Showing posts with label fairness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fairness. Show all posts

Walter E Williams: Slavery Reparations

Just another hustle.         Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine (May 21, 2014). In making his argument, Coates goes through the horrors of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. First off, let me say that I agree with reparations  ... MORE

Liz Peek: Obama Promotes A Society Of Helpless Victims

Dependency sells.     Eric Holder stirred up a hornet’s nest the other day, whining to a mostly black crowd about the ill treatment he received from a Congressional Committee. Holder seemed to imply that he and President Obama have come in for rough treatment because they are black. It was a stunning comment. This is, after all, Eric Holder,  ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Governed By Rules, Not Men

What kind of rules should govern our lives?     I'd argue that the best rules are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision-making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at it. My mother worked as a domestic servant. That meant that my younger sister and I often lunched   ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: The 'Fairness' Fraud

It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Income Inequality

Let's think about fairness and justice.           Democrats plan to demagogue income inequality and the wealth gap for political gain in this year's elections. Most of what's said about income inequality is stupid or, at best, ill-informed. Much to their disgrace, economists focusing on measures of income inequality bring little light to the issue.     ... MORE

How Jury Nullification Accelerates the Drug War’s Demise

by Steve Silverman, Flex Your Rights.             I recently had the privilege of joining three jury nullification heavyweights on a panel hosted by the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. The discussion focused on how strategic jury nullification can be used to dismantle the War on Drugs. If you watch this 84-minute panel from beginning   ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Words That Replace Thought

In doing so, they turn smart people into morons.  If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, “diversity” should be recognized as the undisputed world champion. You don’t need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this   ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Economic Mobility

Taking advantage of opportunity.      Most people are not even surprised any more when they hear about someone who came here from Korea or Vietnam with very little money, and very little knowledge of English, who nevertheless persevered and rose in American society. Nor are we surprised when their children excel in school and go on to ... MORE

VIDEO: Social Justice and Its Critics

Thomas DiLorenzo: The Rationally Misinformed Voter

A populace designed to serve.    In the sub-discipline of economics known as public choice, an important concept is the theory of "rational ignorance." First articulated by political scientist Anthony Downs in the 1950s, and expanded upon by economist Gordon Tullock and others, the theory of rational ignorance holds that it is perfectly rational for   ... MORE

Cynthia V. Ward: Fairness And Freedom

Fairness is a value judgment. In the fight over taxing the rich, those with good values are losing the judgment. They are losing because they have failed to name, and defend, the moral right which ought to define fairness toward all taxpayers: the right to own and to keep the wealth you create. President Obama proudly articulates the moral case for    ... MORE

The Enterprise Of Law: Justice Without The State

A book review by George C. Leef. Nearly everyone agrees that a few core government functions —foremost among them the provision of law and justice—can’t be performed in a free market. A handful of rogue thinkers, however, questions this conventional wisdom.  Foremost among them is Florida State University economics professor Bruce      ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Capital Gains Tax

Do you really think taxes and jobs are unrelated?   One of the many false talking points of the Obama administration is that a rich man like Warren Buffett should not be paying a lower tax rate than his secretary. But anyone whose earnings come from capital gains usually pays a lower tax rate. How are capital gains different from ordinary    ... MORE

Kenneth Gould: The High Cost Of College

An economic explanation. Despite good intentions, government has reduced price competition; as a result, prices have risen much faster than they otherwise would. Many news articles are starting to note that middle and upper-middle class parents are having trouble paying for their children’s college educations. Most of these articles see this  ... MORE