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Affluent Christian Investor | December 3, 2020

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AboutDaniel McLaughlin, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Daniel McLaughlin

Daniel McLaughlin

Daniel J. McLaughlin is the author of "Compassion and Truth-Why Good Intentions Don't Equal Good Results." Formerly a finance executive, he is now focused primarily on writing on economics, business, and politics. You can find him at daniel-mclaughlin.com.

Posts By Daniel McLaughlin

November 25, 2020 |

Follow The Science To Sweden

Governor Cuomo is imposing renewed Covid-19-related restrictions in New York based on the mantra, “Follow the science,” as have many others of the political class. That begs the question of which science that you follow, because science is a … Read More

October 29, 2020 |

Society Is Better When Assumptions Match Reality

It is amazing to me to contemplate that there are seven and a half billion people in the world, and yet none of them are identical. Even identical twins, though they may share genetic material, cannot live in same … Read More

October 20, 2020 |

Taking Risks With Other People’s Money

There is an old financial term called OPM, Other People’s Money. It describes the way that business owners and managers obtain funds from other people to leverage the capital that they put into a business. It is a legitimate way … Read More

October 13, 2020 |

This Is The Big Lie

If you tell a big enough lie, and tell it often and loud enough, people will believe it is true. The Nazis and Soviets had it down to a science, with their propaganda ministers, like most totalitarian states. Modern day … Read More

September 28, 2020 |

2020 Can End Up As A Year Of Unity

The year 2020 has been a year of disruptions, disunity, and violence. The virus has done some damage, but worse by far is the economic pain and dislocation perpetrated by our own governments, as well as the ongoing riots that … Read More

September 17, 2020 |

Innovation Springs From Liberty

Deirdre McCloskey, professor of economics and history, has offered powerful insights for several decades, culminating in her multi-volume work with the theme of “bourgeois dignity.” She explains why, for most of history, poverty was so pervasive, and why the standards … Read More

September 11, 2020 |

Things Are More Dangerous Than People Think

COVID-19 has been making its way through populations around the world, including the United States. While it can be deadly, it is not nearly the biggest danger we face in America at the moment. Radical leftism has come out … Read More

September 4, 2020 |

Social Justice Warriors Must Address Core Problems

Justice is a theme in every religious and moral tradition, a part of the human experience, and an ideal in every society, but what is justice? The Bible gives examples, but they are similar to other traditions: do not … Read More

July 29, 2020 |

Far Left And Far Right Are Not Very Far Apart

The political divide is typically envisioned as left versus right, with the Democrats on the left and the far left being socialism, and Republicans on the right, with the far right being fascism. While there are obvious and significant … Read More

July 20, 2020 |

Why Black Lives Matter To Me

Black lives matter to me, a lot. I have many friends whose skin color is different from mine, and each one matters to me. “Black Lives Matter,” the organized movement, also matters, but for a different reason. I have … Read More

July 13, 2020 |

Antifa: The Left-Wing Version Of Fascism

Antifa, the group that fancies itself as the face of modern anti-fascism, has a handbook. Really. It is named, appropriately enough, Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook. The author, Mark Bray, also wrote Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and co-edited Anarchist Education … Read More

July 7, 2020 |

Systemic Racism Is Not What You Think It Is

News media, politicians, and others who earn their living by inciting division and hatred are trying to capitalize on the recent protests and riots. Race is on the front burner everywhere, and “systemic racism” is the purported problem. These … Read More

July 1, 2020 |

Burning Cities Could Unify America

Cities around the country have been burning from rioting, resulting, ostensibly, from the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. The lesson to be learned, however, is not one you’ve been presented with.

After … Read More

June 11, 2020 |

Beset By Bezos Billions

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, even after giving his ex-wife 36 billion dollars in a divorce settlement. He must have big stacks of large bills filling his living room. Actually, no, he doesn’t. Most of his … Read More

June 5, 2020 |

If Trump Were A Fascist He Would Have…

A large swath of the political left seems to consider Donald Trump to be a Hitler or Mussolini in the making, and maybe they are right. He does have that Mussolini chin sometimes. In many ways, though, he doesn’t quite … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Simple Principles Are Better Than Complex Models

Modern mainstream economics tends to involve complex mathematical models that purport to forecast the future from past results, in close enough detail for politicians to make decisions that affect the economic well-being of an entire nation and even the … Read More

May 5, 2020 |

The Socialistic Future Always Sounds So Good

Eugen Richter, a German liberal politician and journalist at the turn of the previous century, published “Pictures of the Socialistic Future” in 1893. As a work in the public domain, the ebook version can be downloaded for free. The novel … Read More

April 29, 2020 |

China Experience Doesn’t Negate Gains From Trade

The coronavirus has brought many things to light that might not have been obvious before if you weren’t looking. One of them is that the Chinese Communist Party is still a dictatorial communist regime with its eye on world economic … Read More

April 20, 2020 |

2.2 Trillion Dollars Of Non-Stimulus

Your representatives in Washington have decided to spend an extra 2.2 trillion dollars of your money. Since many millions of people are pretty much forced to stay home and businesses shuttered, some portion of it actually makes sense. If … Read More

April 2, 2020 |

We’ll Get Through This Despite, Not Because Of, Government Spending

Coronavirus is the biggest story in the world. We, in the United States, are likely going to have a hard time in the near future, as shut-downs and restrictions strangle the economy. We, however, are starting off from a fairly … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

Panic Doesn’t Suspend Economic Laws

Considering recent panic buying, it’s worthwhile considering, again, the phenomenon of rising prices in times of scarcity. The best analogy I have seen is from Professor Antony Davies: “Trying to battle a shortage by prohibiting prices from rising is … Read More

March 2, 2020 |

Taking The Emotion Out Of The Immigration Debate

The reality of the immigration debate is often swamped by emotion. The biggest problem, it seems to me, is that the topic is treated like one clear-cut, monolithic pronouncement: you are either for it or against it. That creates confusion … Read More

February 5, 2020 |

Starting At The Right End Of The Climate Debate

Climate politics has been ratcheting up again recently, accompanying yet another international climate hysteria fest, so it is worth revisiting. In most cases, discussions begin and end with arguments about what the science does or does not say. That is … Read More

December 9, 2019 |

Business Success Comes From Skin In The Game

Strict central planning for a nation has been a disaster, whenever and wherever it has been imposed. Central planning, however, is not necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition. Certain industries, such as airlines, utilities, or ground transportation, may be socialized, being owned … Read More

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