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Here is Peter Boettke, on the “outsider” status of Bernie Sanders: Unpopular opinion — after watching Bernie Sanders on Meet the Press earlier today I am pretty sure he is as insincere and cynical as the worst of the DC political establishment. He is in fact a master agnotologist (sower of confusion on purpose to […]

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Hamilton in Federalist 68: The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man […]

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Not much political campaigning here in the DPRNYS. For the scant few commercials we see (actually, haven’t flipped on the TV much, so maybe there IS advertising, you wonder who that is reaching these days), I get the sense that politicians are going to help us “get back our jobs” … which is all well […]

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I am quite sure you have encountered the claim that Americans consume too much and that our drive to consume has sacrificed the planet. Let’s not disagree with that. But doesn’t that idea sit uncomfortably next to the commonly committed pie-fallacy? After all, we see our current two political candidates arguing about who “wins” in […]

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I once saw a famous actor make a claim about the natural gas industry, This is an industry that is the dirtiest, slimiest, most arrogant and negligent that you can imagine Granted, this was before the rise of Hillary and Donald. And then, you know, we have other technologies and they are better and most […]

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Richard Dawkins famously put all kinds of free-thinker signs all over the London bus system over 30 years ago. That’s a kind of advertising I like. One particularly interesting one was: Since most people dismiss all religions except one, why not go the final step? To which I would only add, since I can imagine […]

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The dark-colored peppered moth is on the verge of extinction. And it IS very likely because of human activity. Voila! Evidence that humans are bad for species and ecosystems! Might I urge everyone to just take a deep breath and to think harder when information is presented to you? It turns out that the dark […]

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Not really in the mood to write about this – we live in a world of economic creationists. Nonethless, among the zillions of excellent logical questions one might ask proponents about it, only to be dodged, Jason Brennan (of Why Not Capitalism fame) asks this: If you believe employers owe employees a living wage, do […]

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Today marks the pinnacle of pathetic pandering in NYS as “we” head to the polls to annoint the latest power-mad, megalomaniacal people with our blessings of awesomeness. In that spirit, check out these 10 core principles from the “Bern’s” website:   AS PRESIDENT, SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WILL REDUCE INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY BY: Increasing the […]

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In this week’s edition of YCHIBW: In other words, trade steals jobs when it occurs across international boundaries, but not when it occurs across domestic boundaries. … PPS. I predict that the very same progressives that rely on the Card and Krueger study finding no employment effects from minimum wage differentials in neighboring states, will […]

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