Things That Grabbed My Attention Yesterday

We’re going to pull back from the daily nonsense today, the Brits are voting and there’s not much new in the Washington nonsense. Let’s take a look at some background on various things. Some days there is just so much good material out there that I can’t decide. It’s a pleasant problem.

Ben Domenech at The Federalist disagrees with Time Magazine’s choice of Greta Thunberg as person of the year, as do I. He says in relation to her…

[…] a teenager who skipped school to travel around the world telling people that they are horrible and the planet is doomed. It’s a living. Perhaps her Malthusian visions will be fulfilled by future experience. But it’s not very likely.

Heh! I wish I’d written that! His choice I also agree with…

In defiance of the most powerful authoritarian regime in the modern world, the protester in Hong Kong has stood against the authority of Red China with courage and dedication. […]

There is no bigger fight. And so, the Hong Kong protester is the Person of the Year.

He’s right. That is the person/people that free people should be honoring.


There’s a remarkable (and remarkably long) essay by George Callaghan at The Duran on the problems (and possible solutions) in British education. Some are specific to Britain and/or England, but many apply to America, as well. My curation software says 45 minutes, it’s well worth it.

I don’t see anything short enough to give you a taste, so if it is an interest of yours, go read it. I agree with all of it that I think applies to the US, I simply don’t know enough about British education to have a valid opinion.


Unintended Consequences has made Britain a frustrating laughingstock for the last three years. Why? Abram N. Shulsky at Law and Liberty has figured out some of the reasons why the British government has gotten so pear-shaped. It’s a danger we face as well, as so many (especially on the left) want to tinker with our constitution.

The recent chaos resulted from two innovations that weren’t entirely consistent with the underlying principles of the British regime: the Fixed-term Parliament Act of 2011 (FTPA) and the Brexit referendum of 2015.  Both were introduced to solve short-term political problems.

It’s an excellent explanation of how the (primarily) Conservative Party has failed to conserve the things that made the Westminster System work.


Walter E. Williams at The Daily Signal tells us that Richard Ebeling, professor of economics at The Citadel, has an essay in the American Institute for Economic Research that clarifies how Capitalism is a morally superior system.

In a key section of his article, Ebeling lays out what he calls the ethical principles of free markets. He says:

The hallmark of a truly free market is that all associations and relationships are based on voluntary agreement and mutual consent. Another way of saying this is that in the free market society, people are morally and legally viewed as sovereign individuals possessing rights to their life, liberty, and honestly acquired property, who may not be coerced into any transaction that they do not consider being to their personal betterment and advantage.

Ebeling says that the rules of a free market are simple and easy to understand:

You don’t kill, you don’t steal, and you don’t cheat through fraud or misrepresentation. You can only improve your own position by improving the circumstances of others. Your talents, abilities, and efforts must all be focused on one thing: What will others take in trade from you for the revenues you want to earn as the source of your own income and profits?

They are both spot on.


Dylan Pahman at Law and Liberty has an essay on why economic nationalism fails.

However, at present economic liberty has fallen out of favor with some who see a sea change in recent events—from the election of President Trump in the United States to Great Britain’s “Brexit” referendum—moving away from a perceived elitist, globalist liberalism and back toward the old order of nation states, not only politically but also economically.

He does an excellent job of laying out the underpinning, and I mostly agree with him, completely in theory in fact. This is the Libertarian/Conservative rationale for free trade, and mostly it is true.

But


Curtis Ellis at American Greatness lays out why Globalism and Progressivism make such a toxic stew.

The reformers of the Progressive era championed safety standards for food, drugs, and labor.

The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 gave birth to the Food and Drug Administration. The chief chemist at the Department of Agriculture had mobilized a coalition of women’s clubs, physicians, and pharmacists to lobby for uniform national standards for patent medicines.

It worked, mostly, although it was and is very expensive. Now add Globalism

Communist China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of “active pharmaceutical ingredients,” the base components drug companies use to manufacture most of the medications found on store shelves across America. Today, 80 percent of prescription drugs consumed in the United States originate in India and China.

Drug companies are not required to disclose the country of origin of the active ingredients in their products. That means consumers are unknowingly exposed to the risks associated with drugs made in China.

What are those risks? Well, in 2008, 100 Americans died after taking the anticoagulant heparin that was made in China. Some of the heparin was fraudulently replaced with chondroitin, a dietary supplement for joint aches.

Now what? The free traders say the Chicoms are the low-cost producer and it makes economic sense for our drug hoses to buy their product. The families of a hundred dead Americans are likely to disagree. And if we are going to use uninspected raw material, what exactly is the point of the FDA?

That’s the kind of real-world problem that always screws up those lovely theoretical solutions. The answer? We don’t really have one yet.

That should be enough to keep you out of trouble for a while! 🙂

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13 Responses to Things That Grabbed My Attention Yesterday

  1. audremyers says:

    (deep sigh…) It’s so refreshing to know that aside from the “really big problems facing us right now”, there are lots of ‘little’ big problems facing us right now. As an old-timer in New York might have said, ” I should’a stood in bed “.

    Aside from needing to increase my aspirin intake, I would be delighted to see such articles, maybe once a month (more than that would possibly be on the cusp of cruel and unusual punishment), to catch up on the rest of the world. There’s a young woman who is a political opinion host on OAN; each Friday evening she ends her broadcast with “Stories the Media Didn’t Tell You”, much in the same vein as this article, or with additional information to topics the news media has been lying about.

    Just so you know, I think you provide great service in the articles you present; the editorial comments often make coherent what often seems to me to be bigfoot speech.

    Thanks, Neo.

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    • NEO says:

      I have always done these occasionally, similarly with video articles. When I started looking through the stuff I had collected yesterday (these are all from yesterday) I simply couldn’t decide. I probably should do this once a week, even compared to when I started, there is so much good stuff out there. I like this sort of thing, at least for me, it helps my thinking more than giving a call for action.

      As for my commentary, that’s what I try for.

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    • the unit says:

      Funny, I said that to myself here in NW FL before throwing myself out bed the morning. 🙂
      Glad to be able to throw instead of needing a hoist.

      Liked by 1 person

      • NEO says:

        Yeah, I had a spell a few years back where I hhh to roll, my knee wouldn’t cooperate. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Yeah, I been able to throw myself outta bed again now about a year, couple years rolling, and for a while could hardly roll. Sleep and not sleep on my back all night. Mine was hip instead of knee. Still shove my hand underneath my hip for a bit of lift. 🙂
          I can’t complain though. Wife has had hip replacement and doc says she needs the other one, but she says pain not bad enough yet. She has a knee replacement coming up in March. And as mentioned before, we both have cataract thingy coming up next year.
          I guess we’ll eventually stay in bed! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, my sister had both hips replaced, and one of my nieces had both knees done a couple years ago. Getting old is better than not, but it ain’t no picnic. 🙂

          I’ve got my aches and pains, but I’ve been very lucky. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, #MeToo, so to speak.
          Not either of us following William Shatner’s redistribution. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Nope, not at all. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    You could have entitled it ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night: Book 4’.

    🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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