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This week I have a question for the readers. Much has been written recently on how racist and horrible people like Charles Murray are, for merely asking the question of whether in fact there are differences in innate “ability” across different groups of people. Since I am sure to have my classes protested if I […]

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It is typically asserted that on utilitarian grounds we can and should redistribute wealth from the richer to the poorer. On its face and all-alone the argument makes some sense. The argument goes like this: since there is diminishing marginal utility of wealth, a dollar to a rich person is worth less than a dollar […]

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Here’s a 21st century thought for you … for over a century workers’ unions have fought to shrink the workweek down to 40 (or less). Now, the great labor struggle is to fight to preserve the 40-hour week from the part-timization of the American workforce. By the way, is there any better evidence that labor […]

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Pravda

Here are the required summer readings for the local government middle school this summer: In case you can’t see them: No stories of Henry Ford or Josiah Wedgewood or even Isaac Newton. Nope. The government schools turning kids into little activists and accepting unquestioned the “science” of a pop book on food. And I’m paying […]

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Without much comment, I suggest you read the interview Wonkblog does with the patient. The entire tone, the selection of the interview candidate, the questions not asked, etc. encapsulates almost everything that can possibly be wrong with (insert noun here). If I were a betting person, I might even bet that the interview was made […]

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As I grow crankier, I am seeing myself disagreeing more with the thoughtful left. I am somewhat surprised by this as I had always assumed the opposite would happen. For today’s edition let me excerpt from a lefty website that I quite enjoy reading despite its regular ad-hominem bashing and mischaracterization of views different than […]

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The town and county portion of my property tax receipt came in the mail today. (This comprises about 1/3 of my total property tax bill – the government schools take the other 2/3). I found their new itemization of uses of tax funds to be interesting. Years ago I noticed that in my TOWN offices, […]

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I usually hate infographics and here is another one just littered with reasons to go crazy. But focus only on the very bottom: The changes Brill suggests would allow the US to provide better care at lower costs without substituting the kind of government-provider system typical in comparison countries. Holy smokes. This is the previous […]

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“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Thus says the great physicist Richard Feynman. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around both the rhetoric and sentiments of the “Progressives” that live around us. And I do think I am onto something. I’ve talked […]

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Without comment, else it might be my last. (1) Climate change is going to so devastate Rochester that it will as intolerable as living in … Richmond, VA. Go see the movie. (2) Handed out at a nearby Catholic parish, remember that we used to pass a basket around a second time during mass to […]

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