Archive for the ‘government’ Category

Comments Off on We Need School Choice for Education without Dogma

FEE.ORG – Do you want more choice in where you get your baby potatoes or your baby’s education? I have a brilliant idea! We should create a system of government-run grocery stores. The government will run them according to majority-approved philosophies of food. Everyone will have to accept what is ruled best practice in food, […]

Comments Off on 5 Things Everyone’s Getting Wrong About Sinclair Broadcast Group

REASON – “This Pravda-style propaganda,” a visibly shaken Joe Scarborough said on his MSNBC show Monday morning, “has to stop.” Dan Rather concurred: “It’s Orwellian,” the veteran newsman tweeted. “A slippery slope to how despots wrest power, silence dissent, and oppress the masses.” John Oliver, the discreet Superman of American journalism, performed last rites. “A […]

Comments Off on Without “Vulture” Capitalists, Our Economy Would Rot

FEE.ORG – Vultures are ugly creatures. However, they serve a very vital function. They help get rid of animal carcasses safely. The putrid carcasses of animals carry many pathogens such as those which produce botulinum toxin, or cause cholera or anthrax, among other things which are deadly to humans. Vultures have very powerful stomach acids […]

Why We Have a Surveillance State

Posted: 1st May 2018 by SouthernWatchman in democracy, FEE, government, SouthernWatch, Surveillance
Comments Off on Why We Have a Surveillance State

FEE.ORG – “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.” Henry Stimson, Secretary of State, 1929 I was upbraided recently by a dear friend for my frequent praise of outcast investor Peter Thiel over Thiel’s involvement with big data company Palantir. He forwarded me a Bloomberg article titled “Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on […]

Comments Off on Finland Ends Its Experiment with Universal Basic Income

Southern Watchman says: Shocker. The social program didn’t make money magically appear. Amazing that. Cheers and watch your six, – Southern Watchman   FEE.ORG – I’m conflicted. I’ve repeatedly expressed skepticism about the idea of governments providing a “basic income” because I fear the work ethic will (further) erode if people automatically receive a substantial chunk of […]

Comments Off on 10 Quotes by the Great David Hume on Liberty and Property

FEE.ORG – April 26 marks the 1711 birth of David Hume, good friend of Adam Smith and “The most important philosopher ever to write in English,” according to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Three centuries later, his recognition of the need to protect property rights for a well-functioning society is crucial because violations are increasingly […]

Progressive Taxation Makes Everyone Worse Off

Posted: 27th April 2018 by SouthernWatchman in federal, FEE, government, SouthernWatch, taxes
Comments Off on Progressive Taxation Makes Everyone Worse Off

FEE.ORG – It’s Tax Day. Every year, the American people spend about $30 billion on accountants and software to file their taxes. That’s on top of taxes themselves. Approximately 26 percent of the average American’s income is collected, in some form or another, in taxes. This includes all forms of taxation, such as state and […]

Comments Off on Why All Libertarians Should Hope that the Supreme Court Throws Out Trump’s Travel Ban

REASON – The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Trump vs. Hawaii, the Trump “Muslim” travel ban 3.0 case today. If it were to rule solely on the basis of whether the ban is good policy, it would be an easy call: “Nyet.” Indeed, not even the uber-hawkish Wall Street Journal editorial page believes […]

Comments Off on A More Infuriating Way to Think About Your Tax Burden

Southern Watchman says: Fantastic article about tax. Absolutely love it. #MakeTaxationTheftAgain Cheers and watch your six, – Southern Watchman   REASON – When people talk about the burden of government programs that clearly don’t benefit all, most, or even necessarily very many of the taxpayers on the hook for them, you often see their costs […]

Comments Off on What Happens When an MBA Student Raised in Communist China Reads Hayek

Southern Watchman says:   Freedom is the right choice. Always. Cheers and watch your six, – Southern Watchman   FEE.ORG – Imagine being born during the bloody Cultural Revolution in China and growing up in a country with little economic or personal freedom. Few Chinese citizens had the knowledge that human rights are not granted […]