The Unsocial Reality Of Socialism

A lovely but unfortunately uber-liberal friend of mine shared this graphic on Facebook. It revealed such a profound and frightening misunderstanding of socialism that I felt I had to unravel it a bit. First, what is “socialism”? Well, it’s not any of the things listed in the graphic. Not one. In fact, it has nothing…

Well Below The Minimum

I got my first job in 1961, the summer after my freshman year in high school. I was fourteen. I grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, called the “Rough Diamond Ranch”. My summer job was working on a neighboring cattle ranch. Along with most everyone on ranches back…

The Fatal Lure of Democratic Socialism

I see that we now have socialists coming out of the political woodwork. This is quite strange to me because there has never been a successful socialist state. Socialism has been tried many, many times—in the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, the People’s Republic of Albania,  Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, the People’s Republic…

Animal, Vegetable, or E. O. Wilson

I was discussing this issue on another venue, and I went back and re-read one of my previous posts. I thought it was worth repeating, so I’m re-posting it here.    Buoyed by the equal parts of derision and support I received for writing in “I am So Tired Of Malthus” about how humans are…

It’s a Car Wreck

Sooo … here’s a fable for our time. Suppose some guy gets into a car wreck in his lovely old car. It’s pristine and perfectly preserved 1963 Ferrari, a very valuable car. He’s had it just sitting in a garage for decades, and one day decides to take it for a spin. This proves to…

The Poor Taxpayer Test

On the outskirts of Las Vegas there’s a mid-range trailer park that grandiosely styles itself the “Orchard Mobile Home Estates”. There is no orchard in sight. It’s not the bottom of the pond for trailer parks, but it’s a ways from the top. A 41-year-old waitress lives there in a double-wide trailer, with her two kids…

Ending Poverty In America

I watched the Democratic National Committee debate, which was held before their recent election for the new Chair. The old Chair was forced out by scandal because she corruptly passed the debate questions to Hillary so she could appear smarter than Trump. (Curiously, not one candidate for Chair had one word to say about that ugly…