Category Archives: Worth Reading

Worth Reading

Presidential Election, Benghazi, and Power Shift in China

The Election – Michael Barone sums up the 2012 Presidential Election and predicts a Romney win. Agree or disagree, Barone is the undisputed authority on the American electoral system and has total command of its minutiae. “Barone: Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily

Benghazi – Posted a few weeks ago in National Review, this Mark Steyn piece picks apart the underlying issues – both political and geostrategical – surrounding the Benghazi attack and its consequences.

“Diplomatic facilities are U.S. sovereign territory — no different de jure from Fifth Avenue or Mount Rushmore. So defending them is one of the core responsibilities of the state. But that’s the funny thing about Big Government: The bigger it gets, the more of life it swallows up, the worse it gets at those very few things it’s supposed to be doing.” read more »

Observations Worth Reading

FT on ‘Nanny Regulation’

The Weekend FT had a lovely morsel on the confusion and inconsistency in government regulation [subscription required]. While their disdain is aimed at the UK Financial Services Authority, their argument applies to much of what the State chooses to do.  Here’s the key sentence:

Many protections are not stupid in isolation, but fail consistency tests. Why clamp down on unregulated investments (which may lose money) yet allow gambling (where losses are guaranteed)?…Nanny is confused.

So are we all.  Worth reading.

Worth Reading

Worth Reading: ‘Lars Man Standing’

Mark Steyn (@MarkSteynOnline) updates us on the free speech case of Lars Hedegaard, head of the Danish Free Speech Society and his recent acquittal. read more »

Musings Worth Reading

Chrystia Freeland on ‘Apple Authoritarianism’

Saint Paul, MN – Chrystia Freeland has an excellent piece on this morning highlighting the “paradox” of “catch up development” in the modern age.

Citing Daron Acemoglu, an economist at MIT, she argues that “[G]lobalization and the technology revolution mean that China’s authoritarian rulers have been able to deliver strong economic growth without read more »