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. 

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

You keep using that word (freedom) 

“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. 

My first thoughts on CalEXIT

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!”

Objectivification 

Socialism and communism literally objectify the individual, who exists only as a means of advancing the interests of the state.  There is no individual, and no valid reason for people to have rights, separate from their membership in and contributions to the state.

Michael Munger, “Capitalism and Objectivification

The Problem with Wanting to “Change the World” | Donald J. Boudreaux

“The bottom line is that attempts to “change the world” whole – to change it in a way that is noticeable and traceable to one action or small set of actions – is the height of arrogance.” 

https://fee.org/articles/the-problem-with-wanting-to-change-the-world/