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Blaming the Geezers, Not the State

Written by Gary North on December 22, 2014

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The prestigious Financial Times offers an explanation for the West’s pessimism.  It blames aging. It does not blame Keynesianism. It does not blame a loss of faith in the idea of progress, a factor that Robert Nisbet warned against in the Epilogue to his great book, History of the Idea of Progress (1980). It does […]

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Chicago Imposes a $13/Hour Minimum Wage by 2019

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2014

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Chicago has just sent businesses a message: “It’s time to adopt labor-saving machinery. Fire some workers.” It sent a message to adjoining suburban towns: “You will get lots of Chicago public transit commuters looking for work — cheap.” It sent a message to the city’s welfare office: “Prepare for a flood.” It sent a message […]

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Our Giant Welfare State

Posted on November 26, 2014

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By Robert J. Samuelson We Americans pride ourselves on not having a “welfare state.” We’re not like Europeans. We’re more individualistic and self-reliant, and although we may have a “social safety net” to protect people against unpredictable personal and societal tragedies, we explicitly repudiate a comprehensive welfare state as inherently un-American. Dream on. Call it […]

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A Conservative Republican Senator Calls for More Government Action

Written by Gary North on November 13, 2014

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If you think anything is going to change in Washington, think again. The utter bankruptcy of Republican conservatism can be seen in this brief report on Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama. Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) called for Republicans to embrace “a humble and honest populism” as they consider changing immigration law and writing a […]

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You Are Not Your Brother’s Keeper, the Bible Teaches

Written by Gary North on November 6, 2014

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For over 100 years, theological liberals, who in most cases are also political liberals, have used this famous passage in the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis to justify the idea that individuals are responsible for the health and welfare of other individuals, and then, taking it a step further, they conclude that the […]

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In the Welfare State, Beggars Learn to Be Choosers — Very Picky Choosers

Written by Gary North on October 16, 2014

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The welfare state mentality is close to universal today. Half of Americans are on the dole to one degree or another. The outlook of this society is one of entitlements. They are deliberately called entitlements by their defenders because “charity” sounds voluntaristic. These handouts are not voluntary, as both the legislators and the recipients know. […]

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