Free Market

YouTube to Ban Firearms Videos Beginning in April

by Steve MacDonald March 22, 2018

Beginning in April YouTube will no longer allow videos that promote websites that sell firearms or accessories or that offer instruction on care or use of firearms. “We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTubespokeswoman said in a statement to Bloomberg. “While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, […]

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[Update] Free Market At Work: Store in Derry, NH Won’t Serve Republicans…[We we’re hacked!]

by Steve MacDonald February 28, 2018

I love it when liberals embrace the power and risk of private business ownership. The Used Apple Store posted to its Facebook page on Monday that the company will refuse services to those affiliated with the Republican party. How can they tell which customers are Republican? Well, they just know, store owner Billy Williams told NH1 […]

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Quick Thought – this is goodness, Gov. Chris!

by Skip January 10, 2018

The governor and GOP leadership also want to make it easier to get occupational licenses in fields ranging from athletic trainer to well pump installer, with a bill to create an agency with oversight of occupational licensing, now handled by a variety of state boards, commissions and departments. That’s from a piece talking about a […]

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Jobs Americans WILL do when there are no immigrants around

by Skip July 15, 2017

Good things coming from our neighbors to our East in Maine – workers actually lobbying for a LOWER minimum wage because it is in their own self-interest (go read it as I’m not going to comment on it other than this line which I’ve blogged about in other areas where Governments that have sent the […]

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Political vs Private Marketplaces

by Skip May 4, 2017

From Big Government is this piece from US Rep Ted Budd (R-NC) on the recognition of what I alluded to in my previous post – the subsuming, by Government, of organizations and industries by mere dint of its size and spending.  I’ve written for years of how organizations formerly known as charities (now calling themselves […]

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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 – Don Lavoie

by Skip April 13, 2017

It is indicative of a peculiar view of society when the (voluntary) actions of millions of market participants are dismissed as inaction merely because active (coercive) involvement by the government is minimized. -Prof. Don Lavoie (Economics, National Economic Planning: What Is Left?🙂 (H/T: Cafe Hayek)  

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Are the Socialists in the US doing what the Romans did?

by Skip October 9, 2016

Those of us on the Right often see and talk about current events and then the parallels from past history and cultures – something that we NEVER see the Left do (outside their lens of oppression and race).  Why?  Because there’s nothing new under the sun – almost everything we see today someone or people have […]

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Well, I guess I ticked off Treehugger again….banned

by Skip September 29, 2016

Here’s what I left as a comment: This is one of the really big reasons many on the Right sneer at environmentalists – EVERY problem seems to require getting Government involved to achieve their wants. Make it bigger (hardly ever better) and more intrusive in making the rest of us hew to your idea of […]

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Notable Quote – F.A. Hayek

by Skip September 10, 2016

That we can never know all that the people know whose actions determine the formation of prices and the methods and direction of production is, of course, of decisive importance not only for theory. It has also the greatest significance for political action. The fact that much more knowledge contributes to form the order of […]

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“Can the Government run the economy?”

by Skip August 13, 2016

Do you want Government choosing economic choices for you, or you choosing for you? “But the economy is not a machine. It is made up of people and no one can control what billions of them are going to do”. As we see in Venezuela or pretty much any other Socialist country. And as we […]

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Notable Quote – Glen Reynolds

by Skip August 13, 2016

Leftism impoverishes and kills, again and again. But politicians like it because it offers them control, and opportunities for graft. Voters like it because, well, it’s a con game designed to take advantage of greed and envy. Remember, under free markets the rich become powerful. But under socialism, the powerful become rich. -Glenn Reynolds (Da […]

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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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Notable Quote – William Easterly

by Skip May 30, 2016

The other great accomplishment of markets is that they reconcile the choices people make for themselves with the choices other people are making. Back at the dinner table we find that no Planner is necessary to process the enormous amount of information that is required to decide how much pasta, rice, cheese, and takeout cuisines […]

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Notable Quote – William Allen

by Skip May 2, 2016

If we are not physically overrun by barbarians, what will destroy us?  Not learned quibbles on the nuances of what the Founding Fathers really meant.  Rather, we will ruin ourselves with minimum wage and comparable worth laws; with controls on prices of goods, apartments, and loans; with erratic changes in the price level; with government […]

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Bernie Sanders – Bread lines are GOOD for you?

by Skip April 9, 2016

Yes, he’s proving that Socialism is not about shared wealth, it IS about shared misery.  If it were the former, a real workers’ Utopia that Socialists and Communists are always lying bragging about, who would have to wait in a line to get bread.  I am of the generation that saw “citizens” of Socialist governments […]

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Data Point – Living Standards: US vs the world

by Skip April 6, 2016

So why is it that our Leftist Political Class always wants us to be like other (more socialist) countries?  Dan Mitchell has the numbers: “And here are the most recent numbers from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, showing “average individual consumption” for various member nations of that international bureaucracy.  The average for all […]

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Data Point – Electric Obama

by Skip January 30, 2016

I’ve blogged a number of times on how badly Obama’s promise to transform our car buying behaviors (as that’s what Progressives do with their I know better than you what is best for you “tell”. And then we, who make up the Free Market decision makers (aka, telling the Central Planners to go….do something else) […]

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Guest Post – Harold Turner on Net Metering and Free Markets

by Skip December 27, 2015

This first appeared in the Concord Monitor (reformatted, emphasis mine): First, what is “net metering”? It is the process of using a new “smart meter” to monitor and record the flow of electricity at your home, business or municipal building, both to and from your local electrical utility.  My smart meter has been in place in […]

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But Socialists / Communists / Statists WANT you to not know history!

by Skip December 27, 2015

Prof. Thomas Sowell on Socialist centrally planned economies (run by the elite government few in a command-and-control) (emphasis mine): The French Revolution was their chance to show what they could do when they got the power they sought. In contrast to what they promised — “liberty, equality, fraternity” — what they actually produced were food […]

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Communitarianism vs Free Market

by Skip December 20, 2015

Yes, once again I trekked over to Treehugger for a post that complained that IF Congress failed to renew the wind and solar tax credits, up to 100,000 jobs would be lost.  Well being the Free Marketeer that I am, I could not let that go and waded into the comments.  A couple of them […]

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Under the veneer of “the market”, the socialist appears – Lurch

by Skip December 12, 2015

Ah yes, John Kerry, US SecState, extols “the market” as it adapts to “the signal”.  Well golly, he sounds like an Austrian economist, doesn’t he, as he pontificates while at COP21, the big UN sponsored wealth redistribution fest under the umbrella of saving the planet. But I guess he thinks we all be stupid, eh […]

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Despite ridiculous ‘ban’, consumers still demand Uber in Portsmouth

by Kimberly Morin October 21, 2015

Today Seacoast Online reported a story about a 63 year old grandmother who is believed to be the first Uber driver cited in Portsmouth. Two young women called for an Uber rideshare and within minutes they were pulled over, ordered to get out of the vehicle and the grandmother fined $500.

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The essence of Free Market Capitalism: serving others.

by Skip September 29, 2015

That should blow a few Liberal and Socialist mindsets – serving others.  Indeed, it is ONLY when entrepreneurs, business people (and yes, even billionaires) serve others in such a way that consumers see great value added in the products and services offered that people get rich.  And they only stay if they continue to serve others with […]

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Notable Quote – Professor Thomas Sowell

by Skip September 24, 2015

Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world. In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. […]

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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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Yet another example of Government thinking it can better the marketplace

by Skip August 19, 2015

The American marketplace is the amalgam of hundreds of millions of people making multiple decisions on the products they want and at the price they wish to pay.  Inferior and overvalued products and services languish on the shelves – people need to have the sense of obtaining more value for their money than the value […]

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Dan Innis – Portsmouth slowly becoming anti-business

by Steve MacDonald December 22, 2014
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Believe it or not, there are people in Portsmouth who ” feel compelled to limit the Numbers of businesses in the free market…” and Dan Innis can no longer remain silent. Let’s take a moment to consider the outcome if all businesses in Portsmouth were artificially limited by the city government. When there are fewer […]

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Data Point – Small Business Friendliness (or is that friendless?)

by Skip August 8, 2014

“…Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Kauffman Foundation, a think-tank, asks thousands of small businesses annually about local requirements for hiring, regulations, zoning, licenses, health insurance and training. They have enough data to compile (somewhat subjective) “business climate” grades for 38 states and 82 cities. One surprising finding is how little […]

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Entrepreneurship cannot happen by Government decree – it must be fostered

by Skip April 27, 2014

This adds onto my post here on Capitalism in talking about Entrepreneurship: The ultimate source of our prosperity is a set of institutions and cultural attitudes (along with what Deirdre McCloskey calls “habits of the lip” that give dignity to the bourgeoisie) that encourage innovative commercial and industrial activities. The bicycle was improved not by “technological […]

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