Entries by Craig J. Cantoni

The Ultimate Cancel Culture and Equality

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

A review of Mao’s Great Famine:  The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962, by Frank Dikotter (Bloomberg Publishing, Hardback Edition, 2010; Paperback Edition, 2017, 420 pages). It is seen as gauche, hateful, and unenlightened on college campuses and like-minded places to quote Winston Churchill because he was an imperialist and colonialist. Okay, so go […]

DEI in Historical Context

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are euphemisms for discrimination, enmity, and injustice.  The cycle is as old as Homo sapiens. Members of a dominant race, ethnic group, religion, ideology, nationality, social class, tribe, or clan inflict injustices on members of a different race, ethnic group, religion, ideology, nationality, social class, tribe, or clan. Driven by understandable […]

McCarthyism On The Left

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

The McCarthyism of Democrats is largely unknown because they are much better than Republicans at scrubbing the history of negatives about themselves. The odds are pretty good that you’ve heard of Republican Senator Joe McCarthy and his witch hunts, which began in the late 1940s to uncover communists in the US government, Hollywood, and elsewhere.  […]

The Folly of Equity

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

“Equity” has replaced “equality” as the latest buzzword in America’s never-ending game of Victimology, which in turn has replaced the board game of Monopoly in popularity. As Vice President Kamala Harris has said, “Equitable treatment means we all end up in the same place.”  In other words, equity means equal outcomes, not equality under the […]

Our Smart but Stupid Economic Masters

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

A review of The Lords of Easy Money:  How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy, by Christopher Leonard, Paperback Edition, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2023, 373 pages. Your neighbors might object to you reading The Lords of Easy Money.  That’s because it’s a book that will make you want to go outside and howl at the moon, given […]

An Intellectual Feast for Contrarians

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

A new book questions the conventional wisdom about immigration, diversity, assimilation, and the causes of prosperity. Caution!  Don’t be seen reading the following book in public. The Culture Transplant:  How Migrants Make the Economies They Move to a Lot like the Ones They Left, by Garett Jones, 2023, Stanford Business Books, 213 pages. There is not a […]

Weekend Read: Racial Roulette

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes

A review of Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America, by David E. Bernstein, Bombardier Books, 2022, 186 pages. Early in my professional career a long time ago, I was tasked by my employer, an international insurance company based in Chicago, with three responsibilities in addition to other duties:  one, to head the […]

A Paean to Passbook Savings Accounts

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal got me thinking about the passbook savings accounts of my long-ago youth. The article said that kids today don’t want their parents to give them cash for allowances and doing chores. They want to be paid in Robux, which is an online currency from Roblox Corp. Kids […]

Taiwan Semiconductor’s Travails in Phoenix

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Lessons about American education and bureaucracy. A recent Wall Street Journal news story detailed the problems encountered by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in getting a $12 billion plant up and running in Phoenix.  The company is planning to produce state-of-the-art 3-nanometer chips at the plant. The company cited federal regulatory requirements, construction roadblocks, and additional […]

The Skunk at the Grand Old Party (GOP)

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

Editors’ Note: Several fault lines have been present in the Republican Party and some new ones are forming. They have become wide enough that both sides are blaming each other for the poor performance during the recent mid-term elections. And, each has a point. The most obvious is the rift between the party establishment and […]