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Don’t Shoot the Dogs

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“In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of bystanders. It’s so important, in fact, that an officer’s subjective fear of a minor wound from a dog bite is enough to justify using potentially lethal force, in this case at the expense of a 4-year-old girl. And this isn’t the first time. In January, an Iowa cop shot and killed a woman by mistake while trying to kill her dog. Other cops have shot other kids, other bystanders, their partners, their supervisors and even themselves while firing their guns at a dog. That mind-set is then, of course, all the more problematic when it comes to using force against people.”—Journalist Radley Balko The absurd cruelties of the American police ...

Clarity on Diversity and Pluralism

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Freedom and the free society are once again under direct attack by those who espouse far-greater degrees of government control over people’s lives. Wrapping themselves in the cloak of progressivism, “social justice,” and liberation from oppression and discrimination, they use a lexicon of words that are designed to reflect their view of and desires for the world: diversity, inclusiveness, participatory democracy, pluralism, and peace. But in reality, the only social system able to deliver on these goals is free market liberalism. To understand this, it is necessary to begin with first principles about human beings and the nature and workings of the social world. Social-democratic activists have as their starting premise the idea that society is composed of elementary groups or collectives, with these defining and determining the facts and fate of everyone in society. Human Beings Defined as “Social Classes” at War During the last 100 years, collectivists have differed over the characteristics of these elementary groups. Marxists and other socialists ...

Medicare for All Will Bring a Full Federal Healthcare Takeover

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Why are Democrats now calling for Medicare for all? The reason is obvious: Obamacare failed to fix America’s healthcare crisis. If Obamacare had succeeded in fixing America’s healthcare crisis, there would be no reason to be calling for a new reform, one that would vastly expand the role of the federal government into healthcare. But make no mistake about it. Medicare for all will not fix America’s healthcare woes, any more than Obamacare did. Where will that lead us? It will lead us to a full and complete takeover of healthcare by the federal government. That will be a system in which all doctors become employees of the federal government and where every American will be going to the federal government for medical care. Of course, that will also mean that everyone’s healthcare records will be in the possession of federal politicians and bureaucrats. In other words, like healthcare in Cuba, a country that ...

The Immorality and Destructiveness of Wealth Equalization

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One of the hallmarks of the leftist/progressive/liberal/socialist philosophy is wealth redistribution through the force of government. Leftists/progressives/liberals/socialists lament the enormous disparities of wealth and income that exist in American society. They believe, therefore, that a legitimate function of government is to take money from the rich and either keep it for governmental expenditures or give it to the poor ...