Moderation

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Moderate Islam is a phrase treated differently by different factions: […]

Parisites

Paris

The “Paris Agreement” is the flimsiest of hoped-for agreements that might be reached years in the future for goals and performance that have not been even set, let alone agreed to. It has no enforcement mechanism, but this is no handicap because there is absolutely nothing to enforce. And even this vague set of hopes — it mentions 1.5°C, so it gets cheers from the media — hasn’t even been signed yet. They hope to get signatures by mid-2017, after (of course) many more expensive get-togethers of the Parties. And yet this deal is important. Dangerously so… […]

Saturday Climate Draft

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The new Paris climate deal is out. And it is likely to become “official.” They are touting that it will be “legally binding” and they expect approval. Why would they expect this? Well, because… […]

Deal

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The Paris Conference of the Parties is winding down. This was the absolute last chance to save the planet and prevent humans from being utterly extinguished. The politicians and media are telling us so, and governments and activists are paying scientists billions of dollars to tell us so, so it must be true, right? In […]

Iran-Contra

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I’m seeing a lot of leftists defending Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama by attacking Ronald Reagan. A typical parry goes “What about your boy Reagan who negotiated with terrorists?”

The first thing I’d observe about this is that…

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Extremism

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The Middle East is starting to look more sensible about Islamic extremism than is the Obama administration. Isn’t that a sad thing to say?

Here is a Saudi Arabian author being interviewed on television, and he describes the problem. He notes, correctly, that there is little difference between the “moderate” Muslim clerics and the most […]

Greed

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Some random thoughts on free enterprise, expanded from a comment to yesterday’s post.

Does free enterprise, usually called “capitalism” because of Karl Marx’s influence, depend upon greed? No, in fact. The expression “it depends heavily on greed” is counterfactual in my opinion. Consider:

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Lawlessness

Lawless

One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree: Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t […]

Bad Press

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President Obama, speaking at the Summit of the Americas last month, made a couple of intriguing statements.

Perhaps President Correa has more confidence than I do in distinguishing between bad press and good press. There are a whole bunch of press that I think is bad, mainly because it criticizes me, but they continue to […]

Sanctions

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One topic I am thinking about is the farcical kabuki dance surrounding the Iran sanctions regime. T^he lawmakesr pretend that they are going to be tough about the sanctions. Obama pretends that he will be tough about the sanctions. But in fact we effectively released them more than a year ago.

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