Twilight’s Last Gleaming

Source: Freedom Files
by Andrew P Napolitano

“It was scandalous and infuriating to hear President Joseph R. Biden argue last week that his so-called vaccine mandates somehow have nothing to do with freedom or personal choice. In saying that, he has rejected our history, our values and the Constitution he swore to uphold. He made his ignorant statement while outlining his plan to have the Department of Labor issue emergency regulations requiring every employer in America of 100 or more persons to compel all its employees to receive a vaccine against COVID-19, or the employer will be fined. He claims the authority to issue these orders under the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSHA. Though it has been around for 51 years, OSHA is profoundly unconstitutional, as it purports to authorize federal bureaucrats to regulate private workplace property unavailable to the public.” (09/16/21)

Is Ashli Babbit’s Killer Guilty of Murder? part 2

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Based on what [Capitol Police lieutenant Michael] Byrd said in the interview, there is no doubt that prior to shooting Ashli Babbit, he was afraid, very afraid. Near the end of the interview, he acknowledged that fact: ‘I was very afraid. There is nothing wrong with being afraid.’ … There is one big problem, however: Under the law, being afraid does not justify the use of deadly force against another person. Placing the highest value on the sanctity of human life, the law required Byrd to reasonably believe that Ashli Babbit posed a significant danger of serious bodily injury or death to Byrd or someone else. … Was it reasonable for Byrd to believe that?” (09/16/21)

The Bryan Hyde Show, 09/16/21

Source: The Bryan Hyde Show

“Not to sound dramatic but of all the challenges we’re facing at the moment, one of the toughest for me is knowing who to believe and what numbers can be trusted. For instance, The Atlantic (hardly a far-right media source) is beginning to point out that our most reliable pandemic number is losing meaning after a major study shows asymptomatic and mild cases of Covid are being admitted to hospitals.” [various formats] (09/16/21)

Looking for Responsible Realism on China

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

Ross Douthat sums up the thesis of Elbridge Colby’s book, Strategy of Denial: ‘Only China threatens American interests in a profound way, through a consolidation of economic power in Asia that imperils our prosperity and a military defeat that could shatter our alliance system. Therefore American policy should be organized to deny Beijing regional hegemony and deter any military adventurism — first and foremost through a stronger commitment to defending the island of Taiwan.’ Douthat describes this as a ‘realist’s book,’ and in some respects that may be true, but it is hard to ignore how dangerously oblivious to certain realities China hawks like Colby are. … advocates of a ‘stronger commitment’ to Taiwan tend to ignore the danger of nuclear escalation that comes with such a commitment. They don’t seem to take seriously how much more important Taiwan is to China than it is to us.” (09/16/21)

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Source: Seattle Times

“The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that worsening COVID infections may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before, the Labor Department said Thursday. Jobless claims, which generally track the pace of layoffs, have fallen steadily for two months as many employers, struggling to fill jobs, have held onto their employees. Two weeks ago, jobless claims reached their lowest level since March 2020.” (09/16/21)

Shakespeare Helps Us Understand Rome’s Descent into Empire

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“Paul Cantor will probably be best known to readers of the Mises page for his pioneering use of Austrian economics in literary criticism, and many will also be aware of his brilliant studies of popular culture. (For the former topic, see my review.) He is also one of the world’s leading Shakespeare critics, and his principal theme in this area is Shakespeare as a political thinker, a theme that proves as illuminating as it might at first appear surprising. … Cantor argues that in Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra, the plays discussed in Shakespeare’s Rome, Shakespeare presents a profound account of the transition from Republic to Empire.” (09/16/21)

Why Are There Zero Republican Mega-Cities?

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Zero cities with over one million people currently have Republican mayors. From the standpoint of the textbook Median Voter Model, this is awfully puzzling. Even if urbanites are extremely left-wing, you would expect urban Republicans to move sharply left to accommodate them. Once they do so, the standard prediction is that Republicans will win half the time. But plainly they don’t. One possibility is that Republican politicians are too stubbornly ideological to moderate. But the idea that virtually no one in the Republican Party is power-hungry enough to tell urban voters what they want to hear is deeply implausible. The better explanation, as I’ve explained before, is that urban voters have party preferences as well as policy preferences. They don’t just want left-wing [sic] policies; they want left-wing [sic] policies delivered by the Democrats.” (09/16/21)

Australia: Regime plans to build nuclear sub fleet with US, UK regime assistance; French regime whines

Source: Time

“Australia is joining a new Indo-Pacific security partnership with the U.S. and U.K. that will allow it to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, sparking a rift with France at a time when the Biden administration is pushing allies to counter Chinese assertiveness. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, U.S. President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the security partnership in a virtual meeting on Wednesday. France said the move halted a 2016 deal with French military shipbuilder Naval Group to build up to 12 submarines, a project that had blown out to an estimated A$90 billion ($66 billion). … In a press briefing, Morrison defended the decision and said he understands it’s disappointing for France. Touting a ‘forever partnership’ with the U.S. and U.K., he said would take as many as 18 months to work out details of the agreement before work on the subs begins.” (09/16/21)

The Callous Zealots of Prohibition and Their Successors

Source: The American Spectator
by Shmuel Klatzkin

“One of the immediate effects of the shutdown of legal booze was the scramble to obtain alcohol in whatever illegal way it could be had. … The government had already anticipated that people would try to divert the industrial alcohol to the glasses of now-criminal tipplers. The government therefore decreed that industrial alcohol had to be laced with chemicals that made it foul tasting and even poisonous. … Deciding that causing thousands of deaths was fine as long as the result was less drinking, and since dead men — or women — don’t drink, the bureaucrats pushed things forward. … The callous zealots of Prohibition may have been reincarnated in the mandatory vaxxers of the current Administration. They give no indication that they find any problem in causing millions of people to lose their jobs if they continue to make their own decisions about whether or not to vaccinate.” (09/16/21)