Roger Scruton on Moral Relativism


Published on Jan 4, 2013

A conversation with Roger Scruton at Café Gerbeaud in Budapest, Hungary, on the topic of moral relativism. Hosted by the Common Sense Society on January 25, 2012.

Kamala Harris – Medicare for All


QUESTION: Marty, what do you make of Harris’s Medicare-for-all plan joining Bernie Sanders? Is this just another way the destroy the society?

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ANSWER: There is a HUGE problem nobody seems willing to address. People compare US healthcare costs to those of places like Britain. The problem is that we have a private system and in Britain, the doctors work for the government. Harris’s plan is sort of a hybrid and it would be phased in over 10 years making it another government disaster. All we need to do is look at the VA hospitals. Government is simply incapable of managing anything and then misconduct and mismanagement are exempted from exposure when it is politically important for an election.

Unlike Sanders’, Harris’s plan would include a substantive role for private insurers, which would still be able to offer plans under a tightly regulated system, similar to the way that private insurers currently do through Medicare Advantage.

Additionally, it would transition Americans from the existing system to Medicare-for-all in 10 years, instead of four. And finally, it would use a slightly different payment mechanism: Harris backs several of the methods Sanders has suggested, including higher capital gains taxes, but would only impose taxes on households making $100,000 or more. Sanders’ plan, meanwhile, would impose taxes on households making $29,000 or more.

Healthcare is pricing itself out of the economy. We cannot create a hybrid system leaving private doctors yet 100% coverage under the current system. The VA hospitals prove government cannot be trusted with management. That means we have to create a system that is private yet not uncontrollable.

I would encourage private Medicare-for-all hospitals by treating them as a public utility and to create an incentive for existing hospitals to convert eliminating private insurance entirely. We do that by making them TAX-FREE and all procedures would be priced at a fixed rate with a standard profit margin. No more $500 for a $50 brace.

There are doctors who have been in private practice who have left and gone to the VA because it has become so insane. Many foreign immigrants come into the USA to get lucrative jobs as doctors with a medical degree. Then there are young people who want to become doctors because of the money rather than to help people. Nevertheless, there are a lot of people who want to help people and they would switch over in a heartbeat if we created a viable system.

I have had friends who had local private practices who have effectively been forced to join hospital groups. We have an explosion of Urgent Care centers created which compete against private practices. I have had discussions with those in hospital groups who have said decades ago that they would take that over private practices. That has been the trend.

We can encourage existing groups to switch to a Medicare-for-all system by making them TAX-FREE provided they agree to control over pricing as is the case in public utilities

The Plight of Brecksville Ohio


Karl Marx the God of the Progressive movement.

 

I have lived in the typical middle class suburban American community since 1982; and shortly after moving here Jerry N. Hruby began serving his first of eight four-year terms as Mayor of the City of Brecksville. The city of Brecksville under his management has prospered and I would say is one of the best run cities in northeast Ohio.  Despite this prosperity a number of years ago a group of Progressive radicals targeted Brecksville for conversion to a socialist style management.   This was part of the national progressive movement to find a way to reverse the Citizens United  Supreme Court decision which broke the hold that Unions had on political  campaigning.

Being nominally involved in local politics I have have had the occasion to talk with Mr. Petsche and I have found that he lacks candor.

It is now clear to me that Petsche believes in “fundamentally changing” the city of Brecksville into some form of socialist styled management as described below in the summary of a recent Brecksville Magazine article. I would not normally post something like this on my blog since I mostly focus on national and international issues. But I do know that Petsche and the rest of his cohorts are part of a national movement to turn America into a socialists (Marxist) style country. Unfortunately anyone that desires to create a “socialist” system is obviously very uninformed, because all previous attempts to create a socialist system have instead created civil wars and mass murder for large segments of the countries that have been forced down that path. Therefore I find his motives to be at best disingenuous and at worst malignant.

Please see the attached link to an article that just appeared in Brecksville Magazine if you are ares interested in stopping Petsche.

I have witnessed  Jack Petsche a the freshman city councilman that ran on a platform of “transparency and integrity” do just the opposite himself.  He and his surrogates, including a group now calling themselves, (ironically) “A Better Brecksville” have spent his entire 19 months in office trying to sow division in our community and disrupt city government.

Now he’s running for mayor of Brecksville with a slate of his “A Better Brecksville” backers simultaneously running for city council.

By the way, to date, Petsche’s firm has been paid approximately $145,000 from the city as a subcontractor. I find this despicable since in public he has indicated to me that he had no “real” financial dealing with the city. I will grant I did not ask him that exact question but the subject was related to outside money being used to influence local elections.

This article should be shared with fellow Brecksville residents on our individual email distribution lists.  Please copy the link and insert into emails with your own comments.  Voters need to learn about this matter.

http://www.scriptype.com/2019/08/16/council-members-question-colleagues-transparency-ethics-over-police-station-subcontract/

Socialism Does NOT Work | John Redwood | Oxford Union


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John Redwood gives his argument that Socialism does not work. SUBSCRIBE for more speakers ► http://is.gd/OxfordUnion John Redwood opens with a hilarious example of socialism failing by pointing out the fact that the President of the Oxford Union sits high above everyone else in the chamber, stating that these people will most probably become political leaders and so is a shining example that privilage is alive and well. He goes on to highlight the differences between traffic lights and roundabouts using them as metaphors for socialist and communist systems. Filmed on Thursday 28th November 2013 MOTION: This House Believes Socialism Will Not Work. RESULT: Motion Defeated

 

Socialism Does NOT Work | Daniel Hannan | Oxford Union


Daniel Hannan gives his argument that Socialism does not work. SUBSCRIBE for more speakers ► http://is.gd/OxfordUnion Daniel Hannan opens with a quote from a from a previous socialist known as Adolf Hitler. The socialist voters elevated cohersion over freedom. The human nature of dog eat dog and ambition to do well was harnessed by capitalism to a socially useful end. He highlights that there are no socialist countries in the wolrd today (e.g. Cuba, Zimbabwe etc) that have persormed better than capitalist one. He concludes his rousing speech with by saying socialism does not work and the house must vote for freedom. Filmed on Thursday 28th November 2013 MOTION: This House Believes Socialism Will Not Work. RESULT: Motion Defeated

 

Twisted and Mad: What’s the Antidote to Our Debauched and Disturbing ‘Leaders’?


Published on Aug 15, 2019

Is the debauched and disturbing world we see playing out on the news networks and social media just “the world we live in,” or is there another, quiet and dignified America that doesn’t make it to the screen? In a week when billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died under strange circumstances in a federal prison, Bill Whittle finds the following Tweet offers solace and hope… “The only thing holding up the world at this point is the thoughtless routine and naive virtue of the working stiff. All the things the world weary revile: customary honesty, religion, family sustain our life. As for our “world leaders”, they are twisted and mad.” — @wretchardthecat , Richard Fernandez on Twitter If you’d like to make sure these kinds of discussions keep coming, we invite you to join the Members who produce them at https://BillWhittle.com/register/

 

NY Times’ Accurate Trump Headline Angers Readers, Sparks Emergency Newsroom Meeting


Published on Aug 16, 2019

The NY Times’ accurate headline about a President Trump speech angers readers — some of whom cancel subscriptions — and sparks an emergency meeting where the executive editor calls the headline “an f-ing mess.” What fueled this outrage and chaos? In his speech after the El Paso mass shooting, Trump called on Americans to abandon racism, and come together against hate. However, the front page headline –“Trump Urges Unity Against Racism” — upset the Left’s narrative of the president as a race-baiter and minority hater. The headline was shortly replaced with “Assailing Hate But Not Guns”. [We apologize for two brief audio glitches in this video. Obscured moments are both contained in this description.] Here’s are the relevant passages from President Trump’s speech: “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul…Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside, so destructive, and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.” [Full trancript: https://tinyurl.com/TrumpElPasoSpeech] Right Angle, with Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green, comes to you free of charge thanks to the Members who pay for its production. They also write a Members-only blog at at exclusive website away from the toxic sewer of social media. Find your people today by becoming a Member at https://BillWhittle.com/register/

 

Jordan Peterson Destroys Q&A | 25 February 2019


Streamed live on Feb 25, 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019 Jordan Peterson join the live Q&A Panel with Alex Hawke, Terri Butler, Cathryn McGregor and Van Badham. For more from Q&A, click here: http://www.abc.net.au/qanda Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/QandA Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abcqanda/ Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://ab.co/2E3pCZ9 Q&A is a television discussion program that focuses mostly on politics but ranges across all of the big issues that set Australians thinking, talking and debating. It is driven by interaction: Q&A provides a rare opportunity for Australian citizens to directly question and hold to account politicians and key opinion leaders in a national public forum and Q&A is broadcast live so that not only the studio audience but also the wider audience can get involved. We aim to create a discussion that is constructive, that reflects a diverse range of views and that provides a safe environment where people can respectfully discuss their differences. It’s impossible to represent every view on a single panel or in one audience but we’re committed to giving participants a fair go. In order to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, the program is presented from a range of locations around the country and all Australians are encouraged to get involved through social media as well as by joining the audience. This is an official Australian Broadcasting Corporation YouTube channel.

Senator Rand Paul Speaks for First Time Since Serious Lung Surgery…


Senator Rand Paul had to undergo recent lung surgery as an outcome of an attack by a violent member of the Democrat resistance in 2017.  In his first interview since the surgery Senator Paul discusses his ongoing recovery and the continued expressions of violence from the political left.

Shooter Surrenders – Philly Police Shooting Standoff Ends After Suspect Surrenders…


The armed standoff between Philadelphia police and a suspect who shot six officers ended shortly after midnight when Maurice Hill, 36, a local man with a lengthy history of gun convictions, surrendered to authorities.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer the suspect has a lengthy criminal record including firearm violations, drug sales, assault and resisting law enforcement. [Background Here]