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Predictions for 2009

December 30th, 2008 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Culture

Please don’t take this post too seriously. There are no crystal balls, and no one can really predict the future. If nothing else, the surprises of the primary season in 2008 should have taught us that. At best these “predictions” are educated guesses. Some of these are less serious than others. At the end of […]

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Heroes of Capitalism

December 30th, 2008 by Galileo Blogs · 1 Comment · Culture

I enjoy many good blogs. However, I want to draw attention to a great new one I discovered, “Heroes of Capitalism.” Each day this blog features a businessman who improved our lives.

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The Power of Philosophy

December 29th, 2008 by Myrhaf · 14 Comments · Culture

You have to feel sympathy for Richard A. Viguerie. He is a conservative who believes “The GOP Must Reject Big Government.” He notes a rising trend among conservatives to accept big government. Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, complained in May to the Huffington Post that the greatest threat […]

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What We’re Reading

December 28th, 2008 by Bill Brown · 11 Comments · Metasite

Myrhaf I’m reading The Collected Short Stories of Maxim Gorky and The Lower Depths and Other Plays by Maxim Gorky. Gorky was a communist in Russia and an avid supporter of the revolution. He was also a great writer—quite fascinating, though a naturalist who focused on “the lower depths” of society. Gorky wrote, “For me, […]

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An International Embarrassment

December 28th, 2008 by Chuck · 4 Comments · Foreign Affairs

In a move typical of this body, the United Nations Security Council on Sunday roused itself to call for a halt to “all violence in the Gaza Strip” after Israel launched air strikes on several Hamas installations.  The preceding week of rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel elicited nothing from the UN.  In their normal role […]

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Peter Schiff on The Coming Inflation

December 28th, 2008 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Peter Schiff on The Coming Inflation · Politics

From the can-we-listen-to-him-this-time department: By borrowing more than it can ever pay back, the government will guarantee higher inflation for years to come, thereby diminishing the value of all that Americans have saved and acquired. For now the inflationary tide is being held back by the countervailing pressures of bursting asset bubbles in real estate […]

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Killing The Golden Goose

December 27th, 2008 by dismuke · 3 Comments · Politics

Writing in the Wall Street Journal,  Michael S. Malone has an excellent column which provides an overview of some of  the disastrous wealth-killing regulations implemented over the past decade (all under the Bush Administration). These regulations, when combined with proposed increases in capital gains taxes,  will mean that, once the recession finally does bottom out, […]

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Wealthy In Spite Of Themselves

December 27th, 2008 by dismuke · 3 Comments · Culture

Regarding the Madoff scandal, Chuck writes: “I can’t help thinking how similar it is to the characters who invested with the “playboy” version of Francisco D’Anconia, because he “knew how to make money.”  They did no research into the actual projects they were investing in. “ The Wall Street Journal recently ran an interesting article […]

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A Born Politician

December 27th, 2008 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

From Protein Wisdom: Here’s how the Assoc. Press quotes Caroline Kennedy: “I am an unconventional choice. I understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that in our public life today, we’re starting to see there are many ways into public life and public service,” she said. Here’s how the transcript really […]

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The Madoff Fiasco

December 26th, 2008 by Chuck · Comments Off on The Madoff Fiasco · Business

Just a quick note on this Madoff scandal.  I keep hearing that people and fund managers were investing with Madoff, in spite of misgivings, because he “showed results.”  I can’t help thinking how similar it is to the characters who invested with the “playboy” version of Francisco D’Anconia, because he “knew how to make money.”  […]

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A More Fundamental Problem

December 25th, 2008 by Inspector · 11 Comments · Culture, Politics

It struck me, the other day, just how much time I have to spend making a case that so-called “moderate” wings of the dreadful movements that America faces are effectively indistinguishable from the so-called “radical” or “extreme” wings. That it is not just, to give a few (by no means exhaustive) examples, “radical” Environmentalism, “radical” […]

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December 24th, 2008 by Chuck · 3 Comments · Culture

When people use the word “abolition” by itself, it generally calls to mind the movement to abolish slavery.  In modern America there are so many government institutions worthy of being abolished, that none of them generate the passion that a single goal can achieve.  We spread ourselves too thin.  By focusing on one goal at a time, […]

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Top Five Stories of 2008

December 23rd, 2008 by Myrhaf · 11 Comments · Link Cavalcade

5. It’s COLD! Cold weather has hit North America and much of the world. Here in Southern California it got down to the 30’s at night. Environmentalists claim that weather extremes are the result of global warming, but I don’t think people are buying it. I believe doubt is starting to spread. There is a […]

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On Profanity

December 22nd, 2008 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Culture

In the comments to a recent post, there was some discussion of profanity. Is it necessarily bad? Not important? What? By profanity, I mean George Carlin’s seven words, more or less. Damn, hell, and goddamn are just salty language, although with the rise of religion, goddamn has become something you don’t say in polite company. […]

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Regulations and the Executive Branch

December 21st, 2008 by Chuck · 4 Comments · Politics

For people today it is hard to imagine what our government used to be like, before FDR changed everything.  We are awash in regulations.  In Garet Garrett’s fascinating collection of essays, called The People’s Pottage, he discusses (among other things) the advent of a slew of government agencies under Franklin Roosevelt, among them the NLRB, FDIC, and the SEC.  These agencies […]

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Preventing Fallout from the Bailout

December 21st, 2008 by Bill Brown · 3 Comments · Politics

Reading the GM bailout term sheet, I am struck by the political nature of the loan. Most lenders would care about payment schedules, interest rates, and profit and loss statements. The Treasury Department focuses on more nugatory matters: Eliminating golden parachutes Canceling executive bonuses Allowing federal clawbacks Selling off any private aircraft Restricting holiday party […]

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Parody of Self-Sacrificial Bush

December 21st, 2008 by dismuke · 2 Comments · Politics

Somebody has put up a Leftists’ fantasy edition of The New York Times dated July 4, 2009.   Some of the parody articles are so well done that they are not even funny – they are all too chillingly realistic.    But one of them, “Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge” had me in […]

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Regulations vs Laws

December 20th, 2008 by Mike N · 6 Comments · Politics

Lately I’ve seen these arguments on several blogs and have even been discussing them with a relative who shares these views: “We have to have some government regulations or everyone will get ripped off” and, “What would replace the FDA, USDA, FTC etc?” A lot of confusion revolves around the failure to properly understand the […]

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God Or State?

December 20th, 2008 by Myrhaf · 15 Comments · Politics

Robert Tracinski makes this point in a post about the massive and surprising return of statism this year in TIA Daily: …this crisis is a clear refutation of the claim, made in some Objectivist circles, that the intrusion of religion into government is the central political issue of our time. If religion were really the […]

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Conservative Sinecures

December 19th, 2008 by Bill Brown · 4 Comments · Comment Contest Friday

Many blogs do a caption contest every Friday wherein the blogger posts a picture and then visitors leave their take on an appropriate and funny caption for that photo. I really enjoy contributing to those sorts of things, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for TNC so how about a comment contest on Fridays. We select […]

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