DISQUS Doodlings at Treehugger: “Actually, there is just one key action needed to fight climate change: Vote.” – Part 1

by Skip September 17, 2018

Part 1 – that is, if I can keep myself on target for the rest.  The above quote is the title of a post by Lloyd Alter in stating that there is really only one way to solve the Climate Change crisis – and that is to vote and he goes on to say there […]

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Notable Quote – Eamonn Butler

by Skip September 16, 2018

[Capitalism] is a highly moral system too. The human relationships in capitalism are not forced but voluntary. People invest, create, supply, buy and sell things as they choose. No government ordains their actions: the decisions are theirs. Indeed, the only role for the power wielded by the state is to ensure that individuals are not […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-ism and stances

by Skip July 29, 2018

OK, from my previous post, you know a bit about her political philosophy/campaign stances from this 28-year-old barista with a Boston University double major in International Relations and Economics that is now the Democrat candidate for Congress in NY-14 (Queens) Free healthcare: “Medicare for all” – a cost between $14 and $28 trillion over 10 […]

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by Steve MacDonald July 4, 2018
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Data Point – And it wasn’t Socialism that caused this!

by Skip July 2, 2018

“In 1820, 94% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. In 1990, 34.8%, and in 2015, just 9.6%.”   …In the last quarter century, more than 1.25 billion people escaped extreme poverty – that equates to over 138,000 people (i.e., 38,000 more than the Parisian crowd that greeted Father Wresinski in 1987) being lifted […]

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DISQUS Doodlings – where Dan Williams puts himself into a capitalist Mobius strip…and falls off

by Skip May 1, 2018

Once again we see the Left on display complaining that life won’t manifest itself into their whine of “equal outcomes.”  The piece by Katharine Gregg (after the jump) complains about what most Progressives do – gee, some people have a head start and familial leg up on the rest of us; she labels that “opportunity […]

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Disqus Doodlings – Treehugger is so upset we buy clothes for ourselves….Part 3

by Skip April 11, 2018

Part 1 is here.  In Part 2 over at Treehugger, Chris Howard decided to deride shopping altogether: Masturshopping. Shopping for self pleasure, not want or need. Well, he took the bait and answer my question of “And how is “shopping for pleasure” different than “want”? I see no difference at all”.  I still see no […]

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Notable Quote – The Chinese version of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving?

by Skip February 13, 2018

I always try to remind myself to post the story of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving – made possible from the radical shift from Socialism (which is how the Colony started as an economic system) to Capitalism.  Seems like Capitalism, regardless of what the Chinese Communist Party may wish to have admitted, just always beats Socialism […]

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Yes, Govt can and does do this to Capitalism on a regular basis

by Skip January 8, 2018

(H/T: Powerline)

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Disqus Doodlings – Why we should pay far more for clothes Part 3

by Skip December 16, 2017

Sigh.  I swear that sometimes these folks have no clue about how an economy actually works!  Without rehashing Part 1 and Part 2, it is clear that the comments were much more interesting than the actual post over at Treehugger (although it did set the stage – see title above). Another comment that was left […]

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Tales from the BudComm: we don’t need no stinkin’ private sector

by Skip December 3, 2017

Cemeteries.  Usually a very small part of any town or city’s budget but it is there.  It seems that every town has at least one within its boundaries; mine, due to historical reasons, has a bunch of them.  Many of them were old family plots started well over a hundred years ago and over time, […]

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The world economy explained with two cows – Part 5 Traditional Capitalism

by Skip November 22, 2017

Notice that opposed to the other forms of capitalism (nor “not capitalism”), this is YOU oriented (all others are about being The State / bureaucrat oriented).  YOU get to make the decisions – not someone else.  YOU get to plan your future – not someone else. YOU get to take the risk – and then […]

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Notable Quote – John Chamberlain

by Skip June 20, 2017

When contrasted with a dream of perfection, capitalism was manifestly at a disadvantage. But with the advent of socialist economies (Communist Russia, China) and the semisocialist, or “mixed,” systems of Scandinavia, Britain, and New Deal America (to say nothing of the “national” socialisms of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), capitalism no longer requires apologists. Under […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Walter E. Williams

by Skip May 30, 2017

…The entire premise behind population control is based on the faulty logic that humans are not valuable resources. The fact of business is that humans are what the late Julian L. Simon called the ultimate resource. That fact becomes apparent by pondering this question: Why is it that Gen. George Washington did not have cellphones […]

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Notable Quote – Nathan Oman

by Skip April 21, 2017

Exchange thus requires a kind of other-regardingness. To be sure, it is not altruism. Our concern with the advantages of the butcher, the brewer, and the baker is not the love of our neighbors. Exchange does not require such love. Commerce, however, is impossible when I am indifferent to the concerns of my trading partner. […]

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United Airlines – really, HANDCUFF threat?

by Skip April 13, 2017

“They said they’d put me in cuffs if they had to.” “I asked if he’ll ever fly United again….Fearns could only laugh. “Are you kidding?”” Yep, another “United beats its customers” story. I’m quite sure that we’ll be hearing about these stories for a while of paying passengers being hauled off jets for no fault […]

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Notable Quote – Ludwig von Mises

by Skip April 11, 2017

Smith’s books did not lay the foundation stone, but the keystone, of a marvelous system of ideas.  Their eminence is to be seen precisely in the fact that they integrated the main body of these ideas into a systematic whole.  They presented the essence of the ideology of freedom, individualism, and prosperity, with admirable clarity […]

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Pine Tree Ramblings (Vol 2)

by Tom March 23, 2017

Branch-1 Almost prophetically, Ol’ Remus said this on Tuesday in his Woodpile Report, the day before yesterday’s terror attack in downtown London: “No one dares to even think “make Germany great again” or “UK UK UK” or “France first”. Europe remains defeated in mind and spirit [as a result of WWI and WWII]. Does anyone imagine […]

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Notable Quote – Kevin Williamson

by Skip March 22, 2017

The people who have an explicit legal obligation to work not on our behalf but on behalf of their shareholders do a pretty good job of giving us what we want; the people who vow to work on our behalf do not. That is a paradox only if you do not think about it too […]

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So, life’s better without Michelle prepping your lunch tray?

by Skip February 21, 2017

Ayup – the wonders of Capitalism (the marketplace governed by you) vs the dreariness of a Government directed economy (even if it is just lunch): Students, Faculty Rejoice as PA School Drops Federally-Regulated School Lunch Program A Pennsylvania high school is no longer bound by federal food regulations after the district decided to do away […]

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Notable Quote -Jason Brennan

by Skip November 20, 2016

Consider: The United States puts the poverty line for an American living alone at about $11,500. A person living in the United States off this meager [annual] income, adjusting for the cost of living, is still among the richest 14% of people alive today, earning more than six times the income of the typical person […]

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Notable Quote – Seton Motley

by Skip October 13, 2016

Socialism doesn’t work because it tries to root out human nature. Capitalism works because it harnesses it. We are capitalists, conservatives and federalists in part because we acknowledge and understand human nature. Its possibilities – and its limitations. They are Socialists because they are Utopian fantasists. They think they can remake humanity and the planet […]

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Notable Quote – F. A. Hayek

by Skip July 21, 2016

Where it is a question, not of a momentary emergency, but of obtaining the largest supplies over a period and at the least sacrifice of other production, the price mechanism is infinitely superior to any other method. A rise of prices not only forces people to use the commodity sparingly in every possible use, including […]

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America’s Socialist Origins

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2016
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Notable Quote – Bernie hates capitalism

by Skip February 10, 2016

From Weekend Pundit: Speaking of Bernie Sanders, we should all remember that he’s never held a private sector job. All of his paychecks have come from government, be it the city of Burlington, Vermont or from Uncle Sam as a member of Congress, either in the House or the Senate. He’s never had to worry […]

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Breadlines – which one would you prefer?

by Skip January 1, 2016

(H/T: Newsbusters)

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The Climate Cult Gathers In Paris To End Capitalism

by Steve MacDonald November 28, 2015
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The Klimate Kult has a Klanbake coming up in Paris and many believe it to be, like all those that preceded it, the last chance for a deal. What’s the deal? They are going there to use the weather as an excuse to advance the socialist utopia. (IBD) At a news conference last week in Brussels, […]

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Capitalism: Mankind’s Golden Goose

by Don November 4, 2015

One of the negative results of the wealth created by capitalism is that ignorant, lazy, and/or jealous people have time to complain about capitalism.  Typically they do this from comfortable homes filled with indoor plumbing, labor-saving and entertaining appliances; eat good food; drive their car(s) on public roads; receive public education; and keep in touch […]

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Prager University: The Morality of Free Markets

by Skip September 14, 2015

By one of my favorites on the ‘Net – Dr. Walter Williams: “Capitalism: what did you do to serve your fellow man” What is more fair – that YOU get to decide when and for what you decide to buy or sell?  Or Government deciding?  What is of more value – what you decide means […]

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Notable Quote – Thomas Sowell

by Susan Olsen August 30, 2015

“While capitalism has a visible cost — profit — that does not exist under socialism, socialism has an invisible cost — inefficiency — that gets weeded out by losses and bankruptcy under capitalism. The fact that most goods are more widely affordable in a capitalist economy implies that profit is less costly than inefficiency. Put […]

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