The Andrew Klavan Podcast

This is simply the best 30 minutes of daily, political commentary on any medium currently extant. I just stumbled onto it a few days ago and have listened to the past 5 or so episodes. I cannot recommend it enough.

I subscribed to the podcast through the Google Play Store (same thing as the […]

2 Billion Dollars for a Job That Pays $400,000/year

Estimates are the two major parties will shell out around $1,000,000,000 each in this year’s Presidential campaign. That’s “billiion,” with a “b.” That doesn’t take into account the hundreds of thousands of unpaid, volunteer hours people will contribute to the campaigns. Nor does it take into account the hundreds of millions of dollars commercial […]

“Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” – H. L. Mencken

Democracy in Action

(*This is part of a multi-part series. For other posts in the series click on the “A Republic If You Can Keep It” category at the bottom of this post.)

We all know the Founding Fathers did not set our nation up as a democracy and we all know why. Yet […]

The Hardest Thing to Understand in the World is the Income Tax. - Albert Einstein

(*This is part 2 of a multi-part series. For other posts in the series click on the “A Republic If You Can Keep It” category at the bottom of this post.)

The U.S. tax code is 74,608 pages long. Every man woman and child is expected to calculate the tax they have paid and/or […]

The Never Ending Campaign*

Portrait of an egomaniac

 

(*This is part 1 of a multi-part series. For an explanation go here http://wp.me/p6l1KT-Oi, for other posts in the series click on the “A Republic If You Can Keep It” category at the bottom of this post.)

The U.S. Presidential campaign season lasts 21 months, or 44% of the […]

A Republic, If You Can Keep It*

We’ve all seen the show, “Hoarders.” Through the lens of a video camera we enter the home of someone who lives among so much stuff that they have almost no life at all. Their possessions have become so numerous they are a danger to the occupants and their lives. Yet, the occupants move about […]

Eppur Si Muove

For many years I wondered how the scientific method was something that was “discovered” or “invented.” The exact time when science began to be rooted in it is vague (as is the concept of “science” as a discipline), but most historians credit Galileo as being the first big adopter and promoter of it. How, […]

Tuesday Open Thread

Ledecky’s Margin of Victory!

Elites Beat Feet to Easy Street

If you haven’t already seen it, please go read this post by Ace, http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=365276 It’s based on a WSJ article by Peggy Noonan, “How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen.” (There’s also some good stuff in the comments.)

Noonan and Ace do a better job than I did in this piece, Why Trump is Right […]

How Apple Avoids Paying for the Nanny State

This is a very good post on how Apple (and many other corporations) shields its earnings from the IRS: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/08/stiglitzapples-tax-strategy-is-a-fraud.html

A few years ago I spent a summer working in the Swiss Canton of Zug. I’ve worked in almost 20 foreign countries, but my experience in Zug is one of the most surreal.

Zug […]