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