Category: Politics

Buffalo Murders

I’m not sure what to say on this that hasn’t been said in previous murders. The dude was sick and found an ideology that encouraged his desires. Blasting his name and picture all over the media is giving him what he wants. Politicians and the chattering class will use this to gain advantage. The same talking points will be debated. No solutions will be found.

And we’ll do this song and dance again.

WTF Is Happening To My State?

This is a weird time in politics. Both of the major parties are being swept by their extremes, and its turning politics less about solving issues and more about performance art with state-sanctioned violence.

Case in point, the Florida legislature rescinded Disney’s special district. Over at National Review, Charles Cooke does a masterful job of explaining why that’s a bad idea.

Those who have defended the move argue that sticking it to Disney in this matter demonstrates that the Republican Party is willing to “fight” and will thus represent a victory for conservatism. But this is silly. Admirably, Governor DeSantis has already fought Disney, and he has already won. The policy about which Disney chose stupidly to complain is now Florida law. It passed both houses of the state legislature; it was signed by DeSantis, who had been correctly defiant in the face of Disney’s gripes; and it enjoys the support of broad majorities of Floridians. There is no need for the Republican Party of Florida to salt the earth here; it has prevailed in every particular.

Just as DeSantis is using his position as governor to prepare for a run for the White House, we have Nikki Fried suing over marijuana users being prohibited from possessing firearms. While I personally agree with this move, I do not believe for a second that Fried is doing this out of personal conviction. Other than the personal conviction that she doesn’t want to be a felon for holding both a medical marijuana card and a concealed weapons license. Considering all the money she’s taken from gun control groups, as well as all the clusterfucks she’s thrown into the CCW system.

More Links? Weird Week

I’m doing another link post mostly because of the first article (i.e., didn’t want to wait until next week to post.)

So, Sweden and Finland are moving ahead with plans to join NATO. There are many countries in NATO that I think was foolish to add. These two? I’d be happy if they were in the club, as it were. Haake Palle!

Since the housing market is still red-hot around here, I’m getting vibes of 2008. According to this Forbes article, this market may not be a bubble. While I will conceded some of the points, I’m still a little concerned. I’m willing to believe that the supply issue will keep the market going for quite a while. My contention is that while there may not be a lot of lending fraud going on – compared to 2007 – I’m more leery of lending ineptitude. Considering how rushed and slap-dashed the mortgage on Ward Manor was done, I can see that playing out over the industry.

More Reason Links

A trio of recent Reason articles for you today.

First, an article from the Volokh Conspiracy on two policies Zelensky enacted that should be repealed. Plus, there’s the whole criminalizing other political parties.

Second, a semi-secret organization spying on Americans- the post office.

Lastly, an article on the failure of gun control studies. Not just that they failed to show gun control works, but that the vast majority were just badly done studies.

Friday Quote – Grant Phillips

For socialism to “function,” labor is confiscated from the worker under the guise of the common good. Socialism prohibits workers from defining and pursuing their individual good because their labor is required to provide a state-defined common good. Thus, even if an individual worker values a good differently than state-decree, his labor is still confiscated to provide the common good which he does not desire. That is exploitation.

Friday Quote – Sir Roger Scruton

It is not the truth of Marxism that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on the intellectuals, in their attempts to control the world. And since…it is futile to reason someone out of a thing that he was not reasoned into, we can conclude that Marxism owes its remarkable power to survive every criticism to the fact that it is not a truth-directed but a power-directed system of thought.

Who Would Fight?

Going around my feeds and podcasts was a recent poll on if Americans would fight if the country was invaded.

From National Review

As part of a recent survey of attitudes toward Russia’s execrable invasion of Ukraine, the polling firm Quinnipiac asked Americans whether they would stay and fight if the United States were invaded by Russia. The results make sobering — and often disgraceful — reading. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said that they would “stay and fight,” with 25 percent indicating that they’d run away. Among independents, those numbers are 57–36. Among Democrats, they’re in negative territory, at 40–52. Among 50- to 64-year-old men and women, the stay/leave numbers are 66/28. Among 18- to 34-year-olds, they are 45/48. Or, to put it another way: A majority of the prime-aged Americans whom the United States would need were such a crisis to arise imagine that they would flee if that crisis ever came.

There’s been a lot of hay being made on how few 18 to 34 year-olds said they would stay and fight. Most of the ones I read/heard talk about “failure to instill respect of country”, “nothing at stake”, or “doesn’t understand the importance”. Some of that’s probably true, but there’s one theory I haven’t heard. Deferment to authority.

We’ve been telling kids for a generation to let the grown-ups handle conflict. Don’t do it yourself, but wait for the proper authorities. Could that have bled into letting the proper authorities fight? Particularly in a society that keeps stressing letting only those trained to do a specific task? That you need credentials to do something?

Broken Education

I was listening to the Unregistered podcast, and Corey DeAngelis was being interviewed. If you don’t know, DeAngelis is one of the leading advocates of school choice. The interview brought up all the problems I have with how we do grade school education in the country. How badly we serve some of our children with how inefficiently we use tax dollars in government schools.

Yes, I will admit in “Derek’s Grand View,” all education would be privatized. I don’t think the government has the correct incentives to run modern education systems appropriately. Particularly when we look at how they have responded in the last two years with the pandemic. However, that’s not the world we actually live in. There is a national interest in ensuring a minimally educated populace, plus we have built our economic structures on government run daycare that will provide some education. Some schools do provide great education, while others are little more than holding pens for children.

So, what can we do? My option for continuing with government schools is “backpack funding” of schools. Essentially, the dollars follow the students. To get the most out of this will require letting the students go to any school within the district, regardless of where they currently live. It will also require allowing the school leadership make hiring/firing/payroll decisions as well as setting local school policies and goals. This would allow for schools to cater to the parents to attract students. Will there still be holding pen schools? Probably. Malfeasance and corruption happen everywhere, but I think there will at least be more accountability in this method. I also think this would help reward high performing teachers and innovative education models.

Quick Couple of Links

Following a pretty significant backlash, the IRS has abandoned plans to use third-party facial recognition.

Reason takes on Biden’s gun control lies. And you have to love this from the opening paragraph: President Joe Biden so frequently and willfully tells lies about firearms that, if he were a podcaster talking about anything other than guns, aging rockers would trip over their walkers in a rush to sever even the most tenuous ties to him.