Monthly Archives: November 2012

Goldberg exposes a key problem with the fiscal cliff debate

Likening Washington politicians to junkies who look for a quick high now in return for pushing off painful reality to the future, Jonah Goldberg devotes his latest column to the absurdity surrounding the negotiations over the federal government’s fiscal cliff. Now here’s a distinction that the first few hundred people in the Boston phone bookContinue Reading

The flipside of the usual discussion of the law of unintended consequences

It’s not uncommon for right-of-center political commentators to discuss unintended consequences. In this venue, you’ll often find references to Bastiat‘s discussion of what is seen and what is unseen, a discussion that served as a basic building block for Henry Hazlitt‘s famous book Economics In One Lesson. The references usually refer to the negative unintendedContinue Reading

Podhoretz: Nothing from nothing leaves nothing … or something like that

John Podhoretz dedicates his latest Commentary essay to the “lessons to be learned from an election without substance,” by which he means an election bereft of debate about clashing ideas. The contentlessness of the Romney campaign was a vacuity of the center-right—an effort to reach out to that 53 percent by being as airy asContinue Reading

In case you missed it …

WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation for reaction to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s plans for converting the Dorothea Dix property in west Raleigh into a new park. WTVD also sought JLF analysis of the governor’s plan to bypass her own judicial selection committee so she can make a state Supreme Court appointment before Republican Pat McCroryContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Republican control of the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the General Assembly could mean an increased likelihood of education reform in North Carolina. Terry Stoops discusses possible reforms during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Becki Gray rebuts some myths about the Republican-led General Assembly’s actions during the past two years, and you’llContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with television host and author John Stossel about his libertarian approach to public policy debates. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on federal negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.

So much for open-mindedness, respect

Before Editors, News & Observer: “Our endorsements: What’s at stake in Wake’s school election,” September 30, 2011 [Susan] Evans goes right to the heart of the decision that voters in these five school board districts will make. Her grasp of what’s at stake – together with her pledge to operate in an open-minded, respectful mannerContinue Reading

The Reign of Spain might end

In Catalonia, at least, where a large majority of voters apparently want to secede from Spain. Ron Holland writes about this intriguing development in The Daily Bell.