American Elephants


Heather MacDonald Takes on Academe and UCLA by The Elephant's Child

How unbelievably stupid! A major designed to make its participants less knowledgeable, less able to find work, less able to cope with the world, and less useful as a member of the population. I was an English major at a very good small college, with excellent professors who were in love with literature and wanted to pass that on to their students. The professor who taught Shakespeare was a noted Shakespearean scholar.

No wonder college students seem to believe that socialism is a better alternative to freedom. If you have a student headed to UCLA, you had better rethink that. You are wasting their time and your money.Send them to vocational school instead—there they’ll at least learn something.



The Once Prosperous State of Venezuela. by The Elephant's Child

I didn’t see who came up with this, but it is all too painfully correct. Venezuela was once the richest state in South America, and then Cuba offered to help them out.



The Trump Administration Has Cut U.S. Aid to Palestine. by The Elephant's Child

The Trump administration late on Friday announced that it had cut $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority until such time as it can ensure that this American taxpayer money will not be used to fund terrorism. Bureaucracy moves slowly, and needs a jolt now and then.

The Taylor Force Act recently passed in Congress was a bill aimed at providing greater oversight on just how U.S. taxpayer dollars funded the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority has been accused for years of using aid dollars to pay accused terrorists and their families annual salaries. We will no longer enable the Palestinian Authority and those in the corrupt Hamas terrorist government to use aid dollars in their war on Israel. The administration’s decision is designed to work in parallel with the Congressional mandate in the Taylor Force Act.

The Obama administration found ways to work around Congressional restrictions and laws. The Trump administration is implementing our aid policies in the way that Congress has repeatedly signaled that they want them implemented. Hamas control endangers the lives of the citizens of Gaza and makes the humanitarian and economic situation worse. We’ll see how this all develops.



QQQ: From Milton Friedman: “Capitalism and Freedom” by The Elephant's Child

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The heart of the liberal philosophy is a belief in the dignity of the individual, in his freedom to make the most of his capacities and opportunities according to his own lights, subject only to the proviso that he not interfere with the freedom of other individuals to do the same. This implies a belief in the equality of men in one sense; in their inequality in another. Each man has an equal right to freedom. This is an important and fundamental right precisely because men are different, because one man will want to do different things with his freedom than another, and in the process can contribute more than another to the general culture of the society in which many men live.

The liberal will therefore distinguish sharply between equality of rights and equality of opportunity, on the one hand, and material equality of equality of outcome on the other. He may welcome the fact that a free society in fact tends toward greater material equality than any other yet tried. But he will regard this as a desirable by-product of a free society, not its major justification. He will welcome measures that promote both freedom and equality — such as measures to eliminate monopoly power and to improve the operation of the market. He will regard private charity directed at helping the less fortunate as an example of the proper use of freedom. And he may approve state action toward ameliorating poverty as a more effective way in which the great bulk of the community can achieve a common objective. He will do so with regret, however, at having to substitute compulsory for voluntary action.

The egalitarian will go this far, too. But he will want to go further. He will defend taking from some to give to others, not as a more effective means whereby the “some” can achieve an objective they want to achieve, but on grounds of “justice.” At this point, equality comes sharply into conflict with freedom: one must choose. One cannot be both an egalitarian, in this sense, and a liberal.




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