Monthly Archives: January 2012
Listen to LA 360 on KTLK AM1150 on Saturday mornings at 10:00am and my friend Klaudia Aresti and I will be chatting it up about local politics, infrastructure issues and all kinds of fun things!
Skip to the 7:00 mark on the below broadcast and listen in!
On the week is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the tragic loss of Ms. Etta James, I’ve written an article about how Ron Paul’s whole mentality toward race is incorrect. Here’s an excerpt:
“But Ron Paul’s not racist!” some say, and I think they’re right. The problem, now, has nothing to do with how racist people are. So for the sake of my argument, Ron Paul is the most non-racist, color-blind person in the history of the world. And for the sake of my argument, white America is no longer racist. It is fair and just and caring to all. I have decreed it.
The problem with Ron Paul is that none of his policies address the underlying reason why black Americans are treated differently from white Americans today: two hundred years of racism has kept black communities in unsubsidized urban sink holes of poverty. And that history can’t be brushed away: we can literally see it in the demographics of our cities! What Ron Paul doesn’t get is that black Americans were the first real libertarians. But they had no other choices; the government wasn’t going to help them and it stayed far out of their way. Their schools weren’t funded, their streets weren’t paved, their police never helped them, their fire departments let their homes burn down, their employers were allowed to hurt and exploit them, they were surrounded by industrialization and environmental waste, and they were given three options if they wanted to get out: 1) attend painfully underfunded and inadequate schools to eventually work for a white person, 2) become a criminal and at least have some money for a little while, or 3) join the military, where racism would be more obvious when a less capable white person got promoted before them. How’s that for affirmative actions?
Interested piqued? Read more here!
My FourStory article today builds on the argument I began last week: that Ron Paul is totally nuts. Here’s an excerpt:
But let’s cut to the meat of Ron Paul’s argument first: ending the Federal Reserve and converting to the gold standard does not empower or strengthen economies, period. The guy who determined this was our Austria School chum Friedrick Hayek, who was too much of a believer in freedom to admit that any system would solve our economic woes. In fact, Hayek advocated for free market control of currency as well as commodities (which are pretty much the same thing). Gold is a commodity just like a dollar is; just like a ham sandwich or a gallon of cough syrup or a brick is. So consider that the manufacturer of bricks suddenly decided to make more. Bricks would devalue, but does that mean that people will stop trading with them? No, because they’re still worth something (albeit less).
But there’s so much more, so click here and read it already, will ya?
My article this week, which seems to read a lot more angrily than I felt when I wrote it, is about Ron Paul’s voting record on economic issues and government. Here’s a taste:
I know Ron Paul has fans of his economic policies, but he’s basically wrong about how he approaches everything, all the time. His supporters have been tricked by television commercials and first-person-video games into thinking that they are lone warriors on a quest for freedom. They are “the ones,” the soldiers of liberty, standing up and shouting for it in the face of oppression. Oppression from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Education—all agencies Ron Paul wants to eliminate outright. No services, no disaster assistance, no public education.
But he wants to keep the Central Intelligence Agency. I guess we’ll just outsource our spies from countries with smarter kids. The free market wins again.
Click here and read the rest, I hope you find it interesting!