Immigration laws are a maze of protectionist regulations worse than any licensing scheme — by design.
America spends 8.9 billion hours a year on federal tax paperwork — the equivalent of 4.3 million people working full-time and year-round.
As we get closer to the full swing of the general election cycle, those sympathetic to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism will face this question: “Shouldn’t an Objectivist be in favor of someone like Donald Trump? He’s selfish and a powerful businessman, right?”
Witnessing the increasingly extreme divide between the two parties and among the people reminds me of the same pattern that once happened to Vietnam. Had you grown up in a country where wounds of the war are still apparent in everyday life, you would understand me.
But if these findings are correct and millennials are in fact a narcissistic generation, then why are we so intent on expanding government welfare to take care of us? The typical answer is this: narcissists feel that they are entitled to more than they actually are; therefore, they demand more free stuff. It’s a persuasive argument, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. After all, if people have an inflated sense of their own self-worth, would it not also be plausible for them to be more independent? To take fewer hand-outs and trust themselves to make their own way?
One lesson that I draw from the pervasiveness of ignorance and uncertainty is that the civility and robustness of a community depends on the extent to which each of us acknowledges that at least some part of everything we think we know isn’t actually true.
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