Wars are not for our freedom or patriotism or democracy, as we are propagandized. Wars are to kill and to benefit big business — which reaps massive profits for the killing and sacrifice of young men (lambs) on all sides of combat – and for the banksters.Read More →
The Hemp Industries Association is petitioning the Drug Enforcement Administration to de-schedule hemp, the non-psychoactive plant related to marijuana, and allow states the right to unlock its massive economic and industrial potential.
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Underage consumption is lower today than it was before two dozen states legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use.Read More →
Trump’s utter recklessness of thought should be disqualifying.Read More →
Gene Hoffman pointed me to this on the gender pay gap, where Heather Boushey “talks with economist Claudia Goldin about the gender wage gap and some of its implications. It’s worth reading. It, like most of the center-right writing on the gender pay gap, makes sense, it’s just woefully incomplete. Data is a starting point for … [Read more…]Read More →
LP presidential candidate and former two-term New Mexico governor says “great middle of this country is libertarian.”Read More →
The Communists tried to purge Chinese society of bourgeoise influence during the Cultural Revolution. It sparked another cultural revolution, one that thrived on black markets.
Frank Dikötter writes:
One village had abandoned any attempt to wrest food from the arid soil, opting to specialize in selling pork instead. In order to fulfill their quota of grain deliveries to the state, the villagers used the profit from their meat business to buy back corn from the market. Local cadres, instead of enforcing the planned economy as they were supposed to, sided with the villagers and supervised the entire operation.
Yan’an was not alone in taking to the market. Entire communes in Luonan had divided up all collective assets and handed responsibility for production back to individual families. Many villagers abandoned two decades of monoculture, imposed by a state keen on grain to feed the cities and to barter on the international market, and cultivated crops that performed well on the black market. Some rented out their plots and went to the city instead, working in underground factories and sending back remittances to the village.
Non-believers (including Penn Jillette) seek to show their rising numbers in a Washington, D.C. rally.Read More →
Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, and other non-believers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to show their rising numbers and political strengthRead More →
Sportswriter Robert Lipsyte on the Greatest’s massive, contradictory legacy in politics and culture.Read More →
Bestselling dystopian young-adult (YA) literature has inspired some of the biggest films of recent years. Many of these books, including The Hunger Games, the Divergent series, and the more modestly performing Fifth Wave, have been set in the aftermath of global war, geo-political events that bring human societies to near annihilation. While these stories…
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Car washers are the latest victims of minimum wage fanatics.
As Jim Epstein writes in the latest issue of Reason:
It’s conventional wisdom among progressives that low-skilled workers like the carwasheros stand to benefit most from high wage floors. The opposite is true. The 67 percent wage hike will obliterate jobs at car washes and further the agenda of anti-immigrant conservatives—some of whom explicitly advocate for increasing the minimum wage because it reduces employment opportunities, halting future waves of illegal immigration and encouraging those already here to return to their countries of origin.
When labor costs rise, employers hire fewer people. But some liberal economists say the law of supply and demand doesn’t apply to the labor market. Nobel laureate Paul Krugman claimed in a 2014 interview with Business Insider that minimum wage increases have a negligible effect on job losses because they mostly affect service-sector positions that can’t be replaced by automation.