Posted by: khorum | January 26, 2010

Hayek and Keynes put to Rap.

I’m sure economics lecturers have struggled with communicating the titanic struggle between free and command economies to younger folks for years.While the edgier students may roll their eyes at this, the latter half picks up pretty well and it really does an excellent job of explaining the philosophical differences between the Twentieth Century’s most important economic rivals.

A little over a year ago ABC News’ 20/20 produced a remarkable 1-hour special on the realities of our current system in comparison to socialized healthcare models like those in Canada and Great Britain.   During the report ABC News discussed the facts about quality of care and the rebellion of Canada’s medical profession against their own system.

Most remarkable is the fact that this 20/20 special also covered innovations by major employers that have proven to be effective in confronting the unique challenges of our healthcare dillemma with purely free-market solutions.

And that employer was WHOLE FOODS, a bastion of progressivism.  Remember this report was played on national TV in 2007, a year before the election and TWO YEARS before the fiery end-run to demolish the healthcare insurance industry that we are seeing today:

more about “ABC News 20/20 on Healthcare“, posted with vodpod
Posted by: khorum | July 17, 2009

Frailty and Power

Governor Sanford has enriched our language with a new euphemism: “Hiking The Appallachian” which henceforth will evoke steamy Argentine dreams and the feckless fools who abandon reason to pursue them.

Most people are justifiably eager to see Sanford resign from office but some folks don’t mind if he stays.  Neither party is relevant. 

Sanford ditched his formidable security detail, hoodwinked his staff, flew to Argentina and rocked out for a week.  While it may provoke all kinds of indignation from people there’s one fundamental truth to all this:  ANYONE who is capable of contemplating then carrying out a plan of action like that couldn’t give less of a shit what you or I or anyone else thinks.

Posted by: khorum | March 24, 2009

Vindication

Even as we all gape in horror as girls’ schools and secularism is destroyed in Pakistan’s Sudetenland, I think it’s important to contemplate the consequences of preemptive American military intervention in the middle east. Just so we can compare public floggings and forcing women to remain illiterate with modern jurisprudence and a representative democracy:

On his return to Britain after securing “Peace in Our Time” Neville Chamberlain was confronted by a furious Winston Churchill who was at the lowest point of political favor in his career.   Whereas the press and parliament cheered Chamberlain’s deft diplomacy Churchill delivered his stunningly prophetic denunciation:

“You had to choose between Dishonor and War.  You chose dishonor.  You will have war.”

After six years of war the liberal forces in our society remain determined to deprive our armed forces the triumphant honors they deserve for transforming the hellish nightmare of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq into a vital polyglot democracy, and now they ask us all to remain silent while weak and opportunistic regimes who are sympathetic to liberal realpolitik surrender territories and lives to islamic fascism.

All for peace in our time.

more about “Peace in Iraq“, posted with vodpod
Posted by: khorum | March 8, 2009

What’s so bad about Chas Freeman?

UPDATE: Freeman withdraws from consideration.  Blames jews.

While conservatives are mobilizing to do something about Obama’s appointment of Charles Freeman, a career “Realist” (in the moral/cultural relativist sense) to the NIC chair, I’ve noticed that most of the objections to him are based around his close ties with Wahhabbist autocrats in Saudi Arabia, his overt anti-Israel stance and his unsympathetic view of American interventionism.

This is troubling because although the situation in the Middle East is certainly precarious, it distracts us from the fact that this man SUPPORTED the brutal suppression of a democratic populist movement at the very moment when Communism was failing all over the world:

“[T]he truly unforgivable mistake of the Chinese authorities was the failure to intervene on a timely basis to nip the demonstrations in the bud, rather than — as would have been both wise and efficacious — to intervene with force when all other measures had failed to restore domestic tranquility to Beijing and other major urban centers in China. In this optic, the Politburo’s response to the mob scene at ‘Tian’anmen’ stands as a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action. . . .

This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen square massacre. It’s important that we all understand that the ruthlessness and brutality of Chas Freeman’s “overly cautious” communist regime hasn’t improved, but in fact has gotten far far worse.

A couple years ago, PBS’s Frontline program produced an excellent documentary on one of the most heartrending expressions of individual defiance against totalitarianism called “The Tank Man”.  It’s a refresher on the sort of behavior that Chas Freeman felt the Communist Party should’ve  “nipped in the bud”:

A lot of folks can dismiss Tiananmen Square as “history”.  As something distant and irrelevant in the past that no longer affects the lives of Chinese or Americans today.  But they’re wrong.  The inhuman regime that murdered thousands of democratic protestors in 1989 hasn’t diminished or even relaxed, it is committing an atrocity against the principles of liberty and democracy every day:

Here is the “punchline” to that Frontline documentary.   THIS is what happens to truth under socialism:

Obama wants to put this guy in a position where he will be influencing how America responds to emerging democratic and free-market movements all over the world?   What happens if some Russians finally get their heads out of their asses to remove Putin?  Is he gonna recommend we tip off Vlad with some of his quality advice?

Posted by: khorum | March 7, 2009

Obama Stimulates the Economy

Step 1: Speak the Truth
Step 2: Antagonize Regime
Step 3: ???
Step 4: PROFIT!

Posted by: khorum | March 6, 2009

In case you missed out on Keynesianism

As often as conservatives seem to lament the encroachment of socialism, we still do little to nothing about explaining why it’s so bad.  If we’re gonna go around trying to remind folks who are fretting about their mortgages that the free market is the more sensible, logical and HUMANE answer, we’d better be prepared to explain how that is so.

People are afraid.  Emergency service personel are taught that people in a burning building will follow the person that is LEAST panicked, and right now, it’s looking like the only thing the Republicans are leading is the terrified stampede.

As conservatives we need to be able articulate how socialist policies have brought these conditions about, how socialist policies have brought nothing but RUIN to nations that attempted them, and how the introduction of exuberant and unhindered free markets have liberated billions of human beings over the last four decades:

That PBS series is based on Pulitzer-prize winning author Daniel Yergin’s The Commanding Heights.  That was the second episode, the first and third, both also excellent are below:

Episode 1:

Episode 3:

Posted by: khorum | March 6, 2009

Articulating Conservatism

The biggest reason Rush Limbaugh is considered the “de facto head” of the Republican party is because during  a time when every conservative seems consumed with “returning to our core values” he’s  the only one who is interested in doing precisely that.  Worse, he’s been doing the exact same thing for over two decades now, it’s not like any of his antics is a surprise to anyone.

Unfortunately the other pundits are either licking their ideological wounds or girding for apocalyptic battle against a charlatan who would eradicate American Exceptionalism forever.   But if conservatives are to have ANY HOPE fighting the long fight, we need to articulate our principles and appeal to those Americans who still cherish them over the dangled morsels of euro-socialism’s  comfortable mediocrity.

For one reason or another every conservative I have met simply assume that everyone is familiar with the core values of American Conservatism.  That somehow living in the last couple decades of ascendant Republican rule had somehow communicated the WHY’s of everything we believe in:  WHY we believe that free markets are agents of liberation; WHY we believe that government doesn’t belong in the charity business;  WHY we believe that self-interest and ambition are forces of unlimited personal emancipation.

I’m not sure how they could conclude that anyone walked away from the last decade knowing any of the correct answers to those why’s, but I know for sure that aside from Rush Limbaugh, noone has yet tried to give the American Polity a refresher course on the core principles of American Conservativism.   Which goes a long way to explaining why the left is determined to shut him down.

Conservatives have been lulled into the perception that the American people have come to REJECT those principles, but the fact is that we haven’t had anyone who had the willingness (much less the ability) to effectively share those values with the American people for over two decades:
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Posted by: khorum | March 6, 2009

Operation Rushbo!

rahmIn their eagerness to secure a new strawman with which to distract folks from their planned heist of the accumulated wealth of the next couple generations, the Obama clown-patrol led by an erstwhile 70′s ballet dancer managed to give us a glimpse of how seriously they had ever regarded “bipartisan” cooperation with the Republicans:  not at all.

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