Category Archives: Theory

Practical Libertarianism

Libertarianism has sometimes been used to argue against almost any role for government. But the key concepts of Libertarianism, free will and limitation of coercion, support a role for government that is appropriate for our modern industrial economy and consistent … Continue reading

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Libertarianism and Representative Government

A thoughtful Libertarian: You noted “Who is the “we” who “outsourced” decisions on taxes to politicians? Whoever it is, it’s a group of people that doesn’t include me. I never did that. In fact, I don’t see that it includes … Continue reading

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Healthcare Reality

What Level Of Respect Does Society Owe An Individual? The answer is “The level of respect an individual affords himself or herself.” This, truly, is one of those core questions that is a starting point for so many policy decisions. … Continue reading

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Welfare

Welfare Needs to be a Tool To Extend Freedom. In a democracy, government should work to extend equality of opportunity, to ensure that each individual has the ability to take control of his or her own life. Our welfare system … Continue reading

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Unwed Mothers and Cheating History

I named this blog “Cheating History” because I think this is the one overriding question our country needs to answer – how do we avoid the inevitable decline that has overtaken every other great nation throughout history? How does the … Continue reading

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Against Progressive Taxation

With the recent partial extension of the Bush Tax Cuts our income tax rate is now more progressive than it has been in several decades. However arguably the idea of progressive taxation is based on a faulty theory, is counter … Continue reading

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The Checklist Manifesto and Organized Religion

We were having dinner over the weekend with a friend who is part of the scientific community. He brought up a book called “The Checklist Manifesto”. The subject of the book was how something mundane, the use of a checklist, … Continue reading

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Redistribution and Financial Regulation

We don’t think about it, but financial regulation is a way of redistributing costs, and doing so allows more people to participate in our economy.

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iPhones, Democracy and International Trade

In response to a New York Times article on conditions at iPhone manufacturing facilities, Apple has announced that it will hire an organization to investigate working conditions at iPhone factories. Apple’s situation offers a perfect example of the challenges of … Continue reading

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Do the Poor Get Screwed?

One of the things that annoys Republicans is that very liberal Democrats seem to have this underlying assumption that poor people get screwed by the system. Actually it’s just the opposite – comparatively, the poor benefit more from democratic capitalism … Continue reading

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