Trump v China

Mr. Trump likes to think of himself as a free trader, but in his mind, free trade isn’t free (or at least mutually beneficial) when the other side is continually cheating.  I tend to be very skeptical of Mr. Trump’s trade policies, especially since his stated logic is grounded in fundamental fallacies, such as the harm of the large trade deficit with China.  Yet in this point I actually think Mr. Trump is at least half right, so let’s walk… Continue Reading ››

Progressives support of government on behalf of the public interest

I have always been puzzled by progressives unyielding faith in government as the solution to social problems, and indeed, almost always the federal government.  In my mind, the repeated and demonstrable failures of government to solve problems that are unrelated to its constitutional (or better yet, Biblical) roles should give everyone pause.  Yet progressives do not lose faith.  “If we just had the right people, then it would work.”  Part of this deep support of government is the inverse of… Continue Reading ››

Who shall return us to sanity? Name your pick for Republican challenger to Mr. Trump in 2020

Mr. Trump unsurprisingly has defied convention and already declared himself a candidate for 2020, even before the 2018 elections.  No other politician is likely to declare prior to the 2018 election, and the Republican party has no interest in a feud with the current president prior to the election–the Republicans want to be as unified as possible.  At the end of the day, while the base in either party never gets it, politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. … Continue Reading ››

Chafer Systematic Theology Vol. IV, pp. 206-207

I am conducting research for a presentation that I will make, Lord willing, the first week of April at the Association of Private Enterprise Education conference. Chafer’s 4th volume discusses ecclesiology. Chapter 11 is about contrast between law and grace. I thought this quote discussing individual responsibility in the “Church Age” was interesting from the standpoint of classical liberalism. This age is not the time of the salvation of society; that great undertaking is clearly in the purpose of God,… Continue Reading ››

Universal Basic Income (UBI)–why it is a terrible idea

One of the hidden-from-view debates going on among intellectuals and elites is the idea of the Universal Basic Income (UBI).  The basic idea is let’s get rid of all welfare programs, and give everybody a check of some minimum amount that would meet the essentials of life.  You could have it baked into the tax system so even the rich get this same check, but then they’d pay a higher rate to recapture for the Treasury what they’d received from… Continue Reading ››