Author Archives: Steve Kates

Trump the Great Debate live blog

At Freedomfest in LV again and today we have a debate on Donald Trump, pro and con, with DJT now PDT. [The original has now been edited six hours later when I finally got back to the room.] The contestants … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Catallaxy Survey | 33 Comments

Trump and our cultural wars

Travelling among the educated elites on this excursion into North America has been a depressing experience. I know that policy has been my line of work for the past thirty-plus years, but even so, you would think that for most … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues | 54 Comments

Even in DC there are Trump supporters

Sebastian Gorka is his name and he has been doing the rounds defending PDT because it does seem no one else is doing it, not even PDT. Trump himself probably thinks his critics are complete buffoons and cannot imagine they … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Media | 18 Comments

Washington diary

Since I have arrived in North America almost every first conversation with everyone we met was some form of declaration of their disdain of President Trump. None of them knew my own beliefs or what I have been writing. It … Continue reading

Posted in American politics | 25 Comments

The only one in step

Trump stands alone as 19 of the G20 leaders stick with Paris agreement on climate change and German Chancellor Merkel brands US decision to quit ‘regrettable’ US President Donald Trump found himself alone at the G20 summit over climate change, … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, International | 48 Comments

A day is a long time in politics

All from Drudge today: U.S. bombers challenge China in South China Sea flyover . . . US, Russia reach deal on Syria cease-fire . . . Explosions in sky as Pyongyang celebrates ICBM launch . . . Iran Still on … Continue reading

Posted in International | 9 Comments

“If we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again”

Dinner with the family tonight, our last before moving on. And as a going away present, I have bought each of the youngest cousins a copy of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty which had come up in an earlier conversation. … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, History, Philosophy, Politics | 38 Comments

Australia’s infrastructure “woes” as seen from Canada

From the front page of today’s Globe and Mail: Infrastructure bank seeks to avoid woes of Australian peer. Politics is a clear dividing line in Australia when it comes to infrastructure. Since 2013, Australia has been led by the Liberal … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 15 Comments

Political primitives

As I continue to wend my way through the anti-Trump crowds I meet at every turn, I remain at a loss even to work out how to engage them at all without making them my bitterest enemies. These are people … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, International | 63 Comments

More evidence that Keynesian theory is junk science

Here’s the story: Economists Hilariously Over-Predicted Economic Growth Under Obama. What does an economist using modern macro know about how an economy works? To find out, continue below. White house economists overestimated annual economic growth by about 80 percent on … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Economics on the left | 15 Comments