So, What Are You?

I’m like a partial libertarian. I’m libertarian on market issues, neocon on fed and fiscal policy, and right of center on social and foreign policy issues. I also consider myself to be a utilitarian pragmatist, meaning I believe in policy that maximizes the creation of…

Self-Actualization and Indirect Value

You know you’re in the slow news zone when the biggest story is about deflated footballs. 2015, like 2014, promisses to be another soporific year, with lots of of contrived outrage over things that aren’t that big of a deal. I long for a return…

Andrew Sullivan Retires From Blogging

In response to Andrew Sullivan’s retirement from blogging, a poster on iSteve writes: Not sure how I feel about this. Sullivan is easily amongst the sanest liberal bloggers/pundits (a couple months ago he marked the 20th anniversary of The Bell Curve by re-endorsing the idea…

Was The Last Decade Really So Bad?

Wow, That Was a Horrible Decade Was it really that terrible? Let’s look at the positives: America solidified its position as a global economic and military superpower, with China in second place. We saw the rise of web 2.0, Google, Apple, Uber, Tesla, and Snapchat….

Eugenics Plan, Part 2

In an earlier article, The Abortion Plan, I discussed how abortion can be justified from a utilitarianism/pragmatist perspective, without necessarily turning it into a left/right issue. From slatestarcodex.com comments, this issue came up again. “parents who get abortions are parents who can’t afford children, so…

No Recession In Technology As Apple Reports Blowout Earnigns

With over 74 million iphones sold in a single quarter, Apple reports it’s biggest earnings ever, proving once and for all that there is no recession or crisis in large cap technology. The people who are buying iPhones, uploading pictures to Facebook, tweeting, and take…

Carl Jung and the Post-2008 Era

From La Times Why we need to address population growth’s effects on global warming Few of them can forget the backlash after then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in 2009 that it was strange to talk about climate change without mentioning population and family…

Too Much Whining on the Blogs About the GOP ‘Establishment’

Don’t Count Out the Anti-Establishment Republicans Bush and Romney are marquee names in U.S. politics and the Republicans haven’t nominated an anti-establishment candidate since Barry Goldwater more than a half century ago. Yet there is an equally interesting, and perhaps as important, struggle for the…

The Left Wants Housing to Be a Bubble

Economic and demographic factors are blame for the chronic sluggishness of Europe and Japan. America has the huge baby boomer and millennial population whereas Japan has shrinking population and poor demographics. Americans consume more. American monetary policy more proactive and aggressive. America has much less…