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Clichés of Progressivism

#46 – “Statistical Disparities between Races Prove Discrimination”

FEBRUARY 27, 2015 by WALTER E. WILLIAMS

Let us acknowledge a few gross disparities and decide whether they represent what lawyers and judges call a "pattern and practice of discrimination," while at the same time thinking about what corrective action might be taken.

#45 – “Robots and Computerization Cause Unemployment”

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 by WENDY MCELROY

Fear of robot labor is fear of the free market.

#44 – “Profit Is Evidence of Suspicious Behavior”

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Profit is responsible for more good things -- by a long shot -- than all the charity in the world.

#43 – “Income Inequality Is the Great Economic and Moral Crisis of Our Time”

FEBRUARY 06, 2015 by RON ROBINSON

The worst demagogues demonize a group they don't like, such as "the rich," for political gain.

#42 – “Jesus Christ Was a Progressive Because He Advocated Income Redistribution to Help the Poor”

JANUARY 30, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

It is not recorded anywhere that Christ called for the state to use its power to redistribute wealth.

#41 – “Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Proved That We Needed Anti-Trust Laws”

JANUARY 23, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

If Standard Oil was any kind of monopoly, it was not a coercive one, because it did not derive its high market share from special government favors.

#40 — “The Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor Are Getting Poorer”

JANUARY 16, 2015 by MAX BORDERS

Progressives should admit that, though the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten richer, too.

#39- "Free Markets Exploit Women"

JANUARY 09, 2015 by ANNE RATHBONE BRADLEY

The freer the market, the more opportunities there are for women (and anyone else, for that matter) to progress up the economic ladder.

#38 - "The Minimum Wage Helps the Poor"

JANUARY 02, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

You can't expect employers to pay workers more than their productivity is worth just because Congress demands it.

#37 – If FDR's New Deal Didn't End the Depression, Then It Was World War II that Did

DECEMBER 26, 2014 by BURTON FOLSOM

Wars aren't cures for depressions. They simply divert manpower and resources away from what consumers want to what government wants to win the conflict.

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