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Bombshell Report: FBI Officials Had Sex With ‘Overseas’ Prostitutes

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:30am

By Ailan Evans Four FBI officials engaged in sexual intercourse with foreign prostitutes, according to an internal report. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded an investigation into six FBI officials related to their involvement with foreign prostitutes, finding that four of the officials engaged in sexual intercourse, while a […]

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Bill of Rights added and national flag chosen on this day

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 9:57am

On this day in 1791, the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution, after Virginia became the 11th state to ratify it. On this day in 1964, Canada adopted the Maple Leaf flag, resolving the Great flag debate. Today is also National Cat Herders Day. Recently, schools named for an architect of the Bill […]

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Years After Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling, Free Speech Battles Rage Around The Supreme Court

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/15/2021 - 9:41am

By Harold Hutchison Despite a 7-2 ruling in favor of a Colorado baker in 2018, a number of creative professionals are fighting legal battles to protect their First Amendment rights. Jack Phillips is among those in court, being sued for refusing to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition. Other court battles have taken place […]

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Disgraced ex-New York Governor ordered to return $5.1 million in pandemic book profits to state

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 5:59pm

New York’s top ethics panel on Tuesday ordered former Governor Andrew Cuomo to pay the state $5.1 million in book profits he made on a book that glorified his role in the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, thousands of elderly New Yorkers died in nursing homes as Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept contagious people […]

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‘I Am Really Excited And Honored’: Sen. Blumenthal Delivers Speech At Communist Party Awards

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 5:41pm

By Jorge Velasco A prominent Democratic senator delivered a speech and presented awards at a party associated with the Communist Party on Saturday. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut attended an awards ceremony hosted annually by the Connecticut People’s World Committee, a branch of the Communist Party USA, as well as the Marxist “People’s World” […]

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Supermarket Giant Strips Unvaccinated Employees Of Their Benefits

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 3:50pm

By Harry Wilmerding Supermarket chain Kroger announced Tuesday it will eliminate paid emergency leave for unvaccinated employees who contract COVID-19 in addition to requiring some of them to pay a monthly $50 health insurance surcharge starting in 2022, according to a company memo. The country’s largest supermarket chain, which employees roughly 465,000 workers, issued an […]

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The Most Important Election of 2021

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 12:04pm

If you want visual proof of Chile’s “improbable success,” this chart tells you everything you need to know.

Thanks to free-market reforms in the 1980s and 1990s, growth exploded, Chile became the Latin Tiger and poverty plummeted.

It’s remarkable how quickly per-capita GDP has increased compared to the average of other major Latin American economies (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela).

Some folks on the left (including editors at the New York Times) bizarrely think Chile’s “neoliberal experiment” has been a failure. Given their upside-down perspective, they probably think Venezuela is a smashing success.

But today’s column is not about what’s happened in the past. It’s about what may happen in the future because of an upcoming presidential election.

Let’s start with this article from the Economist, which expressed concern back in November that the first round of the presidential election would lead to a stark ideological choice between the hard left and hard right.

…stable Chile disappeared two years ago, in an explosion of massive and sometimes violent protests…In a vote for the constitutional convention in May (in which only 43% turned out), support surged for the hard left while drying up for mainstream parties. As a result, the convention has become a theatre of wokeness, with calls to wage war against pivotal industries…, alongside…for a bigger role for the state in pensions, health care and green regulation. …pessimists fear a Utopian list of unaffordable rights and anti-capitalism. …Gabriel Boric, the candidate of the hard left, has seemed poised to win the presidential election. A former student leader, …some of his allies…include the Communist Party… Mr Boric wants to expand tax revenues by 8% of gdp over six to eight years (impossible, say many economists) and review trade agreements in order to engage in industrial policy. …That is why support has grown for José Antonio Kast of the hard right. …Whereas Mr Boric promises the most left-wing government since the chaotic Socialist-Communist administration of Salvador Allende, Mr Kast offers the most right-wing one since the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Sure enough, the November election put Boric and Kast in a runoff, which is scheduled for December 19.

I don’t know if it would be accurate to say this is akin to a hypothetical Rand Paul-Bernie Sanders contest, but a report in the Wall Street Journal suggests that are very big economic implications.

After years of protests and political upheaval that seemed certain to shift Chile’s politics sharply to the left, voters in the first round of a presidential election largely backed candidates who support the country’s free-market economy… More than half of the ballots in the Sunday vote went to three right-wing candidates who support the market economy, led by first-place finisher José Antonio Kast with 28% of the vote. Gabriel Boric, the leftist candidate who backs dismantling a private pension system and creating a state-run lithium company, finished second with 26% of the votes… “People didn’t buy the idea that Chile needs to dismantle the market-friendly model, they just want a stronger social safety net,” said Patricio Navia, a Chilean political scientist at New York University. …The future of Chile’s once-lauded economic model that bolstered foreign trade and slashed poverty over the last three decades has been in doubt since mass protests erupted two years ago… Mr. Kast, a 55-year-old former lawmaker…, says he is a democrat who is offering Chileans economic prosperity and freedom.

By the way, the presidential election isn’t the only big thing that’s about to happen in Chile.

The article also acknowledges something I wrote about last year, which is the possibility of a new constitution based on entitlements rather than liberties (i.e., positive rights vs negative rights).

The election is being held as a special assembly made up of mainly leftist delegates is writing a new constitution, which could weaken investor protections and expand social rights. The constitution is expected to be finished next year when it will be put to a referendum.

Washington Post column published yesterday by Professor Michael Albertus summarizes what’s at stake.

Chile’s presidential runoff election on Dec. 19 is the country’s most important election since its return to democracy in 1990. …Chile’s election pits José Antonio Kast, a bombastic far-right politician whom many liken to Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, against Gabriel Boric, a far-left lawmaker and former student organizer. …The stakes couldn’t be higher. Chile’s ongoing constitutional convention is poised to propose next year the biggest overhaul to the country’s political system since the Pinochet dictatorship.

Prof. Albertus points out that the election isn’t just about economics.

There are big fights about immigration, law and order, abortion, and indigenous rights.

For those of us who care a lot about prosperity, Mary Anastasia O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal opined two days ago on the implications of Chile’s upcoming choice.

The stakes are high in Chile’s Dec. 19 runoff presidential election pitting the free-market former Congressman José Antonio Kast against socialist Congressman Gabriel Boric. The country has been trending left for years. But Mr. Kast’s surprise first-place finish in the election’s first round—with 28% of the vote—and the center-right’s strong showing in legislative elections suggests that Chileans are reconsidering national suicide. …If the vote goes left, Chileans can expect policy geared toward greater redistribution of the existing wealth-and-income pie—higher taxes, nationalization of pensions, populism, etc. If the vote goes right, there will be a chance to restore the fast growth of the 1990s by deepening the liberal economic agenda. …there’s something much bigger at stake. That is the survival of the democratic institutions protecting the pluralism, property rights and public order that have made Chile one of Latin America’s richest countries. Mr. Boric is backed by a coalition—Approved Dignity—heavily influenced by the Communist Party and other hard-left groups. …If Mr. Boric wins the runoff, you can bet they will demand their pound of flesh.

Ms. O’Grady’s column notes that Chile’s free-market reforms dramatically reduced poverty (for more details, see herehere, and here).

The market economy has been enormously successful in Chile. The share of Chileans living in poverty fell to 8.6% in 2017 from 68.5% in 1990, according to official data. Extreme poverty over the same period dropped to 2.3% from 48.8%. It’s a development record that few countries in the world have achieved.

Last but not least, she makes a very important point that Chile’s recent performance has not been very impressive.

…the clamor for change isn’t irrational. According to Chilean economist and investor José Luis Daza, …In the five years before the pandemic in 2020, the country grew at an average annual rate of 1.9%, less than half that of the world economy. “After 2000,” he told me in a phone interview from Santiago last week, “there has been zero productivity growth. In fact, it has been marginally negative.” …It was in the midst of this economic malaise in October 2019 that extreme-left militants burst onto the scene in Santiago. …Mr. Daza recently put his work in New York on hold to join Mr. Kast’s economic advisory team with a focus on growth.

I’m not surprised. There has not been any meaningful pro-growth reform this century. Indeed, the opposite is true. Policy has actually drifted in the wrong direction.

But if Boric wins this weekend, a drift in the wrong direction could become a tidal wave, washing away the Chilean Miracle.

The last thing Latin America needs is another VenezuelaMilton Friedman will be rolling over in his grave.

P.S. I’m especially concerned that a victory for the left could lead to the repeal of some of Chile’s best policies, including social security personal accounts and nationwide school choice.

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Image credit: Mark Scott Johnson | CC BY 2.0.

New Inflation Record: Producer Price Index Grows The Fastest It Ever Has

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 11:49am

By Harry Wilmerding The Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures inflation at the wholesale level, soared 9.6% year-over-year as of November, growing at the fastest rate ever measured, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced Tuesday. BLS reported that the PPI, which measures inflation before it hits consumers, grew 0.8% in November. As of October, […]

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Green Energy Push Is Contributing To Forced Labor, Slavery

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/14/2021 - 9:28am

By Thomas Catenacci Products that are fundamental to nearly all global “green pledges” — including electric vehicle batteries, solar panels, wind turbines and industrial-grade storage batteries — require minerals that are produced with significant human rights violations. Overall, about 45% of the world’s solar panel polysilicon supply is produced in the Uyghur region of China, […]

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Bollywood Actress And Model Harnaaz Sandhu Crowned Miss Universe 2021

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 3:20pm

By Taylor Penley Bollywood actress and model Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned the 70th Miss Universe at the 2021 pageant hosted in Eilat, Israel late Sunday. Andrea Meza of Mexico, winner of last year’s pageant, crowned Sandhu, according to The Associated Press. The new Miss Universe is…India!!!! #MISSUNIVERSE pic.twitter.com/DTiOKzTHl4 — Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 13, 2021 […]

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Nassar victims to share $380 million in legal settlement

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 3:03pm

After five years of legal proceedings, the many gymnasts who described sexual abuse by Larry Nassar will receive compensation. USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee have reached a $380 million settlement with the victims of the former national team physician. “This chapter is finally closed,” said Rachael Denhollander, one of the first […]

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Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Slams Police For Letting Rapists With Penises Identify As Women

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 2:47pm

By Laurel Duggan J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, criticized Scotland’s government for logging male rapists as “female” simply because they claim to be women. “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” Rowling posted Sunday on Twitter, alluding to George Orwell’s dystopian […]

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Best-selling author accused wrong man of rape

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 2:22pm

A best-selling author accused the wrong man of rape, destroying his life (he served 16 years in prison, and then was released to a life of poverty and loneliness as a result of the conviction). It was so obvious an error that a producer hired to make a movie sympathetic to her claim felt compelled […]

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CNN Producer John Griffin Charged For Persuading Woman To Let Him Have Sex With 9-Year-Old Daughter

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 2:13pm

By Randy Jean A senior CNN producer faces federal charges after coercing a woman to let him engage in illegal sexual activity with her 9-year-old daughter at his home in Vermont, the Justice Department announced Friday. The FBI arrested CNN employee John Griffin, 44, of Stamford, Connecticut, after a federal grand jury in Vermont charged […]

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School Choice: A Win-Win for Students and Taxpayers

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 12:32pm

wrote two days ago about how the Supreme Court will be ruling in the next few months on a very important school-choice case, involving whether state and local governments should be allowed to discriminate against religious schools.

As part of that column, I mentioned that “government school systems cost a lot of money and do a bad job.”

Some readers emailed me and expressed disbelief. The common message was that private schools surely had to be more expensive.

There are some very costly private schools, to be sure, but the data clearly show that government schools, on average, consume a lot more money.

I want to build on this message today by calling everyone’s attention to a great report by Martin F. Lueken of edChoice.

Here are some of the key findings from the executive summary.

This study estimates the combined net fiscal effects of each educational choice program on state and local taxpayers… Through FY 2018, the 40 educational choice programs under study generated an estimated $12.4 billion to $28.3 billion in cumulative net fiscal savings for state and local taxpayers. This range represents $3,300 to $7,500 per student participant. …Educational choice programs generated between $1.80 to $2.85 in estimated fiscal savings, on average, for each dollar spent on the programs. These savings result from many of the students who exercised choice who would have been enrolled in a public school if these choice programs did not exist—and enrolled in public schools at a much larger taxpayer cost.

The report is packed with lots of data, including state-by-state estimates of how different choice programs save money.

But if you’re going to digest one set of numbers, Figure 4 tells you just about everything you need to know.

And remember, when you look at these cost comparisons, that private schools produce better outcomes, as measured by student achievement.

P.S. Here’s a must-see chart showing how more and more money for the government school monopoly has produced zero benefit.

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Image credit: Gage Skidmore | CC BY-SA 2.0.

Black Lives Matter Activists Tell Students Misogyny, White Supremacy And Capitalism Are To Blame For Their Problems

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 12/13/2021 - 9:22am

By Kendall Tietz Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists told students that they live in a “misogynistic, masculine society” that claims “women should stay at home” to cook and clean and that as black women, they are “overlooked a lot” and encounter people who want to harm them because of who they are, according to a […]

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Build Back Better Act would make day care more expensive for millions of parents

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 12/12/2021 - 4:56pm

Biden’s Build Back Better Act will make day care more expensive for taxpayers and millions of parents, as Casey Mulligan explains in the Wall Street Journal: The bill’s latest draft proposes to reinvent child care with a trifecta of cost-increasing forces. First, it would remove much of the incentive to offer lower-cost care. Millions of […]

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