Stumble Through the Bible – Episode 3: God is a Capitalist

In this episode, we’ll look at how the Bible tells us that God is a capitalist, or at least how He blesses and endorses the idea of capitalism. As always, if you have thoughts of your own on this passage, or ideas for future stumbling, I’d love to read about it in the comments. And as I mention in the episode, More …

Burger King and Bailing on America

When people stop coming to a restaurant, you suspect there’s something wrong with the food. When people stop watching a TV show, you assume there’s something wrong with the story. But when businesses start going through all the trouble of pulling up stakes in America and moving to other countries, our ruling class don’t think there’s anything wrong with the More …

Ending Poverty the Hard (i.e., Only) Way

Justin Taylor has a whole bunch of links and videos about ending poverty through (gasp!) capitalism. It’s not the most popular solution, because it puts the power in the hands of actual poor people instead of politicians, bureaucrats, and celebrities who like to talk about all the great charity work they do. Also, because it’s a lot harder to create More …

The Pope’s Economics

Well, Pope Francis recently made some comments about capitalism that most observers are interpreting as anti-capitalist. And, with good reason: “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Francis wrote in the papal statement. “This opinion, which has More …

If You Control the Language, You Control the Argument

On Forbes.com, Peter Schwartz looks at how public opinion is subtly influenced by language: “Extremism” represents a far broader package-deal, designed to undercut the system of capitalism per se. This sham concept gained currency during the 1964 presidential campaign, when it was used to tar Barry Goldwater and his supporters. It is an attempt to package together antithetical ideologies by More …

Mark Cuban Acquitted of Made-Up Crime

It’s long been my position that there’s no such thing as “insider trading.” (I could go on and on about why I hold that position, but I’ll spare you right now. Suffice it to say that another word for “insider information” is “information”; the only thing that makes it “insider” is where you’re standing when you hear it.) It’s a More …

Yet Another Thing I Have in Common with Bono: Tax Policy

John Fund covers my soul brother on The Corner: The British Observer newspaper interviewed the singer while on a trip to West Africa last week and grilled him on his tax decisions: “Was it not hypocrisy for you to try to hold the Irish government to account for its spending while going through fairly exhaustive efforts to avoid paying in More …

The Fallacy of "Giving Back to the Comminity"

I’ve written before about the silliness of the liberal cliche that businesses should “give back” to the community. Over on Forbes.com, Harry Binswanger (who changed his name from the much more awkward “Harry Wangsbinder) backs me up with gusto: Each particular individual in the community who contributed to a man’s rise to wealth was paid at the time–either materially or, More …

That Clown from "Dude, Where’s My Car?" May Be America’s Greatest Promoter of Traditional Values

Rush Limbaugh spent a lot of time Wednesday praising Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards, and for good reason. (If reading that sentence makes it feel like something has popped loose in the fabric of space-time, I felt the same way when I wrote it. Just sit down until the room stops spinning. Ready?) A tidbit from Rush: More …

Human Capital(ism)

Via the Corner, here’s a video from the American Enterprise Institute that demonstrates how free markets, private investment, and innovation (aka, capitalism) overcome poverty:

A Good Way to Start Your Monday

Author who knows how to use Google pimp-slaps a liberal useful idiot (check that; he’s probably not all that useful, just an idiot) at length and with gusto. (Via Instapundit, your wholesale distributor for Internet pimp-slaps.)

If Greed is Good, Maybe it’s not Greed

Jeff Carter in support of what used to be called “achievement” but is now called “greed”: The assault on greed in the past several years has been astounding. It’s morphed into an assault on capitalism. But, the people behind the assault hated capitalism and are just using “greed” to try and destroy a capitalistic system.  Greed in the biblical sense corrupts. More …

When Work is Punished

Another inspirational, pick-me-up post from Zero Hedge, When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America’s Welfare State: Exactly two years ago, some of the more politically biased progressive media outlets (who are quite adept at creating and taking down their own strawmen arguments, if not quite as adept at using an abacus, let alone a calculator) took offense at our article More …

Jesus Loves Capitalism

RJ Moeller offered a non-Christian an opportunity to make the case that no true Christian could support capitalism. It opens the door for an interesting debate, if the guy’s case wasn’t a weirdly disjointed mess of non sequiturs and rhetorical base-stealing. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it is. His case seems to be built on the belief that every person who earns More …

The Moral Case for Capitalism

There is one, you know: In every society, there will be winners and losers. What makes a free society different is that dissenters can be vocal in their disagreements. In the United States, while we are born equal in terms of our rights within the State, none of us is equal in terms of intelligence, physical aspects, or aspiration. With More …

Obama Clarifies "You Didn’t Build That" Remark; Is Still Wrong

After a hurricane of blowback from his “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” remark, Obama’s elite and overworked speech-clarification team sprang into action to spin that remark so that he doesn’t look like Hugo Chavez’s ventriloquist dummy. Here’s what they came up with: Though Republicans say the president was implying that business owners didn’t build their businesses, More …

Bubble Gum and Imprisonment Not Included

On eBay (bidding closed), one slightly modified Fidel Castro baseball card.

Out from the Shadows

I have long been downloading music through the dubiously legal (by which I mean, probably illegal) mechanism known as “file sharing.” I thought it was justified by the actions of the record companies. First, they refused to digitally distribute music at all, clinging jealously to outdated model of distributing music on physical media. When it became obvious that CDs were More …