Saturday, March 25, 2017

Episode 189, TrumpCare (what it SHOULD be)

While we'll likely never get it this side of the collapse of Western Civ, medical care should be an open market.

The problems with the current state of medical care in America are legion, beginning with government domination of the so-called marketplace of medical insurance, which for starters, isn't insurance at all, but a mechanism for fixing prices at nose-bleed levels, and transferring the responsibility for payment to someone else, including unborn taxpayers.

Regardless, ObamaCare is headed for the ash heap of history, and if it happens while Trump is still president, whatever replaces it will be called TrumpCare. What SHOULD replace ObamaCare?  What would be the result? And what about poor people, who can't afford anything, much less medical care. Great questions, all, answered in this episode.

And don't miss Robert Gore's brilliant new essay, The Useful and the Useless, from his Straight Line Logic blog, read aloud on the podcast.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Episode 188, The War on Trump

Nice to be back on the podcast airwaves after a voice-destroying bout with The Crud.

Meanwhile, the next round of skirmishes are well underway in the rapidly-warming Cold Civil War.

(Yeah, I know, in the last show I said we should ignore what's happening in Washington, but sometimes I just can't help myself.)

Just so it has a handy name, let's call the fight against the noisy opening of Trump's presidency as "The War on Trump".

How is this war shaping up?  Trump is pushing his agenda, with a misstep here and there, but mostly moving forward at battle speed, with all guns blazing.

Trump's opposition appeared routed at first, but it's gathering itself and is now executing a coherent, though not necessarily winning strategy. What is it? And how have the last couple of weeks resembled the Battle of Dunkirk in World War 2 (pictured)?

Good thing there's nothing at stake, right?

Somewhere in the middle of all the action, I take a detour into the two ideological sides of the fight between what most call the Left and the Right.  I call them the Voluntarists and the Compellions.  Maybe not as simple, but more descriptive, as explained in the show.

And oh yeah--Washington delenda est, y'all.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Episode 187, Washington Delenda Est

Cato the Elder, when addressing the Senate of ancient Rome, often used the phrase, "Carthago delenda est," or "Carthage must be destroyed."  He and others of his time were getting a little tired of defeating the armies of Carthage on the battlefield, only to have them rebuild and attack over and over again.

Our Carthage is Washington, home to a relatively tiny cadre of elites who believe it is their job to control the lives of hundreds of millions of people they've never met and know next to nothing about.

Trump promises to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but between you and me, I have my doubts how successful he will be. My personal preference would be for the place to be vaporized by thermonuclear weapons, the rubble scattered by a thousand bulldozers, and the soil sown with a million tons of salt.  Obviously that's not going to happen.

What can we do, as individuals, to neutralize the outsize and negative effect that Washington has on our lives?  I cover a few practical suggestions in this podcast.  Something to tide us over until the Sweet Meteor of Death or some other calamity strikes the swells infesting the Imperial City.