Have you ever met a war you didn’t love?
I don’t do a lot of reporting on global warming (not to say that it’s not important, it is.. anything involving the environment is important), but a somewhat recent paper claimed that 97% of climate science papers agree that climate change is man-made.
This is a very good example of how statistics can be misleading. While it may be true that 97% think that climate change is man-made, a closer look at the statistics show only 1.6% believe that climate change is primarily caused by man.
Despite the New York Times article that is going viral, the article is only telling you half the story. The Times article starts out with this misleading introductory paragraph:
"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.”
The misnomer arises when defining the United States Army. In World War II, the Pentagon did not have Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capabilities. UAV’s will continue to be purchased by the military. To get a full understanding, one must go back to the “government shutdown" in 2013 (also a misnomer). With the threat of another possible sequestration, a deal had to be reached between Barack Obama and Congress. This deal was met in December of 2013. Within this deal was cuts to military spending, but not as radical as some might think.
The budget for the Pentagon is roughly over $500 billion if you include the money for Afghanistan & Iraq (which are considered separate from the Pentagon budget). This bodes well for very many defense contractors (many of which are in the top 5 of federal government contractors). Northrop Grumman build’s the drone called the Global Hawk. The Air Force was set to retire this drone fleet due to operating costs, but was forced to keep them.
This provides evidence of things to come. After President Obama signed into law the new budget, the Department of Defense released the “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap”. Here is some revealing information:
Here we see that budgets don’t seem to be falling for unmanned aerial vehicles. In fact, in the long term, they are growing significantly when looking at the aggregate.
Unfortunately this only talks about budget. However, drones are becoming very, very economical regardless of the kind that the Air Force was desperately trying to get rid of.
If we are to define the United States Army purely based on the amount of living human beings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being completely honest. If not, he may need to make way for a younger generation that is informed enough to know that drones don’t just spy anymore, they kill.
The role institutions play in underdeveloped countries (the part of the reversal of fortune is very, very interesting).
Spontaneous order & anarchy:
The war on people that do drugs:
An argument that economic equality is INTRINSICALLY valuable (very important you notice the intrinsically part).
Popular wisdom often praises those who get involved in politics, who vote in democratic elections, fight for a cause they believe in, and try to make the world a better place. We tend to assume that such individuals are moved by high ideals and that, when they change the world, it is usually for the better.
The clear evidence of human ignorance and irrationality in the political arena poses a challenge to the popular wisdom. Lacking awareness of basic facts of their political systems, to say nothing of the more sophisticated knowledge that would be needed to reliably resolve controversial political issues, most citizens can do no more than guess when they enter the voting booth. Far from being a civic duty, the attempt to influence public policy through such arbitrary guesses is unjust and socially irresponsible. Nor have we any good reason to think political activists or political leaders to be any more reliable in arriving at correct positions on controversial issues; those who are most politically active are often the most ideologically biased, and may therefore be even less reliable than the average person at identifying political truths. In most cases, therefore, political activists and leaders act irresponsibly and unjustly when they attempt to impose their solutions to social problems on the rest of society.
[it is] a fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.
Kinda makes you feel safe, right?
Do you have a favorite anti-big government song? What is it?
If you feel strongly about something, you shouldn’t let that cloud your judgment. That’s dogmatism. You don’t need it, and the ideology you adhere to does not need it either.
This applies to whether you are a liberal, conservative, socialist, libertarian, etc.
Putin says that America is becoming godless and morally bankrupt because the United States is adopting measures to allow same sex marriage.
Well, hell, I am one proud person to be morally bankrupt then,
This is hilarious. One of the biggest reasons why I am a libertarian.