I Am a Right-Leaning Libertarian
July 8, 2014
What political label do you give yourself? Yesterday, I blogged about calling myself a Republican. I was a kid. Then, from about 1996 on, I called myself a conservative. Over the past year or so, I’ve taken on the label of libertarian. Now, a simple online test confirms that I’m a right-leaning conservative. [Take the test yourself] That’s exciting, because I feel like I need a new label. Labels Matter I know there was a movement a couple of years ago to abolish political and ideological labels.
What Scrooge Teaches Millennials
December 28, 2011
_This is the fourth in a series. If you haven’t, please read part 1, part 2, and part 3. _ Because so many school systems have driven great English literature out of students’ hands and minds, it’s possible that some kids never read Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. If you’ve never read this classic, please do so now. You need it. Back? Good. Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? And so much more accessible than David Copperfield, which was my introduction to Dickens.
Peering Into the Future from the Past
August 24, 2011
Check this out: As far as the market drop and the comeback of the market, I’d just like to pass along the following information. I stand in the Ten-Year Treasury-Note pit in the Chicago Board of Trade. The name of the room I trade in is the Financial Room. We trade the commodities that represent most of our national debt. When the gov., sells debt, the buyers of that debt have to hedge somewhere.
Don’t Look for Quick Fixes
March 15, 2011
According to a book by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss, history follows a fairly predictable pattern, rotating in cycles equal to a long human life. The book, The Fourth Turning, was written in 1997. Read it. If Howe and Strauss are right—and so far, they’re dead on—then we recently entered a Fourth Turning in the current saeculum which they named “millennium.” What is a Fourth Turning? The Fourth Turning is a Crisis, a decisive era of secular upheaval, when the values regime propels the replacement of the old civic order with a new one.