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Not-so-new feudalism

Although not so precisely stated, the fundamental principle of feudalism as practiced in the Dark Ages in much of Europe – and in Japan – is pretty well understood. “You swear to follow, obey, and be a loyal supporter to … Continue reading

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Beer flu, pandemic panic, and the police power

We are now fifteen months into the Pandemic Panic, and the greatest expansion of the police power of state and local governments in American history. Why? Not because of any disease, but because of this: This is what the governors, … Continue reading

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Will we ever have a world in which race does not matter?

More and more people seek to tear apart the Fifty States – virtually every major city and many smaller ones – in order to “fight” racism. As they do so, let us for a moment believe their screams of anger: … Continue reading

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End of cities – end of civilization?

The days are short and dark. Over at Agora, Jim Rickard has published his end-of-year commentary. Here is his blurb from his frequent email. The End Of Cities Means The End Of Economic Growth. We’re Getting There We’ve all seen … Continue reading

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Wearing masks – is it destroying our society?

Let us, for a bit, talk about the social impact of wearing face masks, not just here in the Fifty States but around the world.  Our society is becoming more and more impersonal.  This long-term trend has entered a new … Continue reading

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The “doublethink” community

Events in the first half of 2020 demonstrate that millions of Americans have some mental disorders that are far more serious than we might have ever imagined. Rational, sane, and observant people have always noted that many people are somehow … Continue reading

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The values we need to overcome COVID-19 (and most other problems)

It isn’t hard to see that our government, our society, and our culture are being judged by the pandemic and the panic it has created. (And it seems likely that the verdict will be condemning.) Actually, all of these things … Continue reading

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Congressional incivility: pots calling kettles black

“Mommy, mommy, he started it! Chuckie started it!” The facts are pretty clear. I’ve heard the various words screamed, the various texts (or tweets or whatever) sent, and even the opinions of a half-dozen different pundits.

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Once upon a time… no more

Yesterday was part 1 of this commentary. Today? How life has changed from fifty or sixty years ago. And not all due to technology. Today? You dispose of what does not work or when you get the latest gadget. You … Continue reading

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Once upon a time… a look back

Part 1 of 2 parts When I was growing up (late 1950’s and 1960s), things were different.

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