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On Fascism

After several years, I’m still looking for a working definition of “middle class” from the Left and the Democrat Party that even remotely resembles the …

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Putin, Trump, and False Moral Equivalence

Back in the 1980s, I would get very agitated when folks made excuses for brutal communist regimes by asserting that the United States also did bad things. This “moral equivalence” argument is now being recycled by Donald Trump, who basically excuses Putin’s brutality because America supposedly isn’t in any position to throw stones. Here’s the […]

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Praise for a Communist Murderer from a Rogue’s Gallery of Politicians

Do politicians celebrate the life of Osama bin Laden? Or fondly remember the supposed contributions of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Workers Party? Or wax poetic about the memory of Pol Pot? Maybe in some backwater of the third world, but no politician from a civilized nation would be remotely tempted to say anything […]

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Millennials okay if America becomes like Russia or China

As Vladimir Putin continues to flex his communist muscles in the Baltic states as he aggressively works to rebuild the former Soviet Union, and China moves ever closer to seizing complete control of the South China Sea with the construction…

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The Economic Misery of Cuban Communism

Communism should be remembered first and foremost for the death, brutality, and repression that occurred whenever that evil system was imposed upon a nation. Dictators like Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the North Korean Kim dynasty either killed more than Hitler, or butchered higher proportions of their populations. But let’s not forget that communism also has […]

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The Chinese Miracle and the Economics of Growth

I’m in Shenyang, China, as part of the faculty for Northeastern University’s International Economics and Management program. My primary role is to talk about the economics of fiscal policy, explaining the impact of both taxes and spending. But regular readers already know my views on those issues, so let’s look instead at the vaunted Chinese […]

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Five Big Reasons to Applaud the Improbable Success of Estonia…and Five Small Reasons to Worry

Communism is an evil system. Freedom is squashed and people are merely cogs in a system where government exercises total control over the economy and destroys the lives of ordinary people. It also erodes the social capital of a people, telling them that individual initiative and success are somehow exploitative and evil. So when such […]

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Donald Trump’s dictatorship of the proletariat

In an interview with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Politics, Bernie Sanders was asked what changes he would bring to the Democrat party if he were to be elected president. Using the talking points we’ve come to expect from the self-proclaimed…

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Mr. President, the only Thing We Can Learn from Communism Is that It Doesn’t Work

Over the years, Barack Obama has made some statements that indicate a very statist worldview. In my video on class warfare, I noted that Obama said in 2008 that – for reasons of “fairness” – he wanted to raise the capital gains tax even if the government lost revenue. A couple of years ago, he arrogantly […]

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The Utter Depravity and Horror of Communism

I’m in Cambodia, where I just finished a series of speeches to civic groups on some of my usual topics, in this case tax policy, the recipe for growth, and libertarian principles. All that was par for the course. What will always stay with me and haunt my thoughts, by contrast, was my visit to […]

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Democrat campaign ads we’ll never see

As time ticks down to the Iowa caucuses—considered to be the official kickoff of the 2016 election season—we can all brace for the coming onslaught of radio and television commercial ads from candidates, Super PACs and heaven only knows who…

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Barack Obama and the Great Healthcare Swindle

As teenagers we tried to master the art of walking the fine line that exists (so we think) between telling a lie and not telling what we know to be the truth. But then, presumably, as we age and mature…

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The Texas Grocery Store that Helped Push the Evil Empire on to the Ash Heap of History

Whenever I need to explain the difference between socialism and capitalism, I start by noting that socialism technically is different from Obama-style big-government redistributionism and cronyism. Socialism involves something more pervasive, involving government ownership of the means of production (which, if you read this postscript, is why Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom is far […]

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Wasted away again in Obamaville

It’s time for all Americans to come face-to-face with a truth that all but the woefully ignorant and the intentionally ignorant are, at least to some degree, aware of. The United States of America has become “Barack’s World”, and the rest of us are just living in it. The President of the United States is about one thing and one thing only – bringing about the kind of “change(s)” HE feels this nation needs. And if you, I, the Tea Partiers, the Democrats, the Israelis, opinion polls, the Supreme Court or anybody else doesn’t like it… tough! Sadly, in 2008 when he ran on the campaign slogan of “Hope and Change” far too many Americans never asked the obvious questions; what do we need to change, why do we need to change it, and what do we change to? You can’t just “change.” Change implies becoming something else – what do we need to become? Many, seeing the opportunity to make history, never asked these questions let alone worried about the answers. We’re now finding out. This President is motivated not by a desire to represent the people but by ideology and a drive to remake America into something more […]

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Is capitalism really better than socialism or communism?

Socialism/communism represents the height of human arrogance. There are some things that are simply unknowable and socialism relies upon the assumption that man is capable of managing that which he is not. Socialists believe that select individuals are more knowledgeable and capable than the ever present yet invisible economic forces of free-market capitalism. cap•i•tal•ism – noun : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. Quick — how many eggs were necessary to meet the demand for them in New York today? No one knows. Nor does anyone know how many will be needed tomorrow. Capitalism works because no one is in charge. Today in New York there was the exact right amount of bottled water for sale, the correct number of televisions, no one who wanted a CocaCola, Baby Ruth bar or cup of coffee today was forced to go without (assuming they could afford it). There were enough tires, the correct amount of roast beef and anything else you can image. Same was true in Miami, Fargo, […]

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Capitalism in Vietnam: War as Overrated

Going to war might seem like the most expedited course to achieving geopolitical aims, even when they in actuality predominately economic in nature. To the extent that the Cold War was from the American standpoint a means of keeping capitalism from succumbing to socialism (i.e., the state rather than private industry owning the means of production), the American involvement in the civil war in Vietnam was a waste of effort, not to mention lives lost. For the feared “loss” of Vietnam to communism turned out only to be temporary.


The complete essay is at “Capitalism in Vietnam.”  


In retrospect, was the Vietnam War worth it for anyone? (source: CNN)

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Forgiveness for Communist Butchers, Not for Confederate Flag

Dissent is never more courageous or more dangerous than when the lynch mob is at your door. Patriots, look out your window. The liberal media is our new lynch mob and they are on the march. If you think they are coming for your neighbor but not you, wake up and smell the ashes of the First Amendment. If you ever owned a confederate flag or graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Virginia, Pennsylvania or Kalamazoo, watch out. They know that in your heart – in your DNA, to use our Dear Leader’s terminology — you are a racist, and you must pay – not for your sins, but the sins of your ancestors, which are after all, your crimes, too. Again, remember: it’s in your DNA. You can see the mob coming, but there is really nowhere to hide. Their target is not your home, it’s your country, America. The mob has judged America racist, and the mob, Obama’s transformative, robotic mob, will not be satisfied until the America you and your ancestors knew is destroyed. Yes, it’s the confederate flag today, but it will be the American flag tomorrow. That is already happening on college campuses, […]

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Using Civil Disobedience to Fight the Regulatory State

Civil disobedience is a powerful and traditional way for Americans to resist bad government policy. The most famous example is the way civil rights leaders used disobedience (and armed self defense) to help end the Jim Crow laws imposed by state governments. It’s also encouraging that gun owners have no intention of obeying bad gun […]

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Government Coercion Is the Common Link between Nazism, Communism, and other forms of Socialism

Is Obama a socialist? If you’re asking whether he’s a big-spending interventionist, the answer is yes. But if you’re asking whether the President believes in government ownership of the means of production (which is the defining issue in the socialist economic platform), the answer is no (though the White House surely won’t like how Thomas […]

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Poster: Obama’s Life Before Politics

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