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Libertarian Leanings

Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at elburropete@gmail.com.

It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

“This diagram puts to rest the idea that CO2 is a threat to mankind.” By Peter Burrows, 1/13/20 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

The Heartland Institute is a well-known free-market think tank based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, covering everything from school reform to public spending. Since 2008, Heartland has hosted 12 International conferences on climate change, the latest in Madrid, Spain, as counterpoint to the UN’s annual COP conference which was held in Madrid this year.

The Heartland shadow conference didn’t get much, if any, press. Not surprising given that they are there to take the punch bowl away from the 27,000 attendees who travel the world to attend COP conferences every year, where they pass unenforceable laws curbing carbon dioxide, CO2, emissions. (See my blog of 12/20/19: Cop25: Another reason to get out of the UN.)

 By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com 1/8/20

Over 56 years ago, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

If his children have grown up to be Democrats, I’m afraid they’re still dreaming. If anything, racism is stronger today than when MLK made that speech, but it’s not anti-black racism anymore, it’s anti-white racism.

By Peter Burrows 12/24/19 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

One of the things I enjoy most about this time of year is the music. The religion of Christianity has inspired some of the most beautiful music ever written. Of course, that’s a subjective opinion but one shared by many people of all religions, with one exception: Islam. Muhammad disapproved of music.

Muhammad disapproved of a lot of things: infidels, hypocrites, apostates, alcohol, pictures of living things and even dogs, to name a few. Since the Holy Koran tells us in verse 4:80 that to obey Muhammad is to obey Allah, what Muhammad said about music is therefore Allah’s eternal law.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmai.com - silvercityburro.com 12/20/19

What would you think if Congress sent everybody in Grant County to Madrid for two weeks to solve the world’s climate “crisis,” and the most significant thing we agreed upon was that we’d do it all over again next year in Glasgow, Scotland? A waste of money, ya think?

I’m alluding to a United Nations climate conference that just concluded, called COP25, officially known as “the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),” which took place in Madrid, Spain, December 2-15.

OK, I cheated a little, because the conference had “only” 27,000 attendees and Grant County has about 29,000 people. If I had said, “able-bodied adult Grant Countians,” it would have been closer. Regardless, you get the idea.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams have been my favorite economists for many decades. If you watch them on You Tube, you’ll see why. Here are three brief You Tubes on the minimum wage by my gurus. If they don’t come through, just go to You Tube and search by name and “minimum wage” and look for those with about the times of those below.

The first, by Walter Williams, is the longest at almost ten minutes. Well worth the time. The next, featuring Thomas Sowell, is from a 1981 Firing Line show and is less than three minutes. (His latest You Tube appearances show how well he has aged. Still writing, still incisive at 89.) The final is Milton Friedman and is less than three minutes. There are many more by these three on the minimum wage, and on many other topics as well.

By Peter Burrows 12/2/19 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

The political left in America worships at the altar of racism. In the Church of Racism, the original sin is to be white, which makes you a racist, whether you know it or not. Also, in the Church of Racism, Republicans, especially MAGA Republicans, are all racists. This mindless belief could have tragic consequences.

Voltaire, the eighteenth-Century libertarian, had it right when he said, “He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

 By Peter Burrows 11/24/19 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

Ten months ago, Governor Lujan Grisham created a “Climate Change Task Force” to come up with proposals to reduce New Mexico’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The initial recommendations were released last week in a 28-page report you can find at www.climateaction.state.nm.us/

When I read the report, I quickly came to the conclusion that the whole thing was a huge waste of time. The authors simply hadn’t done their homework and their recommendations, if implemented, will be a disaster for New Mexico as well as a huge waste of money. This is true even if adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere is as harmful as the climate alarmists claim.

By Peter Burrows 11/5/19 - elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

“When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’ - 'The question is,' said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ - 'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master, that's all.” (From ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll.)

In part Two, I wrote about the Humpy Dumpty world of gender identity, a surreal world of so many genders that an old guy like myself is reminded of tennis great John McEnroe, who would look at the line judge and scream, “You can not be serious!”

Five years ago, Facebook identified 58 different genders and somebody recently upped the number to 72. Gee, 70 more than I thought there were. Shows how “unwoke” I am. Furthermore, this nonsense is becoming a problem in the real world.

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