“I Believe in Freedom of Expression, but…”

freedom of expression correlates with better protection of human rights, higher GDP, less violence and lower corruption. Finally, repression of freedom of speech has—in a historical perspective—been the most desired instrument for governments and dictators around the world to retain impoverished people in obedience.
Filip Steffensen, fee.org

https://fee.org/articles/i-believe-in-freedom-of-expression-but/?utm_campaign=FEE%20Daily&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=64605027&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–8G4QOMTpJ1JvB0ecoZJucOQIsoHwQEbdb_tzQV6AtDp8A1tJ_Vg7OUizo6Kijp7jtMMpPfxZ7ChxIW7qwZP3R34kgVw&_hsmi=64605027

Capitalism Has Achieved What Marxism Merely Promised

Marx’s disciples from Cuba and Venezuela to South Africa and Zimbabwe are committing the same mistake today. Crazed by their ideological hatred of the free market, they refuse to see that capitalism has delivered what Marx had long desired—less work and higher income. Plus ça change…
Marian L. Tupy, fee.org

https://fee.org/articles/capitalism-has-achieved-what-marxism-merely-promised//amp

Socialism is Not Built on Compassion. It’s Built on Dehumanizing Others

An essential feature of socialism is to dehumanize others. Like millions in Pol Pot’s Cambodia or Mao’s China, millions of North Koreans have been taught to hate others. Millions in the “hostile class” have been starved, brutalized, and murdered. Socialism will never produce a different outcome. How is it possible to insist that the next socialist regime will be different?
Barry Brownstein, fee.org

https://fee.org/articles/socialism-is-not-built-on-compassion-its-built-on-dehumanizing-others/

People entering the workforce caused unemployment number to rise

As more people choose to get off of the sofa and rejoin the workforce, the unemployment number actually increased. Contrary to intuition, this is A GREAT THING!

This is just a tiny, arguably statically insignificant bump, but it is hopeful.

Simple rule

Here is a simple rule: you can judge the caliber of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by how angry the Democrats get. The smarter and more influential the nominee, in an important sense the more qualified they are, the angrier Democrats will get.
Dr. John Lott

Can Political Freedom Exist Without Virtue? America’s Founders Didn’t Think So.

All of us, even the most progressive Progressive, denounce as criminal relieving a man of his wallet at gunpoint. Yet Americans increasingly aim government’s guns at their fellows as if neither God nor man objects to coercion from the State. We’ve replaced “What’s yours is yours” with “Whatever I can legally take from you is mine.” No matter that a huge gulf usually yawns between legality and virtue.
Becky Akers

https://fee.org/articles/can-political-freedom-exist-without-virtue-americas-founders-didnt-think-so/

Socializing something doesn’t make it free

Contrary to what some politicians would have us believe, socializing something doesn’t make it free. It actually makes it more expensive since we must pay both for the thing and for the bureaucracy to administer the thing.
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Rob Peter to pay Paul

http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/13752228-74/antony-davies-and-james-r-harrigan-rob-peter-to-pay-paul

Jobs and the Great Destroyer

Part of the reason it has taken a decade for the economy to recover from the Great Recession is that politicians have had too little respect for their ability to destroy jobs and too much faith in their ability to create them.
– Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan

http://www.insidesources.com/closer-look-jobs-numbers/