The Conversation Mon 11. 20. 2017.

Quit Modifying Capitalism
Andy Kessler, The Wall Street Journal

In Democrat-Led State Capitals, GOP Tax Reform Push Could Scramble Fiscal Plans
Politico

Top U.S. General Says He Would Reject ‘Illegal’ Nuclear Strike Order From President Trump
Chris Enloe, TheBlaze

One-Third Of 214 Arrested MS-13 Gangsters Were ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ [Watch]
Ian Mason, Breitbart

New York Times Reporter: Obama Administration Misled On Al Qaeda
Jenna Lifhits, Weekly Standard

A Fair Hearing By A Jury Of His Pervs
Clarice Feldman, American Thinker

The NFL Commissioner Should Be Paid Far, Far Less (And I'm Available Cheap)
Jeffrey Dorfman, Forbes.com

Thanksgiving Dinner Costs Less Than It Did 30 Years Ago, Thanks To The Free Market
Investor’s Business Daily

‘Hope And Change’ — We Just Learned Who’s Paying 80% Of The Obamacare Mandate And It’s Bad
Nick Arama, American News

Bald Kathy Griffin Unhinged: ‘I’m On A Hollywood Blacklist; My Legal Bills Are Through The Roof’ [Watch]
Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit

The Cops Were Chasing A Shoplifter. They Ended Up Destroying An Innocent Man's Home.
Jay Stooksberry, Reason

Housing Bubble 2.0: Michigan Bank Offers Zero-Down Mortgages
Andrew Moran, Economic Collapse News

Companies Have Now Invented “Climate Leave”
William Teach, Right Wing News

Today, Even Snow Pants Are Accused Of Promoting Toxic Masculinity
Naomi Schaefer Riley, Acculturated

There’s No Such Thing As An Unregulated Market [Watch]
Learn Libery

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[Total = Federal, state & local
Source: usgovernmentspending.com]

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ShadowStats alternate economic indicators are based on the methodology of noted economist John Williams, specialist in government economic reporting.

  • Unemployment:
    FreeMarket Central BLS: 4.1%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 21.6%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central October Year-to-Year: 2.23% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 10.0%

*[cpi-u is the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation rate for all urban consumers]

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Socialist 'Freebies' Are The Least Free Of All

The more subsidized it is, the less free it is. What is known as 'free education' is the least free of all, for it is a state-owned institution; it is socialized education - just like socialized medicine or the socialized post office - and cannot possibly be separated from political control.

-- Frank Chodorov,

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When America Was Truly The Land Of Opportunity

For [early immigrants] America was truly the land of opportunity. For the first time in their lives, many were truly free to pursue their own objectives. That freedom released the human energies which created the United States. There were few government programs to turn to and nobody expected them. But also there were few rules and regulations. There were no licenses, no permits, no red tape to restrict them. They found, in fact, a free market, and most of them thrived on it. 

-- Milton Friedman,