There's a moment near the end of Ayn Rand's mostly brilliant Atlas Shrugged where she details the unveiling of various government-funded boondoggles whose development we track as the story unfolds. All of them end in tragedy and mass death. From trains asphyxiating their passengers to sonic weapons killing spectators, the hubris and ineptitude of the rentier class which … Continue reading Jumping the Global Warming Shark
Look who's back in the news this week. None other than Mr. Anti-Putin himself, Bill Browder. But Browder isn't happy at all as to why he's in the news this time. A number of things have happened in the past few days which pushed Mr. Browder's future into uncertainty. The first occurred on September 30th … Continue reading Add This to Bill Browder’s Resume — Criminal Mastermind
"He'll See Everything! He'll See the Big Board!" — Dr. Strangelove What is The Wire? Why is it so important? Who controls it? Answer those three questions and you can answer a number of problems plaguing our world today. The Wire is simply a metaphor for the transmission of information. The Wire takes many forms. And if … Continue reading Can We Escape Control of The Wire?
Finally the mid-terms are behind us. There was no Blue Wave nor was there as I hoped, a Red Tide. There was, in fact, a split decision that leaves the country in a slightly better but still deeply divided state. It will take a little time to fully digest what happened here but one thing … Continue reading The Mid-Terms Were All About Trump
Immigration is a tricky subject for a lot of libertarians. If there is one issue that has caused more fights in libertarian circles it is the question of restricting a person's right to movement. But in a world of private property where does that right end? We know where it is in a world of … Continue reading Mo’ Money, Mo’ Invasion
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stepped down as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party she has led for nearly two decades. Yesterday's election in Hesse, normally a CDU/SPD stronghold was abysmal for them. She had to do something to quell the revolt brewing against her. Merkel knew going in what the polls … Continue reading Lame Duck Merkel Has Her Legacy on Her Mind
The world is not shedding any tears now that Lil 'Miss AIPAC, Nikki Haley, has finished her time puffing up her political resume at the U.N. To describe her performance as U.N. Ambassador over the last two years as strident and obnoxious would be a kindness. Haley, simply put, was out of her depth as … Continue reading Lil’ Miss AIPAC Nikki Haley Ends Her Reign of Terror at the U.N.
Yesterday's dramatic cloture vote to push SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a final confirmation vote is one of those political moments of pure victory. It was messy and it was tense, but the ultimate outcome was better than I could have ever originally expected. Because it's pretty clear to me that we're looking at the … Continue reading Kavanaugh v. Feinstein — Flawless Victory