Friday, November 22, 2002

HOW STUPID IS PAUL KRUGMAN?: Considering that Krugman is currently an economist like myself, this is truly embarassing. How could he have gone so far off the deep end? Here's Krugman's lastest offering to the New York Times. Then take a look at how Andrew Sullivan basically rips him to shreds. Here's what Sullivan had to say:

If you want a good example of the sheer partisan degeneracy that now marks Paul Krugman's New York Times columns, check out today's. It's about the rise of nepotism in America's political system. It's a worthwhile point, and one I've made myself on several occasions. But Krugman manages to make it an entirely partisan issue. Every example of nepotism he gives is Republican or conservative, implying a seamless connnection between family favors and his increasingly unhinged idea that America is now in the grip of a brutal plutocracy. He doesn't mention Al Gore or Nancy Pelosi, for example, two of the most prominent Democrats whose families were already in the business. Not to mention the Browns of California. When it comes to obvious examples of liberal aristocrats - the Kennedys, the Roosevelts, the Sulzbergers - he lets them off the hook because they're, er, liberals. The brown-nosing of Sulzberger was particularly egregious. For Krugman, it seems, non-liberal aristocrats are by definition repulsive, since all non-liberals are by definition selfish and cruel and heartless. If you don't believe that the government should be the primary means for helping others, you're immoral. This guy used to have a brain. Now he only seems to have bile.

Krugman is right in that many of our leaders are basically just aristocrats at this point. The Founding Fathers did not intend for politicians to make a career out of politics, but unfortunately it has come to that. But for Krugman to claim that the Bush's and fellow conservative families are everything that is wrong with America today simply shows how far to the left Mr. Krugman has gone. At least he has the gall to mention the Kennedy's. Nevertheless, Krugman clearly has his blinders on.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

THE "WORKING MAN'S" POINT OF VIEW: Here is a libertarian perspective from none other than a professional wrestler! I came across this interview with Sean Morley, aka "Val Venis" of World Wrestling Entertainment, and he gives perhaps the most interesting and real world perspective of libertarianism I've read so far. And he even bashes the socialist bastion that is Canada, the country where he was born.
BIG BROTHER: Just remember, whenever you buy something these guys, Big Brother's watching you. We're not as far off from Orwell's 1984 as we think.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

WHY RACE MATTERS AND WHY IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER: Here's an excellent story on the rise of Condoleeza Rice from the Boston Globe. In it, Rice is not ignorant to the fact that whether we like it or not, race does play a role in our society. It is unfortunate but it is evident each and every day. However, Rice acknowledges that while race may be an issue in the United States, the liberal trend today is to blame society for the ills of minorities. Rice thinks that's stupid:

''The fact of the matter is, race matters in America,'' Rice said. ''It has, it always has ... It is not that I mind being associated with the group. I am African-American and proud of it. I wouldn't have it any other way. And it has shaped who I am and it will continue to shape who I am.

''I do not believe it has limited who I am or what I can become. And that's because I had parents who, while telling me what it meant to be African-American and exposing me to that, also allowed me to develop as an individual to be who I wanted to be.''

It's time to quit playing the race card and accept all minorities as who they are. While it may be shocking to some (ahem, Harry Belafonte) that some members of minorities are conservative on economic issues, there is a growing trend in this movement. To decry minorities who have leaned this way, essentially labeling them as "Uncle Toms" is disgustingly racist, and deprives minority conservatives of the actual belief that they may believe differently than the status quo.

Monday, November 18, 2002

THE STEROID ISSUE CONTINUED: Here's more on the steroid issue from Shaun Assael and how it impacted (and destroyed) the life of WWE wrestler, Davey Boy Smith, aka, the "British Bulldog".
WHY REPUBLICANS AND LIBERTARIANS DON'T GET ALONG: Here's an interesting piece explaining the complex relationship between republicans and libertarians and why they don't really get along.

However, as pointed out in some of the comments, it seems as if Republicans are adopting more libertarian principles every day. Stay tuned...

Sunday, November 17, 2002

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It is easy to be a liberal, and a leftist. All one has to do is follow one's knee-jerk reactions. But conservatism requires some hard-headed thinking about problems that go past the knee-jerk level. It may be an instinctive reaction to solve the crisis in education by throwing money at the problem, but when you think about the issue of education, you come to the inescapable conclusion that the United States spends more per capita on education than any other country, and has less to show for it than any other country. It may be an instinctive reaction to solve the crime problem by taking away people's guns, and curb Second Amendment rights. However, that would do nothing to slow the astonishing traffic in guns on the black market, and would only serve to take away the ability of law-abiding individuals to defend themselves."

-Pejman Yousefzadeh
WHY MARXISM DOESN'T WORK: The Onion tells you why. And they're pretty damn funny too.