George Leef

Posts by George Leef (page 8)

  • About that “honest conversation on race” idea

    Political science professor Robert Weissberg makes a strong argument here that it’s a trap for all who disagree with the “diversity” and racial preference agenda.
    George Leef, April 2, 2015
  • Intriguing: homeschooling on the rise among black families

    Martin Morse Wooster writes about that development here. Evidently, more black families are coming to the conclusion that public schools are poor learning environments, especially for boys. If this trend continues, the education blob will find itself badly weakened.
    George Leef, March 31, 2015
  • Using sob-stories to keep state film subsidies going

    Whenever government subsidies anything, one result is that the beneficiaries will starting using all kinds of rhetorical deception and flim-flammery to keep the subsidies going. They’ll say that the subsidies are “good for the state” (or the country) when in fact  they’re good for a tiny number of individuals in…
    George Leef, March 30, 2015
  • The invincibly ignorant Robert Reich

    You might think that Luddite arguments would be too embarrassing even for dyed-in-the-wool progressives, but not Robert Reich. In the letter below, Don Boudreaux demolishes his absurd notion that progress is horrifying: 23 March 2015 Editor, Alternet Dear Editor: In what is a prime candidate for the most economically mistaken…
    George Leef, March 24, 2015
  • Does Jennifer Anniston’s marital state relate to unemployment?

    Yes, argues John Tamny in this piece.  Tamny is terrific at finding interesting ways to explain economics to ordinary people and here he shows that just as Jennifer Anniston’s choice to remain single at present pertains to economic incentives, so do the decisions of many unemployed people. They could…
    George Leef, March 18, 2015
  • Confusing poverty and inequality

    Many writers who have a weak grasp on economic reality confuse poverty and inequality. Almost always, they leap to the conclusion that if there is inequality (or at least greater inequality than they think is acceptable), then government has to do something about it. Actually, all that government should do…
    George Leef, March 18, 2015
  • Tom Ross complains that we’re “losing our way” on higher ed

    On Tuesday, outgoing UNC president Tom Ross gave a talk at the City Club. It was laden with the sentiments we expect from “progressive” types who have been imbued with the conventional thinking about higher education. (Remember, Jim Hunt used to say that the UNC system was the state’s “economic…
    George Leef, March 13, 2015
  • Regarding that letter from the Senate Dems….

    A few weeks ago, JLF received an officious letter from Senators Boxer, Whitehouse and Markley, demanding a lot of information about any funding that had gone to global warming skeptics. Many other organizations received the same letter. In this [email protected] post, Patrick Michaels (who has spoken at Shaftesbury) writes…
    George Leef, March 11, 2015