Archive for October, 2013

California feudin’

October 14, 2013

Remind me what political ideology has been in charge of state policies in California for the past couple of decades?

The feudal arrangement did require the lords of the manor to provide for and protect their serfs, which seems to be the vision of the modern big-government supporter. Perhaps I’m too cynical, but I doubt the modern feudal lords are likely to fulfill their side of the arrangement.

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Quote of the day

October 13, 2013

What is good for the poor? I think that the evidence of the last fifty years is clear enough, so that we can say that we know the following: The most effective method of reducing poverty is economic growth. The economic system most likely to generate growth is capitalism. By way of contrast, socialism is ineffective in generating growth, and most likely to produce equality in poverty for most people and wealth for a small elite (the nomenklatura of the Soviet Union and other socialist regimes).

Peter Berger

I think we can say that wealth for a small elite has been the effect of U.S. federal policy for some time now.

Category breakdown

October 12, 2013

A potentially useful discussion of the divide between the citizenry and the government, but I found this description of Millenials’ attitudes unclear because of the category titles chosen:

As generational chroniclers Mike Hais and Morley Winograd point out, millennials – those born from 1983-2003 – tend to be liberal, but not strongly supportive of top-down, administrative solutions. “Millennials,” Winograd notes, “believe in solving national issues at the local, community level. They are as suspicious of large government bureaucracies as any libertarian but as dedicated to economic equality and social justice as any liberal.”

Perhaps “economic equality” and “social justice” have specific meanings when used by liberals, but their commitment to large government bureaucracies has brought about the exact dynamic the rest of the essay notes, the extreme economic divide between the politically connected and the rest of the country, as well as the notable social injustice of unequal treatment under the law, again, between those politically connected and those who are not.

Until liberals of any generation understand that economic equality and social justice are incompatible with large government bureaucracies, the current trajectory of separation between Washington, D. C., and the rest of the country will only continue.

Quote of the day

October 11, 2013

“Self-dealing special treatment to avoid the consequences of a law that Congress itself passed is precisely why the American people do not trust Washington.”

Senator David Vitter (R-LA), in a letter to the federal Office of Personnel Management.

(h/t Bridget Johnson at PJ Media)

on dissent: my weekend reading

October 11, 2013

I’m going to be working ahead today to leave time this weekend for reading this essay by Vaclav Havel on how ordinary citizens can leverage power against oppressive government. It’s going to be needed.

h/t Ace of Spades

How cynical am I?

October 10, 2013

I suspect that in the United States, the effects of the results of a recent study in Canada will be to penalize the children of married, opposite-gender parents.

So the study is able to compare—side by side—the young-adult children of same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples, as well as children growing up in single-parent homes and other types of households. Three key findings stood out to Allen:

children of married opposite-sex families have a high graduation rate compared to the others; children of lesbian families have a very low graduation rate compared to the others; and the other four types [common law, gay, single mother, single father] are similar to each other and lie in between the married/lesbian extremes.