Author Archives: Ray

Corporations, Capitalism, Laissez-Nous Faire

As I’ve quoted before: “Whether one likes it or not, it is a fact that the main issues of present day politics are purely economic and cannot be understood without a grasp of economic theory.” Wrote Ludwig von Mises. I think his words are true. And as I’ve also said before: Like the human body,…

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Quiddity

This certainly beats most of the other stuff I’ve had sent to me lately. Thank you TRD! And thank you Merrriam-Webster for using my sentence. “Quiddity” — Word of the Day, September 6th, 2018. That article, incidentally, which discusses the difference between mezcal and tequila, was part of a monthly series I once wrote for…

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Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Communism Is Good,” & Why California Cities Are Becoming Unaffordable

That tweet was recent. I know of a few hundred million people who’d probably be willing to debate the statement — except they’re in prison or were already murdered. (Happy Birthday, Karl Marx!) Democratic-Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who called for tax cuts when she was running her own business) famously wants “healthcare, housing, and education for…

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Cultural Amnesia and Losing Earth

On August 1st, The New York Times published a thirty-one-thousand-word propaganda piece called “Losing Earth,” which in thirty-one-thousand words — almost the length of my latest book — did not manage to mention nuclear energy except once in passing. They also somehow managed to ignore the sheer amount of fossil fuels and rare-earth minerals —…

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Gap-Toothed Girl: The Full Novel

Gap-Toothed Girl was first conceived several years ago, on a warm and windswept summer night, and she has undergone a number of permutations — until, at last, she grew into this rather philosophical creature. She goes to press in a few days. If you’re one of the kind readers who have followed along (thank you!),…

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Plastic Straws are a “Gateway Plastic” as Alcohol and Marijuana are a Gateway Drug

Yes, you read that headline correctly. It is real. It has come to this: 2018 will forever be remembered as the year that hating plastic straws went mainstream. Once the lonely cause of environmental cranks, now everyone wants to eliminate these suckers from daily life. In July, Seattle imposed America’s first ban on plastic straws.…

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Gap-Toothed Girl

  Chapter 1   Tournament night in a sweltering Las Vegas stadium, and the girl with the gap-toothed smile stood bleeding in her ballet slippers. The sodium lights of the arena lay upcast on the low-hanging sky above. There was an electrical charge in the air: a crackling undercurrent that came neither from the lights…

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Single-Use Plastic And Why Nine Out of Ten Statistics are Wrong

[UPDATED] I was just sent this: SHOCKER:RECYCLING PLASTIC IS MAKING OCEAN LITTER WORSE This one is surging — or, I should say, re-surging, since it’s not at all new — and you will watch it go stratospheric. You will also watch the Texas-sized exaggerations and outright prevarications spread across the globe with pretty much the…

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[UPDATED] “Online Mobs Drive Ornithologist Into Research Secrecy After Learning He Killed A Bird”

[UPDATE]: The subject of animal rights is complex, and I won’t get into the intricacies of it here — except to point out that those who are calling Christopher Filardi a “murderer” (for euthanizing a bird) believe perforce — by extension — that the domestication of animals is slavery, and that zoos are a form…

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Intolerance, Individualism, and the Paradox of Dogma

Did you hear about the 18-year-old Utah girl, Keziah Daum (non-Asian), who did nothing wrong last month? And yet she was harassed like hell, inadvertently sparking an outrageous and indefensible left-wing backlash merely by wearing in celebration and total homage a beautiful prom dress of qipao (Chinese) provenance. Her putative crime? “Cultural appropriation.” Let me…

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Scurvy Dog

Yesterday in the late morning — after reading from a little book which had a small section on scurvy and how, from 1500 to 1800, scurvy killed as many as two million sailors, who on the high seas had limited access to fruit and Vitamin C — I was walking through the grocery store. I…

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The Beauty Of Laissez Faire — And How It Explodes Climate-Change Scaremongering

It was just recently announced that a team of Harvard scientists, in collaboration with a private company called Carbon Engineering, have developed an inexpensive, large-scale method for pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. In an excellent article titled Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline, Robinson Meyer, of the left-leaning Atlantic…

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The Unknown Rebel, Tiananmen Square, & the Twenty-Ninth Year Anniversary of a Socialist Massacre

Tank Man — or the “Unknown Rebel,” as he’s sometimes called: so small and yet so large. That photo is of course from Tiananmen Square, twenty-nine years ago today, June 4th, when the entire world watched an anonymous Chinese man stand alone in front of advancing tanks, not backing down in the face of socialist…

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Anarchism, Egalitarianism, Gresham’s Law, & the Fundamental Flaw of Socialism

The fundamental flaw in every variation of socialism — and this includes the watered-down versions we enjoy today (i.e. progressivism or welfare statism) — is the idea that human survival is or should be guaranteed. Therefore, says the theory, it follows that the legitimate function of government is to ensure everyone’s survival. This is achieved…

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Angry Dirty Water: The Uncompahgre River

Along the western edge of Ouray, Colorado, and sourced some 12,000 feet above at a lake called Lake Como, there flows a greenish-yellowish-reddish river named the Uncompahgre River. The word is pronounced un-COME-pah-GRAY. It’s a Ute Indian word that means “dirty water” or “angry water” or “red lake,” because mountain minerals color the water, as…

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