Monthly Archives: April 2012

The People’s Paradise

This tale makes “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” look like party-time.  

N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation chief describes North Carolina as ‘quintessential battleground state’

Some states are red. Some states are blue. Then there’s North Carolina. John Rustin, executive director of the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation, described North Carolina as a “quintessential battleground state” during a presentation today to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Rustin explains why he applies that label in the video clip below. 2:35 p.m. update:Continue Reading

New at CJO: N.C. House District 9 Republican primary profiled

Kristy Bailey profiles the Republican primary in N.C. House District 9 for Carolina Journal Online.

A Tough Crowd to Please

In January, Jane Shaw and I spoke before UNC’s faculty senate, and said some unpopular things. Jane gave them a list of common-sense suggestions that academia can do to stave off the nightmare should the higher ed bubble burst and to maintain its place of eminence in our society. It probably wasn’t the most conservativeContinue Reading

UNC-G provost criticized for forwarding anti-marriage amendment email

As Sam Hieb points out at the Greensboro blog, UNC-Greensboro Provost David Perrin is facing criticism after he forwarded an anti-marriage amendment email using his state email account. WGHP-TV has a report: Vote FOR Marriage NC, a pro-amendment group, has issued a press release demanding an apology from Perrin “along with taxpayer reimbursement for hisContinue Reading

Has anyone noticed that…

…when businesses and advocacy groups are giving campaign contributions and forming PACs to have an impact on public policy they are called “special interests” and when they  are given “a seat at the table” to negotiate exactly what those policies will be they are called “stakeholders”?

The government can so create jobs!

It creates lot of jobs as a result of the war on drugs, as we learn in this Reason article. As usual, however, these jobs entail work that does not create value or human satisfaction. The drug war absorbs lots of resources that would otherwise be put to some beneficial use, including the labor ofContinue Reading

Dentist battle heats up

There’s a fight brewing between dental management companies and some dentists as I wrote here and Rick wrote here.  Seems the fight is now over public records and has moved to the courts.  The bill imposing additional restrictions on management companies has passed the Senate and is ripe for consideration during the upcoming short session.