Will the Push for Social Equality Undermine Social Harmony?

Politicians, political theorists, economists, and sundry social critics have offered critical comments regarding America’s present state of disharmony.

A recent book by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How To Heal, captures these critics’ apocalyptic tone. He writes: “Why are we so angry?”; “We are in crisis”; “Something is really wrong here”; “We’re literally dying of despair”; “We are doubling down on division”; “We really don’t like each other, do we?”; “our contempt unites us with other Americans who think like we do”; and “[a]t least we are not like them!

No $1,000 Handouts, End Payroll Taxes!

As a small business owner, I don’t need a $1,000 handout. This is a gimmick—let’s instead focus on solutions tailored to the problem. I need the tax relief of suspending the payroll taxes I and my workers pay.

Some math—my workers are all being paid their normal salaries for the foreseeable future, despite trials, depositions, briefs, client meetings being delayed for months. But even if their hours or salaries were cut, I’ve already paid unemployment insurance for them.

Does the Coronavirus Favor the Left or the Right?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is caught up in the ideological and cultural wars of our time. Perhaps it is not entirely frivolous to ask whether the effects and consequences of this virus disproportionately help the left or the right.

One obvious aspect plays to the interests of the right: the outbreak has reintroduced chaste distances and a dignified sobriety in social interactions, preventing us from kissing, hugging or shaking hands. Secondly, the virus seems to encourage acute individualism, another principle more often associated with the right than the left: It has made us skeptical of social life, almost misanthropic, and heightened the importance of self-reliance.

California Would Have Low-Cost Housing If Government Allowed It: The Mortenson Experiment

Chris Mortenson, a San Diego developer, hired an architect to find out what type of SRO (single-room-occupancy) building he could develop for very low-income people, many of them homeless, if unnecessary state and local regulations were ignored. SROs are basically apartment buildings that typically have rooms without kitchens and shared bathrooms at the end of hallways. SRO units are no-frills, but they are safer and cleaner than the streets.

Here’s what the architect came back with:

Forgive Me if I Don’t Fall Right into Line with the New Fascism

As a San Francisco resident and business owner, I’m wondering—can I trust the health judgments of leaders who let thousands live on the streets in their own filth? And if we are now getting the homeless into shelter, why couldn’t that have happened earlier? Doesn’t their health count?

All of a sudden, we are supposed to accept 24-hour curfews “for your own safety” from people who order the police to stand down when Antifa and friends beat the Hell out of taxpayers; people who refuse to enforce laws they don’t like (death penalty, bail, property crimes).

Favor Local Action to Combat the Coronavirus

Three months ago, the novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China. Now, it is considered a global pandemic. As of March 18th, the virus has infected over 169,000 individuals, resulting in 8,732 deaths—and counting.

The United States as of this writing has approximately 7,769 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 125 related deaths. But those numbers are already history. The death toll is expected to increase exponentially.

California’s Awful AB 5 Demos Pillage People Pedagogy

California Assembly Bill 5, by San Diego Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, is a frontal assault on freelance writers and independent workers in dozens of professions, which Gonzalez has proclaimed were “never good jobs.” The attorney and former AFL-CIO organizer advances a measure with no merit whatsoever, except as a government power and money grab. Some of the victims have learned a lesson that applies to all workers, even those who toil for a conventional boss. 

COVID-19 and Your Constitutional Rights

As federal, state, and local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens are being quarantined, governments are banning large gatherings of people, and international travel is being restricted. So far, domestic travel has not been restricted (except for those quarantined), but things are moving rapidly.

One consequence of New York State’s ban on gatherings larger than 500 people is that all Broadway theaters have shut down, because their seating capacities exceed 500. Meanwhile, the First Amendment guarantees “the right of the people peaceably to assemble,” which raises the question about whether New York’s ban on large gatherings is unconstitutional.

U.S. Withdrawal Agreement from Afghanistan: Progress but Less than Meets the Eye

Watching news coverage of the U.S.-Taliban agreement would have the average person believing that an end to the longest war in American history was at hand and that U.S. troops would all be coming home from Afghanistan. And that is the impression that President Donald Trump, who promised to stop “endless wars” and is up for re-election this year, would like to leave.

Fear: The Fuel of Government Power

Americans reacting in fear and panic fueled by non-stop media coverage are unfortunately once again calling out to the wrong source for answers. Not only will the answers they get likely exacerbate the dangers of the current crisis, but our society and economy will be collateral damage.

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