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
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
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
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.
“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.
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.
I, personally, do not believe that the democratic process leads to moral legitimacy of democratic governance.
A paradox in the theory of democracy, JOHN HASNAS
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
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.
An Off-the-Cuff Observation http://cafehayek.com/2017/02/an-off-the-cuff-observation.html
“President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Vice President Joe Biden Thursday by presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony.”
Mr. President, if you are awarding Joe Biden an award that has the word “Freedom” in the title, you obviously do not understand what that word means.
I saw something about the #CalEXIT movement this morning. On my drive to work, I was thinking:
- We will keep all of our military assets there
- We will negotiate for access to ports, rail, etc.
- We will still trade with California
- California can only survive by trading with the US
- We get rid of two persistently problematic US Senators
- We get rid of 53 problematic House Representatives
- We get rid of a sizable chunk of socialist Californians
- We get rid of as many socialists who will migrate to California
- As the California socialists run their country into the ground many companies will move to the US
- After the California socialists have run their country into the ground, we can invade and liberate them
I’m thinking, “Brilliant!”