Free Markets

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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Catching up Part 1 – Hating Free Markets

by Skip October 22, 2017

Well, I am now, as they say, between opportunities.  So my time is going to be a bit more flexible.  Fortunately, I have a TON of bookmarks on stuff that I marked “use this” that I never got around to posting (perhaps a couple of years worth). Sorta like “reverse prepping” – couldn’t stockpile my […]

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Notable Quote – Arnold Kling

by Skip November 15, 2016

Profits are a measure of the sustainability of patterns of specialization. When a business that participates in a pattern of specialization earns a profit, the value of its output is greater than the cost of its inputs. That outcome indicates that the business is making a positive contribution to consumer well-being. -Prof. Arnold Kling ( Specialization […]

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The GOP owns Trump because it rejected and destroyed the TEA Party

by Skip October 9, 2016

Much ink has been written about the rise and fall of the TEA Party.  It started off as a rebellion against what it saw as overreaches by Government, especially the Federal govt, starting slowly with Bush (“We have to destroy the Free Market in order to save it”) and then on steroids after Rick Santelli’s […]

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Notable Quote – Stephen Green

by Skip October 6, 2016

Leave it to government to force a marketplace into existence, where people are coerced into buying something many of them can’t afford to use, and which sellers still lose money selling. And then leave it to government to blame free markets for the failure. -Stephen Green (Instapundit) Actually, its not Government that’s doing the blaming […]

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And US frackers have done more for US foreign policy than Obama/Hillary “Smart Diplomacy”

by Skip September 27, 2016

by simply out-working and out-innovating everyone else: Few predicted that in the fall of 2014, when Saudi Arabia signaled that it wouldn’t curb its output to put a floor under crude prices. Oil pundits concluded that a brutal culling would force higher-cost players known as marginal producers—a group that includes shale drillers—out of the market. […]

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Data Point – of TVs, healthcare, and prices

by Skip August 20, 2016

“Consider each product or service shown. College is heavily subsidized, regulated, and exclusionary, and the costs are soaring. The textbook industry is hobbled by extreme copyright regulation, and can depend on captive buyers. Childcare is one of the most regulated industries in the country. Not just anyone can enter. Every aspect of childcare provision is […]

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So which is it?

by Skip July 2, 2016

Shot: Concord Fishwrap – Eversource gets approval to sell its power plants State energy regulators approved the sale of Eversource Energy power plants Friday, including Merrimack Station in Bow. The nine hydro facilities and three fossil-fuel plants, including coal-fired Merrimack Station, Newington Station and Schiller Station in Portsmouth will be sold at auction overseen by the […]

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America’s Socialist Origins

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2016
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Hey Statists! Which economic system cures Poverty best?

by Skip December 27, 2015

Continuing on that 23 different types of deoderants, 18 different pairs of sneakers, and people making decisions all on their own and such; yet another post to which Statists would like you not to know (emphasis mine, reformatted): Sorry, Socialists, But Capitalism Is Killing Absolute Poverty To hear the global left these days, you’d think the […]

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At a time when we seem to be devolving to Govt control over all things…

by Skip September 18, 2015

After all, we see the Obama Government inserting itself into as many nooks and crannies as it can, when we see the two Democrat Prez front runners equally willing to take that stand of Obama and juice with a 55 gallon drum full of steroid to dragoon the US into deeper and deeper levels of […]

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Serfdom USA

by Skip August 9, 2015

Heh! (H/T: Café Hayek)

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GrokTALK! With Dr. Jason Sorens

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2015
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Dartmouth College Lecturer Dr. Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project, joins us to discuss his new endeavour called Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE), a program to bring a new perspective to economics, ethics, markets, exchange, and more to high school students around New England.  We also discuss ethics and morals […]

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Shame on AFP / NH for getting partisan in the NH Republican Gubernatorial Primary

by Skip September 2, 2014

Yeah, this is a “bite the hand that fed ya” type of post – I was named AFP’s National Activist of the Year back in 2011 and Steve was named AFP’s National Blogger of the month in December 2012.  I would like to point out that this post also shows that while we have friends, we must […]

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The Progressive Compulsion

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2014
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Even under the best of circumstances the progressive nanny-state compulsion to centrally plan is based on the idea that individuals with money and power cannot be trusted to do right by anyone else.  Nor do they trust a free people, exercising choices with their own dollars, to act as a check on others. The progressive […]

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Capitalism works – thumbdrive beats Greenpeace

by Skip April 27, 2014

And do you really think that a top-down, command-and-control economy that the Democrats and Socialists are trying to implement here in the US, would have ever thought of this?  Possibly, but probably not really; Capitalism is much better suited to where a person can see a problem, see an issue, and then pursue a solution because […]

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A Two-fer: Kevin Landrigan and the NH GOP

by Skip January 5, 2014

From Kevin Landrigan (political writer at Nashua Telegraph, that daily of declining readership) (reformatted, emphasis mine): Boosting AFP The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity is staffing up with a local talent.  Ross Connolly will start as a field coordinator Wednesday after having a similar role with AFP in New Jersey.  He worked Hillsborough for […]

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Democrats hate kids – no prob in making them cry over spilt (and pricey) milk

by Skip September 12, 2013

So much for “it’s for the children!” – instead, it is the age old Democrat ploy of “let’s use kids as political shields – again!”. This sorry political story actually illustrates TWO really bad problems: Democrats have no problem in threatening the well being of toddlers and young children to get their way Congress not […]

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GrokTV: AFP / NH “Wrong for NH” tour – Intro remarks by Greg Moore, Executive Director

by Skip August 19, 2013

As posted here, tonight the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity had the second stop in their “Wrong for NH” tour in which the topic was Obamacare – indeed, wrong for NH (and, pretty much everywhere else as well).  Given that this was a Monday night on a beautiful August summer day, the Pittman […]

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The Real Agents of Change

by Steve MacDonald May 30, 2013

Democrats like to promote themselves as change agents.  Agents of change.  And this makes them hip.  Modern.  Progressive.  But nothing could be further from the truth. Democrats promote the politicization of everything and by extension the bureaucratization of everything.  To them government is the best arbiter of progress.  But the process of making government the […]

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Guest Post: former Speaker of the NH House, Bill O’Brien on the passing of Margaret Thatcher

by Skip April 8, 2013

Rep. William O’Brien’s Comments on the Passing of Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minster of Great Britain and the indispensable philosophical, political and international ally of Ronald Reagan, died this morning. Lady Thatcher was a giant of conservative values and action.  Along with President Reagan, Margaret Thatcher inspired us with her thoughtful and unflinching […]

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Another, more descriptive term for Capitalism?

by Skip December 25, 2012

Innovationism: Deirdre McCloskey says somewhere that a better name for capitalism is “innovationism” – innovationism unleashed only in societies in which private property rights are at least reasonably secure, freedom of contract is at least reasonably the norm, markets are at least reasonably free, and (importantly) the multitude of bourgeois merchants and accountants and actuaries […]

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“What is moral about the free market?”

by Skip November 12, 2012

One of my favorite economists is Dr. Walter E. Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University.  He is always able to take the complicated, boil it down, and make it easy to understand.  Given that the whole notion of what capitalism and the free marketplace can do (versus the socialistic turn we seem to […]

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There is a difference between the Free Market and the Government Market

by Skip September 20, 2012

And TreeHugger decided to demonstrate that, with clueless irony, all on their own.  Yes, one more from TreeHugger that shows that Environmentalism has really left its roots of DOING environmental work and very much all about getting Big Government and its big teat (and very much, dependent on that teat) to do it instead as […]

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Notable Quote – Milton Friedman (on the occasion of the birth of this Nobel Prize winning economist)

by Skip July 31, 2012

What the market does is to reduce greatly the range of issues that must be decided through political means, and thereby to minimize the extent to which government need participate directly in the game.  The characteristic feature of action through political channels is that it tends to require or enforce substantial conformity.  The great advantage […]

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Again,Elites are trying to get rid of Capitalism – but we can see it is not an economics system problem but a problem of morality

by Skip January 23, 2012

Every year, the Elites of the political, economic, and cultural worlds gather in Davos, Switzerland to talk about global ‘stuff’ – what’s trending, what’s wrong, and their global ways of fixing them what they believe is wrong – for the betterment of us all.  Hate to keep sounding like a broken record but even with […]

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Democrat’s Say The Dumbest Things

by Steve MacDonald November 6, 2011

Mr. Morse and the left would have you believe that jobs spring from government like Eve from the rib of Adam. They do not want to admit that ‘government’ is itself a luxury item that must be paid for like anything else’ by the product of the private sector risk taking. Good government cannot exist without the conscience of better men giving a portion of their property for some guarantee of stability and a promise to protect their property in exchange.

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Two Dick’s & Obama’s Vitamin Police

by Steve MacDonald October 10, 2011

Long story short, if the regs went into place the vitamin shelf at the store would be emptied until supplement makers submitting test results to the FDA and the products were approved. And the added for battling the bureaucracy and testing regime? You’d be paying that when they products went back on the shelf, if they did.

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by Rick Olson September 6, 2011


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Bernanke’s Bender

by Steve MacDonald August 16, 2011

Bernanke, who sources confirmed was “totally sloshed,” arrived at the drinking establishment at approximately 5:30 p.m., ensconced himself upon a bar stool, and consumed several bottles of Miller High Life and a half-dozen shots of whiskey while loudly proclaiming to any patron who would listen that the economic outlook was “pretty goddamned awful if you want the God’s honest truth.”

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