The Business of Government

I love baseball. Well, I love the Mets and the Mets play baseball most of the time. This week they have been playing (and beating!) their cross-town rivals: the hated NY Yankees.

The Mets have played second fiddle to the Yankees for most of the 51 years I have been following the Mets. The Yankees are considered Major League Baseball’s most successful franchise and, with a monetary value exceeding a Billion dollars, they are estimated to be the richest team in all of professional sports.… [Read more]

To Regulate or Not to Regulate…

There has been a major push to deregulate businesses, a push that was started with the Reagan Administration. Some argue that by deregulating businesses it would reduce the cost of doing business thereby giving businesses an opportunity to grow and add jobs while others scream that this would be the end of the world as we know it.… [Read more]

Calling out Republican Bullsh*t on Capitalism

“A note on republican bullshit on the deficit” elicited some negative responses from my republican friends. After reading the responses, it became clear to me that one needs to call out the Republican bullshit on capitalism as well. These guys are so enamored with this catchword that they fail to look at the implementation.

Now that I think back, the biggest piece of crap to go unchallenged prior to the last election is this perceived ‘opposition to capitalism’ from democrats.… [Read more]

Trash-Talkin’ ’bout The End Times

What do the inevitable demise of capitalism, Mayan calendar interpretations of dubious veracity, and yellow American journalism have in common? They’re all topics I’m quite fascinated by and would love to shoot my mouth off about here at BNV. You can imagine how excited I was when a friend hipped me to a story that’s got all of these elements rolled into one.… [Read more]

Make Mine a Chick-fil-A!

Chick-fil-A, eh?

Detached amusement is a handy emotional default position for us Canadians who enjoy our southerly view of America, the land of perpetual social folly. When Sarah Palin was au current, we had the welcome addition of reality television show hilarity from the northwestern Alaska frontier, but in 2012 the really good stuff is all below the 49th.… [Read more]

The Myths of Objectivism

It can be said that the merits of any idea or philosophy cannot be judged by the quantity or quality of its followers.

Fueled no doubt by her upbringing in Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, Ayn Rand was extremely critical of what she viewed as “collectivism” on the left, and for the duration of her life she set out to define her beliefs in ink.  … [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 5: American Virtuo$ity

On June 7, 2012 Lebron James, the starting small forward for the Miami Heat, provided basketball fans around the world with a performance that can only be described as historic. James’ 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals makes him the only basketball player since Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain in 1968 to accomplish a comparable feat in a play-off game.… [Read more]

Waging War On Work

I think it’s safe to say that capitalism has run its course. No need for economists or political analysts to verify that. Just a cursory once-over of any newspaper’s front page says enough. Between the United States’ and the European Union’s deterioration, it should be obvious that the make-money-for-someone-else-and-get-a-small-piece-of-it-in-return economic model DOESN’T WORK for the long run.… [Read more]

Zapata Revisited

“Tierra y Libertad” (Land and Liberty) was the famous slogan of the Mexican Revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata.  The slogan resonated with the peasants of that era of Mexico, as more and more small farms were taken by the large estates or haciendas.  The Revolution successfully overthrew the despotic regime of Porfirio Díaz, however the disparity between rich and poor is stark and obvious in Latin America today.… [Read more]

WHERE are the JOBS, Speaker Boehner?

It’s a good thing my blood pressure is at a healthy level… Watching the news, particularly when I see the loathsome faces of the obstructionists also known as the GOP, would be enough for me to bust a major artery makes me wonder just when the interests of the people of the U.S. are going to be placed above dumb-arse politics.  [Read more]