Thursday, January 21

Day: October 1, 2020

There Is no Coronavirus Pandemic, So How About a Dose of Reality?
Gary D. Barnett

There Is no Coronavirus Pandemic, So How About a Dose of Reality?

by Gary D. Barnett “Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.” ~ Alex Haley – My Soul Looks Back, “Less I Forget : A Collection of Quotations”. Book by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1993. When truth, honesty, and facts are considered, there can be only one valid reality, but that is not how ‘reality’ is understood or accepted by the common man. Given the dire situation we face today with this fictitious pandemic, the concept of reality as viewed by the masses is simply perception. That perception therefore can change with every passing moment, so it is not reality at all except in the sense of what is falsely believed as truth in any given time frame. In other words, each individual sees reality as what he thinks or believes...
Central Banks Double Down on the Failed Policies of the Twentieth Century
Mises Insitute

Central Banks Double Down on the Failed Policies of the Twentieth Century

In a macroeconomics-driven world, economic fallacies abound. They are periodically trashed when disproved, only to arise again as received wisdom for a new generation of macroeconomists determined to justify their statist beliefs. The most egregious of these is that inflation can only occur as the handmaiden of economic growth, while deflation is similarly linked to a recession spinning out of control into the maelstrom of a slump. This error is the opposite of the facts. Conventionally, macroeconomists split into two groups. There are the Keynesians who believe in stimulating demand to ensure there will always be markets for goods and services, which they attempt to achieve through additional spending by governments and by discouraging saving, because it is consumption deferred. An...
Can a Christian Join the Military?
Libertarian Christians

Can a Christian Join the Military?

by Steve Wilder This guest post is by Steve Wilder. Steve is an electrical engineer and homeschooling father of four. There are three views Christians hold about war: (1) Some believe Jesus taught us to reject violence and enmity in all forms, so engaging in war is unacceptable. (2) Some accept the Just War Theory as doctrine, not just a theory, and believe fighting in wars are morally acceptable as long as the tenets of the theory are fulfilled. (3) Some believe “it is wrong to kill except in war”. The first view is considered acceptable by the heads of all Christian churches. The second view is considered acceptable, but is often questioned by church leaders. The third is universally considered unacceptable. This article assumes one believes that Just War Theory is a ...
So Much for Income Tax Privacy
The Future of Freedom Foundation

So Much for Income Tax Privacy

by Jacob G. Hornberger How many times have we been told that the information we send to the Internal Revenue Service in our federal income tax returns is guaranteed to be kept confidential? So much for that myth, as President Trump can now attest. The New York Times somehow secured a copy of Trump’s income tax returns and is excitedly telling the world what they contain. One thing is for sure: If the president of the United States can’t keep his income tax returns private, no one else can either. From the very start of Trump’s quest for the presidency, the mainstream press has been obsessed with getting its hands on his tax returns. And from the very start, Trump refused to disclose them, which he has every right to do. Trump took the position that his tax returns...
Rising Homicides This Year May Be Yet Another Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns
Mises Insitute

Rising Homicides This Year May Be Yet Another Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

by Ryan McMaken During Tuesday's presidential debate, former vice president Biden attempted to paint Donald Trump as the bad-on-crime candidate when he claimed that crime had gone down during the Obama administration but increased during Trump's term. Whether or not this is a plausible claim depends on how one looks at the data. And given that law enforcement and criminal prosecutions for street crime are generally a state and local matter, it's unclear whyany president ought to be awarded blame or plaudits for short-term trends that occur during his administration. Overall, however, it does look like homicides—which tend to be a good indicator of general crime trends—are indeed rising this year. While many factors are likely at play, we may be seeing yet another s...
Question ‘The Science’? Go To Gulag!
Ron Paul Institute

Question ‘The Science’? Go To Gulag!

by Ron Paul In the Soviet Union it was forbidden to dispute the wisdom of the “party line.” That’s because Marxian communism was viewed as the scientifically inevitable progression of mankind. For Marx and Lenin, the “science was settled.” Therefore anyone speaking out against “the science” of the Soviet system must be acting with malice; must actually want destruction; must want people to die. Anyone voicing opposition to the “settled science” of Marxism-Leninism soon found their voice silenced. Oftentimes permanently. Ironically, just 30 years after the “science” of Marxism-Leninism imploded for all the world to see, we are witnessing a resurgence here in the US of the idea that to question “the science” is not to seek truth or refine understanding of what appears to be conflic...