Monday, February 22, 2021

Washington's Birthday

Today is the birthday of George Washington, the Father of Our Country. In his time, the ownership of slaves was a widespread practice, and he owned some. But his principles and those of the country he founded guaranteed the end of slavery.

They did so by positing for the first time in human history the existence of individual rights to which laws and governments were to be subordinate

Far-leftists have no right to condemn Washington for owning slaves, for they advocate the fresh imposition of slavery, universal slavery, in the form of socialism. Under socialism, everyone is compelled by force to work for the government. Socialism is forced labor camps—Gulag.

Such camps are what those who tear down  the statues of Washington want to construct.


Saturday, February 20, 2021

NY Times Distorts the Facts about the Texas Freeze

See The New York Times article HowTexas’ Power Generation Failed During the Storm, In Charts - The New York Times(nytimes.com)

In an effort to get wind and solar power off the hook, the article blames the Texas power failure mainly on natural gas, claiming that “Natural gas production froze, and so did the pipelines that transport the gas.” It “was hit hardest.”

The Times needs to explain how natural gas can freeze in a surrounding environment of 90, when its freezing point is almost minus 3000.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

A Challenge to Communists, Socialists, and “Progressives” to Debate

Resolved: “Marxism/Socialism, Is A Sociopathic Philosophy Conceived In Gross Error And Ignorance, Culminating In Economic Chaos, Enslavement, Terror, And Mass Murder.”

For the affirmative: George Reisman, the Capitalist Professor.

For the negative: Bernie Sanders?, AOC?, any Communist, Socialist, or “Progressive” anywhere.

The affirmative position is available in written form in both Kindle and paperback versions at https://amzn.to/2N44uTu


Sunday, January 24, 2021

How House Republicans Can Launch an Offensive for Freedom of Speech

Nutsy Nancy is trying to impose a speech code on the House of Representatives. The code would bar words that indicate gender, such as father and mother, daughter and son, husband and wife, and replace them with gender neutral terms such as parent, child, spouse, etc.

Republicans can stop this nonsense by standing up one after another, hopefully all 211 of them, and announcing that they speak standard English not 1984 Newspeak, and so will go on using such words as mother and father…husband and wife, etc.

They should remind Nutsy Nancy that the First Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits Congress from making any law that abridges the freedom of speech, which this speech code clearly attempts to do.

And if it is not a law, because of its being prohibited by the Constitution, then it is without force and thus can be ignored, and will be ignored, at least by all House Republicans.

The Republican speakers should insist that their remarks be taken down and reprinted verbatim in all relevant Congressional documents, such as The Congressional Record.

If Republicans do this, and thus role back the anti-free speech movement in Congress, then perhaps others will be inspired to do the same thing on college campuses.


Friday, January 22, 2021

A Mouse Is Not A Lion: 1/6 Was Not 9/11

The frequently heard demand for a 9/11 type commission to deal with a mob’s vandalism at the Capitol on January 6 implies that these two events were commensurate. Such a claim is laughably absurd.

Almost 3,000 innocent people were killed on 9/11, most in two collapsing skyscrapers rammed by airplanes loaded with highly flammable jet fuel.

On 1/6, ONE innocent person was killed, in what appears to have been a scuffle between some rioters and a Capitol police officer, who died. One of the rioters was shot and killed by the Capitol police. Three people died from medical emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke.

As for property damage, on 1/6 it was not what were the world’s two tallest skyscrapers at the time, plus part of the Pentagon, plus three commercial jet passenger planes, but some broken glass.

Nevertheless, on the basis of this absurd equivocation between 6/1 and 9/11, a cabal of radical Leftists in the House of Representatives rammed through the impeachment of the President of the United States. The House was turned into a lynch mob.

Those who claim that 6/1 was similar to 9/11 are unfit to disseminate the news or hold public office. They are intellectually and morally despicable. They deserve the profound contempt of all mankind. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

MAKE AMERICA FREE AGAIN!

To make America great again, we must make America FREE again. Yes, MAKE AMERICA FREE AGAIN! As the very first steps, stop the lockdowns and stop the cancel culture.

As the first step in stopping the cancel culture, publish the names of the corporate cowards that are threatening Congressmen and Senators (and talk-show hosts too) for having exercised their constitutional right to question the results of the 2020 election.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Parler and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act

In the last few days, a combination of some of the country’s largest businesses (Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter) have joined together in an effort to put another firm (Parler) out of business.

How does this not come under the heading of a “conspiracy in restraint of trade,” to quote the language of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and is therefore illegal?


Saturday, January 09, 2021

Has America Just Had Its Reichstag Fire?

Last Wednesday looks like America’s “Reichstag Fire.” The suppression of ideas is rampant. Representatives of the incoming regime are laying plans for the punishment of its adversaries. How long before there are concentration camps?

In calling for the impeachment of a President who has only days left in office, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, reveals a streak of viciousness and venom that makes it seem like she must spew hatred just in the act of exhaling.

We are living in dangerous times. A leading goal of the new regime is the reduction of CO2 emissions, ultimately to net zero, the effect of which will be a return to the life of the Dark Ages and massive depopulation across the world.

We are living in the midst of a revolution that Ayn Rand called “The Anti-Industrial Revolution.” Saving the Industrial Revolution and its foundation of capitalism and individual freedom must be our foremost political goal in the years ahead.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Some Questions About Climate Change

Does anyone know of a century by century (i.e.,2100, 2200…3000) widely endorsed projection of just how much the global mean temperature and sea level will have risen? The claims I hear all seem to imply just that the numbers are huge and are coming very quickly

Can anyone explain how it is rational to try to fight a natural phenomenon like climate change and do so by means of abandoning fossil fuels and atomic power, which are the foundations of our ability to cope with nature? 

What is our basic problem with respect to nature? Is nature largely hostile, making it necessary for us to take action with respect to it? Or is nature fundamentally benign, becoming hostile only as the result of our actions?

To learn more, read my “The Toxicity of Environmentalism,” 99¢ at https://amzn.to/2XkCIcf

 


Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Sex-Hating Nonsense in the House of Representatives

A change in the code of conduct of the House of Representatives seeks to replace words that indicate gender with words that are “gender neutral.” For example, “mother” and “father” are to be replaced with the word “parent”; “son” and “daughter,” with the word “child.”

The authors of the code change seem to have overlooked the fact that most first names indicate a particular sex. For example, “Frank” and “Joe” are names for males; while “Barbara” and “Susan” are names for females.

Perhaps the next Congressional code change will replace all such traditional first names with names of sexless objects, such as “desk,” ”lamp“ “carpet,” and “chair.”

In response to such brainless, sex-hating nonsense, I say, “Vive la différence.”

Monday, January 04, 2021

Questions on Transparency and the Elections

Transparency

“Transparency” is one of the most popular buzzwords of our time. So I say, how about some transparency for social media “fact checkers,” such as what are their names and educational qualifications?

Stolen Elections

Were there other stolen elections in 2020? It’s widely believed that at least some significant percentage of the presidential vote was fraudulently diverted to Biden.

But no one is asking about the vote in House and Senate races. Is it possible that where votes were created for Biden, they were also created down ticket, enabling the Democrats to retain the House?

Is it possible that the Republicans won the House if cheating is factored out? They would have needed only six more seats.


Sunday, January 03, 2021

Two New Publications of Mine

The paperback version of my The Government Against the Economy is now for sale on Amazon for $14.95; 223 pages. This book was strongly endorsed by both Hazlitt and Hayek and is included as chapters 6-8 of Capitalism. Go to https://amzn.to/3o4bRgi to order.



More good news: My Jefferson School pamphlet “Platonic Competition,” which originally appeared in Ayn Rand’s “The Objectivist,” is now for sale on Amazon. Price 99¢. Buy it at http://amzn.to/2Lhy6kd

A critique of core concepts of contemporary "microeconomics," above all, the concept of "pure and perfect competition" and equality of price with marginal cost as the standard for judging competition. It is the antidote to much of the error in contemporary "microeconomic" theory.