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A Case for Less Central Planning & More Individual Economic Freedom

Data analyzed from the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom Index makes a solid case for the benefits of more individual economic freedom and less central planning.

Across time and comparing all levels of society, be it communities, States or between countries, those with more economic freedom as measured by the Economic Freedom Index enjoy…

  • Less unemployment
  • Higher incomes
  • Less poverty
  • Less income inequality
  • Less gender inequality
  • Less child labor abuses

All six of these factors should tend to maximize cooperation between groups and foster more peace and less conflict. By extension, then, it appears a case can be made that the ideal role of government is to prevent us from harming each other, ensure a fair regulatory playing field, enforce laws fairly, honor contracts and otherwise grant maximal economic freedom to individuals to do as the wish so long as they don’t harm others financially or physically.

Posted in Education, Free Society, Government Regulations, Liberty, Organizational structure, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Science and the Sexes, Uncategorized, Unsettled Science

Barbara Kay: The experiment that turned popular gender theory on its head | National Post

I decided to post this article by Barbara Kay on my blog, The Sovereign Patient, because we cannot operate in a healthcare vacuum. The nexus of progressive “social justice” ideologies being pushed by means of social coercion, political correctness, & educational dogma has a profound effect on honest scientific inquiry, and the interpretation of scientific evidence.  When sociopolitical ideology operates under cover of a pseudo-scientific veneer in hopes of marginalizing any opposition to their artificially constructed hierarchy, then it becomes a profound risk to a free society; much as the Roman (Catholic) Inquisition tried to stamp out dissent and alternate views in the 16th century.

In 2008, Norway was chosen as the top country in the world for gender equality by the World Economic Forum. And yet, in what is known as the “Norwegian gender equality paradox,” gender-segregated labour markets persist in gender equality-oriented welfare states.

A 2011 television documentary broadcast by Norwegian State Television. Made by popular satirical comedian Harald Elia (who also holds a degree in social sciences), “Hjernevask—Norwegian for “Brainwashing” exposed the unscientific character of the NIKK and its research.

307135_205417416195766_180173012053540_466462_491221329_nTheir discomfort is palpable. But they stonewall, dismissing the research of giants in the field out of hand (“weak studies”). One says it is the role of social science to “challenge” biological thinking. Elia is taken aback. Isn’t science science? Finally he asks, “How do you know there are no (biological differences between the sexes)?” The stunning answer from one: “My hypothesis is that there are none.” Equally damning from the other: “I have what you would call a theoretical basis.”

When Norwegian viewers saw their gender emperors revealed in all their unscientific nakedness by this impudent “boy,” many shamed the powers that be, which presumably contributed to the council’s decision to defund what was clearly an ideological house of card. 

Notwithstanding more equality in opportunity, choice, pay and work/life balance support, women have resisted entering certain traditionally male-dominated professions, and men have resisted entering certain traditionally female-dominated ones.

Nobody in government has suggested discrimination or lack of opportunity is a factor. And strenuous efforts to recruit men to nursing and women to engineering have been made. Yet lo! The gender breakdown in certain occupations remains stubbornly unchanged. Policy-makers raised on the kinds of “social construction” gender-gap theories that govern Google’s diversity policies must be flummoxed.

Gender warriors, please don’t shoot the messenger. Take the Hjernevask challenge and watch the documentary. If, after watching it, you still think social construction and discrimination account for the gender gap at Google, well, my advice is to not take ocean cruises lest you fall off the side of the world.

Source: Barbara Kay: The experiment that turned popular gender theory on its head | National Post

Posted in Economic Issues, Organizational structure, outcomes, outcomes measurement, Policy Issues, Progressivism, Uncategorized, Wealth

Old Lies – Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.

Too many people in the media and in academia abandon their roles as conduits for facts and take on the role of filterers of facts to promote social and political agendas.

In all too many educational institutions, from kindergartens to postgraduate university programs, students may never hear any facts that contradict the prevailing groupthink.

People who are looking for grievances are not going to be stopped by facts, especially if they are in politics. But where are our media pundits and our academic scholars? Mostly silent, either out of fear of being denounced as anti-women or because they have chosen to take sides rather than convey facts.

One of the oldest of these lies is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Like many other politically successful lies, it contains just enough of the truth to fool the gullible.

We do not need to guess about such things. Many studies have been done over many years — and they repeatedly show that women and men who work the very same hours in the very same jobs at the very same levels of skill and experience do not have the pay gaps that people like Hillary Clinton loudly denounce.

As far back as 1971, single women in their thirties who had worked continuously since high school earned slightly more than men of the same description. As far back as 1969, academic women who had never married earned more than academic men who had never married.

People who are looking for grievances are not going to be stopped by facts, especially if they are in politics. But where are our media pundits and our academic scholars? Mostly silent, either out of fear of being denounced as anti-women or because they have chosen to take sides rather than convey facts.

Source: Old Lies – Thomas Sowell