The Customer Is Always Right

A group has found a way to make a profit by delivering a service.  In this case, they deliver white guilt to college students and other groups:

The Lost Voices found purpose in tragedy.

Each of the eight members who visited University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to speak to students Thursday evening at Valhalla in the Cartwright Center shared their personal stories, speaking about how the death of Michael Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson changed their lives.

If you were hoping that the group was there to stop blacks being terrorized by folks likd Michael Brown, then you are sadly mistaken:

“Why would (Wilson) do that?” Jones remembered asking. “I thought police were supposed to protect us,” she said.

Jones took to the streets, where she met others who felt the same horror and anger, and demanded Wilson be held accountable for Brown’s death, arguing against the grand jury decision not to charge Wilson and put him on trial.

Capitalism is an amazing system that provides for the wants of the consumer.  Neither MWG or Bernie gets should decide what is provided.  Buyers decide that.  There is the issue of the buyer.  It is not exactly clear, but if student government funds (or taxpayer funds) were used then there are concerns.  The problem is that student government is unlikely to bring Heather MacDonald or even Megan McArdle on campus.  Providing guilt with OPM should require that there be a balanced presentation of views.  Selling guilt is entirely fine.

Never Waste A Tragedy

Part of a front page opinion (not marked as such) today:

At nearly all workplaces in America today, regulators, insurers and workers themselves demand safeguards to make it less likely for a careless mistake to become a tragedy. Coal mines, factories and construction sites are safer as a result.

Not the family farm. Minnesota and other Midwestern states allow small farmers to rely on their own judgment and experience to decide what’s safe and what isn’t. State and federal budget cuts have slashed farm training and safety programs, even as farm machines have become more powerful and more dangerous.

In case you are wondering, the article does not think it is a good idea that the people doing the work (who are also the owners) should be using their own judgment.  The left and some on the right are enamored with family farms.  Only the left wants to regulate their love out of business.  There is no reason to favor family farms but there is no reason to subject them to full bureaucracy either.  A family farm (and a home) is different than a factory.  Even the government should recognize that.

Fun with Facebook

There is a funny Facebook post about attacks on (US) embassies during Republican administrations and the current administration.  The alleged bottom line is more investigations during the current administration despite fewer deaths.  Gee, if they just didn’t lie about the cause during an election campaign and then try to cover it up perhaps it would have been different.  Ya think?

Greed

Greed is often associated with capitalism but it is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason.  It is a universal condition as a Venezuela oil giant shows.  Venezuela is one of the lowest cost producers of oil.  Since oil is sold at a global market price (with some adjustments for type), this organization should be extraordinarily profitable.  Yet it is still reportedly asking for bribes in the amount of $150 million.

Greed is a common condition.  Capitalism harnesses it for the common good.  Other system are equally beset by greed but have no method to control it.

A Bad Day for Canada

Canada has had a great run under Stephen Harper.  Unfortunately, it ended today.  One of the purposes of conservative governments is to bring the liberals back to reality.  It doesn’t look like Justin Trudeau, the new PM, wants to go anywhere near reality:

Trudeau had promised to cut taxes for the middle class, raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% and boost government deficits to stimulate Canada’s sluggish economy.

The politics of envy were successful up North.  Unfortunately, we will only have a year to evaluate the outcome before the US election.  Will envy be a winning edge in the US in 2016?

Thanks to Stephen Harper for all he has accomplished.  We see the wisdom of Washington and the 22nd amendment.  US Presidents make their mark positively or negatively and then leave the stage.

Truth

An email from an injured fellow competitor contains a simple truth: Life is less good without handball.

We recognize that we can’t play handball forever but we’re hoping that an exception will be made.  There are other ways to compete.  Golf is fun and it does not require all the physical attributes that handball does.  Bridge requires almost no physical attributes.  But life is less good without handball.  It makes the importance of finding new players paramount.