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.
For many years I thought not voting for the presidency was just that – not voting. Yet, after consulting with my partisan brain trusts on the right and the left, I have been duly corrected. I will be voting for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this November by not voting at all.
Sen. Warren's plan to attack "monopolies," ironically, threatens consumer choice and competition.
They are coming either way — let’s just make sure that it’s not in a body bag.
Mercifully forgotten is Ma Bell’s meticulously planned—and quite different—vision for the digital future. It wasn’t pretty. The data successor to the public switched telephone network was going to be something called X.25, and it would deliver videotex, the project I worked on while I was there. Go dig up those papers and laugh. It is exactly what you would expect if you turned over the Internet to a bunch of central planners controlling a massive hierarchy of cloistered engineers.
Thanks to this conditioning, we have all become approval-junkies, always on the lookout for our next fix of external validation: for the next little rush of dopamine we get whenever we are patted on the head by others for being a “good boy” or a “good girl,” for exhibiting the right behavior, for giving the right answer, for expressing the right opinion.
Instead of wasting your time bemoaning the fact that we can’t always get everything we want, start trying to figure out how you can reclaim just a tiny fraction of your creative power. You don’t need to be omnipotent. You just need to get up and be productive.
When you watch these rallies in “Triumph of the Will,” and you see all the frenzy, the shouting, the multitudes lining up, people swearing fealty to this ridiculous man and cause, you do wonder what all the fuss is about. What could possibly be the point of all this mania? It only makes sense once you realize that it’s all about blood identity and the celebration of a superior race, a race untainted by the blood-poison of the non-Aryan, and the ambition to make this principle central to life itself.
Hiding under the skyscrapers of New York City is an organization that defies the free market forces – the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA). If the MTA were a company in a functioning free market, it would have filed bankruptcy and restructured a decade ago. Instead, the city and state just keep increasing taxpayer subsidies and debt.
Democracy is not the only liberal value, and it is not always the most important one.
Even if the US made all of its own steel again, steel jobs are never, ever coming back.
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