No one has a right to health care

No one has a right to health care. Before you paint me with the broad brush of Scrooge or Marie Antoinette, let’s talk about what constitutes a “right.” I agree with the eighteenth-century philosophers Locke, Hobbs, and others that we all have basic human rights purely and only because we are human. Among these are …

$9 for a half sandwich and a cup of soup!?

A half sandwich and a small cup of chowder: NINE freakin dollars! Who can afford this? Progressives (liberals, socialists, whatever) are trying to pass national legislation that would require a $15 per hour minimum wage. And that would do exactly what? The average price for a one-bedroom home in Seattle is $515,000. A two-bedroom is …

Universal Basic Income? Hmmm…

This thing called the Universal Basic Income (UBI) has attracted my attention recently, so I thought I’d write down a few thoughts—not as a scholarly article, but just as a way to point out a few facets on the subject I believe are good starting points for an argument against the idea. (There. I laid …