound to serve, as when called for jury duty.
– Leonard Read
Socialism depends upon and presupposes material achievements which socialism itself can never create. Socialism is operative only in wealth situations brought about by modes of production other than its own. Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.
– Leonard Read
Capitalists act as a disciplined group preying upon workers and consumers only if they succeed in persuading the state to orchestrate and oversee such predations. Tariffs, occupational licensing, and other state interventions – typically cheered naively by “Progressives” as “victories” for the People – are all too often the means used by producer groups to steal what does not belong to them.
Note: I use the term “capitalism” loosely, since by definition, once business owners begin seeking this type of privilege, they are no longer acting as capitalists, but as cronies.
Nobody likes being told there is no such thing as a free lunch. But it is incredibly important. Unless someone reminds the public that free lunches are illusory, they may never figure out how to get a meal in the first place.
Alex Salter, Economist-Man and His Never-Ending Battle
An outstanding explanation of “rent seeking,” and how it destroys wealth and opportunity.
Why Did America Fight the Vietnam War?
Rapists, thugs, and thieves improve their lives by using coercion or threats of coercion to reduce the range of options available to others. Civilized, peaceful, and productive people improve their lives by using commerce to expand the range of options available to others. Neither the raw facts of the matter nor the ethics of these alternative courses of action are altered one bit if the rapists, thugs, and thieves hire well-dressed agents to carry out their schemes and rename these plunderous schemes “trade policy.”
– Don Boudreaux