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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.

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.

By Peter Burrows 11/3/19 - 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.’ From ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ by Lewis Carroll

If a boy wants to be a girl and then declares he is a girl, does that make him a girl? Conversely, if a girl says she is henceforth a boy, does that make her a boy?

Some of you are thinking, “Stupid questions! Burro is off his meds again.”

By Peter Burrows – 10/29/19 - elburropete@msn.com - silvercityburro.com

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice and Humpty Dumpty have the following exchange:

“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.”

I always think of good old Humpty whenever I hear a Democrat talk about taking “assault rifles” off the street. Beto O’Rourke, for example, was bursting with self-righteous fervor when he recently said, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."

By Peter Burrows, 10/21/19 elburropete@gmail.com - www.silvercityburro.com 

“Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,” published way back in 1841, is a classic book on crowd psychology, still in print today. Here is a blurb from a review found on www.Amazon.com :

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one..." Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is the original guide to behavioural psychology - and how manias, follies and superstitions begin, spread and (eventually) pass. ---the book is as insightful and memorable today as when it was first published almost 180 years ago.

Some of the popular follies of the day were trivial, such as fortune telling, some tragic, such as believing in witches and then burning them at the stake. You’re probably thinking that we aren’t nearly so gullible today. Not only are we more educated, we have access to the Internet for in-depth information on virtually any topic.

Who you gonna believe, Al Gore or your lying thermometer? by Peter Burrows 9/14/19 - elburropete@gmail.com - www.silvercityburro.com 

Recently, CNN hosted a marathon seven-hour Town Hall discussion of climate change featuring ten Democrats running for president. All of them are true believers in catastrophic climate change, and all of them propose draconian solutions to solve problems that are, so far, simply nonexistent. (For one example, see “Zillow’s White House Crony,” 7/28/19, silvercityburro.com)

The timing of this spectacle was propitious. Less than a week before, on August 31, Michael Moore premiered his latest documentary, Planet of the Humans, which – surprisingly—dramatizes the futility and destructiveness of wind, solar and biomass as sources of energy. (See “Michael Moore gets unstuck on stupid,” 9/2/19, silvercityburro.com)

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