Businessman Politicians

So it’s no secret that Romney is running as “CEO-in-chief,” trying to leverage his business success as an argument that he would run a no-nonsense government. Doug Mataconis is not impressed. Businessmen do NOT, historically, make good presidents, he argues, and while Romney’s business experience may come in handy in some ways, it’s really political…

Democratic Pressure Valve

Today’s heart-warming headline: Greek stocks soar on pro-bailout party’s poll gain. Apparently, New Democracy is polling respectably again ahead of the 17 June do-over election. For any of you who’ve been sleeping through the (morbidly?) fascinating situation, Greece held a COMPLETELY inconclusive election on 6 May that was complicated when the fringe radical left-wing party…

A Good Column about Romney

I feel strangely compelled to post a link to Tim Stanley’s recent column in the Telegraph about our presidential election. I don’t actually agree with the conclusion (Obama is doomed!). My money’s still on Obama winning the presidential election in a squeaker, and I really can’t see this ending in a landslide no matter which…

Truth in Spending

Noah sends a link that one of his friends posted on Facebook. It’s a blog entry complaining that the Romney campaign is being misleading in characterizing Barack Obama’s spending record. You see (and will see if you click on the link), apparently Romney is going around saying that spending has been increasing at record levels…

Star Fall – Review

Star Fall by David Bischoff is an interesting book – kind of a prototype of what an entertaining science fiction paperback should be. It’s not destined for greatness, but it is well above average. It reads like the author wanted to do some musing on the mind-body connection, so he just straightforwardly incorporated that into…

More Red Scarves

Jason Brennan has another post about red scarves. This time he’s arguing for something I agree with: that the relative ease of compliance with compulsory voting regulations does not change the fact that they are an objectionable violation of liberty. I still think the analogy sucks, though – and for pretty much the same reason…

Open the Books to Control the Distribution

Let me just start this post by saying that I have NO IDEA what I’m talking about here. I’m a poor grad student who has never run a company. I work for a startup, but that just puts my knowledge at “next-to-nothing” rather than a cold, hard “nothing.” I would like to run a company…

Another Bad Analogy from BHL

Here’s another Bleeding Heart Libertarian analogy that not only does not work, it exposes their lack of libertarian bona fides. Imagine that in our culture, or in the human race in general, we tended to associate being given a red scarf by one’s government as a mark of membership and status. You are not fully…

Some Words about Scalzi’s “Difficulty Setting” Post

Always one for a bandwagon, here are my responses to John Scalzi’s “Lowest Difficulty” Setting post on Kotaku. Actually, it was originally on his own blog, but he shut down comments after they reached 800. The point of the piece was to try to communicate the idea of white privilege to straight white males who…

How Student Loans Should Work

As someone with a certain modest amount of student loan debt and a lot of experience teaching undergrads, not to mention being someone who is deeply worried about the national and state-level debts, I’m sympathetic to calls for reform of the federal student loan program. Like this one, for example. Basic argument – that loans…