Author Archives: Steve Kates

North Korea and the modern media

The Winter Olympics are upon us, not usually of much interest in Australia given that we had experienced global warming well before anyone else. But it was nevertheless brought to my attention by this article in the Campus Review: Former … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Terrorism | 21 Comments

The epic Clinton scandals and cover-ups currently under investigation

It’s not just the story but the source that is remarkable. From The Sunday Guardian: How Obama’s Hillary Clinton cover-ups destroyed DOJ and FBI. It starts: The epic Clinton scandals and cover-ups currently under investigation in Washington will make Nixon’s … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Media | 11 Comments

What’s so special about what Jordan Peterson says and how he says it?

This is from Instapundit discussing Jordan Peterson, the most articulate defender of our Western values found anywhere in the world. The question that really is of central interest is why he has become the phenomenon he is. I have my … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative politics | 92 Comments

Does the left ever get anything important right?

Just wandering through Instapundit this morning and the overpowering sense of no is everywhere. Examples: 1) LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Mad Max violence stalks Venezuela’s lawless roads. In one video apparently showing a looting and uploaded to social media, people are seen gleefully … Continue reading

Posted in Socialism | 16 Comments

John Jay Chapman quotes you should know even if you don’t know who John Jay Chapman was

Even though he had written 25 books, I had never heard of John Jay Chapman until I found him quoted by someone else the other day. But 25 books and not one known to me. All is most certainly vanity. … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Philosophy | 6 Comments

Obamagate: Shameful and a disgrace

Suppose we start with this simple question: Is it appropriate for a president to use the powers of government to spy on the opposition party during an election? No one will say yes to that. So let us move on … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Hypocrisy of progressives | 92 Comments

If you want to raise the minimum wage you need to raise productivity first

The video comes at an opportune time since this is a large part of where our next election will be fought: Business faces world’s highest minimum wage under Bill Shorten. I will also mention that the Card and Krueger study … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Federal Politics | 45 Comments

The core question is whether it is OK for a government in power to use surveillance agencies to win elections

The details are below. The main point is that the Democrats used an obviously nonsense piece of spyware as a justification to listen in on private conversations among the Republicans both before the election and after. You care if you … Continue reading

Posted in American politics | 197 Comments

So far so good but this is only Year One

Here’s the question: Do economists understand what’s happening to the American economy? And here’s the answer: no, they don’t. So when I see the American economy picking up, I am excited to see how accurately classical economic theory explains what … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Economics and economy | 17 Comments

State of the Union

These are the White House Excerpts of PDT’s State of the Union address. The speech starts about 15 minutes in. Together, we are building a SAFE, STRONG, and PROUD America. We want every American to know the dignity of a … Continue reading

Posted in American politics | 76 Comments