1. John Stossel takes on big-government conservative David Brooks. Mr. Brooks believes government should intervene in the economy; he just wishes it were he who did the intervening and not, say, Hillary Clinton.
Brooks even advocates national service, "forcing city kids to work with rural kids, and vice versa."
Why are pundits and politicians so eager to use force against others?
They used to call forcing someone to serve people slavery, but I suppose the New York Times columnist would consider such talk gauche and barbaric.
2. Michael Moore opposes profit in medicine.
"I favor the removal of private health insurance companies from this country. I don't believe that there is room for them in the equation. When you are talking about people's health, you should never have to worry about profit."
"I want [the American people] to demand that candidates of both parties come forth with specific health care proposals that will guarantee health insurance for all Americans and profit not be involved in it.”
You could explain economics all week to Mr. Moore - that profits are necessary for individuals to make rational calculations, and on and on – it would be like pouring water on concrete: nothing would sink in. Profits are selfish, and to an altruist, nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter if getting rid of profits means replacing reason and freedom with force and tyranny. Profits are selfish. Case closed.
We need the spread of a philosophy that defends rational self-interest. I wonder whose philosophy that might be?
3. Think conservatives are better about the free market than liberals? John Hawkins rails against businessmen who hire illegal aliens. He calls them selfish, crooks and motivated by "raw, unbridled greed."
These businesses that are knowingly hiring massive numbers of illegals are criminal enterprises, not much different from crack dealers in my book, and not only do I want to see them getting fined, I want to see the people running those companies doing hard time in a federal penitentiary.
Mr. Hawkins would have made a fine commissar in the USSR. "Comrade, you are pursuing a profit? You are a criminal enterprise!"
He even shows the typical leftist ignorance of the market by accusing businessmen who hire illegal aliens of paying slave wages and lowering wages for the rest of us (as if competition in employment were a bad thing). The current immigration debate is revealing the conservatives as xenophobic know-nothings. If American liberty is in their hands, then we're doomed. It's over.
David Brooks, Michael Moore, John Hawkins... I need a drink.
4. Systemic thinks we'll be discovering earthlike planets around the nearest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri.