Monthly Archives: February 2015

When Math Attacks

Basic math can be cruel. Long ago, when Ronald Reagan was first running for president, he promised, were he president, an across-the-board reduction in income tax rates and an even larger reduction in capital gains tax rates. That would goose … Continue reading

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The First 2016 Presidential Debate

Barack Obama never ran against George Bush. He ran against John McCain and then Mitt Romney – but of course he was running against George Bush both times. McCain assumed everyone would understand that he wasn’t George Bush, but he … Continue reading

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Stuck in the Antithesis

Schopenhauer thought the guy was full of crap, that his philosophy was “a pseudo-philosophy paralyzing all mental powers, stifling all real thinking” – and among philosophers those are fightin’ words – but at least Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was thorough: … Continue reading

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Knowing a Few Things

It’s better to know things than not know things. That’s why parents want the children to get a good education, even if there will always be some dispute about what a “good” education is – and a lot of dispute … Continue reading

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Another Pause

There is no Sunday evening column. There are two family birthdays, and a big party, far south of Hollywood, but not quite in Mexico. The world can wait one day. It’s time for cake and all that stuff. Hollywood will … Continue reading

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Deciding to Ask For Permission

John McCain was a fighter pilot, and by all accounts a kick-the-tires-and-light-the-fires kind of guy. He didn’t like those preflight checklists. He wanted to be up there, blasting away, right now. If some part of his A-4 Skyhawk wasn’t working … Continue reading

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Resolving Conflict Resolution

Libertarians are a ton of fun, and so are the free-market absolutists, and the Ayn Rand folks. They hold, each in their own way, that if everyone were allowed to do whatever they wanted, with no rules and regulations, and … Continue reading

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