The Mighty Toothbrush: A Symbol of Human Creativity and Freedom

Bill WaltonEconomics

Dr. Anne Bradley explains the significance of the mighty toothbrush as a symbol of human creativity and freedom.  She says that the toothbrush is a beacon of human creativity and flourishing that we take for granted. She believes this so deeply that at the end of each semester she gives her students a small book, Are We Good Enough for … Read More

A Scratch Card In Every Pot

Bill WaltonEconomics

Oren Cass writes in The City Journal about pilot programs for a proposed Universal Basic Income. Essentially, the pilot programs select a lucky few citizens and give them checks. Cass says that, “Handing out cash payments to a few hundred families will tell us nothing significant about Universal Basic Income proposals.”  Stockton, California, announced back in October 2017 that would … Read More

The Terrible Cost Of An Intolerant Ideology

Bill WaltonPolitics

Walter E. Williams writes on his blog about Fascism and Communism and what a destructive force both have been in human history “The 20th century was mankind’s most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to … Read More

The Three Languages of Politics with Arnold Kling

Bill WaltonPodcast, Politics

 If you wander into the minefield known as the “political comment” section on any social media platform, you enter immediately into the world of shrill personal attack.     Many of you, even in real life, outside the haunting glow of your smartphone screens, are finding that this type of conversation is also happening in your day to day life. And … Read More

Why Have We Let Actors Become Our Moral Guides?

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics

Jonah Goldberg brilliantly writes, “with the receding of religion from public life, we’ve elevated “authenticity” to a new form of moral authority. We look to our feelings for guidance. Actors, as a class, are feelings merchants. While they may indeed be “out of touch” with the rest of America from time to time, actors are adept at being in touch … Read More

How Diverse Is Your “Diversity”?

Bill WaltonCulture

Walter Williams writes about the muddle of the diversity agenda on college campuses. “I think we should ask just what is diversity and whether it’s a good thing. How do we tell whether a college, a department or another unit within a college is diverse or not? What exemptions from diversity are permitted?” He adds, “Ask your average college president … Read More

Why 2017 Was A Year To Celebrate

Bill WaltonEconomics

“A lot of good things happened in 2017,” John Mauldin tells us, “regardless of your politics.” John shares Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the United States since 1991, saving more than two million lives. Breast cancer deaths have fallen by 39%, saving the lives of 322,600 women. This year, the World Health Organization unveiled a new vaccine that’s … Read More

2018 A Year of Resistance?

Bill WaltonCulture, Economics

Arnold Kling predicts that 2018 will be a year of resistance. Kling’s prediction is that a main theme of 2018 will be resistance. Not the Trump resistance, but resistance against technology that is increasingly perceived as adversarial. Kling writes: “I think that there is a large latent movement for resisting Facebook, Twitter, and addiction to smartphone apps of various kinds.” … Read More

Greatest False Predictions of 2017

Bill WaltonEconomics

My friend Steve Moore with Jon Decker wrote a piece in the Washington Times detailing the greatest false predictions of 2017, and they are big. Their piece begins, “Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs … Read More

Are Google, Facebook, and Twitter The Antisocial Networks?

Bill WaltonEconomics

In their latest Outside the Box John Mauldin resumes his eight-part Strategic Investment Conference Speaker Series with Niall Ferguson, senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Niall has a cautionary tale for us on the topic of social networks. Read about here: http://www.mauldineconomics.com/outsidethebox/why-twitter-facebook-and-google-are-the-antisocial-networks