Category Archives: Poverty

Venice independence

(Mises.org) With an 89 percent majority, the voters of Venice have elected to leave Italy. In practice, what this really means is that the Venetians plan to no longer send tax revenues to Rome. Apparently, the Venetians, who inhabit the … Continue reading

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Not a 1% problem; not a 99% problem; it’s an American problem

Chicago black grassroots activists respond to SOTU. And it’s not favorable.

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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The decline and fall of Detroit

(National Review) By the time Detroit declared bankruptcy, Americans were so inured to the throbbing dirge of Motown’s Greatest Hits — 40 percent of its streetlamps don’t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes … Continue reading

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Homeschooled kids are the future of liberty

(Forbes) The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural … Continue reading

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An argument against political correctness and fiscal irresponsibility

(Illinois Review) At Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Benjamin Carson, a celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, gave a 25-minute long keynote address that directly refuted the key tenets of President Barack Obama’s liberal agenda – with Obama … Continue reading

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Good reads–One World Schoolhouse

Salman Khan’s One World Schoolhouse is a brief summary of mass education, where it’s been, and where it ought to go. It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive, big-picture, and revolutionary argument on the subject. Luckily, Khan is … Continue reading

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The future of education is now

(Forbes) The Khan Academy, which features 3,400 short instructional videos along with interactive quizzes and tools for teachers to chart student progress, is a nonprofit, boasting a mission of “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” There is no employee … Continue reading

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The changing middle

(Cafe Hayek) This fascinating collection of charts from the Tax Foundation includes these two charts that show how much demographics have changed and how difficult it is to draw conclusions over time: The median “taxpayer”, the unit that is in the … Continue reading

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A medical system on life support

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion … Continue reading

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Food waste a growing concern

(TED) Western countries waste up to half of their food. This is an injustice Tristram Stuart has dedicated his career to fixing. In his newest book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, Tristram shows how changing the systems that result … Continue reading

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Charter cities set for development

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving … Continue reading

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I’m not going to be happy until everyone is in the top 1%

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Are we advancing technologically? Economically?

PETER THIEL: But I think that when you look at this question of how much technological progress has been happening, we get into all these complicated measurement issues.  The one that I cite as the big data point is that … Continue reading

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HHS cometh

(AP) The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years, when they’ll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that … Continue reading

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Why cavemen don’t live past 30

Touché, Alex Gregory of The New Yorker.

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Juggernaut cometh

Jurist Richard Posner sums things up pretty well: (Becker-Posner) The institutional structure of the United States is under stress. We might be in dangerous economic straits if the dollar were not the principal international reserve currency and the eurozone in … Continue reading

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What labor statistics say about our economy

Most attuned to the mumbo jumbo disseminated from Washington will recognize the patent unreliability of statistics. And most will not take at face value reports on inflation, employment, or other political economic issues. Still, the government keeps churning them out … Continue reading

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Greece–a portent of things to come?

Moodys Investors Service considers Greece to have defaulted per its default definitions. The announcement comes despite Athens reaching a deal with private creditors for a bond exchange that will shave €107 billion from its €350 billion debt. The agency pointed … Continue reading

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Should contraception be a right?

Anyone following the latest on Obama’s healthcare mandate will surely have heard of Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, who told House Democrats why she supports the contraceptive mandate. The best commentary I’ve heard on the issue can be found … Continue reading

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