Chris Clancy

In the Absence of Theory

Written by Chris Clancy on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

The application of "Critical Theory" has, perhaps as its early advocates intended, rent asunder the cultural fabric of Western Civilization.

In the Absence of Theory

Economist Pascal Salin once said economic reality was difficult to comprehend unless one first had a firm grasp of economic theory. 

Did No One See It Coming?

Written by Chris Clancy on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

Socialism, and its metastatic cousin, Communism, captured the hearts and minds of many in the 19th Century with its promise of Utopia. Few saw then what the actual bloody consequences would be.

Did No One See It Coming?

In Western Europe, over a very long period of time, events transpired which would result in what we now call the Industrial Revolution. It’s widely accepted that it got underway sometime in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Why Europe?

Written by Chris Clancy on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

One of the great mysteries of civilization is why it was that Western Europe led the world in industrialization. The answer has to do with decentralization of power and individual liberty.

Why Europe?

The study of economics poses many great questions. But there’s one in particular, which anyone who has ever studied the subject, must at some point have thought about.

How come people in the West have had it so good, and for so long, compared to the rest of the world?

Anyone for a Laptop?

Written by Chris Clancy on Thursday, 23 May 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

Government has a parasitic relationship with the private sector. Like any parasite, it lives off the blood and energy of its victim.

Anyone for a Laptop?

In the private sector, the most successful businesses are those which cut wasteful expenditure to an absolute minimum. 

Precious — The Corrosive Power of the Welfare State

Written by Chris Clancy on Tuesday, 14 May 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

Welfare has become a generational culture, destroying lives and undermining human potential and dignity across multiple generations of Americans.

Precious — The Corrosive Power of the Welfare State

Before the emergence of the welfare state, some help was available for those in need – real need. It was provided voluntarily by charitable people and organizations. This was one of the many attributes of what we now fondly refer to as “civil society”.

Pascal Salin – Courage Mes Amis!

Written by Chris Clancy on Friday, 29 March 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

The power of Austrian economics is that it is predicated upon a clear understanding of individual behavior.

Pascal Salin – Courage Mes Amis!

On the face of it, the most striking thing about French economist Pascal Salin, is that he made it to the top of his profession at such a very young age.

Twenty-First Century High Plains Drifters

Written by Chris Clancy on Monday, 18 March 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

The coming crash will make the last one look like a pothole. Instead of mournfully peering into the coming abyss, savvy investors, today's financial gunslingers, are taking steps to prepare.

Twenty-First Century High Plains Drifters

I recall an aged professor, from a long time ago, solemnly telling us that the days when a man could start out life with a few dollars in his pocket and single-handedly turn it into millions were over.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

Written by Chris Clancy on Monday, 11 March 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

Government makes economics dismal. Most of the difficulties and complications in economics arise from trying to explain just why, almost invariably, intervention by the government only makes things worse.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

The following story is told for purely selfish reasons. 

The purpose is to illustrate and share the misery which so many students of economics have to endure.

Predistribution - Anyone Got A Spare Joint?

Written by Chris Clancy on Monday, 25 February 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

The next "great" progressive plan for the economy seems likely to be a tax on wealth. If you think the economy is in dire straights now, if this comes to pass, Americans will long for the living standard of a third world country.

Predistribution - Anyone Got A Spare Joint?

What’s clear from Obama’s recent State of the Union speech is that nothing is going to change.

Crony Capitalism

Written by Chris Clancy on Wednesday, 06 February 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

Obama's new 501c3, "Organizing for Action," seems to be nothing more than a specially designed effort to enable influence peddling and encourage crony capitalism.

Crony Capitalism

Traditionally speaking, and legally speaking, there are three main ways of becoming very rich.

Cut Loose At 50 - A Dedication

Written by Chris Clancy on Friday, 25 January 2013. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

The great power of the written word is that it can change hearts and minds, and sometimes the whole world. In the dedication to his first book, Chris Clancy remembers who inspired him.

Cut Loose At 50 - A Dedication

So many authors have described writing a book as a process. This process goes through some or all of the following stages. It starts as a nice idea and a few lines are penned. As more are added it turns into a hobby – a kind of leisure interest which you look forward to and enjoy. As time passes and the thing gets hold it becomes like a secret that’s all yours. 

On Making Sense of Terrible Things

Written by Chris Clancy on Wednesday, 19 December 2012. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

Tragedies occur and appear senseless. We cannot see or understand why evil, like that in Newtown, occurs and destroys life. But now, in the wake of unspeakable evil, is not the time for blame or recriminations – but rather silence, support and solace.

On Making Sense of Terrible Things

I remember as a kid of ten or eleven, reading a news item about another kid who was about the same age as me. At school, the day before, he had been running around the playground at breaktime. A lead roof tile from the main school building had been loosened by the wind. It flew off and struck the boy on the head.

“The Great Global Warming Swindle”

Written by Chris Clancy on Thursday, 13 December 2012. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

After decades of nonsense, the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) fiction appears to be toppling. But the Obama administration and other big government partisans continue to hold on.

“The Great Global Warming Swindle”

Last weekend, yet another hugely expensive “climate change” conference was held in Doha, Qatar. Almost predictably, it came to an end in a manner which was both confused and inconsequential. 

Prophetic Words

Written by Chris Clancy on Friday, 30 November 2012. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

America was once a beacon of freedom, a shining city on a hill pointing to a better, more dignified future unshackled from tyranny. That shining city is now dulled, its walls crumbling. The barbarians are at the gate....

Prophetic Words

November 2012 has drawn to a close. 

One last thought before we brace ourselves for what’s to come.

Beyond the Tipping Point

Written by Chris Clancy on Wednesday, 14 November 2012. Posted in Opinion, Chris Clancy

America has returned Barack Obama to the White House, despite the obvious failures of the previous four years. Is there now an economic and political disaster in store for the once-proud Republic?

Beyond the Tipping Point

It’s taken a week for the election result to finally sink in. 

As a foreigner, living far away from it all, I thought it gave me a better prospective. But I got it completely wrong. As did many others – even the “experts”. 

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