With the dominance of Karl Marx and his most authoritarian adherents over the past century, it can be easy to forget that socialism used to mean more than “when the government does stuff”. Socialism pre-dates Marx and covers a wide variety of beliefs, ranging from technocratic government policies to naturalistic cooperative communities based on voluntary exchange. Broadly, socialists believe that the economic system should be run by and for the benefit of society as a whole rather than individual powerful people.
I have recently been in correspondence with the Polish-American political writer Henryk A. Kowalczyk. As someone who grew up in the Polish People’s Republic, his politics are defined by his experience growing up in a socialist state where oppressive government oversight crushed free market innovation and ruined any chance for prosperity. With access primarily to the ideas of Marxism-Leninism, he naturally developed beliefs similar to the economist Milton Friedman. Basically, he favored free markets and limited government, the opposite of Soviet Poland.
I was reading through editorials in the Denver Post when I came across one of the most baffling arguments I have ever heard. 13 people had died in a car crash after smugglers drove an SUV packed with 25 immigrants through a hole cut in the border fence. The vehicle was severely overloaded, and it’s possible that it had become too difficult to control leading up to the accident. According to our good editorialist, if there had been a border wall in place, this wouldn’t have happened.
I really like Lindsey Ellis. I don’t always keep track of her videos, but when I do, they’re always incredibly well thought out and thought-provoking. So, when I heard there was a major controversy around her, my first reaction was to wonder how anyone serious could have a problem with her.
I think my gut feeling has broadly proven true. Her recent video handling the harassment campaign against her was brilliant and insightful. She demonstrated a level of vulnerability and grace I don’t think I’ll ever be capable of. …
I can tell you how West Virginia feels. We feel like returning Vietnam veterans. We’ve done every dirty job you’ve asked us to do. We never questioned. We did it and performed well. And now all of a sudden we’re not good enough, we’re not clean enough, we’re not green enough and we’re not smart enough. You want to know why they quit voting for Democrats, that’s the reason.
While I was researching my last article, I stumbled upon a delightful editorial with the title “US passing through socialism on way to communism”. I was trying to find an example of the bizarre ideological stances that have developed in the United States as a result of the Cold War, and I could not have asked for a better one. It hits on all the best talking points and synthesizes them in a comprehensive way that beautifully demonstrates one of the most prominent right wing perspectives of our time.
When I was in high school, I spent a lot of my free time studying what Thomas Sowell would call “basic economics”. Through reading Adam Smith and participating in Learn Liberty’s online courses, I learned about the power of free market competition to maximize human happiness and freedom.
Business does much less harm than big government. Competition keeps business in check much better than government regulators do.
The point of view I developed is perhaps best summarized by the above quote from media personality John Stossel. Government is a centralized process dictated by elites who think they know what’s best…
Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex. Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling… From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.
Obviously, this quote is stupid. No, corporations and the left do not hold sentimental fuzzy feelings towards each other…
It’s not hard to convince people when there’s a problem. Recently I wrote an article called Why I Can’t Be a Liberal, where I criticize the current political order for failing to solve critical problems in our society while also gloating about reaching the “end of history”. Rather than winning the war over ideology, liberalism has sent us down a path towards an uncertain future with tired approaches that cannot solve our modern problems.
If there’s one common critique I got over that article, it’s that I don’t prescribe anything specific to solve the problems with liberalism. It’s important to…
Recently, I saw a Jubilee Middle Ground video about whether people should get the Covid-19 vaccine. Okay, that’s a lie, I watched Hasan Abi make fun of it. Anyway, the video has an interesting set up. On one side, you have two physicians and a school teacher who have seen the devastating effects of the virus first hand and are in many ways traumatized by their experience. On the other side, there’s a stay at home mom, a vlogger, and some guy. These people are to come to some sort of common ground on the Covid-19 vaccine.
Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.