Category Archives: Opinion

Is a Renewable Electric Grid a Mirage?

Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change will require enormous sacrifice. The enormity of the required sacrifice suggests that we should have consensus on the goal before acting. Recent discussions of the Green New Deal have highlighted some of the required sacrifices, but I suspect that the full implications of an all renewable power electric grid remain obscure.” (08/23/19)

Criminalizing Addiction Isn’t Working. Prevention and Treatment Deserve a Chance.

Source: Cato Unbound
by Regina LaBelle

“Pain patients deserve more and better options to manage their pain, and abruptly stopping opioid treatment is cruel. As Dr. Rieder points out, major changes to the healthcare system are necessary to stop the swing between overprescribing of opioids and forced tapering. Major changes to the healthcare system are also needed to help the estimated 2 million people with opioid use disorder. A good place to start is by integrating the addiction treatment system into the healthcare system. Since substance use disorders have long been considered moral failings requiring a criminal justice response, the health care system is ill equipped to respond effectively to any type of substance use disorder.” (08/23/19)

Is Turo a “motor vehicle leasing company?”

Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael

“For those unfamiliar with the company, Turo connects car owners to car renters. For example, if I own a car and want to make some extra money when I’m not using it, I could list my car on the Turo platform and get paid to let someone else drive it around. If Turo’s model makes it sound like a rental car company, well, there’s an argument to be made for that. And if you think Turo’s model sounds a lot like the Uber or Lyft business model — where independent contractors essentially rent their services and vehicles like a taxi — then you wouldn’t be wrong there, either (minus the driver, of course.) The problem is that under Missouri law, the taxes and regulations that cover ‘motor vehicle leasing companies’ appear to exclude Turo from oversight.” [editor’s note: Sounds like a feature, not a bug, to me – TLK] (08/23/19)

The Dominant, Misguided Power of Presidential Primary Debates

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Jay Inslee entered the presidential race for the right reasons, and he made a profound difference by moving the Democratic field to recognize the extent of the climate crisis and the need for bold solutions. He should be applauded for his effort. The bigger thing to say about his exit, along with the other winnowing we’ve seen this week, is that debates have become this all-consuming element of presidential primary politics in our reality-show age, in a way that wasn’t true just a few years ago. There was more than one reason why Inslee, Hicklenlooper, and Seth Moulton bowed out this week — all of them faced practical and literal deadlines to run for other offices — but realistically speaking, they knew that missing the next set of debates was the effective end of their campaigns, so they took off. The entire campaign this summer has been framed around who will make the debates, what will happen in the debates, and what did happen in the debates.” (08/23/19)

Zuckerberg — human trafficker

Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Mark Zuckerberg is engaged in human trafficking. Google is also engaged in human trafficking. Anyone who deals in your ‘data’ is committing human trafficking. Yeah, there’s all the standard yammering about ‘private businesses’ having the right to do whatever … but corporations are NOT private businesses. They are government. They stopped being private businesses when they made a deal to work with and for government, and to sell you out to government, in exchange for special favors. Facebook is not a private business. Google is not a private business. They may have started out that way, but that’s not the current reality. They are no more private businesses than the U.S. feral government is one. They are all government. No, that doesn’t mean I want them controlled with ‘laws.'” (08/23/19)

Corporate profits are socially responsible

Source: Fox News Forum
by Sally Pipes

“The Business Roundtable recently released a statement announcing it had redefined ‘the purpose of a corporation.’ Signed by almost 200 of the most powerful CEOs in America, the statement ‘affirms the essential role corporations can play in improving our society,’ according to one of its signatories. Specifically, it suggests that companies should focus on serving the needs of ‘stakeholders’ like customers, employees, and communities as much as those of their shareholders. That’s ludicrous. Decades ago, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman debunked this fashionable notion of ‘corporate social responsibility.’ In his book Capitalism and Freedom, and later in a 1970 essay for New York Times Magazine, he wrote, ‘There is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game.’ That’s still true today — despite the ramblings of the CEO class to the contrary.” (08/25/19)

Will the DNC Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Yet Again?

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“If the DNC has its way, next year’s primaries will simply ratify the establishment pick, probably a Joe Biden / Elizabeth Warren ticket, without a bunch of fuss and argument. And if that happens, the Democratic Party will face the same problem it faced in 2016: The rank and file may not be very motivated to turn off their televisions and go vote.” (08/23/19)

Why we don’t trust the news anymore

Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“Surely objectivity is the bread-and-butter of news. So why is there so much fuss about it today? In part, it’s because the media see the political shocks of the past few years — Brexit, Trump, European populism — as products of an ill-informed and bigoted populace. Channel 4, which has the nation’s poshest newsroom, with just nine per cent of its journalists coming from a working-class background, is incredibly vulnerable to this prejudice. Many journalists today believe it is their job to ‘correct’ the views of the voters with ‘facts’ and ‘truth.’” (08/23/19)

J. Neil Schulman RIP

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“The liberty movement lost one of its most unique and effective communicators on Saturday, August 10 when J. Neil Schulman died at the age of 66. Neil was the author of 11 books and a filmmaker who founded his own production company Sisulu Productions. While he write some nonfiction — including two collections of essays on the Second Amendment: Self Control Not Gun Control and Stopping Power: Why Millions of Americans Own Guns—his main focus was as a writer of libertarian-themed science fiction. Neil had a unique ability to incorporate libertarian political theory and Austrian economics into his stories without being heavy handed or boring. Instead, he worked the ideas of liberty into his stories in a way that made the story more entertaining while wanting many readers to learn more about libertarianism and get involved in efforts to restore our lost liberties.” (08/23/19)

The Good, the Bad and the Missing: Sanders & Warren Criminal Justice Plans

Source: In These Times
by Dan Berger & Kay Whitlock

“As the Democratic primary heats up, the fight against mass incarceration has appropriately taken center stage. This week, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — the two most progressive candidates in the race — both released plans outlining broad agendas that each candidate promises will reform the criminal justice system and propel an end to mass incarceration. Their plans provide an opportunity to see how Democrats can rectify the harms of both the Trump administration and 50 years of bipartisan support for expanded criminalization and carceral control. Neither of these plans would have been possible without years of grassroots organizing by currently and formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. Each incorporates some of the wisdom born of this organizing, which is itself a victory.” (08/23/19)