French President Francois Hollande displays the ignorance of a socialist with his economic plan. This genius is offering companies with fewer than 250 employees 2000 euros ($2,200) for each employee hired for a 6-month contract with certain “conditions”. Sounds good until you realize that companies hire only if they get back more than they spend on new employees. This only occurs when the economy grows, creating higher demand for products and services or there is anticipated growth making owners hire ahead to accommodate the projected demand. In my opinion, no one hires until the existing wage earners and payers have more money to spend through less taxation and expense. It’s not happening here and it sure won’t happen in France. Let’s all say together: “look at Greece.” Soon we will be saying “look at France.” The U.S. does not need to experiment with socialism, there are plenty of failures already out there.
Andrew Davis, Fletcher
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.