Socialism and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

As we march towards the Secret Muslim Totalitarian Socialist Society™, it seems that the earmarks of Socialism are everywhere. Taxes, an institution of civilization that have always been begrudgingly accepted as part of living in a community that serves public needs, are now "Taking from us to give to them." Social Welfare programs, created to … Continue reading Socialism and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

Faith in Capitalism

As the debate over the economy rages, one common dichotomy keeps resurfacing to frame the whole topic in drastic shades of good vs. evil.  The opposing forces are Capitalism (good) and Socialism (evil).  Complex narratives often get reduced to such simplistic terms, and we prefer it that way.  "Economics is complicated," we say, "just give … Continue reading Faith in Capitalism

The Occupation of Wall Street

What is going on in New York and many of the major cities of the country (and some of the smaller ones, too) is, I believe, momentous.  I hope so, at least. Labor and Corporations:  A (Ludicrously) Brief Synopsis As a student of history (specifically, 20th century history), I am worried by the recent trend … Continue reading The Occupation of Wall Street