Month: July 2020

100 Years of Voting Hasn’t Done What We Thought It Would

What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage than by discussing the way it turned out to be a big flop?

The great champions of the 19th Amendment thought that when America’s women got the right to vote, they’d immediately start to change the nation. Promote women’s issues, like better health care and education. Refocus politics from special interests to the general good.

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The Land of Plenty Sinks Into Anxiety for 07/30/2020

A friend and I shared the same consumer frustration — and guilt over having it. We each wanted a bike rack for our cars but could not obtain our first choices.

“I wanted to order a 1UP bike rack,” my pal, who used to manufacture sports equipment, said. “Sold out and won’t take orders until August 29th.”

Apparently, there’s a shortage of bikes as well, and, to get granular, a dearth of 26-inch inner tubes for their tires.

My friend also wanted a specific golf push cart.

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Editorial: Jeff Bezos just gave his first congressional testimony. It did not go well

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the United States, made his first appearance ever before a congressional committee Wednesday. It did not go well.

The hearing, held by a House Judiciary Committee panel, featured almost five hours of sharp criticism by lawmakers of shockingly anti-competitive practices allegedly deployed by Amazon and three other dominant technology companies — Alphabet, Facebook and Apple.

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Monopoly is Tyranny

The economy as we know it is populated by gigantic corporations, behemoths that have bought up not only their competition but also the businesses supplying or otherwise supporting them. Such monopolies act as a “rival form of government,” explains Zephyr Teachout, the author of Break Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money.

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