The wellspring of freedom in our world comes from the Judeo-Christian belief that man is created in the image of God. If we are not, then there is no justification for one person to claim equality with those in a better position than she. And no reason for a person in authority to treat others as though they are equal to him. And thus no framework under which individual liberty could flourish.
We see this clearly in the ancient world where peace, but not individual liberty—such as what happened with life under the Pax Romana, was valued. It has been through the spread of Christianity—building on Jewish Scripture—that the belief that “all men are created equal” has taken root in many places across the globe. And while this belief has spread widely, there are many places where it has not. Asia is a prime example, though that is changing somewhat. But I’d also say that modern liberalism has rejected this concept in much of Europe and even right here in America.
In his article on Mises.org, Economic Progress and the Primacy of the Individual, Patrick Baron explains the connection between the “image of God” belief and economic progress. It is a good read that I highly recommend.
In the Lord of the Rings, the Mouth of Sauron was the ambassador and messenger of Sauron. As a Black Numenorean, the Mouth had given up his greatness to worship and serve Sauron.
Likewise, the Wall Street Journal appears to be descending from once great heights to serve as the mouth of Karl Rove and other establishment Republicans who are trying to undermine the success of movement conservatives and the Tea Party.
The latest example of this is Tuesday’s column by William Galston, The Jeb Bush and Tea Party Divide. Galston uses Jeb Bush’s recent comments about immigration and the Common Core K-12 standards to call attention to the “conspiracy theories” and “paranoid style” of movement conservatives that “threaten to marginalize the GOP.”
The marginalization of the GOP by the Tea Party and conservatives has been the standard line of Rove and establishment Republicans for sometime. They claim–after pointing to a few U.S. Senate races where a Tea Party candidate nominated by Republicans lost in the general election–Republicans are killing themselves by nominating conservatives that can’t possibly win general elections.
Of course, they conveniently forget the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul that won the general elections that conservatives supposedly aren’t capable of winning.
Comcast is in the process of buying Time Warner Cable, a deal that will create the largest cable provider in the U.S.
The FCC, of course, has to approve the deal. It is no surprise that Comcast and Time Warner Cable have done their best to grease the wheels for approval through political donations and programming.
However, a recent column by Matthew Continetti on NRO leads conservatives in the wrong direction on both cronyism and public policy.
Wendell Cox’s new report, 2013 Metropolitan Area Population Estimates, is the latest confirmation that Paul Krugman and other liberal critics of the Texas Model are wrong; Texas has far and away the most dynamic economy in the United States.
Late in the last decade, Dallas-Fort Worth passed Philadelphia to become the fourth largest metropolitan area. Then, Philadelphia was passed by Houston in 2011. The result is that, for the first time since the nation’s founding, two of the five largest cities (which are functionally defined as metropolitan areas) are in a single state (Texas).
Here are the leaders in population growth from 2010 to 2013:
Turns out, per the New York Times, that Obamacare is really just federalism at work, another experiment in the laboratories of democracy, the states. Everybody can stop worrying now:
The online insurance marketplace in Oregon is such a technological mess that residents have been signing up for health coverage by hand. In Texas, political opposition to President Obama’s health law is so strong that some residents believe, erroneously, that the program is banned in their state.
But in Connecticut, a smoothly functioning website, run by competent managers, has successfully enrolled so many patients that officials are offering to sell their expertise to states like Maryland, which is struggling to sign people up for coverage.
The disparities reveal a stark truth about the Affordable Care Act: With the first open enrollment period set to end Monday, six months after its troubled online exchanges opened for business, the program widely known as Obamacare looks less like a sweeping federal overhaul than a collection of individual ventures playing out unevenly, state to state, in the laboratories of democracy.