Michael Barone: Perceptions are that Trump’s policies are working

Michael Barone: Perceptions are that Trump’s policies are working

By Michael Barone Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up never happening. Something like that seems […]

Chris Hedges: The dance of death

Chris Hedges: The dance of death

By Chris Hedges / Popular Resistance The ruling corporate elites no longer seek to build. They seek to destroy. They are agents of death. They crave the unimpeded power to cannibalize the country and pollute and degrade the ecosystem to feed an insatiable lust for wealth, power and hedonism. Wars and military “virtues” are celebrated. Intelligence, […]

Emil Franzi: Random thoughts – 3/15/17

Emil Franzi: Random thoughts – 3/15/17

By Emil Franzi The Case for Keeping Huckelberry Full disclosure – I’ve known Chuck Huckelberry for almost 40 years and consider him a friend. We both went to work for Pima County in the ‘70’s. I as an Admin Asst in what was then called Physical Plant and he as junior engineer. Bottom line is […]

“Substantial Disruption” by Mike Tully: Like the birdies sing

“Substantial Disruption” by Mike Tully: Like the birdies sing

By Mike Tully In 1932, songwriters Sydney Edmund Tolchard Evans, Stanley Damerell, Robert Hargreaves, and Harry Tilsley wrote a silly little ditty that became a hit at the time and has endured in American culture.  The song, “Let’s All Sing like the Birdies Sing,” is familiar to anybody who has visited Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki […]

Phil Richardson: Real news and fake news, Part II

Phil Richardson: Real news and fake news, Part II

By Phil Richardson “Seward’s Folly,” also called “Billy’s Icebox” (Cold), referring at the time to the scandalous purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2-million ($90-mil in today’s money) promoted by Secretary of State William Seward and much opposed by newspapers of both Republican and Democratic Party persuasions, turned out to be a pretty […]

Brandon Smith: Why do leftists and globalists hate tribalism so much?

Brandon Smith: Why do leftists and globalists hate tribalism so much?

By Brandon Smith Over the years I have heard the word “tribalism” used consistently as a way to deride and attack groups with political stances outside the boundaries of globalization. Many readers have been exposed to this propaganda recently as “tribalism” becomes the go-to denouncement of the Trump Administration. From The Atlantic to CNBC to […]

Walter E. Williams: Liberty is not for wimps

Walter E. Williams: Liberty is not for wimps

By Walter E. Williams Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to office. That means we are all to […]

Thomas Sowell: The real lessons of Middlebury College

Thomas Sowell: The real lessons of Middlebury College

By Thomas Sowell Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him. Where have all […]

Michael Barone: America’s high-risk complacent class

Michael Barone: America’s high-risk complacent class

By Michael Barone “Most Americans don’t like change very much,” writes economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen, “unless it is on terms that they manage and control.” That’s just one of many provocative sentences you can mine from the riches threaded through his new book, “The Complacent Class.” “Don’t like change” cuts against most […]

Emil Franzi: Random Thoughts: 3-8-17

Emil Franzi: Random Thoughts: 3-8-17

By Emil Franzi Millennium voters Once again, we’re getting spooked by the data people. Mix in some liberal determinism and you get the following crapola. Millenniums supported Clinton, Boomers Trump. OK, but from where and by how much? The difference in spread between the two groups is in single digits. Add that to the inability […]