Libertarian Party Nominates Johnson / Weld Ticket

The Libertarian Party nominated Gary Johnson for president and William Weld for vice-president this weekend in Orlando, FL.

Details of Johnson nomination and Weld nomination.


“How the West (and the Rest) Got Rich”


Why are we so rich? . . .

Actually, the “we” of comparative enrichment includes most countries nowadays, with sad exceptions. . . .

What caused it? The usual explanations follow ideology. . . .

Deirdre has other ideas:

The capital became productive because of ideas for betterment—ideas enacted by a country carpenter or a boy telegrapher or a teenage Seattle computer whiz. As Matt Ridley put it in his book “The Rational Optimist” (2010), what happened over the past two centuries is that “ideas started having sex.” . . .

Why did ideas so suddenly start having sex, there and then? . . .

The answer, in a word, is “liberty.” Liberated people, it turns out, are ingenious. Slaves, serfs, subordinated women, people frozen in a hierarchy of lords or bureaucrats are not.

Yes, liberty. Read the whole thing.

TSA, Obamacare Interfere with Employees Helping Customers

The common denominator of these two stories is government interference in commerce. Customers, in this case patients and flyers, are going about their lives getting medical care and flying respectively, are encountering poor service. Government regulations are stymieing their efforts. Both health care and aviation are heavily regulated, often by elected officials and regulators, for the benefit of themselves. They are preventing the employees working in these industries from providing the best products and services they can. You see, these employees have divided loyalties and they may not even realize it. They have to comply with government regulations while also trying to serve their customers.

American politics today is like car culture in the 1950s

I made a comparison then to American car culture in the late 1950s and early 1960s when most everyone was either a Ford guy or a Chevy guy. And today, the Democrats and Republicans, nostalgically reaching back to old families instead of looking forward, continue to bring the same monoculture to politics.

Mr. Johnson in no way suggests this moribund political culture. He instead brings the shock of the new just as the exotic Volvo Amazon did when it first arrived on our streets in New England in the early Sixties, bringing in its wake a full bore cultural revolution. And as others have said, Mr. Johnson is cool.

Bernie Quigley.

Gary Johnson’s consistency on the issues highlights the true inconsistency in American politics: the Dems and GOP.


Diversify your home energy sources with solar

Tired of gyrating oil and gasoline prices? Sure you can use natural gas to supply your home with energy. How about adding solar as a source of energy also? Create a diversified portfolio of energy sources so you increase the odds you’ll have a source from somewhere. Does your house get enough sunlight? You’ll have to run the numbers to see if it makes sense. You might be eligible for government tax credits. In any case, Amazon offers a wide variety of solar panel products from which to choose.