Archive for the 'Libertarianism' Category


Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Like the other members of Faux Snoozes cadre of entertainers and comedian-wanna-bees, John Stossel is required to produce an ever spiraling stream of the absurd to keep viewers distracted. Who do you think Stossel would turn to if his home is flattened by an act of nature? I’m not thinking Walmart. Fox Business host John […]

Regulation now. Regulation tomorrow. Regulation forever.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Yes, “The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility,” as it appeared in yesterday’s WSJ doesn’t mention Walmart by name. Indeed, it doesn’t mention any company by name, but with all the hub hub about Walmart’s public image makeover, you can’t help but assume the author has Walmart in mind when he writes stuff like this: Large […]

Off topic (but it still needs to be said).

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Robert really would have enjoyed this whole Rand Paul thing.

The best of Robert Feinman, Part II.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

One of the many things I loved about Robert was that he absolutely hated Libertarians. I think he hated them even more than I do (and that’s saying something). Yet despite the fact that he found their philosophy morally repugnant, he would still get down in the trenches and explain to them exactly why they’re […]

Walmart: Still not the good guy.

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The Wall Street Journal is on top of the latest infighting amongst the retail industry over health care: The retail industry’s biggest trade group is launching a broad attack against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for supporting congressional proposals requiring employers to help pay for health insurance, an idea that has gained political currency thanks to the […]


Thursday, June 18th, 2009

We do. He’s still getting mileage out of his under-cover job at Walmart. This time he’s on Russ Roberts’ EconTalk talking about his Walmart experience. The show is sponsored by Liberty Fund, a libertarian think tank and publisher. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

In Favor of Discrimination

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Our libertarian friends have chimed in with the standard arguments as to why bosses should be able to hire and fire anyone they please. They both then go on to say that they personally wouldn’t do something like this and don’t support this type of discrimination at their work place. This mixed attitude shows the […]

The myth of Horatio Alger

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Our faithful critic, “Someone in USA”, has raised one of the fundamental tenets of libertarian belief and I think it deserves more than just a comment. This is the idea of personal responsibility, especially for how far one goes in life. This is the Horatio Alger myth which was very popular during the high growth […]

On killing two birds with one stone and changing the subject.

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

I’m spending the bulk of my weekend grading midterms. Nevertheless, following the advice of my old friend Brett to take a break whenever you start growling at your exams, I’ve been reading Wal-Mart Watch’s web site “The Walton Family’s Influence” in my spare time. Much of this is more Robert’s thing than mine, but they […]

Actually, it was my daddy who first taught me about unions.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Greg Gutfeld from Fox News: As you know, Wal-Mart has been an object of spite, usually from fools too cowardly to admit that their bile has less to do with the store than with their own insignificance. People who hate Wal-Mart really hate the success that’s eluded them. As for the attacks on Wal-Mart from […]

Wal-Mart is not above the law.

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

So what did I miss while I was in lovely Southern California? “Gatineau Wal-Mart workers awarded contract: Arbitrator imposes only labour pact for retailing giant in North America” [Yes, I see that Robert has already covered this story, but do you really expect me to leave news like this alone?] My source, The Ottawa Citizen […]

The Libertarians Defend Walmart

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Last week newcomer blogger KathyG started a series of Walmart rants. Here’s the first one: Wal-Mart: Why They Suck (Part 1 of a Series) …an occasional series of posts about why Wal-Mart is the single institution that, above and beyond all others, represents the despotism, moral depravity, and sheer viciousness of American life in the […]

Wal-Mart University.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

I know I should probably be outraged by this, but when I read it I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Walmart is a symptom

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

As we know, the focus is on Walmart because they are the biggest and the worst, but they are still only a symptom of a greater problem. This is the general decline in the idea that society is a communal effort and only succeeds when everyone does well. The rise of the libertarian, selfish mindset […]

Cue the libertarians, the economists, and especially the libertarian economists.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

From a Tampa, Florida area newspaper: The temporary Wal-Mart Hiring Center had more than 2,000 jobseekers hoping to fill its 350 open positions in time for the new Supercenter’s opening in August, according to one of the new Supercenter’s co-managers. I loathe the idea of now having to tread through yet more blog posts telling […]