Sunday Reads (26 February 2017)

Some good reads and views for the week ahead:

The Z Man describes a confluence of factors which is causing Progressivism to falter.

Related – One such factor is the lack of victims to champion. “Black guys getting pushed around by rednecks at the polling booth make for sympathetic victims. Mentally unstable men in sundresses wanting access to the girl’s toilet are not good victims.” Chris Cuomo found this out over the weekend, receiving backlash over a tweet of his lambasting the intolerance of a hypothetical 12 year old girl who would want to see male genitals in her changing room.

John Hussman calls for caution (not for the first time, in fairness) with respect to the new found optimism of what the Trump economy might bring, and more specifically what the post-election market rally has already brought. “As Benjamin Graham observed decades ago, “Speculators often prosper through ignorance; it is a cliche that in a roaring bull market, knowledge is superfluous and experience is a handicap. But the typical experience of the speculator is one of temporary profit and ultimate loss.””

The public isn’t buying the narrative-spinning efforts of the mainstream media, with over 50% believing it has been overly critical of President Trump.

Trump vs The Failing New York Times has been a running battle for a while now, and the latter claims that it is winning that battle, evidenced by growing subscriptions. Public statements don’t quite jive with the idea that the Times is going from strength to strength, highlighting yet another example of its narrative-spinning and reality being on opposing sides.

Andrew Napolitano laments the rise of the Deep State, and the commensurate decline in the ideals the United States was founded on.

Stefan Molyneux’s take on the Milo situation.

Multiple leftist media outlets have commented on the fact that South Korea will soon have the highest life expectancy in the world, and predictably credits universal healthcare for the rise. This ignores the fact that healthcare is subordinate to lifestyle choices as a driver of a lengthy life. The South Koreans clearly have better diets, devoid of the processed food that is such a staple of the American diet. Many of these articles also point out the fact that SK once had a very low life expectancy, and rocketed up the charts as their wealth grew. Which points to the embrace of freer markets and capitalism enabling a massive rise in wealth, better nutrition and education, and thus longer life expectancy. It compares favorably to their communist neighbors to the North, who also have universal health care.

One of the authors of The Fourth Turning describes his thoughts on Stephen Bannon, and the relevance of his theory of history as moving in cycles, 20 years on from the release of the book.