A guaranteed minimum income: faux solution for the new industrial revolution

Servants Bowing to their betters

Summary: Solutions are proposed as the shockwave of the new industrial revolution becomes visible on the horizon. Naturally, we first get small and comfortable ones -- such as a guaranteed minimum income, which guarantee high and growing levels of inequality. We might even implement these, leaving the resulting social turmoil for the next generation. First … Continue reading A guaranteed minimum income: faux solution for the new industrial revolution

DoD’s next challenge: managing the fall of our military welfare state

Summary: The military is often described as a test tube for American social science, running experiments such as integration of race, sex, and gender in its relatively controlled society. But the largest social science experiment in the military -- perhaps the largest in US history -- is DoD's socialism. We close our eyes, preferring not … Continue reading DoD’s next challenge: managing the fall of our military welfare state

Looking at one of the most popular books in the conservative canon: The Road to Serfdom

Summary:    The Road to Serfdom has rocketed to become a best-seller.  Hayek's warning that government economic planning leads to totalitarian-like societies.  His theories are certainly politically useful to the Right.  But are they accurate? Perhaps the worst effect of WWII on America was to crack our collective reasoning machinery.   The heady experience of wielding great power against absolute … Continue reading Looking at one of the most popular books in the conservative canon: The Road to Serfdom