Philip Maymin's blog

Doctor WHO: A warning about big government telling you what "health" looks like and what "care" constitutes

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (7/7/09) Link

Why does the WHO’s logo look like it belongs to a secret society
run by a Bond villain?

Health Care for Idiots: The obvious argument that Obama's public health insurance plan is just wrong

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (7/2/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (7/2/09) Link

Last week, President Barack Obama tried to sell us on his plan for fixing health care. The problem, as he sees it, is that the cost of health care is high and getting higher. Only by some sort of government action can we stop the costs from spiraling out of control. He explained that his plan does not mean the government will run all health care, but merely that people will have one more choice, a public option, in addition to the private choices they will continue to have.

Kurt & Albert's Excellent Adventure: Traveling back to 1946 to find a serious flaw in the U.S. Constitution

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (6/11/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (6/11/09) Link, Hartford Advocate (6/11/09) Link

If you travel two hours southeast of Fairfield County and 70 years back in time, you may come upon two old scientists taking a leisurely walk home from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. You'd instantly recognize the one with the bushy mustache, suspenders and wild white hair — that's Albert Einstein. But who is that impeccably dressed, clean-shaven gentleman with the wire-rimmed glasses next to him?

That's mathematician and philosopher Kurt Gödel.

The Mighty Qin: Searching for the beginnings of libertarianism in ancient China and coming up with a chop suey of statism

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (5/28/09) Link, Hartford Advocaate (5/28/09) Link

 Laozi (left) and Confucius: Like the ineffectual
Democrats and Republicans of feudal China

Free Enterprise: With power being centralized everywhere, it's time to get off this planet and go Kirk

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (5/14/09) Link

 
 Franklin, Kirk, Moses — they’re all the same

If you've ever held a political opinion, you've probably had a disagreement. On almost any issue, whether it's abortion rights, taxes or war, about a third of the people are for it, a third are against it and a third don't care. It's been true for centuries.

The Bad Market Myth: The notion that deregulation caused the current recession is straight out of Jackie Chan philosophy

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (4/30/09) Link

 
 Communism also hates science

How do we know what causes what? Areas with more crime tend to have more police, but it's probably not the case that doubling the number of cops in Fairfield County would double the amount of crime. We like to think such things have "natural" causes — crimes increase first, then we get more cops to deal with it.

Thickening the Herd

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (4/15/09) Link

There is something magical about this time of year. Birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. What a great time to collect some taxes!

Is it a coincidence that Easter, Passover and Tax Day all happen right around this time? Chocolate bunnies, hidden eggs, slain firstborns and taxes. Sounds about right.

Obama Interrogated Me! Using a new study about "extremists," the president profiled me and brought me in for questioning

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (4/1/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (4/1/09) Link, and Hartford Advocate (4/1/09) Link

This past Wednesday, I was granted a unique opportunity to interview the President of the United States. His press people came to my house before dawn and had a bag over my head so quickly I couldn't even thank them for not waking the children. We rode in silence and in darkness, but with a great new car smell.

There Is No Crisis

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (3/19/09) Link

Big government has robbed us all of a cris-atunity!

When Homer Simpson got banned from Moe's bar, Lisa tried to console him. "Look on the bright side, Dad," she said. "Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for 'crisis' as they do for 'opportunity?'"

A Minute with Peter Schiff: The Internet star, potential Dodd challenger and talking head elaborates on his philosophy

Originally Published In:

Fairfield County Weekly (3/12/09) Link, New Haven Advocate (3/12/09) Link, Hartford Advocate (3/12/09) Link

Peter Schiff

By vocation, Peter Schiff is the president of brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital, and as we chatted in his Darien office, he had the occasional client meeting or other business to attend to — and he also had a radio show, a Forbes interview and a CNN show booked for the afternoon. We even paused our conversation for him to do a 10-minute radio interview over the phone.

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