History

"Great Stink"

Ah, the good old days.

The Great Stink was an event in central London in July and August 1858 during which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. The problem had been mounting for some years, with an aging and inadequate sewer system that emptied directly into the Thames. . . .

The smell, and people's fears of its possible effects, prompted action from the local and national administrators who had been considering possible solutions for the problem.


"Hillary’s Empty Moralism Is a Reflection of the Greater Progressive Movement"

Another excellent piece by William Voegeli.

So, is Clintonism one body of thought, or two? The Clintons’ rhetorical oeuvre makes clear that the best answer is zero. Again and again, for a quarter century, their every attempt to connect and rationalize individual policy proposals culminates in sour nothings, windy declarations as solemn as they are vacuous.


"We Didn't Humanize Markets, Markets Humanized Us"

Excellent piece by Steve Horwitz.

Over Labor Day weekend, I saw many friends arguing that labor unions and government intervention “humanized capitalism” by giving us the 8-hour workday, the 40-hour workweek, ending child labor, and so forth. Unfortunately, these folks have their history backward.

We didn’t humanize capitalism, it humanized us. The wealth produced by capitalism allowed us to indulge our humanitarianism in ways not possible when so many were living on the edge of survival.


Some notes on the Democratic presidential nominee

You may notice a theme in the first four.

First, with the reminder courtesy of Instapundit, the late William Safire's column of over 20 years ago: "Blizzard of Lies".

Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady -- a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation -- is a congenital liar.

Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.

Howie Carr: "Clinton's Little White Lies".

Ron Fournier: "Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?"

That is why Clinton’s advisers, senior Democrats, and members of the liberal media need to stop covering for Clinton. Stop repeating her spin. Stop spreading her lies. Stop enabling her worse angels. It’s too late for Clinton to come clean, but honorable Democrats should at least insist that she stop muddying the water.

Please, for the sake of the country, tell her: Stop lying.

Scott Johnson of Powerline: "If She's Moving Her Lips (2)".

Also of interest:

"Hillary’s Senate Accomplishment: One Bill Enacted into Law, to Name a Federal Building". 

"Hillary Obstructed Boko Haram's Terror Designation as Her Donors Cashed In".

"Full List of Hillary’s Planned Tax Hikes".

"Democrats, Stop Chortling About Your Unearned Moral Superiority: Hillary’s As Bad As Trump".

"Hillary’s Critics Don’t Hate Her Because She’s a Woman".


"Quotation of the Day"

Don Boudreaux selects an excellent excerpt from the recent book, Illiberal Reformers.

He then adds, in part:

Isn’t it, therefore, strange that those politicians, pundits, professors, and preachers who today wish to turn more power over to state administrators (and, hence, to reduce the range of market activities) call themselves – and are called by others – “Progressives”?  These champions of administration – these ‘men of system’ – are not progressive; they are regressive.  They are atavistic.  They peddle millennia-old superstitions; they work with outdated concepts; they possess an antediluvian faith in strong ‘leaders’; they  have never learned the modern lesson of spontaneous order; they are haunted by archaic fears of people who are free to pursue their own ends, in their own manner, without supervision by overlords.


"The Republican Industrial Complex Has Turned Missteps Into Millions"

This is a very sad story.

The situation was further exacerbated by the Romney operation’s apparent inability to comprehend that ORCA was not a smartphone application like Angry Birds but rather a website designed to be viewed on a smartphone. This created a massive confusion among volunteers who went desperately searching in the app stores of Apple, Google, and Microsoft unsuccessfully trying to find it. To make matters worse, the secured website that ORCA was operating under had no redirect functionality to assist people who had mistakenly reached the insecure version. As a result, according to Ekhdahl, many activists mistakenly believed the system had failed completely since their web browsers literally displayed nothing on the page when they attempted to view the default website. . . . 

While Moffatt and others insisted afterward that ORCA continued to collect data, multiple reports suggest what the system did manage to collect was fundamentally wrong. “At the end of the day, they told us thatevery single swing state was looking either pink or red and the worst one was Virginia, where they were a little concerned,” one anonymous ORCA operator told Politico. “Of course, we know the opposite of that happened.” According to one Republican that Washington Examiner columnist Byron York spoke with, at 4 pm Eastern time, ORCA was predicting that Romney would win just under 300 electoral votes.