Political Thought

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Conservative redistributionists consider something progressive redistributionists don’t: human nature.

By Justin Katz | September 17, 2021 |

When Ray Rickman mentioned his support for progressive wealth redistribution during his State of the State conversation with Mike Stenhouse, Sten didn’t want to redirect the conversation into that debate, only mentioning (because he couldn’t not say anything, of course) that the big question is who the angels are to decide when enough is enough.  If…

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Is it really worth harming women in order to implement pay-equity laws?

By Justin Katz | September 14, 2021 |

Free-market purists err in that they disregard (or, at least, discount) the importance of factors that both they and the market have a hard time factoring into their equations.  Even relatively unadulterated free-marketers recognize the problem of externalities and the tragedy of the commons.  We should arguably go a little farther than that and recognize…

Luca Signorelli, The Preaching of the Antichrist

A new-media climate change propaganda video shows the direction of vaccine mandates.

By Justin Katz | September 14, 2021 |

Writing for Accuracy in Media, I note how similarly NowThis (an online video news source with deep Democrat ties) frames its climate-change alarmism to Biden’s vaccine mandate language on the same day: What makes this different from the typical cynical exploitation of disaster by climate alarmists is that NowThis released its video on the very same day…

Open safe deposit boxes

If Americans accept bank-account monitoring, it’s all over.

By Justin Katz | September 13, 2021 |

Hank Berrien sounds an alarm that ought to draw the attention of Americans across the political spectrum: “The proposal would require banks to report gross inflows and outflows to the IRS, including transactions from Venmo, PayPal, crypto exchanges and the like in an effort to fight tax evasion,” the Daily Mail noted, adding, “The IRS…

The North Tower collapses

A Lingering Lesson from 9/11: Think for Yourself.

By Justin Katz | September 11, 2021 |

Even two decades on, September 11 continues to teach us that we can never be complacent.

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The problem is trusting people who insisted they had authority to take your rights away.

By Justin Katz | September 10, 2021 |

Can you really believe them? According to Daniel Teng of The Epoch Times, the government of New South Wales, Australia, is promising to begin returning “freedoms” to vaccinated people —and only vaccinated people — when they number 70% of the population.  At 80%, “more freedoms would be available.” But what happens when the nation hits 70%…

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Hospital wait times result from bigger policy failures than failing to vaccinate everybody.

By Justin Katz | September 8, 2021 |

Credit is due to WPRI’s Courtney Carter for including at least this much nuance in her article about increasing wait times in hospitals in Rhode Island and across the country, although it takes several paragraphs and scary visions of up to 48-hour delays for emergency care to get to this: [Dr. Laura Forman, chief of…

Vaccine freedom protest blocked at State House door

Another way COVID sets the stage for government restrictions of rights.

By Justin Katz | September 3, 2021 |

On Monday, Providence Journal political reporter Katherine Gregg tweeted that people protesting in favor of vaccine freedom for healthcare workers were trying to “storm” the State House.  Unfortunately, it appears that she has deleted that tweet, but this short video and a slightly longer one associated with her official report remain the only evidence that she…

The pill choice from The Matrix

Which Matrix pill produces critical race theory?

By Justin Katz | August 31, 2021 |

Conservatives have long seen in The Matrix as an allegory for the totalitarian takeover of our society.  You’ve grown up in a world of intrinsic deception so thorough that you cannot tell that it isn’t simply reality.  Still, there are sometimes glitches and a pervasive feeling that something isn’t quite right. So, you must make a…

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Here’s something to notice about the “housing advocates” pushing to stop evictions.

By Justin Katz | August 30, 2021 |

It’s very easy to demand that government “ban evictions” when, like the people Katie Mulvaney interviewed for the Providence Journal, you’re not the one trying to derive income from a rental property: “The governor and the General Assembly have the authority to protect the public’s health with a moratorium” as well as Congress, said Jennifer…

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