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Libertarianism: Is It Viable?

June 27, 2014 by


I just finished reading the classic book by Jan Narveson, The Libertarian Idea, published in 1986.  Now this book was no walk in the park. Narveson is a philosopher (and a pretty good one at that) and he writes in that very logical style–which I think we need more of at times.  But whether you […]

Piketty’s Predicament

June 24, 2014 by


For those who don’t want to read the book, there is  nice article by Jonah Goldberg in the June 24, 2014 issue of National Review Online.  If you just woke up from a long, long nap or just returned form an isolated vactaion spot, you will remember that in April of this year, the book […]

A Very Long Review of a Very Intellectually Deficient, but Very Big, Book by Thomas Piketty

June 9, 2014 by


Before I begin this blog, I beg the reader’s indulgence for such a long book review.  However I considered this book worthy of such a detailed examination, due to its popularity and influence, barely three months after its appearance.  I do hope the length will be justified by the service it may provide.  I promise […]

Inequality, CEO Compensation and Thomas Piketty

May 27, 2014 by


What do the three phrases in the title of this blog have in common?  This is not a trick question, although some may be tricked by the rhetoric that has come from these.  OK, you have had enough time to think about it.  The answer is:  Inequality is the “new” social justice term, median CEO […]

Let the beating commence until morale improves! Senator Levin says close the tax loopholes!

May 8, 2014 by


Sen Levin has a new target in the war against our large budget deficits–corporations that legally flee the U.S. to avoid paying taxes: It’s become increasingly clear that a loophole in our tax laws allowing these inversions threatens to devastate federal tax receipts. We have to close that loophole,” said Levin in a statement. This […]

Don’t tax me, Don’t tax thee, Tax the fellow behind the tree! Latest obfuscation on taxes by Krugman within

March 27, 2014 by


Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman delights in stirring the pot, and he is not only a brilliant economist (legitimately so in the specialized area of international trade), but he is also very clever.  He doesn’t out-and-out lie, but he gives tidbits of truth while deliberately ignoring other facts to lead a reader to his own biased […]

The Tax Man Cometh

March 7, 2014 by


The monster that never sleeps—the Internal Revenue Service.  I am reminded of the phrase in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, written in 1651, which speaks of government as being “that mortal God.”  Its purpose for Hobbes was to “overawe” everyone and bring order.  Well, it looks as if we have a different kind of “mortal God,” one […]