Why the picture above? One of the oddball things about the civil rights movement that Martin Luther King helped to lead is this expression "civil rights". It was certainly uncivil to deny blacks their rights as Americans, but the expression "civil rights" doesn't add anything. Some people just used our racial differences as an excuse... Continue Reading →
THE BATTLEFIELD FOR EVERYBODY’S DREAMS AND EVERYBODY’S COVETOUSNESS
In his day (1801 – 1850) and with brilliant intellectual rigor and honesty, Frédéric Bastiat fiercely fought the Socialism that had become a national plague in France. Hence we have his Essays on Political Economy. In our last visit to Bastiat's work (WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO MAKE AMERICA AMERICA AGAIN?), we considered the meaning of... Continue Reading →
WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO MAKE AMERICA AMERICA AGAIN?
When I started to write this post, it occurred to me that I would not likely be the first to call to make America America again. So I wondered what others might have said. Perhaps the most recent call came in a speech at the Republican National Convention by Scott Baio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYNxL7Rqd6U Did Baio say... Continue Reading →
HOW WE GET THE GOVERNMENT TO DO OUR DIRTY WORK
Were the gentlemen pictured above robber barons? I am not in a position to say. I just think that if we changed the names and faces that cartoon would be even more relevant today. Frédéric Bastiat was a first-rate satirist of Crony Capitalism. Here is an example from Essays on Political Economy. M. Prohibant (it... Continue Reading →