A Republic, If You Can Keep It

All opinions are my own and not those of my employer.

πŸ’°Free Markets

  • 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.

  • Change all that must be changed; keep all that must be kept. Free market economics with liberal social policies. More Macrons, less Trumps.

  • Promote the Globalism that so triggers populist authoritarians; all liberal democracies must stand together in the face of deviant despots.

  • The free market is an axiom. Use it to promote the greatest possible benefit to the greatest number of people.

  • Speak softly through diplomatic and economic power, but carry a big stick in the form of the United States Armed Forces.

  • For those who lament US hegemony and complain about so-called US imperialism: wait for the day the Chinese dictatorship roams free.

  • For all its mistakes, the United States of America has been the most benevolent power in world history.

  • Vladimir Putin is not the president of a country; he is the ringleader of a criminal conspiracy known as the current government of the Russian Federation.

  • Ukraine is a democracy, an imperfect one, but a democracy nonetheless and as such deserves the moral and financial support of every. single. other. democracy.

  • Comparing the current criminal government of the Russian Federation to Bush 43, and the Ukrainian Government to Saddam Hussein is dumb.

  • The "People's" Republic of China is a Fascist dictatorship which has used market elements to advance the interests of a corrupt elite.

  • The Chinese Communist Party and its dictator-for-life Xi Jinping are watching the Ukraine Crisis closely and taking notes.

  • The United States must not allow this third-rate regime to threaten, much less overthrow, the Taiwanese democracy.

πŸ†˜Free Cuba

  • The Cuban dictatorship is a gross violator of human rights and economic freedom.

  • For the last 60+ years the Cuban people have been unable to vote in free and fair elections, and tens of thousands have experienced political prisons.

  • A regime that has produced more than a million exiles does not deserve to survive.