Children’s books

Two children’s-book related stories here. The first School librarian rejects Melania Trump’s donation of ‘racist propaganda’ (aka Dr. Seuss books).

Earlier this month, the first lady sent out collections of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state to mark National Read a Book Day.

In a letter published on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Cambridgeport Elementary School librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro said that her school wasn’t in need of the books, which included famous titles such as “The Cat in the Hat.”

“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’” she wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”

Instead, she wrote, the White House should worry more about providing support to schools that are underfunded and subject to government neglect.

“Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?” she wrote.

A moron of the most typical kind, but now an icon of the left because of her vacuous hatreds based on nothing at all other than the emptiness in her life. But let us also recall this small touch at the end at the link:

Soeiro did not note that former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama both read Dr. Seuss books to children several times during their eight years in the White House.

There’s even more. She has even been photographed displaying The Cat in the Hat! which I have taken from Mark Steyn.

It’s not even hypocrisy. She is just a stupid woman with nothing else in her life other than the useless partisanship of her comrades on the left.

I suspect this would be more her kind of literature even though it’s not in English: New Swedish children’s book: Grandpa has four wives.

There’s a new world coming. In the meantime, if you are looking for some children’s literature, let me recommend Economics for Infants. I doubt it would make it past the librarian at Cambridgeport Elementary School even though she is in need of it more than most.

The new new left is even stupider than the old new left

An article you might wish to read THE OLD NEW LEFT AND THE NEW NEW LEFT in a journal you might like to subscribe to: The Claremont Review of Books. Starts wtth the right question:

Will the ’60s ever end? Ever since the ’60s we’ve been debating the ’60s. With the recent bursts of rioting and student activism at Berkeley, Yale, Middlebury, Claremont McKenna, and across the country, even today’s millennials and post-millennials (Generation Z, as they’re called, perched on the very alphabetic cliff) find themselves drafted into nostalgic comparisons with their grandparents’ generation.

My generation, that is. An unusually stupid but arrogant crew that thought itself superior because it rightly fought for equal rights in the American south but wrongly because it fought on the side of the Vietnamese communists and helped deliver the country to a tyranny that is only now being lifted. A very interesting historical summary that can only truly be understood by someone who was there but has completely changed sides.

This should be absolutely illegal

This previous post of mine was not a bit of whimsy but ought to be taken up as a serious proposition before it is too late: It must be made illegal on “social media” to deny service to people who say things that are not illegal to say. This is from Gateway Pundit and via srr: Joy Villa Given 48 Hours to Delete Her Incredible MAGA Song From YouTube. Someone needs to legislate to make this illegal. It is merely a fetish to say that a private firm can do anything it likes, when no private firm can do anything it likes. If someone puts up a platform for general use, only illegal activity can permit that platform from being withdrawn. Here is the story.

Singer Joy Villa shocked Hollywood after she burst onto the red carpet in February wearing a MAGA dress and a big beautiful smile to the Grammys. She became a star overnight with skyrocketing album sales as Trump supporters raced to purchase her music.

‘Tolerant’ and ‘loving’ liberals on the other hand, called for Joy Villa’s death–over her support for President Trump.

Villa claimed she had written consent from everyone in the video, however; YouTube claimed “we cannot accept or review agreements granting consent before the video was uploaded.”

YouTube is cracking down on conservatives, Christians and Trump supporters by demonetizing videos, deleting videos and suspending accounts altogether.

As TGP previously reported, pro-Trump personalities Diamond and Silk accused Google-owned YouTube of demonetizing 95 percent of their videos. The pair believes YouTube’s decision was driven by their support for President Trump.

YouTube isn’t the only platform targeting conservatives. Twitter and Facebook routinely censor and suspend pro-Trump accounts without any real explanation. Many conservatives receive vague emails claiming ‘terms of service’ was violated for benign posts while liberals and terrorists run wild on the platforms posting gruesome beheading videos, using profanity and calling for the assassination of president Trump without consequences.


This is from the Elgar mailout for Free Market Economics, Third Edition, An Introduction for the General Reader, just released.

Free Market Economics, Third Edition

An Introduction for the General Reader

Steven Kates, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

If you are genuinely interested in what is wrong with modern economics, this is where you can find out. If you would like to understand the flaws in Keynesian macro, this is the book you must read. If you are interested in marginal analysis properly explained, you again need to read this book. Based on the classical principles of John Stuart Mill, it is what is missing today; a text based on explaining how an economy works from a supply-side perspective.

In this thoroughly updated third edition of Free Market Economics, Steven Kates assesses economic principles based on classical economic theory. Rejecting mainstream Keynesian and neoclassical approaches even though they are thoroughly covered in the text, Kates instead looks at economics from the perspective of an entrepreneur making decisions in a world where the future is unknown, innovation is a continuous process and the future is being created before it can be understood.

Key Features include:

• analysis derived from the theories of pre-Keynesian classical economists, as this is the only source available today that explains the classical pre-Keynesian theory of the business cycle

• a focus on the entrepreneur as the driving force in economic activity rather than on anonymous ‘forces’ as found in most economic theory today

• introduces a powerful though simplified model to explain the difference between modern theory of recession and classical theory of the business cycle

• great emphasis is placed on the consequences of decision making under uncertainty

• offers an introductory understanding, accessible to the non-specialist reader.

The aim of this book is to redirect the attention of economists and policy makers towards the economic theories that prevailed in earlier times. Their problems were little different from ours but their way of understanding the operation of an economy and dealing with those problems was completely different.

Free Market Economics, Third Edition will help students and general readers understand classical economic theory, written by someone who believes that this now-discarded approach to economic thought was superior to what is found in most of our textbooks today.

Entrepreneurship good and not so good

On the plane ride to Canada we watched The Founder which is about Ray Kroc turning the conception behind this minor fast food outlet that opened in Los Angeles in the 1950s into the international McDonald’s phenomenon it became and still is. I had read a few reviews of the film but had never run across it in Australia so was very happy to finally see it for myself. An extraordinary film on entrepreneurship, which shows the extent to which it is the commercialisation of a product that matters most, not innovation or invention. Highly recommended.

But I do have to say that whoever had the idea for the “McWrap” here in Canada might have come up with the worst name for a product in marketing history. Not a joke: it really does exist.

It was my book that Andrew Bolt was launching when he was attacked

From Instapundit: PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Protesters get more than they bargain for when Andrew Bolt bashes back. To which Glenn Reynolds has added:

Good for him. Lefty violence exists mostly because violent lefties are used to operating with impunity. Don’t let them do that.


Here then is a third: TOLERANCE: Aussie Conservative Andrew Bolt Fights Off Antifa Ambush.

And bless my soul, also at Ace of Spades: Profa Punks Sucker Punch Australian Conservative Pundit Andrew Bolt; Surprised to Learn Real Men Hit Back; US Media Does Not Report, Does Not Condemn.

Also discussed at National Review Online: Thunder Down Under: Aussie Columnist Fights Off Antifa which has been re-posted at Powerline.

And now on Drudge! Both of the links are to the same article, but there are the two links.

Columnist fights off attackers in dramatic video…

Launch party for Trump book…

The attack on the streets of Melbourne and Andrew’s response is certainly worth the attention it has received and more, but whether I will sell a single additional copy of the book is another thing, so let me add that it was my book on the election of Donald Trump that Andrew was launching: The Art of the Impossible. You should buy the book if you want to understand why Trump won the election and why you should be ecstatic that he did. From my speaking notes for the launch.

• if you wanted Trump to win, or are even just happy that he did win, this is a wander through all of the most important moments that brought him to the presidency
• it is the first book ever published that is entirely made up of blog posts written at the time – it is entirely forward moving beginning with a discussion on Obama under the heading “Politics is what you can get away with”
• that the book is entirely comprised of blog posts is significant because:

• it tells a contemporary tale as it happened returning you to the moments themselves
• no post was written in the knowledge of hindsight – everything is discussed as it happened so that you can revisit the tensions of the time
• it is written by someone whose own personal political agenda was virtually identical to Trump’s – our overlap was 94%
• it helps explain why Trump became president
• it helps explain why we should be eternally grateful that Trump became president
• it shows how high the stakes were
• it shows that Hillary is right that Comey was the reason she lost but that Comey was acting under the instructions of Loretta Lynch who was herself acting under the instructions of Obama

• the book is part narrative, part excerpts from others writing at the time, part history and part political philosophy – it is told as it happens but as a 400-page volume the effect is as much philosophical as it is a reminder of the sequence of events and why you should be grateful things turned out the way they did.

Buy the book and read it for yourself, just as Andrew Bolt recommended on the day and in the link above.

The next day after the launch

It was frightening while we waited to hear how Andrew Bolt had survived the attack, and while it was only ten minutes, the impact will not recede soon. A day later we are mostly back to where we were, unlike the two dead Australian women in London. This is Andrew’s take where we find this picture and also at the link Andrew’s presentation.

And this is the report from The Age. The comments thread is actually evenly divided which it being The Age is actually positive news. What no one seems to appreciate is that with the murders in London and here in Brighton just the day before, no one has the time to work out in advance who the attackers are or what they intend to do. This time paint, next time who knows?