Sunday, July 9, 2017
According to the Census Bureau, our welfare state spends four times more on trying to end poverty than it would actually cost to pay poor people enough to lift themselves out of poverty. Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper then to simply cut a check for every poor person? The answer to that question, surprisingly enough, is yes.
Libertarian writer Charles Murray estimates that providing all un-incarcerated Americans over the age of 21 with a monthly check for $13,000 would not only be sufficient enough to provide for their basic needs and help raise the poorest among them above the poverty line, but would also be less expensive than our current welfare state, which includes agricultural and corporate subsidies.
While having the government give people money may sound counter-intuitive to conservatives and libertarians, the truth is that basic income is not only compatible with their belief in limited government and free markets, but has actually been promoted by prominent conservatives and libertarians like Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek.
Basic income would be a much more viable alternative to our current welfare state, not only allowing the poorest among us to better experience social and economic mobility, but also helping to eliminate wasteful government spending and bureaucracy. It's high time to eliminate the welfare state: basic income now!
To learn more about why conservatives and libertarians should support basic income, please read my article on Medium.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Want to improve America's public transportation? Then privatize the rail systems and allow private companies to compete with one another to see who can provide the best service. It worked with South Korea and Japan!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Millennials have been blessed with access to information at their fingertips, yet they can't be bothered looking up “per capita income since 1800” or learning about socialist regimes like Venezuela; otherwise, they wouldn't be opposing capitalism and supporting socialism. In an age of information, ignorance is a choice!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Captain Underpants flew into the box office faster than a speeding waistband, earning $23.5 million during its opening weekend.
In fact, this movie about a grown man fighting in his underwear that doesn’t take itself remotely seriously managed to gain a higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes in its first week than the movie about grown men fighting in their underwear who take themselves far too seriously gained during its entire theatrical run.
The popularity of this movie should come as no surprise, as it’s based upon an equally popular book series. Of course, if the box office earnings and reviews are any indicator, the movie managed to do well even with moviegoers who never picked up a single book.
By far, the greatest appeal of Captain Underpants, be it the books or the movie, is its fundamental understanding of its target demographic. Like other great children’s series, it doesn’t pander to children by pretending to know what they like. Rather, it speaks to them on their level by truly understanding them—and if there’s one thing Captain Underpants gets, it’s that children hate school.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Adam West, the beloved actor and geek icon who played the titular character of the 1966 Batman series, has passed away at the age of 88. While I was never a personal fan of him or his series, I cannot deny the legacy his show left, as it helped to bring the character of Batman into the mainstream, and for this, every Batman fan ought to be grateful. To commemorate his legacy, I want to help promote his classic television series by promoting an internet review series that promoted his series.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Hey, dudes and dudettes! Did you know that, like, back in the 80s--which was, like, totally the most radical decade ever!--Disneyland wanted to, like, target the totally tubular teenage demographic by, like, opening up its own super cool teen night club, or some junk? (Okay, the cheesy attempt at 80s lingo ends here!)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” - Murray N. Rothbard
Friday, June 2, 2017
Wonder Woman finally has her own movie released in theaters today. Critics so far are praising the film, but I'll go ahead and save my own opinions until after I watch the movie for myself. Until then, let's enjoy some Amazonian warrior fan art today. For Hera!
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Tomorrow will see the premiere of the first ever Wonder Woman movie, and my thoughts and feelings about it are mixed.
On the one hand, this is the very first theatrical release for the Amazonian warrior, and it’s certainly been a long time coming for her, especially considering how many Batman and Superman movies have been released beforehand.
On the other hand, this particular adaptation is being brought to us by the same studio that recently gave us such cinematic schlock such as Batman vs. Superman, so overall expectations for quality remain rather low. (Though many critics are praising it.)
Either way, even if this particular representation of the lasso-wielding warrior from Themyscira doesn’t do her justice, there’s also solace in knowing that she’s only one of many previous comic book adaptations.
Speaking of which, while I don’t normally recommend comics from The Nib (as they are extremely regressive leftist), I find this particular comic essay of Wonder Woman and her previous incarnations to be rather enlightening.
These comics really delve into her history, ranging from her rather interesting origins to her various incarnations throughout the decades, and show how each and every different time period provides a unique interpretation of her character.
I recommend that you go and read the whole thing for yourself, but here’s just a brief sample:
Our president’s an idiot, we’re probably going to war with North Korea, and the entire world is crumbling around us. On a lighter note, if there’s any hope for the future (if there even is a future), Animaniacs is probably getting a reboot.
Now, the word “reboot” is a mixed term. It could mean a good reboot like MLP:FiM or Voltron: Legendary Defender. It could also have the more common meaning of a bad reboot like Teen Titans Go! or Powerpuff Girls 2016. (Or it could also be the title to a super-cool-yet-extremely-dated computer-animated show from the early 1990s!)
Considering that this particular reboot is being proposed by the very same people who initially created Animaniacs (Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment), I have enough confidence that this reboot will be in good hands and will turn out to be the former rather than latter definition of “reboot.”
If anything, this reboot will ensure that Animaniacs will be coming back, not only for old fans, but also for a whole new generation of potential fans. And in a world that is quickly becoming more and more insane, we need something that is "totally insaney" to provide a humorous counterbalance.
Of course, the best thing about the original Animaniacs was that its comedy is just as funny and relevant today as it was when it first premiered more than 20 years ago. Take the following sketch about the “Please Please Please Get A Life Foundation” as an example.
This sketch was released back in 1995, and yet 22 years later, it still eerily accurately reflects the more annoying aspects of internet fandoms. (And this sketch was created back when the internet was still a novelty!)