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The Case for a Coercive Green New Deal?

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Social and economic crises, real and imagined, often seem to bring out the most wrongheaded thinking in matters of government policy. Following the 2008 financial crisis and with the fear of “global warming,” there has been a revival in the case for “democratic” socialism. But now its proponents are “out of the closet” with a clear cut and explicit call for forcefully imposed, authoritarian central planning of the world. John Feffer is affiliated with the Washington, D.C.–based Institute for Policy Studies, a “progressive” think tank that has never seen a government command or control, regulation or redistribution that they seemingly have not liked – as long as it reflects their version of preferred social engineering compared to anyone else’s, of course. He has recently made, “The Case for a Coerced Green New Deal,” on the website of The Nation magazine (July 30, 2019). The world, he warns, has a window of perhaps 12 years to transform the ...

A Dysfunctional and Unfree Society

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Responding to the weekend massacres in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump announced his opinion that the shooters must be mentally ill. Well, doh, Captain Obvious! But there have always been people in American society who have been off-kilter mentally. Until recently, most of these off-kilter people haven’t gone out on massive killing sprees against people they don’t even know. Thus, the question naturally arises: Is anything triggering these off-kilter people into committing these unexplainable acts of mass violence against innocent people? My theory? Well, let me first preface my theory by pointing out that I am not a psychiatrist and have had no training in the field of psychiatry. It’s just a personal  theory, but one that I become more convinced of as each new mass killing takes place. My theory revolves around the dysfunctional system under which we Americans live, combined with what I call the life of the lie or the life that denies reality. Americans have been inculcated with the notion ...

Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action: Marking 70 Years of Continuing Relevance

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German September 2019 marks 70 years since the appearance of Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, one of the truly great “classics” of modern economics. Too often a “classic” means a famous book considered to have made important contributions to some field of study and that is reverentially referred to but is unfortunately rarely ever read any-more. In economics, Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations is a typical example of such a work. Every economist and a good number of people in the general public have heard of the “invisible hand” and the notion that self-interest furthers the public interest through the incentive mechanism of free-market competition; but in fact few economists nowadays have actually read more than a handful of snippets and brief passages from Smith’s profound treatise. Among the general public, the number of people who even know the snippets dwindles to almost nothing. A still-read and still-relevant classic  However, Ludwig von Mises’s Human Action ...

Hazony’s Tradition-Based Society Is a Form of Social Engineering

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At any moment in time, the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket. Manners are missing; ethics are being eliminated; culture is corrupted; social attitudes are supercilious; virtues are vanishing; literature is mostly licentious; industry and commerce are materialistically crude and callous; and humaneness is hamstrung by greed and selfishness. It’s the end of civilization. And ...