In part one I made the claim that racist individuals exist, and that very little could be done to combat this. I argued that the solution lies in limiting our ever-expanding government. I believe both points to be true, however I must admit it is slightly unfair for me to place all the blame on the government and their operating agencies. After all, government is nothing more than a slightly skewed reflection of ourselves. Looking inward at ourselves, we see a host of problems that arise on a national level and disproportionately affect racial minorities. Continue reading Does America Have a Race Issue? Pt 2.
300 people have more wealth than all the other inhabitants of China, India, the U.S., and Brazil combined? How can this be? And how have so many of us accepted this state of inequality as normal, and even as right and morally justified? Continue reading The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 4
An undeniable silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is the stunning decrease in all sorts of pollution. Urban skylines are clear, bright, and blue. Marine life is re-entering waters they were forced to abandon long ago. Carbon dioxide levels are plummeting. Noise pollution is lower than it has been in decades. Continue reading We Are Not the Virus
For those unfamiliar with the economic concept of scarcity, the most simple way I can put it is this: it is the historical idea that there is an unbridgeable gap between limited resources and abundant needs. Now, I’ll leave the discussion of whether or not this idea should be taken seriously or not for another day. For now, I just want to briefly look at how the ideology of scarcity has been leveraged to make us do awful things to each other: to compete rather than cooperate, to hoard land and other resources (even those as basic as toilet paper), to be willing to fight wars over material things, to seek domination and power over others rather than fostering our collective capacity to care for each other. Continue reading What is More Scarce than Our Planet?
Let me get this out of the way: I can’t stand Bernie Sanders. He’s inauthentic about his wealth, he didn’t apologize to the women sexually assaulted during his campaign until he decided he wanted to run for president again, and he’s frequently supported expanding government at the expense of American lives, freedom, and rights. That being said, it’s time to recruit his followers for liberty. … Continue reading Bringing in the Bernie Bros
For the first time in my life as a market consumer, I cannot run to Walmart and get any grocery item I want. For the first time, I cannot turn a random impulse entering my brain into an Amazon package on my porch two days later. For the first time, I’m being forced to put my consumerism and materialism in check. Continue reading Materialism Might be Dying. Good Riddance.
I could write volumes about economics. Reading economics textbooks and theories has enraptured my mind and filled my spare time for the past few years. Many models come and go, but there are, undeniably, two major players on the stage today: Capitalism and Socialism. And both actors are quite dead. It breaks my heart to say such a thing about either one. This title is … Continue reading Capitalism and Socialism are Both Dead
It’s not a radical boast to say that racism has been losing steam. White nationalism is rightly and frequently taken to task. Just a mere decade ago, moronic statements from these lunatics were usually accompanied by some kind of explanation as to why the quote in question was foolish. Now, they can be presented without comment and the person making the statement will possibly find … Continue reading Racism and Sexism Suffer Another Market Defeat
I always look forward to hearing commentary from Beau of the Fifth Column. One of his recent videos was especially interesting, and deals with what really lifts people out of poverty. Continue reading What Lifts People Out of Poverty?
Economics are overrated though. It would be nice if one could simply look at positive income and stock market trends in a country and definitively say “this is a good place to live”, but you can’t and anyone who says otherwise is wearing blinders. Continue reading Economics are Overrated