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The Government Scientific Agency Oxymoron

The Government Scientific Agency Oxymoron

by Robert E. Wright If the Covid policy crisis has done anything, it is to make clear that “government scientific agency” is as much of an oxymoron as military intelligence, jumbo shrimp, or Marxist economist. Government bureaucracies cannot “do” science because their incentives are all wrong. Science flourishes only in a competitive environment. In fact, science […]

Democracy Demands Transparency

Democracy Demands Transparency

by Robert E. Wright Have you noticed that many Democrats today are not particularly democratic? Oh, they want everyone, and then some, to vote, but that is where their conception of democracy seems to end. President Biden wants to tamp down on conspiracy theories, but this more by surveilling the public than making the government […]

Why Bother ?

Why Bother ?

by Robert E. Wright Our nation faces some strange issues right now, including huge numbers of unfilled jobs, empty shelves, and higher NON-COVID-RELATED deaths. What gives?  The easy answer comes in the form of a rhetorical question that many Americans have posed to themselves over the last 18 months: Why bother? Why bother getting a university education? It’ll cost […]

Socialist Darwinism

Socialist Darwinism

by Robert E. Wright Occasionally, a human being of more than median understanding of the social world will say to me something like “Libertarianism smacks too much of Social Darwinism.” Such comments always strike me as absurd because all environments, including social(ist) ones, create selective pressures. In other words, societies necessarily encourage the reproductive success […]

Has America’s Third “Civil War” Begun?

Has America’s Third “Civil War” Begun?

by Robert E. Wright The question of whether a third American “civil war” has begun occurred to me after reading a recent New York Times piece (deliberately unlinked as it fails fact checking) that claimed that the president can mandate a vaccine today because George Washington did so during America’s first “civil war,” more commonly called the […]

Reducing Racism And Global Climate Change In One Step

Reducing Racism And Global Climate Change In One Step

by Robert E. Wright Too often, lovers of liberty, this one included, respond to claims like “X is bad and it’s occurring more frequently so we need more government” with “X isn’t occurring or it is actually good from another perspective.” We need to remember to follow through by explaining that even if bad X […]

Coin Can’t Save US from Debt Crisis

Coin Can’t Save US from Debt Crisis

by Robert E. Wright Another US debt crisis looms because Congress has yet to authorize an increase in the national debt ceiling. It isn’t the first time such a crisis has occurred and, alas, probably won’t be the last as reconstitution of America’s fiscal constitution seems unlikely anytime soon. In fact, if Paul Krugman gets his way, America’s fiscal […]

Universities That Should Lose Their Accreditation Immediately

Universities That Should Lose Their Accreditation Immediately

Robert E. Wright I will not bore readers with a list of universities that should immediately lose accreditation but instead will argue that any university that implements a stupid policy should lose it because, if nothing else, accreditation should certify that a university is non-stupid. Accreditation is the “key to the kingdom” of federal and […]

The Horrors of Hyperinflation

The Horrors of Hyperinflation

Robert E. Wright  Some people thought serious inflation would follow the bailouts of 2008-9. It didn’t, so some assume prices will remain in check again now. A false cry of wolf in the past, however, doesn’t mean that the wolves of inflation do not stalk the economy this time. As described below, macroeconomic and policy conditions […]

Cancel Culture Is Just the Beginning

Cancel Culture Is Just the Beginning

Robert E. Wright . Imagine the jackboots kick in your door at midnight and haul you off to a reeducation camp because of that tweet. (Which one? Does it matter?) You think about resisting but then you realize that your assailants are not government employees but rather the hired henchmen of MegaX corporation, so you […]

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