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If you are in a retail business and can't manage to survive the tariffs with a good business strategy, then you deserve to fail. This is *exactly* the same argument I've seen progressives make with respect to the $15 minimum wage (if your business isn't strong enough to survive this {insert economically destructive thing we intend to do here}, well then it's a crappy business and doesn't deserve to live).
Toggle Commented May 21, 2019 on ESPN - Back To Sports at JustOneMinute
"Anyone applauding Flake is a liberal, including those who pretend to be conservatives." Flake was one of my favorite Republicans in congress along Justin Amash, Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, and Mike Lee. I don't pretend to be a conservative, but I'm no liberal either (and voted for neither Trump or Clinton). I'm also so old that I remember when conservative Republicans were strongly in favor of free trade rather than protectionism. What other traditional conservative values are you all willing to give up if Trump decides he's against them?
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2017 on Dying In The Dark at JustOneMinute
"I don't care how that sounds. I really don't." I guess not, James, since what you advocate would outdo Hitler, Stalin, and Mao in the genocide department by a wide margin. I'm sure it's hyperbole, but you might want to avoid sounding more evil than ISIS itself.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2015 on Is Paris Burning? at JustOneMinute
We wish - for the time at least and so long as the present transitional, experimental phase endures - to be our own masters, and to be as free as we can make ourselves from the interferences of the outside world. I agree that is a telling quote from Keynes. But it is a truly perverse sort of 'being ones own master' (almost rising to the level of newspeak) that consists of being isolated and insulated from world by a paternalistic national government. In all seriousness, wouldn't the Iranian and Chinese governments find this quote agreeable in defending the restrictions they place on their citizens access to the Internet (perhaps blocking this very article and these comments)? Don't the Chinese often claim what they are doing is 'creating and preserving an environment in which their ideals can be safely and conveniently pursued' without disruption by 'interferences from outside'? You might protest that Keynes is talking about erecting barriers to goods and services while 'The Great Firewall of China' is about filtering out noxious ideas. But that won't do -- because new ideas are potentially more disruptive (which, of course, is why the Chinese are much more open to the marketplace of goods and services than of ideas). A defense of economic restrictions based on the idea of creating a protected national space can be applied with even more force to the defense of restrictions on citizens free access to disruptive information.
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