Category Archives: Social Policy

Immigration Policy and the Influence of Immigrants on a Society

Do immigrants import their economic (and political) destiny?  And is there any correlation between a past (in some nation) that is anti-market, undemocratic, untrusting and the present state of the nations to which they have migrated in sufficient numbers?  That first sentence is the title of an article in Evonomics: The Next Evolution of Economics, by Garett Jones of the Mercatus Center.  The questions above have been debated in various ways recently and they probably underlay at least some of… Continue Reading ››

Critical Thinking About Critical Thinking

“Are Students Really Learning to Be Critical Thinkers?” is the title of an article in BetterEd by Annie Holmquist (http://www.better-ed.org/blog/are-students-really-learning-be-critical-thinkers).  This question has been on my mind for some time as I have listened to and read educational leaders, teachers, professors and literature extol the virtues of “critical thinking.”  But what have they almost always meant by that term?  And what should it mean?  And why should we care? Working backward, we ought to care of we value a true… Continue Reading ››

Is child labor something that Bereans should be against?

Not according to economist Ben Powell, and I’m with him (in the abstract).  Of course there are specific cases we should have outrage, but we can’t simply wish that all of the world was wealthy enough for no children to have to work.  Indeed, children working has been part of the human experience since the beginning; its only relatively recently that prosperous countries could outlaw certain types of child labor.  HT to Cafe Hayek I’ve never known child labor personally,… Continue Reading ››

Great link on the Transgender questions; yes there are many questions

Marc Clauson’s posts over the last few weeks generated a lot of heat, and perhaps less light than would be good (not due to his writing).  Given the emotion on this issue we saw here at BATG, I would refer you to The Gospel Coalition today.  Trevin Wax has a great post, raising several questions that we ought to consider as we debate social acceptance towards transgenders.  Read it here, and comment below if you’d like (or join in the comment discussion… Continue Reading ››

Protectionism, Donald Trump and the Kevin Williamson Blast

It seems this blog overlaps one just published by my colleague Jeff Haymond.  But I will publish mine anyway, since it nicely supplements his. Donald Trump has been saying quite a bit recently about the disappearance of (especially) manufacturing jobs in the South as well as the “Rust Belt,” blaming those lost jobs on the trade policies of both Democrats and “establishment” Republican politicians.  But in addition, an article appeared recently by Kevin Williamson, or at least is scheduled to… Continue Reading ››

Frederic Bastiat as Prophet

I have been reading quite a few articles lately in which the individuals (politicians, bureaucrats and just ordinary citizens) are asked about various issues related to the presidential campaigns.  One answer I have heard quite a bit is simply that “the government” should do something.  Sometimes the issues are even cast in terms of a “crisis,” about which someone ought to take action now (or NOW!).  “Pass a law” is another common response.  While I realize that this is a… Continue Reading ››

Technocracy and Human Flourishing

During the Obama administration, and especially the last five years after the passage of Obamacare, we have seen numerous attempts, some successful and others still in the process, to impose more Federal top-down regulations on all sorts of human activities.  Besides Obamacare and its 15,000 pages of regulations, we have the massive regulatory scheme flowing from the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, various new power plant emissions rules, Internet regulation straight out of 1938, mileage standards… Continue Reading ››

Kasich and Conservatism: A Supplement to Mark Smith’s Blog

My Berean colleague Mark Smith wrote a very astute piece for this blog on the recent announcement by Ohio Governor Jon Kasich as a candidate for the presidency in 2016.  He received an interesting and stimulating comment, to which I wish to reply as a separate blog.  If you want the entire comment, go to Dr. Smith’s blog on  Kasich of July 23, 2015. The commenter begins by posing an inconsistency among conservatives (meaning modern American Conservative ideological beliefs).  He… Continue Reading ››

Identity Politics Collides with Identity Dignity

Until recently, Rachel Dolezal served as the head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Recent information has revealed that Dolezal is not African-American as the public had assumed.  Her parents, both Caucasian, note that she is not African-American and produced a picture of her as a child with blond hair and fair skin.  Her step-brother, who is biracial, confirms the story of his adoptive parents.  Rachel Dolezal is the biological daughter… Continue Reading ››

Some Questions to Ponder: Just Asking

I have a few questions for thought today.  I am not answering them, though the reader may well have some idea where I am on them.  So just read and ponder.  Please feel free to comment too. I have not read the Iran nuclear deal yet, but I understand it will aid Iran in developing “safe” nuclear power.  Question:  Why is the US helping Iran develop nuclear power when the administration has shown no interest at all in developing it… Continue Reading ››