"Every few years, some politician too old to be personally affected by his own proposal trots out a new pitch for mandatory (or, at least, strongly encouraged) national service for America's youth. . .Now presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has taken up the cause. He liked his time in the military, Buttigieg told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow this week, especially for how it connected him to "very different Americans," people with "different politics, different generation, different racially, different regionally." And he would like more Americans to experience that same sort of "social cohesion" without having to go to war.I don't often find myself quoting former President Ronald Reagan, but he was entirely correct in condemning compulsory national service for its "assumption that your kids belong to the state. If we buy that assumption then it is for the state — not for parents, the community, the religious institutions, or teachers — to decide who shall have what values and who shall do what work, when, where, and how in our society."
To hear the Progressive left tell it, MMT is not unlike a goose that keeps laying golden eggs. All we have to do is pick up all the free money. This is music to politicians’ ears, but Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is singing a decidedly different tune. Said Powell recently on MMT, “The idea that deficits don’t matter for countries that can borrow in their own currency … is just wrong.”
What a great general assembly! We are proud to welcome our new board members Julian, Oskar and Bernard - welcome to the SFL family!
Don't forget to join us this Tuesday to hear our guest speaker Clemens Schneider for a fascinating talk about the European Union: The European Union: a Classical Liberal Model
Jon Bloostein operates six New York City restaurants that employ between 50 and 110 people each. The owner of Heartland Brewery and Houston Hall, Bloostein said the effect of the higher minimum wage on payroll across locations represents "an immense cost" to his business.
"We lost control of our largest controllable expense," he told CBS MoneyWatch. "So in order to live with that and stay in business, we're cutting hours."
"We are living in a new era of ‘Nudge’. Over the past decade, a growing number of academics and policymakers have made the moral case for the state to use its coercive power to steer our choices towards what they believe best – provided we retain the ability to opt out of the specified choice at a relatively low cost.
Yet are these sensible ideas, likely to maximise wealth and wellbeing, or is there always the danger that gentle nudges will turn into intrusive diktats or embolden the Nanny State? Can paternalism ever be libertarian?"
"An individual’s sexual identity has absolutely no bearing on their ability to safely own and operate a firearm. Whether you care more about gun rights or LGBTQ rights, you shouldn’t avert your eyes from this injustice. The ATF, in their directive to bar gun dealers from transferring firearms to individuals who refuse to select “male” or “female,” are worsening the status of a class of people predisposed to victimization."
"You might have expected Ireland’s partners in the European Union (EU) to look at that country’s success and think, ‘Here is something to be emulated.’ Instead, they see it as something to be stopped. As businesses choose to locate in Ireland rather than high tax jurisdictions elsewhere in the EU, those higher tax countries are attempting to force higher tax rates upon the Irish via the EU."
Join us this Wednesday: Bill Wirtz: The European Case Against The European Union
Given Brexit and the recent rise of populist Eurosceptic movements around the European continent, debate about the future of the European Union and the values it is built on is important now more than ever. This begs the question: is the European Union really a representation of "European values"? Would the founding fathers of the EU agree with its current ambitions and goals? LINK IN COMMENTS!
Bill Wirtz is a journalist and policy analyst from Luxembourg. Currently based in Brussels, he covers EU politics and policy. His works have been seen in France24, SkyNews, The Times of London, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Die Welt, or EUObserver. Follow him on Twitter @wirtbill.
"France is seeing large-scale protests against massive hikes in petrol prices, sparked by tax increases. Is the anti-tax uprising sustainable or bound to disappear?"
Bill Wirtz on France’s Tax Revolt. Link in comments!
"In fact, DIY firearms ranging in sophistication from muskets to grenade launchers exist in the millions across the planet, according to a new report that should (but won't) finally demonstrate to government officials the futility of efforts to disarm people who insist on being free."
If you would like to further discuss Gun Control, visit us this Wednesday at Universty College Maastricht - Event in comments.