Click here for the Overtime segment of Real time with Bill Maher. We discuss whether America is exceptional.
Could you – do away with the thousands of murders every year in Juarez, Laredo and Tijuana – do away with the hundreds of murders every year in New York City, Houston, Miami and Los Angeles – reduce the prison population by half – save billions of dollars of US taxpayer dollars – just by […]
This past Monday on FoxNews.com’s Strategy Room, Harris Faulkner asked me why we don’t use our exemplary military to take over the oil spill clean-up from BP in the Gulf. That was an easy one – because the military is a fine-tuned machine intended for the sole purpose of destroying our enemies. But her question […]
Interesting take from a viewer of the John Derbyshire “Why Are Young People Liberal” video.
Just got done watching your discussion w/ Derbyshire on NRO. This is how I see things:
Taking at face value that primitive societies are very egalitarian, I think it’s important to make a distinction between the size of the society and it’s impact on human behavior. My presumption is that in primitive societies, the size is relatively small. The clan, village, etc. is indeed small enough where essentially everybody knows everybody else’s business. How does this effect human behavior?
If I had to guess, smaller sizes make it more likely that people would pull their own weight. Firstly, out of a sense of obligation to one’s neighbor in a proactive sense (less of a ‘diffusion of responsibility’) and secondly, out of a desire to avoid social stigma of being a “free rider” and potentially being shuned by the village if the free-riding happens too frequently.
Young people are surely getting the financial shaft in this country. In addition to funding the retirement plans (Social Security) and late-life medical care (Medicare) of old people, the young and healthy will now pay for the old and sick thanks to Obamacare. So I asked John Derbyshire why young people stay true to a […]
Denver Post columnist, David Harsanyi, says Comedy Central was cowardly to censor South Park’s depictions of Muhammad. But he’s not sure he will participate in “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day.” Of interesting, and maybe insignificant, note: The car bomb found in Times Square was parked outside of Viacom headquarters. Viacom owns Comedy Central. (sorry for the […]