Category: "Announcements"

A Thought about the Shut-Down

So this shut down has me thinking, and I'm probably about to make myself all sorts of unpopular, but that's better than unknown.

The problem here is not the thousands of Americans normally employed by the government who are out of work.

The problem is the loss of an ethic, if it was ever really there. Maybe it's just what we were told. Maybe it's the new deal, and maybe it started long before that. Maybe it's a competing ethic, but one that should not be attributed to the government.

Our Judaeo-Christian tradition certainly exhorts us to take care of our neighbor, but it never suggests that we have a right to our neighbor's support. We are taught to tithe, to support our priests, and can choose whether we want to do so or not. We have a long history of assistance and care, but no homeless person ever had a claim of support from his church, or synagogue, or the salvation army, or the countless charity hospitals that so many of our modern institutions grew out of.

What America has historically offered is a chance for people to make their own way, often against daunting odds. America became great on the backs of people who just wanted a fair shot, or even an unfair one. Just give us a chance . . .

And it's not just Judaeo-Christian, but the protestant exhortations to self-reliance, to each carrying his own burden. This isn't to say that people did not willingly take on the burdens of others as well. They did, but it was mutual aid societies, and unions, and philanthropists giving libraries and hospitals. And it was good.

Some Money Questions

Some Money Questions

They say the banks are flush with cash, probably better capitalized than they've ever been. So I'd like to throw some questions out since I don't feel quite competent to comment on monetary policy.

I do have a bias: I don't have too much sympathy for banks, or for much of Wall Street, or the many financial players who find a way to profit off of thin air. It particularly bothered my father that so many of these are Jews, not that it has anything to do with this.

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How to Rob the Corona Virus of its Relevance

How to Rob the Corona Virus of its Relevance

Here's the thing: What scares us about the Corona Virus is that we might be dead sooner, in some arbitrary way that wasn't already figured into our calculations.

A Stupid Fear

If you think about it, this is downright stupid.

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Homelessness is not a Federal Issue

So many thoughts this week, but the one I want to focus on is homelessness, meaninglessness, and our drug “crisis.”

I guess my libertarian side is coming out, because I think our talking heads have it all wrong, this week Trump especially. He has suggested that the homelessness situation in some of California's cities is a disaster.

It is, but it's not his problem …

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Avoiding Civil War

So it looks like people are trying to point us towards a new peaceful revolution. The thing is that this is not how revolutions work. They are bloody. They lead to civil unrest, war, people killing each other in great number for stupid reasons.

And it's coming from the left. It's the thought police, the language of disgust, usually a shrill disgust from the far left declaiming that anything to its right does not see the world correctly, and further is racist, xenophobic, and malevolently aligned to keep the “good people” down.

And who are the good people?

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