A Republic, If You Can Keep It
All opinions are my own and not those of my employer.
I am a capitalist, insofar as I support private ownership and control over the means of production. I support this on moral and pragmatic grounds.
Morally, every human being should be able to keep the fruits of their labor. History tells us that capitalism produces rich societies and collectivism very poor ones.
Corporate welfare is the result of a mixed economy, not capitalism. Public goods such as national health insurance need not contradict capitalism.
I believe in near-absolute freedom of speech, especially for those I disagree with and for those who say things that make me uncomfortable.
Respect for this freedom means society's wrongs may eventually be righted. Collectivist regimes cannot co-exist with it and therefore suppress it.
In general, I believe the state should stay out of any non-violent and non-coercive action taken by or between consenting adults.
Populist authoritarians like Donald Trump are a mortal threat to the rule of law everywhere. The actions of the Trumpist mob on January 6th 2021 left no doubt.
While the left may be wrong about a lot of things, the answer from those of us who disagree cannot be blind obedience to an ignorant, uncouth charlatan.
It is obvious to me that those who wanted to "blow up the system" by electing this demagogue have zero historical knowledge of how republics have died elsewhere.
I am against the Cuban dictatorship for the same reasons I am for the free market and for the respect of individual rights, and against communism and fascism.
And no, just because the regime provides free healthcare and education, both of poor quality, does not mean they get a free pass on human rights violations.
However, it is gross ignorance and intellectual dishonesty to equate this type of odious regime to all left-wing ideologies, such as European-style social democracy.