The High Cost of Sharing

Briefly tonight: A new study reveals that illegal migrants in America cost $135 billion in upkeep while paying in a scant $19 billion in taxes. This resulting in a $116 billion dollar net drain. But everyone knows having nice things isn’t cheap. So what nice things are we getting for that $116 billion? Hey, look…

The Artlessness of the Deal

The weakest form of negotiation is to accept your opponent’s frame of reference. For instance, if I am in the market for a 1998 Nissan Sentra, I don’t counter-offer $35,000 if the seller is asking $40,000. As a party of opposing interests, his assessment of value or propriety is not the basis of mine. As…

What is Best in Life?

On occasion I will read translated passages from VI Lenin and Joe Stalin. I do this primarily to marvel at their pristine, almost ebullient, evil. They were as if Brett Easton Ellis’ Patrick Bateman became flesh and assumed control over a superpower. Though malevolence is not a synonym of stupidity, and so I am also…

Protests at the Fryer

I’m a little embarrassed to admit how much time I spend watching NFL performances: about two hours per year. I’m sure the Super Bowl actually lasts longer than that; but life is short and I’ve only got so much time to give. So I’ll donate approximately half my annual allotment to comment on the current…

The Gibs Singularity

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other lesser luminaries have warned of the existential threat posed by artificial intelligence. And I have come to agree: Mark Zuckerberg may represent humanity’s end. Without a composite analysis of its electro-mechanical interfaces and root molecular structure, it’s impossible to ascertain whether the entity presenting itself as “Mark Zuckerberg”…

The Best Never Have a Solution

Some problems just keep getting worse, no matter how much we exacerbate them. That’s largely become the accepted problem paradigm in the late liberal West. X creates Y social pathologies, which leads to more X in an effort to alleviate Y. It’s an indulgent ignorance that our forebears didn’t have the luxury to indulge. Unfortunately,…

Best Places to Live for Those Who Like to Live Best

Money magazine recently released its annual evaluations of America’s best places to live. Upon seeing such ambitious meatloaf manufacturing, I immediately turn to the fine print. It was as revealing as I presumed. To create MONEY’s Best Places to Live ranking, we looked only at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. We eliminated any…

Cooking in Our Own Lead Pot

Success, at its most fundamental, is survival and reproduction. And the fundamental key to success is learning. By learning I obviously don’t mean the process that occurs in Western educational facilities, which are devoted to ensuring their students’ most fundamental failure. Instead, learning means gaining an accurate environmental awareness and using this comprehension to mitigate…

Innocence and Obligation

As of this writing, the DACA legislation appears to be in an awkward purgatory between being a done deal and the embarrassment of having to admit as much. Which leaves some sliver of time to comment before it has all congealed. One of the facts that often seems to elude Donald Trump is that only…

Timeless Tolerance

Many critics have noted the–we’ll call it ambiguity–of the left’s previously strident commitment to free speech and anti-blacklist principles. This uncertainty about its core values has stemmed mostly from the left’s furious attempts to restrict speech and impose political blacklists. So you can see how some particularly perceptive observers have been able to discern a…