Three fabulous posts on the Coyote Blog:
1. "Why Income Distribution Doesn't Matter in This Country." So good it hurts. Consider this observation:
The whole history of the income tax is to sell a tax as applying only to the very very rich, and then broadening the applicability over time. The federal income tax followed this path, as has the AMT. More recently, the top rate on California income taxes is seeing the same creep. The statist trick is to apply a rate to the super rich, then creep it down so eventually it applies to everyone. Then, they cry that - hey, the super rich aren't paying more than the middle class, so they institute a new higher super rich rate. Rinse and repeat.
2. "More on School Choice."
The bottom line of choice is that many of those in power do not trust you to make your own choices.
3. "Aid to Africa."
The problem in Africa are the same that financial aid faces anywhere, ie: NGO's can only go where the dictator allows. Dictators only allow NGO's to go to towns or regions that support him, limiting access and starving out other areas of the country. Food aid also hurts local farmers by depressing local prices. To some extent, well-meaning NGO's fulfill the role of Carmella Soprano, helping the brutal criminal she is married to maintain a facade of stability and normality to the outside world.
NGOs as Carmella Soprano! You won't get insight like that from the NY Times or the Washington Post.