America’s mass media aren’t reporting on mass panics and mass protests, they are creating them. They only secondarily “report” on them. Maybe COVID is the pandemic of the century. Or maybe not. The only thing we know for certain is that we can’t trust anything we hear about it on ABC Nightly “News.”
About Hunter Hastings
Hunter Hastings is the Executive Director at Center for Individualism. He's an economist, venture capitalist, and lifelong advocate for liberty, economic freedom, and individual entrepreneurship.
Hunter’s current research is focused on the intersection of 21st century individualism, emerging technology and the radical decentralization that is freeing markets and creating a new spectrum of individual opportunity. His newest book is The Interconnected Individual, co-authored with Jeff Saperstein, to be published by Business Expert Press in 2018.
Entries by Hunter Hastings
We must make the building of a free society once more an adventure, a deed of courage, a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds and best entrepreneurs. If we can regain our belief in the power of ideas, the battle is not lost.
Building an international charter city designed for mass migration from one country to another would turn private enterprise to a business of nation-making.The idea for international charter cities began more than a decade ago. Now, it is a concept that is gaining new momentum.
Politics turns out to be far downstream of culture. Doctrinal conservatives stormed the three branches of government handily enough, but not Hollywood, the publishing industry, academia and other trades that form our habits of mind without our knowing it.
If those who protest and complain today were themselves to adopt the entrepreneurial spirit in their own lives, they would find that they could not only build better platforms for progress, but also introduce more purpose, meaning and autonomy into their own lives.
Albert Camus said: “When a war breaks out, people say “It’s too stupid; it can’t last long.” But though a war may well be ‘too stupid’, that doesn’t prevent it lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.” Indeed it is true.
Those who hold different views are “deranged.” They’re criminals. Dangerous. They shouldn’t be allowed to hold jobs where they might have some influence over others. They need to be forced into hard labor and sent to re-education camps.
You don’t hear these influencers say, “That Communist Party of China is great—we ought to let it run the show!” Instead, they’ll say “doing business with the CCP is good ol’ free market capitalism.” But everything they say and do advances the aims of the CCP
The lesson here is quite clear. When the government launches massive interventions into the economy, political distortions will result in costs disproportionately borne by disadvantaged groups in society and benefits that skew toward the well-connected.
The next time we hear a lecture about caring from a woke Yale professor, or a sermon on systematic racism from a CEO, or more Hollywood confessional video drivel, we should pause and politely ask, “But where do your children go to school? And why do you live where you live? And dine with whom you dine?”
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