A Package of Populist Deregulation

The best deregulation lacks popular appeal.  Deregulation of immigration is unpopular.  Deregulation of housing is unpopular.  Deregulation of labor markets is unpopular. But when the stars align, specific forms of deregulation become potentially popular.  All you need is close the deal is some brash populists to enthusiastically tell the masses what they’re ready to enthusiastically hear. […]

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Criminal Justice Reform Needs to Catch Up With the Meaning of “Public”

“Join me,” US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tweeted on November 29, “in demanding the #GhislaineMaxwellTrial be public.” In reply, attorney (and former Libertarian National Committee chair) Nicholas Sarwark tweeted “Is the Congresswoman unaware that all Federal criminal trials are public, as required by our Constitution?” Mr. Sarwark is correct, but Congresswoman Greene has a point.

The Two-Front War on Techtopia

My own view, though, is that the tech industry’s leftism is largely sincere.  They aren’t pretending to have left-wing sympathies; they really do.  Unfortunately for them, leftist thinking brands even the most sincerely left-wing billionaire as an arrogant sinner in need of humbling.  And at the same time, rightist thinking brands even the most productive left-wing billionaire as a leftist in need of immiseration.

Politics is Cruelty

Cruelty is the main emotion that politicians pander to.  And cruelty is what every politician strives to deliver.  They don’t want to make everyone happy.  They want to make their friends happy by making their enemies suffer.  Which requires them to not only identify enemies, but create an endless queue of enemies lest they run out.

OMG, Omicron: Next Step Down the Path From Pandemic to Endemic?

Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — and the mainstream media’s favorite administration flack/hack/quack — gleefully announced an intention to do “anything and everything” in the name of combating Omicron, but seemed crestfallen that it’s still “too early to say” whether new lockdowns or mandates are in the offing.