Low-Information Voters Are Ok

A strain of elitism is circulating that denigrates low-information voters and proposes that only the educated elite are qualified on all of the complex issues of modern society and politics to vote on who should rule us. Factions on both the left and the right heartily embrace it, and they Continue Reading →

“Never Forget” Has Wide Application

I was recently helping my mother-in-law go through some of the many decades worth of accumulated memories. My father-in-law was a soldier in World War II, as was my father. One of the things we came across was an old black-and-white booklet about the Holocaust and the concentration and death Continue Reading →

Living With Differences

People do things for a reason. For every action, there is some type of stimulus, some mental process, and some choice, conscious or unconscious, among the wide variety of possibilities. There is no exception. Even psychotic people do what they do for a purpose that they hold in their own Continue Reading →

Progress Depends On Failure

Nobody likes to fail. It means that our efforts and our resources have been wasted on something that did not give the expected results. The best way to prevent failure is to do the things that worked before. As long as all of the conditions and inputs are the same, Continue Reading →

Even the Amish Know Economics

Amish people are an interesting lot. They are real people, just like everyone else. They have all of the human needs and wants, and they have the same human intelligence to fill those needs, but they also feel a need for cultural resistance, to be separate from the modern world Continue Reading →

2018 Is the Year to Dump Cuomo

New York governor Andrew Cuomo is at least consistent in his pandering. He built his reputation as an extreme progressive, and State voters elected him as such. The tide has been turning, however, as a large portion of Americans, including many New Yorkers, are getting weary of the anti-business, anti-freedom, Continue Reading →

Your Choices Determine Your Future

Everyone exists in a certain place and time, with particular skills, traits, strengths, weaknesses, financial standing, and so on. Those circumstances are the now, which none of us can change. We also can’t change our past. There is no going back and fixing it. The only thing we can influence Continue Reading →

Good Bye, Dr. Sowell, Happy Retirement

In honor of Dr. Thomas Sowell on his retirement, I take the liberty to indulge in a theme that has permeated his prolific writing and speaking career. He is an amazing economist and political commentator who has greatly influenced in many ways how I see the world and present myself. Continue Reading →

What We Can and Can’t Control

Some things we can control, others we can’t. It’s important to know the difference. Everything happens for a reason, and nothing happens without a cause or, more likely, multiple interacting causes. The work of science is to get an accurate understanding of those causes so that we can better control Continue Reading →

The Secret of Happiness

Christmas season is supposed to be a time of joy, with happy hearts and loving relationships. For many people, however, it is a time of stress and worry. Expectations may be too high, there may be too many activities, or family ties may be challenging with close proximity. Cold weather Continue Reading →