About theartfuldilettante

The Artful Dilettante is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and a graduate of Penn State University. He is a lover of liberty and a lifelong and passionate student of the same. He is voracious reader of books on the Enlightenment and the American colonial and revolutionary periods. He is a student of libertarian and Objectivist philosophies. He collects revolutionary war and period currency, books, and newspapers. He is married and the father of one teenage son. He is kind, witty, generous to a fault, and unjustifiably proud of himself. He is the life of the party and an unparalleled raconteur.

Welcome to the United States of Victimhood! –

What an essay on victimhood, our national obsession. Victims are today’s privileged class. And once a group claims victim status, it never loses it. The Democrats have cobbled together a coalition of victims. What used to be the party of hard-working blue-collar workers is now the Island of Misfit Toys, made famous in the claymation version of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.

http://stevediggs.com/welcome-to-the-united-states-of-victimhood-2/

‘Elitism’ is Not a Dirty Word

This is priceless political commentary by Dr. Michael J. Hurd. He correctly distinguishes the earned from the unearned. Did you earn your wealth by pleasing customers or clientele who voluntarily buy your products or services ? Or did you acquire your wealth from the backs of the American taxpayer?

Bottom line–Americans are woefully ignorant of the issues addressed in Dr. Hurd’s commentary. Worse, they have zero interest in learning about such things.

https://drhurd.com/2018/05/15/elitism-not-dirty-word/

Why the Left Hates Betsy DeVos – Reason.com

John Stossel has always been one of my favorites. Here he explains why the education establishment and the Left in general are downright apoplectic about Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. She recognizes that our public schools have failed our children miserably. Our public schools are really Day Care centers for dysfunctional kids rather than institutions of learning.

Like her boss, Ms. DeVos wants to seriously shake things up. She knows that our public education system needs radical changes to reverse its current downward trajectory.

The education system, primarily the Teachers’ Unions, will do everything they can to kill her initiatives while mercilessly smearing her character. This is how the Left operates. They won’t openly debate her, but will label her ideas as “hate speech,” while relentlessly heaping scorn and ridicule upon her. Unfortunately, these tactics have worked.

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/09/why-the-left-hates-betsy-devos/1