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Weekend Reading List: The Thinker You Get -- Part 121829

climate change protest joke getty 640x480Why I'm Always Telling Lies About Climate Change... -- The only reason I write articles attacking the irrefutable science of "climate change" is that I am paid such vast sums to lie. Besides the stupendous salary I get from Breitbart News, I also receive generous retainers from the oil industry and the tobacco industry, which, for reasons of crass right-wing ideology or crude economic self-interest, require me to churn out propaganda stories, day ...

Dropouts Built America -- We don't know the location of the first European settlement in the land that would become the United States. We know that Spanish colonists founded it in 1526. We know that they called it San Miguel de Guadalupe. We're pretty confident that the site was in either what is now South Carolina or what is now Georgia. But we don't know the exact location, because the people who didn't die there ...

It’s Not That Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Knows Nothing . . . -- As tragedy struck an acquaintance this week, I was reminded today of the fleeting nature of life. The Psalmist begged God, “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!” What can one say to that but, Amen! As important and precious as our lives are, they are fleeting, delicate, ephemeral. But Christmas is a season when we pause to remember and to...

NYT Report Pushes Credit Card Companies To Monitor Gun Buyers -- To some of its advocates, the cause of gun control is precious enough to be worth jettisoning not just the rights protected by the Second Amendment but many other individual liberties, including – as recent New York controversies suggest – First Amendment rights of speech and association and Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure. Now, if a New York Times article is any indication, co...

Zoning and the Free Market -- Much is often made of allowing "consenting adults" to exercise their freedoms unhindered by government regulation. Unfortunately, this presumption is often limited to the realm of activities like gambling and prostitution. But should not consenting adults also be allowed freedom in larger economic matters such as real estate? In this 1981 lecture, Walter Block discusses the importance of allowing ...

With identical tweets, Schumer and Pelosi reveal themselves as mouthpieces for the same propaganda puppet master -- I have long wondered about who writes the talking points that keep Democrats reading from the same script. That person – or more likely, persons – evidently issues instructions that the office holder branch and the journalist branch of the Democratic Party mimic in their public statements. But in order to appear slightly authentic, they are supposed to speak extemporaneously and make it appear that they all came up with the phrases-of-the-day spontaneously. ...

Is There Room for Compromise with Socialism? -- [ A Selection from Human Action (1949).] Private ownership of the means of production (market economy or capitalism) and public ownership of the means of production (socialism or communism or "planning") can be neatly distinguished. Each of these two systems of society's economic organization is open to a precise and unambiguous description and definition. They can never be confounded with one an ...

Tax Changes Taking Effect January 1, 2019 -- Champagne will flow, Auld Lang Syne will be sung, resolutions will be made (and soon forgot, and never brought to mind), and, in a handful of states, taxes will change. There is less January 1st activity than we usually see, but this does not mean 2018 was a quiet year. Rather, state consideration of tax conformity after the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 moved many changes...

Corporate Gun Control: The NYT Outlines the Dangerous Next Development -- Despite legal developments that arguably make Americans more free from government censorship than they ever have been before, fewer Americans actually feel empowered to speak their minds. Why? Because, thanks to the toxic combination of online shaming and politicized corporate cultures, all too many people reasonably believe they could lose their livelihoods if they share their opinions in public. ...

Save the Children, Build a Wall -- Since the Democrats went to war against what they called, “family separation”, two migrant children have died. They did not die, as the media would have you believe, because border security is cruel, but because encouraging migrants...

Democrats' 'Green Raw Deal' Will Deliver Only Socialism And Misery -- Green New Deal: Democrats will try to flex their new-found electoral muscle in Congress by pushing for what has been described as the "largest expansion of government in decades." It's called the Green New Deal, and it promises to be a major economic disaster if it ever becomes American law. Those who think the Green New Deal is just a political ploy or a Democratic Party marketing gimmick for ...

The Hendy Wind Farm Scandal -- Guest post by Robert Owens (where ‘saving the planet’ from climate change trumps democracy and the protection of the environment) A brief summary of the history of this national scandal, involving the brushing aside of local democracy and the blatant flaunting of planning law: 1. In 2014 Hendy Wind Farm Ltd. applied for planning permission…

The Anatomy of a Government Shutdown -- Thomas Sowell used to ask his students to imagine a government bureaucracy that had two functions. One function was to provide medicine to sick children, and the other function was to construct statues of Benedict Arnold. He would then ask his students that if the bureaucracy suffered budget cuts, which function would the bureau stop funding? ...

"Equality of Opportunity" Is Overrated -- It’s become quite fashionable for members of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) like Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson to decry equality of outcome as a thinly veiled guise for tyranny and oppression. However, in pleading against the doctrine of equality of outcome, these digital intellectuals inevitably defend the insidious doctrine of equality of opportunity. What?! ...

Der Spiegel Reporter Was a Rotten Apple, and CNN Went Bananas for Him -- These are tough times for journalists, at least according to journalists. The president who loved and nurtured them all (except Fox News) has been replaced by a president who hates and battles them all (except Fox News). Journalists came up with the idea of "fake news" to explain why Hillary Clinton lost, then watched helplessly as they themselves were branded "fake news." Jim Acosta gets shouted down every time he bravely stands up in the White House and makes a speech. Things are bad out there. ...

The Supreme Court Really Needs to Start Defining the Scope of the Second Amendment -- You can find just about any kind of restaurant imaginable in our nation’s capital, but what you won’t find, no matter how hard you look, is a gun store. D.C. residents who want to buy guns, like Tracey and Andrew Hanson, have to leave the district to get them. D.C. law specifically allows residents to buy firearms from outside the District. So the Hansons visited Frederic Mance, a federally ...

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-- Henry Ford

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