Socialist Bernie Sanders: Living in a Mansion Like the White House Would be Like “Public Housing”

During a Democratic Presidential forum, someone asked Bernie Sanders an interesting question:  “Is it off-brand for a Democratic socialist to live in a mansion like the White House?” Sanders responded, “I would consider it more like public housing.” While the first family does have to pick up the tab for some things such as food, they don’t have to pay rent, a mortgage, or utility bills. John F. Groom, author of The $1.4 Billion Man:  Costs of the Obama White House, broke down the Read more […]

If You’re Pro-Bernie Sanders, Please Read This, Pt. 3

“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral, self-righteous, bullying laziness.” – Penn Jillette In part one of my series on Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism, I argued that it was not corporations that bear the burden of wealth inequality, but the government, which Read more […]

If You’re Pro-Bernie Sanders, Please Read This, Pt. 2

“You cannot bring prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.” – Rev. William John Henry Boetcker In part one of my series on Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism, I dispelled the myth that business, as well as those considered affluent, are the acting parties behind inequitable distribution Read more […]

If You’re Pro-Bernie Sanders, Please Read This, Pt. 1

“Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” – Ben Shapiro I understand the appeal of Bernie Sanders. I certainly do. I myself am a free-market capitalist because I believe it’s simply the best means by which we can achieve greatness Read more […]

There Are No Half Measures That Can Fix Gun Violence

The main problem with all of the proposed fixes for gun violence in the US is that only extreme measures will make any difference, and extreme measures aren’t going to fly in centrist central DC. Let’s look at the polar extreme fixes that might work: 1) Absolute totalitarianism Now hold on before you get all bent out of shape. Nazi Germany did a very good job of creating a basically stable low-crime society largely free of unplanned gun violence. Sure, everyone and everything was documented, Read more […]

Keep Telling Yourself You Live in a Free Country

“Land of the free, home of the brave” doesn’t apply to the US anymore, but don’t tell that to the brainwashed sheeple still singing it at the top of their lungs. The flat fact is that we’re not brave, no matter which side of the aisle we’re cowering in. As a country, we are motivated almost entirely by fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of conspiracy, fear of conspiracy theorists, fear of global warming, fear of declining industry, fear of job loss, fear of socialism, fear of capitalism, fear Read more […]

Paying the Fee to See the Private Grave of Karl Marx

I love these kinds of stories—when the incongruity between concept and reality exposes the ideological cracks in leftist thinking. It turns out that the privately owned cemetery, Highgate Cemetery in London, where Karl Marx is buried charges a fee to see his memorial. Karl Marx, the father of communism and a zealous proponent of the abolition of private property. Yes. That Karl Marx. His grave and memorial site are a paid attraction, and lots of people are willing to pay to see it. That’s Read more […]

How ‘Feeling the Bern’ Will Lead Us to Total Economic Collapse

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” – Margaret Thatcher As economist Milton Friedman famously said, there’s no free lunch. What he meant was that money doesn’t simply materialize from the ether, rather, it comes from a source. What you get for free is being paid for by someone, and that someone is often you–you just don’t know it. Nothing is free. Not a thing. So it astounds me to see tens of thousands of people who, for all intents and purposes Read more […]

Why Socialism Doesn’t Work, as Learned by a Waiter

“In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.” – David Horowitz I had a topic in mind for today’s piece, and was set on writing about it when my roommate came home from his new job as a server. Our subsequent conversation blew me away because despite my roommate’s ardent support of Democrats, and Bernie Sanders specifically, he made an inadvertent argument Read more […]

Why It’s Easy to Believe in Socialism Today

It’s easy to believe in socialism in modern America. It’s easy to hear about everyone working together for the common good, the government making sure everyone plays nice, and free and affordable everything for everyone and think, “Well that sounds like a great idea.” But the only reason it is so easy to believe is because we have never lived in a fully socialist country. We don’t know what socialism actually costs. Or what it actually looks like. There’s an interesting story about Read more […]

70 “Pro-Choice” Democrats Want to Force You to Pay for Abortions

You’ve seen the bumper stickers that read, “Don’t like abortions? Don’t have one.” It’s the same argument they use to support same-sex marriage. Making things like gay marriage and abortion legal, while you may not like those things, doesn’t harm anyone, as they say. If you don’t like gay marriage, then don’t get married to someone of the same sex. It’s as simple as that. Sometimes I respond with another bumper sticker slogan, “Don’t like slavery? Don’t own one.” They Read more […]

The Difference Between the Lottery and Wall Street

Yesterday, I wrote an article about a deceptive shift of language from “income inequality” to “income inequity.” In it, I quoted Barack Obama, who recently claimed that hedge fund investors were the “nation’s lottery winners.” I think his dismissive assessment deserves another look, since it represents the attitude so many Americans have toward the wealthy. So how is the lottery different from Wall Street? First, success at the lottery is a matter of pure chance. Success investing Read more […]