[Three unrelated pieces. For the full articles, follow the links embedded in the headlines.]

Crazy California attacks both democracy and capitalism (July 30):

No earthquake has yet sent California crashing into the sea, but the state continues to radically fall off the Left edge of mainland U.S. culture. Two more items in the news today show this trend….

…[later in the column]… not content with trashing democracy, California, through its education department, is attacking capitalism as well. As noted in a Wall Street Journal column by longtime education reformer Williamson Evers, the state’s draft “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum,” which is self-defined as the “xdisciplinary [sic], loving, and critical praxis of holistic humanity,” describes capitalism “as a ‘form of power and oppression,’ alongside ‘patriarchy,’ ‘racism,’ ‘white supremacy’ and ‘ableism.’”…

Conservative justices give Trump unmerited win on ‘the wall’ (July 29): 

The five most conservative Supreme Court justices should not have given President Trump the big interim victory they provided him over the weekend in a case involving the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Instead, they should have joined Justice Stephen Breyer in giving Trump only a partial victory until the full merits of the case could be argued.

In order that there is no misunderstanding: I fully support construction of a wall. Desired policy outcomes, though, should not determine one’s reading of court cases. In this particular situation, the court’s somewhat-conservative majority prematurely tipped the scales of justice….

The Fed should stop its interest-rate games (Aug. 1): Rather than try to figure out which placebo will best assuage the delicate psychologies of day-traders, the Federal Reserve Board should announce it anticipates a long, long pause in any interest-rate manipulation…. [The current practices create a situation in which] it’s as if institutional investors are trying to read tea leaves sitting atop tarot cards inside cloudy crystal balls, after receiving inside scoop from the ghost of Jimmy the Greek. It’s a sorry spectacle, and it breeds market instability….




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