Ralph Reiland

Partisan 'fairness'

"Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed," pronounced I.F. Stone (1907-89), American investigative journalist and iconoclastic author. An example ...

Sanders' free-tuition 'bubble'

Back at a time when gentle people going to San Francisco were sure to wear some flowers in their hair, a friend of mine, anti-war ...

Bernie & the rich

In the battle of Bernie Sanders versus the rich, and vice versa, it's no surprise that Investor's Business Daily (IBD), taking an editorial shot, put ...

Violence, discussion & solutions

It didn't take long to hear a few unsolicited comments from some acquaintances about the firing by WTAE-TV of longtime news anchor Wendy Bell. This, ...

How the world actually works

Perhaps not to millennials, but the record is undeniable: What works best in delivering the goods is capitalism. What's unsurpassed in improving the human condition ...

Devils & anti-capitalists

People believe some funny stuff — some of it religious, some of it about economics. A long-running religious belief, for example, says the devil can ...

Screwball economic reasoning

With Bernie Sanders running as a self-identified "democratic socialist," Hillary Clinton proclaiming "I am a progressive" and Donald Trump apparently competing for the title of ...

Socialist claptrap

A few semesters ago, I introduced an insightful and well-known thought from Winston Churchill to students in my comparative economics class: "The inherent vice of ...

Economic folly, uninterrupted

"The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton's private email server, as part of a criminal ...

Let the sunshine in

As I'm writing this, Juliette, our youngest golden retriever, is outside contentedly sleeping in the sun. The sky is bright blue with big, puffy cumulus ...

Coffee & polemics

Oddly, the definition of a coffee klatch in the Macmillan Dictionary is "a social occasion where people have conversations about unimportant things." I wasn't in ...