Tags: Capitalism, Economics, Fishing, Free Market, Hunting, Money, objectivism, private property, Walter Hudson
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – November 27, 2013
Is money really the root of all evil? This Thanksgiving, I may argue that point with my brother-in-law. Our sparring began earlier this week on Facebook, discussing an episode of my Fightin Words podcast where I imagined a world without state-imposed hunting and fishing restrictions. In a truly free market, where government acted only to protect individual rights, our access to animals of value would be assured by market forces. After all, we’re in no danger of running out of turkeys for Thanksgiving, and government doesn’t ration those. So why do we need to ration deer and fish?
I attracted criticism from the Left for “coming out against fish and game laws,” though I would prefer to describe it as advocating for individual rights. The criticism was based on the belief that human greed unmitigated by state regulation enables the hunting of species to extinction. It’s happened before, the argument goes, and must be prevented in the future. My brother-in-law summed up the position like this:
Money kills everything.
Boy, oh boy. There may never be a more concise expression of the philosophies I work daily against.
Tags: business, Capitalism, Fast Food, Free Market, junk food, McDonald’s, Minimum Wage, Self-Service, Strke, Touchless Cashiers, Walter Hudson
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – August 13, 2013
While she does not explicitly say so in her report of new tech developments in the fast food industry, CNET blogger Amanda Kooser seems to disapprove of self-service checkouts. She writes:
McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn’t look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties.
Kooser calls the move “another blow against human interaction.” It doesn’t take much to imagine Occupy protesters lamenting a successful corporation destroying good entry-level jobs.
Tags: Chipotle, Free Market, illegal, Immigration, tea party
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media
One of my worst pet peeves is bad food service, particularly at a fast-food restaurant. The difference in price between fast food and a sit-down family restaurant is often negligible, and the quality is generally inferior. So the value in fast food compared to other options is entirely in its being delivered fast and accurately. Yet all too frequently we spend far longer waiting for fast food than it is worth, or pull away from a drive-thru only to discover down the road that our order is wrong.
In my experience, Chipotle has always stood out as a remarkable exception to this trend. The Mexican grill would prefer to be called a “quick-casual eatery,” perhaps in an effort to differentiate itself from the fast-food stigma. Nevertheless, the restaurant chain serves food fast, or at least used to.
Tags: Burlesque, CFL Bulbs, Cher, Christina Aguilera, environmentalism, Federal Mandates, Free Market, Hollywood, Hybrid Cars, NewsReal Blog, Stanley Tucci, The Concession Stand
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Hollywood has a well-deserved reputation for environmental lunacy. Occasionally though, even in the midst of an otherwise effete rant, nuggets of wisdom can percolate to the surface.
Such was the case with Burlesque co-stars Cher and Stanley Tucci recently. Before prescribing the government do a better job of encouraging environmentally conscious behavior, Cher unwittingly endorsed market solutions.
“I researched all the hybrid stuff and its pretty much all bulls**t,” Cher said when asked about her vehicle preferences. “I was going to get a Mercedes diesel thing, but then thank God I found out there was no diesel places near us, so if there was a fire, I would not be able to get out. There have been 10 fires since I lived in my house in Malibu, and we’ve had to evacuate. It wasn’t safe and if there was a fire, we wouldn’t be able to get out.”
Tags: Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim, Economics, education, Free Market, Global Warming, Hollywood, Labor Unions, NewsReal Blog, teachers’ unions, The Concession Stand
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Though Al Gore catches most of the rap, prolific if unfamiliar director Davis Guggenheim shares equal responsibility for what is perhaps the greatest cinematic fraud of our time. Bragging to Cinematical in a recent interview, Guggenheim recalls:
… with An Inconvenient Truth, the percentage of people who thought global warming is real went from something like 30 to 80, and there were a lot of laws passed, and a lot of lives changed. And hundreds of people kept coming to me saying, “My company changed its policies,” and “My daughter made me buy a Prius,” and “I put solar panels on my house.”
Despite the unconscionable bias and rampant inaccuracies which have since been methodically debunked, Guggenheim’s collaboration with Gore may ultimately contribute to the creation of an artificial commodity which will “necessarily skyrocket” energy costs, and subsequently the cost of everything under the sun. Meanwhile, Guggenheim is set to release his next “documentary” film, Waiting for “Superman”. With it, he hopes to accomplish for education reform what he did for the myth of hazardous anthropogenic global warming.