Friday, August 9, 2019

Don't Cry for Me, America? Weighing Migrant vs. Native Tears

The media endlessly presents accounts of the children of illegal aliens crying after the arrest and eventual deportation of their parents. The Democrats and the rest of the open borders crowd inevitably ask supporters of President Trump if the suffering of these migrant children is worth the effort. This question constitutes an attempt to emotionally blackmail Americans out of their own nation.

When our ancestors fought savages and foreign powers on their way westward across this continent, children likely cried during that time period as well. Yet our ancestors had the strength to understand that they had a duty to themselves and their own posterity. Humans will always compete over resources and territory in a world of scarcity. Where is that similar sense of confidence in ourselves today?

The Left claims to "[expletive] love science," but fails to account for Dunbar's Number, a finding which tells us that it is impossible for humans to care equally about all seven billion people on this planet. We are hard-wired to meaningfully distinguish between 150 people close at hand, before everyone else becomes a statistic.

We must make choices about whose pain we seek to privilege, and the Left has never explained why we should put the interests of other folks before our own. What's wrong with simply putting ourselves first? Self-abnegation is not a rational or natural behavior. What good is all the virtue signaling if your nation isn't around years from now to celebrate your story?

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Offshore Drilling for Oil and Gas Is The Best Thing for All, Especially the Tourism Industry

There are those living along the coast of South Carolina who are against offshore drilling for oil and gas since they are worried that any accidental spills would threaten the tourism industry. The thing is that if gas prices are too high, then no one will be able to drive to the beach, so the tourism industry would fail anyway. The beach is worthless if you can't get to it. We need to drill so that gas prices are as low as possible, enabling everyone to be able to travel to the beach.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Socialists and Libertarians Are WEIRD Cousins

Interesting AmGreatness piece on the dynamics between libertarians and socialists.

I have heard it said that libertarians and conservatives are cousins--but I would note that libertarians and socialists are also cousins. The reason can be found in the motto of the French Revolution (and, tellingly, the Haitian Republic): "Liberté, égalité, fraternité." The libertarians emphasize the liberty part, and the socialists prefer the equality part, but what holds them together is the fact that they are both universalists. That's why if you scratch the surface of most libertarians, you'll find an egalitarian.

Most libertarians view individuals through the prism of generic "human rights," rather than seeing that conception of rights as something that evolved from "the traditional rights of Englishmen," or bound to the particularity of what's called the "WEIRD" countries (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic). Most libertarians resist the notion that libertarianism is inherently a "WEIRD" idea, despite the evidence we see from folks transplanted from elsewhere to the U.S. who reject the notion of liberty (like Somalia's Congresswoman Ilhan Omar).

Hoppe's "propertarians," in contrast, seem to break out of this trap of universalism.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Art Laffer to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Arthur B. Laffer will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 19, 2019 from President Trump, per a news report from The Christian Coalition.

This recognition is truly well deserved, as Laffer is the discoverer of the Laffer Curve, the application of which produced the famous economic boom of the 1980s.

This is yet another reason to be thankful that Hillary isn't in the White House, as she would never have recognized Laffer's accomplishments.