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Columnists Economy

Socialism Isn’t What It Used To Be

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” — Karl Marx X Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, Thomas, who had been the Socialist Party’s candidate in 1928 […]

Columnists Economy Jobs Economy Taxes & Regulations

John Kenneth Galbraith’s ‘The Affluent Society’ Revisited

I am rereading “The Affluent Society” with pleasure and profit. X Written by Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith and published in 1958, “The Affluent Society” survives as one of the most influential books of the last half of the 20th century. Galbraith foretold that private prosperity would lead to a larger public sector. But this […]

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Where Did All The Free-Trade Democrats Go?

Does anyone know where all those free trade Democrats went? X Since Donald Trump burst onto the scene, liberal policy wonks and their Democratic allies have had a field day torching him for his tariff policies. Last year when I testified before the Senate on auto tariffs, nearly every Democrat on the committee, including Elizabeth […]

Columnists Media Bias

Do Leftists Believe What They Say?

Truth is not a left-wing value. X I first discovered this as a graduate student studying the Soviet Union and left-wing ideologies at the Russian Institute of Columbia University School of International Affairs. Everything I have learned since has confirmed this view. Individuals on both the left and right lie. Individuals on both the left […]

Columnists Gun Control

Bogus Gun Research On Mass Shootings

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present… Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would… A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.” […]

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Amazon Delivers A Lesson: Low Taxes Are The Best Sweetheart Deal

Ever since Amazon’s breakup with New York on Valentine’s Day, dejected Mayor Bill De Blasio is complaining that corporations shouldn’t be able to play off one local government against others for tax breaks. “I don’t think it’s really fair to pit city against city and state against state,” De Blasio whined like a jilted suitor. […]

Columnists Media Bias

Jussie Smollett And The ‘Fake First’ Media

The left would expect mere mortals to understand that as opposed to them, the left rises above the rumormongering and misinformation of social media. As with so much else regarding the left, that’s nonsense. It cuts, pastes and amplifies the unsubstantiated ardor of liberal Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at will — if it advances the […]

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Elizabeth Warren And The False Promise Of Universal Preschool

Elizabeth Warren, one of the — what is it now, 211? — candidates for president, seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax the rich to “make the economy work for […]

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Why Did So Many Eagerly Buy Jussie Smollet’s Story?

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., not only believed black and openly gay actor Jussie Smollett and his tale of being attacked by two N-word-spouting homophobic Trump-supporters, she — and many other big-name Democrats — knew exactly whom to blame. X Waters said: “I know Jussie. I love him. His family’s a friend of mine. I know […]