Ralph R. Reiland

Here’s a thought from Winston Churchill on equality, ethics, capitalism and socialism: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:00

Would You Like Some Race Talk With That?

Given the negative backlash, it’s clear that the short-lived Race Together campaign launched by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in order to “stimulate conversation, empathy and compassion” among Americans of all races was a social and commercial flop.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:30

Is "Income Inequality" Unfair?

Income differences can be the result of something other than capitalist greed, racism, sexism, union busting, gluttonous stockholders, globalization, imports, automation, or the grasping shenanigans of the top 1 percent.

Friday, 13 March 2015 00:00

The Hazards of Blind Obedience

“It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment,” wrote Christopher Hitchens, years before ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:00

Good and Bad Economics

“The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye. The good economist also looks beyond,” asserted Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson, first published in 1946.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:00

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In their book Common Sense Economics, four university teachers specializing in economics and public policy warn that a “nation of economic illiterates” is “easily misled by leaders who tell us of their good intentions — their passion to solve our problems.”

Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

Fatwas and Gender Wrecks

After a recent snowfall in the desert, “a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric ... whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described as anti-Islamic,” Reuters reported.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 13:40

Violence and Civil Rights

Protests that highlighted photos of slain NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, comparing them to members of the KKK, shows the level to which America has sunk in its tolerance of intolerable behavior.

Friday, 09 January 2015 15:00

Lethal Surges

The U.S. "surge" in Iraq did not work. And for an American soldier who was there, the more recent VA "surge" to expedite claims and cut the backlog did not work either.

Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

Naughty and Nice

Inserting a bit of progressive politics into the holidays, the New Yorker magazine ended 2014 with an issue that included “Climate-Change Christmas Carols.”

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