Episode 386 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following news stories: from USA Today, “‘Vigorous’ self-defense laws likely prevented homicide charges in Breonna Taylor’s death, experts say” (Wikipedia entry on Breonna Taylor’s death, Reason’s coverage); from Wave3 News, “Jon Mattingly: Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting sends candid email to LMPD colleagues”; from NBC New York, “DOJ Designates New York City as an ‘Anarchist Jurisdiction'”; from Alarabiya, “Turkey sentences female politician to prison for calling Erdogan ‘enemy of women’”; and from Next City, “Atlanta’s Trying to Support, Not Punish, Its Teenage Water Vendors” (Full council report).
Most research on the economics of discrimination focuses on race and gender, but Becker’s framework works equally well for political bigotry.
This episode features from writer and journalist Mustafa Akyol from 2011. Akyol argues that “a fundamental need for the contemporary Muslim world is to embrace liberty – the liberty of individuals and communities, Muslim and non-Muslims, believers and unbelievers, women and men, ideas and opinions, markets and entrepreneurs.”
Episode 381 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following news stories: the passing of US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and where they agree and disagree on issues; a serial batterer/rapist gynecologist in Georgia stealing women’s uteruses; the island nation-state of Barbados removing Queen Elizabeth as their Head of State; and Amazonian tribe, the Waorani, win their lawsuit to protect half a million acres of indigenous land from private oil interests.
Episode 379 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his superhuman ability to not savagely rape the attractive women he encounters while delivering food; how every businesses and economic regulation by government is just a form of protectionism on behalf of some special interest; why democide and genocide doesn’t justify the few and far between government innovations that have benefited humanity; the missing incentives and market pressures of lowering prices and increasing quality from industries that are more or less monopolized by a single provider, including government; and more.
As America’s latest long hot summer drags into autumn, politicians and pundits are getting louder and more shrill in their denunciations of political violence. Considering the sources, those denunciations smack of hypocrisy.
Episode 364 welcomes Tim Hall to the podcast for a chat with Skyler. Topics include: why they don’t know each other; shared group membership on Facebook; coronavirus response in South Korea, coronavirus response on his military base; Kim Jong Un situation in North Korea; his belief in self-determination and small governments; Constitutionalism; several military based subtopics, including: don’t ask, don’t tell, black lives matter moment, cancel culture, women and ballbusting, his Afghanistan tour; and more.
Back in the 70s, I catered to peer pressure. I fired a guy because he wore bellbottoms to work. I acquiesced to the firing of a young native woman because she got arrested at Wounded Knee for demonstrating. I shudder to recall these events.
The way to put checks on human interaction and incentivize respectful behavior is more liberty and a culture that promotes individualism.
Out of all the major political movements on Earth, none is more Orwellian than “social justice.” No other movement is so dedicated to achieving the opposite of what its slogans proclaim – or so aggressive in the warping of language. While every ideology is prone to a little doublethink, “social justice” is doublethink at its core.