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The trap of the middle

The trap of the middle

Currently a serious, though little recognized problem, is the resentment of the middle classes, a resentment based on their very middle-ness. Take, for example, the book Poor Economics by economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, both of whom just won the Nobel Prize for their work. Imagining social mobility as the letter S, they demonstrated that it is easier to move from the very…

Poland Must Dig Their Way Out of Mining Cronyism

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Poland Must Dig Their Way Out of Mining Cronyism

Ross Marchand is the director of policy for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. ____ Since the Soviet Union breathed its last breath, Poland has seen turbocharged economic growth and increased opportunities for its citizenry. Economic output per person has increased nearly seven-fold, and so far, the Polish economy shows no signs of slowing down. In the past three years alone, unemployment has…

Luxembourg is right about tax ruling court cases

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Luxembourg is right about tax ruling court cases

The European Commission is cracking down on tax advantages of individual member states. This will undermine the competitiveness of the entire continent. Margrethe Vestager will be confirmed in her place as Commissioner for Competition of the European Union. In the last five years, the Danish politician has put forward a legal theory, suggesting that tax benefits granted to companies constitute…

EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

"Climate action" politicians are collapsing under the weight of their own hypocrisy.   The European moraliser   Think Paris Climate Accord, renewable energy, hybrid cars, Greta Thunberg. All either a product of or very popular in Europe. Environmentalists in the United States are looking up to the courage of European politicians to solve climate change, be it by…

Pay transparency is unaffordable for businesses and employees

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Pay transparency is unaffordable for businesses and employees

The new EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised to move closer to closing the gender pay gap. The new instrument she intends on using is pay transparency. Big mistake. The European Commission works on creating pay transparency in the European Union. In an effort to fight the gender pay gap (which exist if you do statistics wrong on purpose), it wants to lay open the salaries…

"A Lantern in Her Hand": an alternative view of the American frontier

"A Lantern in Her Hand": an alternative view of the American frontier

For the last few weeks, I have catalogued the flaws of the American “spirit” as represented in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series and the unsuitability of the family as role models. Recognizing the inadequacy of the Ingalls-Wilder family as representative of an ideal American way of life and society is important because, due to a long-running TV show and…

The German hate speech saga

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The German hate speech saga

A federal court in Berlin decided that it was a legitimate expression of an opinion to call a politician a "slut", "piece of shit", and "brainless" on Facebook. The politician (who had indeed sued the user) and her supporters are outraged that the court would allow this "hate speech" to exist online. After having been insulted on social media, senior Green…

Some further thoughts on the Little House on the Prairie series

Some further thoughts on the Little House on the Prairie series

In the US, especially among those who see themselves as promoting family values and independent spirit, there is a tendency to lionize the Little House on the Prairie series, a sequence of children’s books written by a woman, Laura Ingalls Wilder, who lived on the American frontier and witnessed its transition into the modern era. The truth of the matter is that there was little to admire…

A European “no-fly list” violates civil rights

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
A European “no-fly list” violates civil rights

Imitating the United States’ surveillance state methods will not make Europeans safer. The European Union is going through the process of creating a counter-terorrism database that will compile information from EU countries regarding ongoing investigations, prosecutions and convictions of militants, including returning foreign fighters who joined terrorist groups abroad. The measure,…

The case for legalizing paid surrogacy

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The case for legalizing paid surrogacy

Spain’s government has recently urged the Attorney General to investigate the operations of businesses offering surrogacy services. Despite not providing any evidence to support her claims, the Minister of Justice accused some of these businesses of child trafficking, criminal organization, money laundering, and false documentation. Surrogacy is unlawful in Spain, although companies…

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