Category Archives: American Politics

Quantifiably sleazy

2016-10-26-its-not-a-lie-if-you-believe-it

The third presidential debate was depressing. The whole election season is.
Not the candidates, not the mud slinging, not the lack of real options, not the lack of sensible policies, not the woefully bad ideas from both sides, but how the whole mess is handled by the media, the political class and the public at large.
How the real questions and concerns did not even make it into the debates, let alone being discussed in any reasonable way. How hopelessly partisan everyone involved became. How even ‘facts’ became partisan. Continue reading →

To some, no lives matter

2016-07-09 No Lives Matter

“I smell a race war brewing”
This was a comment to a Black Pigeon Speaks video commenting on the Dallas events.
I do not want to get into the details of the numbers on black vs white crime and victimization or police brutality, as numbers on those subjects are widely available. Paul Joseph Watson made this video as a commentary on Black Lives Matter just hours before the shooting in Dallas and Stefan Molyneux had his comments  with impeccable sourcing of statistics just after.
Ben Shapiro made a short presentation on the subject last fall and made the same points in a debate around the same time. Continue reading →

How many wrongs make a right?

2013-06-10 rights and wrongs

While I am sorting out my thoughts on religions, let me give you a quick one on one of my recent subjects: rights.

I came across this video on Learnliberty.org. Watch it, it’s only four minutes. I highly recommend the site, this is the first video I am having issues with.  (…..and if you do not want to watch it, you can find the transcript at the end of this post.)

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The square root of intelligence

2012-12-02-square root

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to
obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with
the smallest possible amount of hissing
Jean Baptiste Colbert

I did not plan it this way, but this post will be a continuation of the previous one in some respects.
I tortured myself yesterday for nearly two hours listening to this debate.

The motion was as follows: “The Rich is taxed enough

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FEMA, compassion, indignation

2012-11-26 FEMA

The responses to hurricane Sandy was predictable and fascinating at the same time.
I mean both the reaction to the disaster by FEMA and the American People and the reaction to FEMA’s work by the media and political voices from all over the spectrum.
The New York Times had an article “A Big Storm Requires Big Government” praising FEMA and Chuck Norris had an article on townhall.com  on the 20th of November dissing it but there were douzens more.

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The Ryan miss, the Biden sleaze and the hypocrite’s dilemma

2012-10-14 Ryan Biden

I watched the vice presidential debates.

I have to admit to my ignorance, I have no idea what is going on in a presidential or vice-presidential debate preparation. I assume they get prepared for the arguments and also the expected low blows, yet when a standard liberal cliché low-blow came from Biden, Ryan was not prepared to handle it. (look for it at around 30:00 minutes into the debate)

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The harm government services cause

2012-09-15 the harm government cause

The following is a reply to this comment that just grew too long. (Chris is a Canadian ex-pat living in the US)

Chris,

I love this conversation. We very quickly got to the heart of the big libertarian question. I do not think that I will be able to answer it for you in this comment, but I hope I will get there at some point.
All I can do here and now is answering the easy questions and asking some difficult ones.

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