Saturday, May 20, 2017

Combating the Power of Media Lies

What if the accusations against President Trump are false, as increasingly seems likely to be the case? How does one combat such a huge series of lies?
My latest at American Greatness!  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trump, the Russians, and the Carlos Slim Times on Secrecy of Sources and Methods

Trump to Russian Foreign Minister: ISIS is plotting something really bad.
Russian Foreign Minister: Mr. President, how do you know this?
Trump: Hey Sergey, we got ways.
New York Times: According to our anonymous IC mole, Trump endangers Israeli agent who lives at 15 Palm Court Apartment 306 in Mosul.

{According to Al-Jazeera, less compromised on Trump than the Carlos Slim Times, the intell came from the Jordanians.
But I would bet that McMaster and Tillerson are telling the truth that the whole story of "blown intell" is a lie.}

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Draining the Academic Swamp

Secretary DeVos, take a stand for freedom against the thugs through your control of the accreditation process! I show how at American Greatness.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chairman Trump

Trump is more like a Chairman of a board than a CEO.
And so, I argue at American Greatness, was George Washington.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The one who loves wisdom and the wise one

The philosopher asks:
Is it true?
If it is, how can I know it?
The wise one asks:
Is it true?
If it is, how can I use it?
--My Ko Ching

Sunday, March 19, 2017

On the market in health care.

Arguing that you can't have a free market in health care because when people need health care can't bargain because they are sick is like arguing that you can't have a free market in hotel rooms because most of the time that the guests are in the room they can't bargain because they are asleep.
However, I discuss principles for the public provision of health care in this 2010 post from the Obamacare debates.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A country is a country

Who are the American people, and why do they need to enforce their immigration laws?
My piece from The Point #13, now out from behind the paywall.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Memo to a "Resister"

American Muslims need to understand that they have to engage in affirmative acts of loyalty or they have no future in America. Just like Japanese Americans volunteering for combat out of the internment camps.  American Muslims have to self-police, and they have to do so openly.  The alternative for them (and us)  is conquer or die.
The question is whether in soliciting those affirmative acts of loyalty the US has the right mix of appeasment and confrontation. The record of success since 9-11 of US security forces is not perfect (and it was a lot worse under Obama, for various reasons, than under Bush after 9-11).  Perfection is a reasonable standard for those of us old enough to recall that from 1945 to 2001 there was no succesful terrorist attack carried out by a foreign terrorist on US soil.
To secure Muslim loyalty, HRC promised more appeasement. Trump promised more confrontation. Trump won. Trying to "resist Trump" will be electorally disastrous for the Democrats in 2018 and 2020 unless the Islamists throw in the towel. Rolling over for Trump, on the other hand, shifts the responsibility to him: then any attacks are his fault NOT YOURS.  Cynical and obvious advice, but some of your side seems to have forgotten the obvious.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Six Points on the Azaria Case

1. The purpose of a trial is to clear up doubts. That other cases require a trial to clear up doubts does not mean that every case does. Who is to decide? By giving a soldier or a policeman a gun we empower them to make life or death decisions. Why not this one? 2. If it is not possible to kill a terrorist after a trial, than the trial itself is not merely a procedural delay in the delivery of justice, it is a procedure by which injustice is guaranteed. 3. The one who dehumanizes the enemy is the one who denies that enemy's moral culpability and thus refuses to treat that enemy as a criminal regardless of their conduct. 4. The laws of war permit the summary execution of terrorists. 5. I do not condone leaving an injured, unarmed alive when that man is a terrorist, yes. It is arguable whether he should be patched up for trial, convicted, and then killed. But to patch him, feed him, and keep him with his fellow terrorists until he is released to kill again? What values does does that uphold? 6. Azaria, it is claimed, violated orders. If he did so, he did so to kill a man who deserved to die, who would not have died had Azaria had not acted. Should soldiers follow the prima facie immoral order to spare a disabled terrorist? Sure. But to judge a soldier who violated an immoral order you need to have the proper sense of right and wrong and the understanding that such an order is, prima facie, immoral.