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.
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.
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.