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Libertarianism has failed. The Reagan movement and subsequent Tea Party movement offered libertarians opportunities to advance the founding principles of limited government, non-interventionism and economic liberty to a higher level of intellectuality and social awareness. The opportunities were squandered. Libertarian intellectuals moved to their ideological camps and yelled at one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Bonzai Blog
I agree racial relationships in the US have improved, especially among Americans under 50. We can highlight all the major changes, such as the first African-American President, the popularity of minorities in entertainment, the number of minorities getting advanced degrees, the increase of inter-racial marriages, minority CEOs and business owners,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
After more than two centuries, America's threatened by socialism from the left and, from the right, religion and authoritarianism. Socialism has seeped in for decades like a building with many leaks, but the capitalist foundation hasn't yet collapsed. In the past we've called it a mixed economy, or compassionate capitalism,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
If any of us were given a tour and a peak into the inner workings of government, which would probably take a couple of years, we'd likely experience horror at it's byzantine complexity, wastefulness, redundancy, and the constant efforts of agencies and programs to expand and avoid downsizing or elimination.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
Excuse my vulgar Latin, but fuck quid pro quo. This is about way more. It's about extortion. It's about abuse of power. It's about obstruction of justice. It's about fraud. It's about incompetence. It's about daily deception and propaganda, lies upon lies upon lies upon lies. It's about corruption with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
Trump was never concerned with corruption in Ukraine. He's likely benefited from corruption connected to Ukraine. Trump's inclusion of Joe and Hunter Biden in the Ukraine investigation he wants the Ukraine President to publicly announce is only a secondary benefit. If Joe Biden is smeared, it makes it easier for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
I'll be happy when it's no longer necessary to mention Trump when writing about current political events. This post is not so much about Trump but about how spin, propaganda, misinformation, lies, etc, have become such an accepted part of politics. There's just no way to write about lying in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
America's at a turning point. Americans, especially American intellectuals, have had difficulty recognizing and responding appropriately to critical turning points. Not in America. In America, we just go through gentle cycles, lean a little right, then a little left, with the center always pulling us back to a reasonable agreement... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
The 21st century in the US has been disappointing so far, mainly because Americans haven't adjusted to reality. The hyper-politicization is discouraging. The left, right and middle in America have failed, for the most part, to embrace the possibilities of the Information Age. The grand predictions of greater transparency and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
It's obvious to reasonable people Trump's unfit for office. Many enablers will make the lame case Trump's better than the "socialists", but that's not the choices we face. So, really, there's no case for Trump. Even GOP pragmatists who blindly support Trump for political reasons are setting themselves up for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
Non-interventionism is a foreign policy that seeks to limit war to self defense by avoiding entanglements with other nations, while embracing sharing information, ideas, technology, trade or diplomacy. Recently, Trump has received non-interventionist accolades from the like of Rand Paul for withdrawing from Syria, while, at the same, Trump ordered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
I don't like to write about Trump, because, basically, he's boring. I know, he creates a lot of chaos and controversy, so how can I can say he's boring? He's always been boring to me, even in the beginning when he first started receiving press. His lingo, his look, his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
It's hardly news that politicians and nations wage disinformation campaigns, but what we've witnessed in the last three years is a higher, more comprehensive and consistent level of disinformation. Plus, Russia has spent decades perfecting their disinformation campaign against the west, the US in particular. It doesn't help that many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
It would take only a few Republican heroes to halt Trump's attack on America. Those who've pushed back on Trumpism have done so tepidly. This is no time for tepid. It's also no time for political writers to pose as sophisticated, worldly cynics. I understand most intellectuals desire to avoid... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
Maybe it's a lack of understanding. When liberty, independence, limited government, free market economics, voluntarism and private sector empowerment are no longer considered a part of our nation's DNA, I suppose the ideas wither, replaced by ideas more suitable to statism, central control, special interests and raw power. Classical liberal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
This is the last of this series. Every argument for limited government and economic liberty ends with questions about roads, infrastructure, etc., so I'll end by addressing these questions indirectly. A truly limited government would provide law and order, national defense and courts to settle disputes. Hardly anyone's considering a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
Are Americans compassionate? For the most part, I'd say yes. How about compassionate and practical? In Part III I'll consider private assistance (PA) in contrast to government welfare as a way to address the question. As a thought exercise, I'll make assumptions to set the stage for PA. Let's look... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
It's amazing how many people can't imagine life without a welfare state. They laugh at the idea of true limited government/free market, or condemn it as cruel, because they see the absence of a welfare state as equal to survival of fittest. How will the poor and hungry eat? How... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Bonzai Blog
Free markets have never existed in a pure sense. In the late 19th century, America arguably had the most openly free market in history. We can debate pros and cons of the American economy in the 19th century, but consequences created by statism, starting in earnest in the early 20th... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Bonzai Blog
From Wikipedia: According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics, in liberal democracies; the political right opposes socialism and social democracy. Right-wing parties include conservatives, Christian democrats, classical liberals, nationalists and on the far-right; racists and fascists. The American right has mainly consisted of conservatives of all stripes, classical liberals,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Bonzai Blog
Boeing is working on a hypersonic jet that will carry passengers from New York to London in 2 hours. Researchers are making progress on writing new artificial genes overnight. Engineers are building flying robots no bigger than a horse fly powered by lasers. Smart cities are being designed with shared... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Bonzai Blog
I've read lately from several sources that we should give Trump credit where credit is due. I've actually heard this from the beginning of Trump's presidency. I guess this is some mixture of pragmatism and objective reporting. It's pragmatic for the evangelicals when they say that God uses flawed individuals... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Bonzai Blog
Liberalism lost its way long ago. In the early 20th century, liberals were influenced by democratic socialism. Democrats who refer to themselves as liberal today are really guided by some form of democratic socialism. The idea that government is necessary to bring about justice for all, and that capitalism created... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Bonzai Blog
French President Macron's Washington visit spurred me to investigate his political ideology. I read several articles, but I still don't understand his political beliefs. The best I can tell he's a centrist. Macron looks at both sides of an issue, then centralizes, I guess. Just kidding. I'm also sure that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Bonzai Blog
What is meant by statism? Here's a definition from I think this captures the essence of the term: the principle or policy of concentrating extensive economic, political, and related controls in the state at the cost of individual liberty Of course we're talking about nation-state. I've elicited many sneers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at Bonzai Blog