The Conversation Sat 09. 24. 2016.

The Gathering Nuclear Storm
Mark Helprin, Wall Street Journal

Why Cruz Flipped On Trump
Alexander Bolton, The Hill

MSNBC Pushes Narrative That Police May Have Planted Gun On Keith Lamont Scott [Watch]
Christian Datoc, Daily Caller

Bogus Facts Confuse On Immigration
Linda Chavez, NewsMax

Professor Who Has Correctly Predicted Presidential Elections For 30 Years Just Made A Huge Announcement
The Political Insider

MLB Player Gets Suspension For The Season After Criticizing Obama, Black Lives Matter
David Hookstead, Daily Caller

'Bernie' Clinton's Massive Tax Hike Is Based On Greed And Envy
Stephen Moore, Investor’s Business Daily

Cast Of Old TV Show About A President Hiding A Debilitating Disease To Stump For Hillary
Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media

Heil Donald? Students Instructed To Compare Hitler To Trump
Todd Starnes, Fox News

In 2016, What Would Bill Buckley Do?
Kevin Williamson, National Review

Slain 'Hero' Veteran Cop Is The Face Of Law Enforcement That America Forgets
Parker Lee, Independent Journal Review

Trumponomics Would Set The Economy Free
Peter Navarro and Wilbur Ross, Washington Post

Dear White Liberals: Stop With The Fake Activism For Black Americans
Darnyell Wint, Libertarian Republic

Zach Galifianakis Had A Responsibility To Challenge Hillary. He Failed.
Daniel Payne, The Federalist

Grand New Party?
Jonathan V. Last, Weekly Standard

U. Of Tennessee ‘Investigating’ Professor For Tweet
Robert Shibley, FIRE

Will The Left Survive The Millennials?
Lionel Shriver, New York Times

Monetarists Are Out Of Ideas
Noah Smith, Live Mint

TREND: College Students Across America Are Seeking Emotional Safety In Ball Pits [Watch]
Jillian Kay Melchior, Heat Street

Let's Not Start A War On Cash
James A. Dorn, Cato Institute

FMC Barometers

Numbers as of last Friday close.


Why are these numbers important?

Shadow Stats Snapshot

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

  • Unemployment:
    BLS: 4.9%
    Shadow Stats: 23.0%
  • Inflation:
    August Year-to-Year: 1.1% (CPI-U*)
    Shadow Stats: 8.7%

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

Wisdom

The Welfare State Con Game

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.

-- Thomas Sowell,

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In Search Of History

The Birth of Liberal Fascism

The progressives [of Woodrow Wilson’s era] were the real social Darwinists as we think of the term today—though they reserved the term for their enemies They believed in eugenics. They were imperialists. They were convinced that the state could, through planning and pressure, create a pure race, a society of new men. They were openly and proudly hostile to individualism. Religion was a political tool, while politics was the true religion. The progressives viewed the traditional system of constitutional checks and balances as an outdated impediment to progress because such horse-and-buggy institutions were a barrier to their own ambitions. Dogmatic attachment to constitutions, democratic practices, and antiquated laws was the enemy of progress for fascists and progressives alike. . . .Today, liberals remember the progressives as do-gooders who cleaned up the food supply and agitated for a more generous social welfare state and better working conditions. Fine, the progressives did that. But so did the Nazis and the Italian Fascists. And they did it for the same reasons and in loyalty to roughly the same principles.

-- Jonah Goldberg,

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