Tag Archives: cronyism

Don’t Feed the Bea…Cronies


On our porch a couple of years ago. We didn’t take our feeders in early either.

One sure sign of spring here in north-eastern Vermont is the frequent reminders from state and local officials to bring in your bird feeders. This is probably a common thing in any northern state at this time of year. The reason is that with the snow melting and temperatures rising, the bears are beginning to stir and will soon be out looking for food after their long winter nap. One of their favorite foods, especially this early when there isn’t a lot to eat, is black oil sunflower seeds, read more

The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same

One of the great things about studying history, even somewhat casually, is that you begin to see that despite what pundits may want us to believe, there is not much happening that is truly new. We often make the mistake of looking at an event taking place today and thinking that it is unprecedented, and often troubling, without realizing that, while some of the concrete examples may be different, in principle it has all happened before.

We look at such events as the recent government investment read more

Gun Control, Fiscal Cliff Cronyism and more

Some good links for this week.


This is perhaps my favorite article of the week, though there were plenty of good ones, and I quite honestly lost track of some.

With Gun Control, Cost Benefit Analysis Is Amoral

Really nice take on the whole gun control issue.  I especially like his statement: “Statistics about how often gun-related crimes occur in the population is no evidence against you. That’s collectivist thinking. The choices made by others are irrelevant to the choices that you read more