Showing posts from July, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Ideological Vortex of Power and Planning

Just trust her. Truly, just trust her: to know precisely how much energy we ought to use, where it should come from, how it should be generated, how we should get from here to there, and the effects that her plan will have on the global — the global! — climate, not just in the near term but decades or a century from now. If you do this, you will have embraced “science,” “reality,” “truth,” and “innovation,” and, also, “our children.” If you don’t go along, you not only reject all those good things; you are probably also a “denier,” the catch-all epithet for anyone doubtful that the brilliance of Hillary Clinton and her czars know better than the rest of humanity how to manage their energy needs into the future. Hillary’s campaign seems designed to prove that F.A. Hayek was a prophet. That brilliant economist spent 50 years explaining, in book after book, that the greatest danger humanity faced, now and always, was a presumption on the part of intellectuals, politicians, and bureau

Trump Worse Than Clinton? Are You All Insane?

Y'know, a lot... a LOT... of famous libertarians are voicing their opinion that, while they don't like either of the two major choices for president, Trump is "obviously the worse of the two." Penn Jillette, Radley Balko, David Boaz, Jan Helfeld, etc. These are people I normally respect. But, I think they're out of their minds on this. "She (Hillary Clinton,) is the second worst thing that could happen to this country. But she's way behind in second place, you know? She's wrong about absolutely everything. But she's wrong within normal parameters!" -PJ O'Rourke "Ugh. I guess I'd say Trump is worse. Clinton is at least a known commodity, and clearly better on trade and immigration, though even those are grading on a steep curve. Trump seems marginally less enthusiastic about starting wars, but who knows? He's been all over the place. On criminal justice, Clinton has a proven record of awfulness, but has vaguely vowed t