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Peter
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Peter

Appreciate the reminder Rusty !
Too easy to fall into that trap
Clear Eyes, Full Heart

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Mike S
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Mike S

“Each is a symbol meant as obedience collar for its native audience and as provocative dog whistle for the opposition.” So much goodness here and so many lessons…reminds me of a note I have been saving. 2019 will be a pivot for society, its not about inflation, growth or markets but it will effect everything…its not the apocalypse or a revolution it just emerges… The Long Night is Coming Written by an anonymous friend who also senses the arrival of the long night of networked tyranny: “Today is the final day of 2018. As years go, it was adequate to its purpose, which was delivering us in one complete orbit about the Sun. Enough with retrospectives: let us understand what is coming in 2019. The coming year will be an exceptionally difficult one for the republic, perhaps even uniquely so. Two major streams of events will at their confluence yield extraordinary outcomes: the advent of the 2020 Presidential-campaign cycle, and the nearly inevitable impeachment of the President by the now-incoming Democratic House. (Impeachment by the House will likely succeed, conviction-and-removal by the Senate will likely fail.) The mechanisms of it all will yield imperatives for maximal behavior by all parties. It will become impossible to compromise without communicating fatal weakness to the other side, impossible to retreat without being immolated by your own. Imagine, if you will, the momentary hysteria of the Kavanaugh nomination — momentary because its principal perpetrators did not actually believe their own proximate case — revived… Read more »

Ian VanReepinghen
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Ian VanReepinghen

Thank you for this — I have been puzzled why start with something so controversial as 70% tax rate that doesn’t do anything anyway. But you’re right! So why does no one start a Meme called “Ban Lobbying!”?

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LudwigvonMises
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LudwigvonMises

Good points on the memeology, but the history of the 70s and 80s suggest that going back to a high marginal rate tax policy actually will suppress economic growth, economic growth, and entrepreneurial spirit, if only by providing economic incentives for expending resources on tax avoidance schemes. While the 70% proposal itself is probably going nowhere, that 70s mindset appears to be trying to make a comeback (including the renewed fascination of the young with communism and statism).

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

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Mike S
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Mike S

Had to post these thoughts, as they are so relevant and current… IF you want to see how something goes “Viral” and turns into “Zeitgeist,” then look no further….it’s coming to America….The Long Night will arrive here too…. What are the abstractions here??? TBD The UK is in the midst of a legitimacy crisis. Reader David summed it up well: …. can I suggest that non-UK (and non-European) readers pay attention over the next week or so, at least? You’re about to see the unfolding of a political crisis the like of which happens in the Western world once a generation, if that. The combination of an essentially insoluble problem, an incompetent government, an enfeebled civil service, a bitterly divided political system, and government by convention and precedent rather than constitution, has produced a situation in which almost any outcome, including the most extreme, is possible. The effects on the British political system (and whether, indeed, it survives at all) are the real issue here, not Brexit, no matter how important that objectively is. Whilst I think the “sleepwalking” idea from the Grauniad is overstated, a more dangerous, related, worry is that Britain has had hundreds of years of political stability, and people assume that such stability (itself preceded by violence and revolution) will just go on forever. It may, but it also might not. And whereas in France, Spain or Germany, say, violent changes of political system are understood and lived with, that’s not the case in Britain. If… Read more »

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