Ron Ross

Ron Ross Ph.D. is a former economics professor living in Arcata, California. He is the author of The Unbeatable Market. He can be reached at rossecon@gmail.com.

The Growing Popularity of Foot Shooting

 

These are strange times. One of the behaviors that makes things strange is the growing popularity of foot shooting. Foot shooting, of course, involves shooting yourself in the foot. It’s another way of describing self-destructive behavior. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the damage done is not confined to the shooter. Foot shooting is quite […]

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The Power and Prevalence of Virtue Signaling

 

One key to understanding much of the bewildering behavior we see around us is to recognize the power and popularity of “virtue signaling.” Keeping virtue signaling in mind will help you understand a lot of behavior that otherwise makes no sense. What, for example, is the point of removing Confederate statues or attempting to disown […]

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Tax Reform Myths and Realities

 

The recently enacted tax reform/tax reduction is possibly the most misinterpreted and misrepresented policy change in the history of policy changes. For example, it has been accused of benefiting only the wealthy and of adding $1.5 trillion to the federal debt. There are numerous reasons to be highly skeptical of both these assertions. The issue […]

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What’s Revealed by the Harvey Weinstein Saga

 

The significance of the Harvey Weinstein saga is what it reveals not just about him but rather the entire Democrat party, its leaders, and its supporters. Furthermore, it demonstrates the vast difference between the Democrat and Republican parties. For Democrats Harvey Weinstein is nothing new. He’s more of the same. There’s little difference between Harvey […]

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California in an Oyster Shell

 

Most people in the rest of the country know that the state of California is a strange place. Unless you live here, however, you can’t fully appreciate just how dysfunctional it has become. A case in point is what is happening to Coast Seafoods Company, the state’s largest shellfish producer. The company has been operating […]

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Democrats and Republicans Are Not Morally Equivalent

 

The recent attempted mass assassination of Republican congressmen and its aftermath reveals much about differences between Democrats and Republicans. It’s a difference that Democrats are doing their best to pretend does not exist. One of the ways Democrats are attempting to escape any responsibility for the shooter’s motives is by using one of their favorite […]

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The Media’s Ominous Ambitions

 

The media have decided that reporting the news is no longer sufficient for them. They’ve decided they want to participate rather than just observe and report the passing scene. For example, they have taken upon themselves the negating of the results of the 2016 presidential election. They’ve arrogantly concluded they’re entitled to greater responsibilities and […]

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A Reminder to Conservative Trump Critics

 

Conservative elites as well as some in the Republican establishment love finding fault with virtually everything Donald Trump says or does. There is almost a daily litany of what they know he should have done differently or not at all. They can always find something wrong with whatever he does. Here’s the problem — like […]

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Losing Power Has Left the Democrat Party Dazed and Confused

 

The Democrats know they are in trouble, but they probably don’t know just how deep the trouble is. At the national level the party is now further out of power than it’s been since 1928. This lack of power and control is a problem in and of itself, but it is an even larger problem […]

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Sacramento’s High-Output Law Factory

 

The New Year’s Day front-page headline in the San Francisco Chronicle read, “1st Day of Year Brings Hundreds of New Laws.” The exact number of new California laws taking effect on that day was 898. Unfortunately, there is nothing unusual about 2017. The corresponding number for last year was 807; in 2015 there were 930 […]

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