I visited the FDR Memorial the other day.  It’s full of quotes from the man, many of which have to do with the New Deal (“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American People”).  Many of them, on their face, might be ambiguous or generically in favor of helping the poor, but in the context of history, knowing what he actually did as president (the New Deal), it’s clear that he’s talking specifically about government policy.  In other words, FDR fell into the common liberal error (was it common then?) of conflating voluntary charitable help with forced redistribution.  Here’s just one example:  Read the rest of this entry »

While doing research for work, I ran into a brief history of Federal Prison Industries, Inc., which made reference to “the Civil War, Great Depression, World War II and other major defense conflicts”.  Defense conflict, huh?  Is that like a “kinetic military action” or an “Overseas Contingency Operation”?