It’s not easy to watch the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan this week. With the Taliban claiming control of Kabul, stripping Afghan citizens of their most basic rights, and putting thousands of American diplomats and citizens in harm’s way, it’s hard to resist the urge to want to do something to fix this. After all, the U.S. is the world’s superpower. Why shouldn’t we drop the hammer when we see others suffering? To answer that question, we should first revisit some recent history. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, American politicians (with strong support from the public) decided to invade the Middle East, waging a new “war on terror.” As we know now, that only proved more complicated as time went on. You see, “stopping terrorists” and “protecting American interests” quickly became code for propping up political regimes, arming militaries, and attempting to train local forces into capable, friendly allies.
This Sunday will mark 50 years since President Richard Nixon ushered in a new era of government control. On August 15th, 1971, the then-President announced a plan for a “New Economic Policy.” This included executive orders for 10% surcharges on imported goods and freezes on wages and prices. Worst of all, it ended the liquidity between U.S. gold and U.S. dollars. With the sweep of a pen, one man forced government control over free enterprise and brought us into the era of fiat money. To put this “inflation-fighting” policy into perspective, consider a few common expenses the year these policies were enacted vs. today. A cheeseburger in 1971 cost $0.30. Today, it costs an average of $2.50. The average car cost $2,700 in 1971. Now, it’s closer to $40,000. The median cost for a home in 1971 was $25,200. Today, it’s around $300,000. Or, to put it simply… $100 back
I hope you’re ready for Lockdown 2.0…because it’s coming whether we like it or not. How do I know? For starters, Dr. Fauci is claiming the U.S. won’t enter another lockdown, while using the same breath to spread fear about “super-infectious” Delta and Lambda variants. Judging by the flip-flops and gaslighting the government has put us through, I’d be crazy to believe we’re not locking down again. In fact, I’m inclined to do exactly the opposite. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the recent history of mask mandates. First, Fauci and the CDC told us not to wear masks because they supposedly weren’t effective. Then, overnight, we all had to “mask up” to do business or be in public. Once vaccination rates went up, we were allowed to go maskless once again. But yet again, in major cities across America, it’s back to masking. Those pesky variants… It’s
There are millions of people who’ve decided to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Perhaps they have pre-existing conditions that increase their chances of suffering complications from the virus. Maybe they’re in close contact with someone elderly. Or they could just be fed up, ready for the lockdowns to end. Regardless of their reasoning, I respect the autonomy of my neighbors to make their own decisions—whether or not I agree with them. Free will is important, especially in matters of our personal health. But what happens when you flip that coin… in other words, when someone declines not to inject themselves with a certain vaccine, or take a certain medication? The past few months have given us the answer: ridicule, propaganda, and exclusion. The online mob, the mainstream media, and even our politicians are quick to demonize those who aren’t falling in line. And that’s not just for us regular folks…Even rockstars
In many chapters of human history, race is an important factor to consider. But if we become hell-bent on examining every shred of history through the lens of skin color, facts are bound to be badly mangled. This was proven true recently, with audio unearthed of the 1619 Project and critical race theory architect Nikole Hannah-Jones calling Cuba the “most equal” country in the West. Here’s the direct quote from the 2019 podcast interview: “if you want to see the most equal, multiracial democ … it’s not a democracy — the most equal, multiracial country in our hemisphere, it would be Cuba… and that’s largely due to socialism.” Now, let me say something surprising: Hannah-Jones’ statement is partially true… It just doesn’t make the point she was trying to make. If “equality” is the gold standard, Cuba is doing great. 99% of Cubans are equal in their lack of freedom,
It’s not just your imagination… groceries are getting way more expensive. And as much as I hate to rain on the parade with a downer topic this lovely Friday afternoon, you’ve probably already noticed this! You don’t need me to tell you that prices for basic items like eggs, milk, vegetables and meat are higher compared to even one year ago. But that’s not all. A report published by the Wall Street Journal this week found that many food companies are actually downsizing their products. This is done in an attempt to offset their supply costs and stay in the black, while keeping consumer prices similar. To use a famous and oft-memed example, the price for a bag of chips hasn’t gone up much in the last few years… but the chip-to-air ratio sure is going down. What used to buy you a nice little bag of Doritos only gets you a few