Everything in your country stinks? A suggestion: don’t be autocratic socialists.

When a “revolution” has continued for more than 50 years and all that has resulted is greater stagnation and a crumbling infrastructure one might be tempted to rethink one’s model. Not if you’re the Castro boys. They, instead, look for another, wealthier, nation to suck up to and live off of. For the past 10+ years that nation has been Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. Now tha... More

Inside Income Inequality

I’m always amazed that society learns the major lessons from almost every academic discipline: we know the earth is a sphere, that leeches aren’t the best medical treatment, and that nature and nurture both play a part in who we are. But, luckily for my job security, people easily forget or willingly reject the lessons economics teaches. I was reminded of this last Thursday doing the O... More
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“A time for choosing.” So perfectly true, nearly 50 years later.

It’s a weekend. This is the fastest 27 minutes you will experience. Seriously: it flies by. If you have never watched/listened to Ronald Reagan’s 1964 GOP convention speech you absolutely must. If you have, do it again. Truly terrifying how much more accurate an assessment his speech is nearly 50 years later than it was even in its day. At that point, the most fearsome Socialist menace... More

The Catholic Church in Venezuela: standing up for freedom and liberty.

In 2006, Hugo Chavez greeted Archbishop Jorge Cardinal Urosa as a head of state when he returned from Rome. I don't think there will be any similar greetings any time soon. (Andrew Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images) The people of Venezuela delivered a huge blow to the near-hegemonic authority of Venezuelan president (and would-be dictator) Hugo Chavez in September of last year, reducing Chavez’ ... More

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