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BREAKING! Project Veritas Undercover Op Outs Plans To Terrorize Inaugural

James O’Keefe and his team have gone public with the results of their undercover investigation of a group known as ‘the DC Anti-fascist Coalition,’ an alliance of radical Leftist groups who have come together and have made concrete plans to disrupt the… . . . → Read More: BREAKING! Project Veritas Undercover Op Outs Plans To Terrorize Inaugural

The Wealth of 8 People and 3.6 Billion People: Utilitarianism Applied

As of the end of 2016, eight people held as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the world’s poorest half. Just a year earlier, a similar study had “found that the world’s richest 62 people had as much wealth as the bottom half of the population.”[1]Part of the difference in these findings is due to new data gathered by Credit Suisse. Put another way, the richest of the rich were richer than had been thought. In this essay, I want to call attention to the sheer magnitude of the wealth involved, as it pertains to the richest.


The full essay is at “Wealth of 8 People and 3.6 Billion People.”



[1] Gerry Mullany, “World’s 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half of Global Population,” The New York Times, January 16, 2017.

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Tax Competition: A Necessary Liberalizing Process to Discipline the “Stationary Bandit” of Government

Mancur Olson (1932-1998) was a great economist who came up with a very useful analogy to help explain the behavior of many governments. He pointed out that a “roving bandit” has an incentive to maximize short-run plunder by stealing everything from victims (i.e. a 100 percent tax rate), whereas a “stationary bandit” has an incentive […]

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Foreign Matters 1/16/17

Foreign Matters is BACK tonight with your hosts George Templeton (@rodentpolitics) and Stephen Glaug (@krayonpundit)! Tonight, they talk about Rex Tillerson and whether or not he should be confirmed, Iran, and Russia’s reaction to American troops. Join us at 10 pm E/9 pm C on Vigilant Liberty Radio for a new year of Foreign …

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Foreign Matters is BACK tonight with your hosts George Templeton (@rodentpolitics) and Stephen Glaug (@krayonpundit)! Tonight, they talk about Rex Tillerson and whether or not he should be confirmed, Iran, and Russia’s reaction to American troops. Join us at 10 pm E/9 pm C on Vigilant Liberty Radio for a new year of Foreign …

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Modern Comments Radio 1/16/17

Modern Comments Radio is LIVE tonight on Vigilant Liberty Radio at 9 pm E/8 pm C. Amy has lots to talk about in this first show of the new year, including: Orange County CPS workers who said they didn’t know lying in court was unethical and illegal The Swiss town denying a passport to …

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail

So today is Martin Luther King Day, one of the American holidays that are only for some of us, who get the day off – mostly government types. Well, kind of figures doesn’t it, and yet it doesn’t really bother many of us. In any case, Dr. King had some very important things to teach […]

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Waiting and Wondering or Reacting and Regretting

Beginning a new year is a great time to look at life as it is and consider some possibilities of how it could be. It’s easy to put this off and wait until later…but sometimes it seems that much of our life is spent waiting. In a small sense we wait in line for a vanilla latte, we wait for our car to fill up with gas, we wait for the cable guy to show up (between 8 and 12…ha! usually it’s 12:10).

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Great Rendition Of National Anthem On Saxophone

Before the Atlanta Falcons-Seattle Seahawks playoff game in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, they had a unique National Anthem played on the saxophone.  I was skeptical about how it would sound, but it was amazing.  The virtuoso saxophonist was Mike P…

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Martin Luther King wouldn’t approve of Donald Trump or John Lewis

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983. In remarks made during the signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, Reagan acknowledged Dr. King’s contributions as he peacefully, but…

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Behind Brexit: State Sovereignty, Not Markets

Lest it be thought that trade—indeed, economics—was the foremost consideration in the British decision to secede from the E.U., the state’s prime minister tasked with implementing the secession made it clear that the political union had been the prime antagonist from the British standpoint. In American terms, such a position has been labeled as anti-federalist and even “states’ rights.” Economic considerations are not primary; rather, federalism is front and center—in particular, where power should be lodged. This ought not to strike fear into British business practitioners.


The full essay is at “Behind Brexit.”

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Behind Brexit: State Sovereignty, Not Markets

Lest it be thought that trade—indeed, economics—was the foremost consideration in the British decision to secede from the E.U., the state’s prime minister tasked with implementing the secession made it clear that the political union had been the prime antagonist from the British standpoint. In American terms, such a position has been labeled as anti-federalist and even “states’ rights.” Economic considerations are not primary; rather, federalism is front and center—in particular, where power should be lodged. This ought not to strike fear into British business practitioners.


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About that Trump-Lewis feud

This Washington Post article didn’t highlight what’s actually happening. Abby Phillip’s article starts by saying “A public feud between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) seemed to jettison any lingering hopes that the inauguration would temporarily ease partisanship in Washington and instead threatened to widen the rift between the two parties.” What’s actually happening […]

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Kelm-Helgen’s arrogance showing

When the Strib first reported that the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority, aka MSFA, had used 2 suites at the Vikings new stadium to entertain family members and DFL political allies, Minnesotans were rightfully outraged. According to this article, that outrage hasn’t diminished much, if at all. I’m sure, though, that Minnesotans will sleep easier knowing […]

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Least Surprising Headline Ever – another Giant Cost Overrun and Huge Delay for a Pork-Barrel Infrastructure Project

When politicians create programs and announce projects, they routinely lie about the real costs. Their primary goal is to get initial approval for various boondoggles and they figure it will be too late to reverse path once it becomes apparent that something will cost for more than the initial low-ball estimates. Obamacare is a classic […]

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Cultural Blasphemy ? More Like Americanism

Ace quoted this piece the other day and called it very good. I agree. Yes, in Newsweek, and also yes, its liberal bias is pretty obvious. But you know we all filter things through our experiences and thus are biased. No less me than Michael Wolf. But things do work better when we talk to […]

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Apparently Gaining World Control is a Lot Harder Than it Looks; History Once Again at the Crossroads

This week marks a seminal point in world history, not just about what will happen, but how what happens will be recorded. History as Written …

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Dick Bernick: A local legend

When I spotted this article announcing the passing of Dick Bernick, it made me sad. It isn’t because I knew him for a long time, though I wish I had known Dick’s family longer. When famous people pass away, it’s often said that they were pillars of their community. Dick Bernick wasn’t just a pillar […]

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California dimwits attack Trump

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-SF), and Sen. Kamala Harris, (D-Calif.), attacked Donald Trump after Rep. John Lewis said that Mr. Trump wasn’t the legitimate president. Here’s what these California dimwits tweeted: After saying that Mr. Trump wasn’t the legitimate president-elect, Rep. Lewis said “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. […]

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The Age of the Imperial CEO: The Case of Fred R. Johnson at RJR Nabisco

Frederick Ross Johnson, as CEO of RJR Nabisco, was known “for the fleet of corporate jets that ferried him to celebrity golf events and other luxurious perks he awarded himself.”[1]The key words here being awarded himself, for Johnson epitomized the sort of imperial CEO that made an oxymoron out of the notion that the corporate board is to serve as an overseer of corporate management in corporate governance. Awarded himself should be the oxymoron, for such a conflict of interest runs against the logic of any viable business calculus.

The full essay is at “The Imperial CEO.”

1. James R. Hagerty, “F. Ross Johnson,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7-8, 2017.

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