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A very radical view – from a Libertarian.

Attached is a link to a book review on Amren.  (I know, I know, they’re the locus of Evil itself. Take a deep breath and read it anyway.) Given the usual Libertarian support for open borders, it’s more than a bit surprising that a Libertarian would come to realize that unlimited immigration is a disaster.

Hans-Hermann Hoppe, professor of economics at University of Nevada Las Vegas, is a different kind of libertarian. He shares — even surpasses — the usual libertarian contempt for government intrusion and compulsion, but recognizes “free immigration” for what it is: forcing strangers into communities of natives who want to be left alone. Prof. Hoppe recognizes that the right to discriminate, to keep out undesirables, is a fundamental freedom that only the servile would ever give up.

https://www.amren.com/news/2018/03/hoppe-democracy-god-that-failed-libertarians-race-immigration/

Good Move, Poland

Poland’s got blue laws:

A new Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays has taken effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s after communism’s collapse.

The change is stirring up a range of emotions in a country where many feel workers are exploited under the liberal regulations of the past years and want them to have a day of rest. But many Poles also experience consumer freedom as one of the most tangible benefits of the free market era and resent the new limit.

In Hungary, another ex-communist country, a ban on Sunday trade imposed in 2015 was so unpopular that authorities repealed it the next year. Elsewhere in Europe, however, including Germany and Austria, people have long been accustomed to the day of commercial rest and appreciate the push it gives them to escape the compulsion to shop for quality time with family and friends instead.

The law was proposed by a leading trade union, Solidarity, which says employees deserve Sundays off. It found the support of the conservative and pro-Catholic ruling party, Law and Justice, whose lawmakers passed the legislation. The influential Catholic church, to which more than 90 percent of Poles belong, has welcomed the change.
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The new law at first bans trade two Sundays per month, but steps it up to three Sundays in 2019 and finally all Sundays in 2020, except for seven exceptions before the Easter and Christmas holidays.

Of course the AP went out of their way to find people who didn’t like it.  The thing about opposition to no Sunday work is that it’s very frequently “wah what about me!”  Either people are mad because the law doesn’t help them or they’re mad because they don’t get to go shopping.  Back in the dark days of retail work, I had a constant fight over not working Sundays and ever since I have tried to avoid any shopping of any kind on Sunday because I know how much it sucks.  Would it be more convenient and easy for me?  Sure, but maybe my individual convenience doesn’t trump someone else’s right to a day of rest.  And even if the law doesn’t cover all workers, it’s still a step in the right direction.

Liberal-Minded Businesses Never Learn

Kelloggs probably won’t learn the lesson sitting right in front of them any more than Target did: playing politics and alienating large groups of consumers isn’t wise.  You’d think that when presented with a blueprint of how to wreck sales growth that’s been proven effective, in the worst sense, by several other companies, executives wouldn’t choose to follow that blueprint for their company, but no, liberal virtue signaling trumps good business sense.

#DumpKelloggs pays off, but not for Kelloggs…

Although the company was already planning to downsize, new reports show the damage to Kellogg’s brand is much worse that executives are letting on. In addition to closing 39 distribution centers, the company has shifted from letting go of “several thousand employees” to as many as 11,000 and counting. Reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer did a little digging and think the job loss is a lot more expansive than the cereal giant wants to admit. “He figures those losing their jobs include at least 1,500 sales reps, plus several support workers and merchandisers for each rep, plus Teamsters truck drivers, loaders, and warehouse support personnel.”

More than a half-million shoppers boycotted the company after its spokesman, Kris Charles, said the conservative Breitbart and its 45 million readers “aren’t aligned with” the cereal giant’s “values as a company.” From there, the #DumpKelloggs movement was born. You’d think more CEOs would connect the dots after the spectacular collapse of Target’s stock when they threw open bathrooms to both genders — or the fierce blowback to radical executives at GrubHub, Pepsi, ESPN, and Penzey’s Spices. It shouldn’t be too difficult for America’s top retailers to realize that declaring war on the values of half of America is not a secret recipe for success. On the contrary, it’s been a revenue-killing disaster for the companies who’ve joined the public rant against the White House and conservatives in general.

The message is simple: stay out of the culture wars or you’ll pay for it. These CEOs should stick to selling products — not politics. If CEOs want to use their profits to push the liberal agenda voters rejected, then they shouldn’t be surprised when consumers reject their products and send their dollars elsewhere.

Paris Climate Agreement: a scam we’re lucky to escape

President Trump just outed the US from the Paris Climate Agreement: cue outraged hysteria.

After days of drama and suspense, President Trump announced Thursday that his administration will exit the Paris climate agreement.

“So we’re getting out,” Trump said. “The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.”

Trump’s decision fulfills a campaign promise and satisfies strong Republican opposition to the global climate deal but also isolates the U.S. and is certain to bring condemnation from world leaders and critics in the scientific community.

But even people who think “climate change” is a “real problem” don’t think that the Agreement would have done much of anything to fix the “problem.”  It just would have further crippled the US economy.