Saturday, September 16, 2017
Months of mounting frustration with the lack of progress in the Republican-led Congress drove President Donald Trump to cut legislative deals with top Democrats, according to White House officials, raising the prospect of future collaborations on subjects from immigration to a tax overhaul to spending bills.
It's too early to judge Trump on this. Let's see what comes out of it. I'm not too hopeful, but we'll see. The whole Dreamers thing is a convoluted mess. The US should move to an immigration system like Canada, NZ and Australia have and bring in the best people IMHO. That would include lots of Dreamers but not the ones in gangs, felons etc. I doubt this will happen though.
“One of the loneliest people I’ve ever met,” biographer Tim O’Brien said in an interview. “He lacks the emotional and sort of psychological architecture a person needs to build deep relationships with other people.”
Smallest violin in the world.
Now we appear to be in a new era of groupthink, where ill-defined terms—racism and sexism, most notably—are the stigmata of choice. This is in good part an accompaniment of the reaction to the Donald Trump presidency. But I think it has deeper roots than that. Its primary advocates are part of a left-wing, anti-American tradition that has long been part of the American intellectual scene. It has gained strength in recent times from fractious but extreme elements of old and new strains of political thought: anarchism, socialism, feminism, black nationalism.
This is the argument of an important book titled “Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University.” Written by the political scientists Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr., it gives a glimpse into the lonely lives of ideological strangers on the modern campus. While conservatives represent America’s largest ideological group, at 36 percent of the population, they constitute less than 10 percent of faculty in the social sciences and humanities — and a small fraction of that at elite private schools. Many report feeling like oddballs who never quite fit in.
Well, some of us are oddballs who never quite fit in.
Get ready for eight minutes of solid gold response from Ben Shapiro to Antifa and the radical Left at UC Berkeley for their attempts to shut him down on the basis of his supposed service to white supremacy and the Donald Trump administration. “To believe this,” Ben says of these nonsensical accusations, “you’d have to have your head so far up your ass that you can see your own colon first-hand.” The real thugs, Shapiro says in this PG-rated speech, are those claiming to be fighting “intellectual thuggery,” a premise Shapiro demolishes with glee in his speech (some language NSFW):
There’s an article in the Washington Post on the… divergence of views and attitudes among libertarians with respect to the Civil War. Our own Steve Horwitz is quoted. There’s a news hook having to do with a Rand Paul staffer, but the topic is sufficiently evergreen that that hardly matters. See also Jason Kuznicki and Conor Friedersdorf.
I guess I don't really follow all the factions within libertarianism. I count myself as some sort of classical liberal I suppose. But this post gives an account of fights within libertarianism over the Civil War. I know.
Friday, September 15, 2017
President Trump has nominated Columbia law professor Robert Jackson to the SEC. Jackson will be one of the two Democratic Commissioners, if confirmed. Although I respect Jackson's considerable intellect, it is a nomination that deeply concerns me. Along with his mentor Lucian Bebchuk, Jackson has been a consistent proponent of federalization of corporate governance, shareholder empowerment, and politicizing disclosure by requiring, inter alia, corporate disclosure of political campaign contributions. We fundamentally disagree on a slew of issues. As the saying goes, it's not personal. It's strictly business.
Retired appeals court judge: 'I pay very little attention to legal rules, statutes, constitutional provisions'
“Students are forced to pick up the slack for a K-12 system that failed them — depleting whatever grants, scholarships, loans or personal resources they had planned to use to pay for college,” the report said.
Mayor de Blasio has cited the city’s 72 percent graduation rate as tangible evidence of improvement, but the city’s overall college readiness rate languished at 37 percent last year.
Kids, especially kids of color, are being held hostage by public sector unions. The solution is easy to see (universal school choice) but difficult to achieve politically. I opt out of the problem by sending my kids to Catholic school. One of several problems I opt out of.