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Larry Elder on Hebdo Massacre: French Govt Takes 65%, Kills Economic Opportunties

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After splitting with KABC last December, Larry Elder—the "Sage of South Central"— is streaming his radio show live every Monday through Friday from  3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Pacific Time.

A lawyer by training, Elder is also an outspoken libertarian.

Go here for more details and go here to listen live at the appointed hour.

He's also got a lively Twitter feed and a column archive here. From his latest piece, about "France's Other Problem":

[If] "lack of opportunity" is a cause for the attraction to violent jihad, why does the French economy offer so few options? The answer is simple: job-killing economics.

At all levels of government, France takes over 44 percent of the earnings of its citizens. And this is before one assigns a cost to the numerous regulations placed on the shoulders of French entrepreneurs. In America, at all three levels—federal, state and local—government takes 33 percent of GDP, including mandates like Social Security. Add a cost to regulations mandated by state and local government, and UCLA economist Lee Ohanian says that government takes over 50 percent. Assume the same "cost percentage" that Americans pay for regulations to the French and you have a French economy where government takes about 65 percent of the earnings its people.

More here.

Reason interviewed back in 1996. A snippet:

A lot of…anger coming from inner-city blacks stems from a prevailing theory that the greater society not only doesn't even care about blacks, but actively seeks to hurt them. When Maxine Waters calls the L.A. riots an uprising; when she says, "no justice, no peace"; when Jesse Jackson suggests that the difference between crack and powder is evidence of a racist criminal justice system; when Al Sharpton stands up before the Million Man March and says that O.J. is "home" now and that there are hundreds and thousands of black people behind bars and we can't rest until they are home, too; when people like Maya Angelou make the remarks she made about Jeopardy!; when people like Bill Cosby suggests that he "has a feeling" that AIDS is part of the plot to exterminate the black race–my point is that nothing's going to change much until black leaders stop such reckless, careless, conspiratorial nonsense. Say you're a 9- or 10-year-old kid who wants to study and you just now hear Bill Cosby say that AIDS is a government plot against blacks, or Al Sharpton say that black people are thrown in prison for no apparent reason, or you hear that Alex Trebek discriminates against qualified applicants for Jeopardy!, you're going to figure, what's the point?

Full thing.

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  1. Let them eat ROADZ!

    /Keynesian

  2. A lot of dissent–here or anywhere–is based on wealth. Not on big social issues like some people are richer than others, but on people feeling the bite all of the time and not seeing a way out. Regardless of how self-inflicted some of that may be in some cases.

    As government keeps moving towards socialism, which increases the number of people with not very much, such dissent is going to get louder and louder. Look at all of the protests and riots that have erupted in France over the years. Here, the left loves to drum up dissent on a variety of issues, all while reducing the economy (with help from the slightly less left GOP) to a fraction of what it could be if they weren’t more worried about using welfare and other things to buy votes.

    1. France’s doubling down on anti-hate speech enforcement as seen earlier is also exacerbating things.

      I also worry that just like politicians use this as more opportunity for spying (Merkel asked the same in a speech this week) they’ll use this to distract from economic reforms/liberalization. Increased security, monitoring tweets and Facebook posts, arresting anyone making offensive remarks, can only cost money.

  3. …when people like Maya Angelou make the remarks she made about Jeopardy!

    That was odd — had to look that up. Seems to me that getting onto Jeopardy! is one of the purest forms of meritocracy.

    1. My highschool history teacher got into Jeopardy! We were impressed. Then we continued slacking off.

  4. This will be less well received than blow-back. It’s like suggesting that over-criminalization murdered Eric Garner.

    1. I wonder if any new orgs accidentally reported Eric Garner as Eric Holder… that might have made a difference…

  5. Isn’t this the same argument made to poor american’s that they don’t buy?

    I mean, it’s about race and religion, right? not freedom and opportunity?

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