Archive: Carolina Critic

  • Why Some Companies Slide into Oblivion and Others Succeed

    The former head of AOL once told Kevin Maney, "A successful business must be either loved or needed." That in a nutshell is the basis of Maney's Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On and Others Don't, a consideration of apparent paradoxes in consumer behavior and why companies that misunderstand them…

  • Carney Exposes Another Ripoff

    Readers will find their blood pressure rising as Carney takes us through the vast corporate welfare tucked into ObamaCare, the environmental crusade’s “cap and trade” legislation, Obama’s favoritism toward the United Auto Workers and the car companies it has done so much to ruin, the administration’s fondness for regulations that…

  • Polk, Facing Similar Problems to Obama, Found Sound Solutions

    Like the current administration, Polk had to answer questions over whether we would have an activist government or a minimalist one, whether America would look forward or inward, and whether we would lead or be led in international affairs. Polk found solutions; the jury is still out on Obama.

  • Marx On His Head: Tax Consumers Exploit Taxpayers

    Greenhut sums matters up, writing, “We’ve seen a massive transfer of wealth from the private sector to the public sector, from taxpayers to tax consumers. The result is a class of coddled, overpaid, and under-worked public ‘servants’ whose pay and retirement levels cannot be sustained without cutbacks in public services…

  • Two Offerings Chronicle John Edwards’ Implosion

    The culmination of Edwards’ slow motion train wreck, at least so far, came in the beginning months of 2010. In January, journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin published a 448-page account of the 2008 election, Game Change, that portrayed John as an egomaniac and Elizabeth a psycho chick. One month…

  • Fall of Auto Industry a Tale With as Many Questions as Answers

    Classical theory holds that enterprises must be allowed to fail, to experience “creative destruction,” because they own assets which need to be reorganized. The Constitution does not decree that there be a General Motors, Chrysler, or Ford, nor does it allow Congress to spend money on them or any business…

  • Newberry Blasts Push to Socialism

    Newberry opens with a letter to President Obama, taking him to task for his anti-business attitudes that are contrary to American free-enterprise traditions. In all caps, Newberry beseeches the President to “STOP THE WAR ON SUCCESS!” Although Newberry opens on a negative note, he ends the book on a positive…

  • Civil Rights Museum Open After Turbulent Beginning

    The tour takes about an hour, a good 20 minutes of which is watching video re-enactments. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian, which (one hopes) will mean some quality revolving exhibits through the years. Surely the museum will also be the focal point for many history and civil-rights-related events.

  • History of Key N.C. Battle ‘Excellent’

    Victories in the South concluded the American Revolution, but they are rarely acknowledged by historians. Lawrence Babits and Joshua Howard do not follow that narrative, and their accurate and readable history of this seminal battle offers a significant service to readers.

  • 1938Argues that Leader of ‘Master Race’ Had no Master Plan

    This is a difficult book to read. MacDonogh’s descriptions of street brutality against Jews and the political thuggery practiced by Hitler and his lieutenants are chilling. The shameful inaction, and sometimes shameful action, of the Western powers can produce guilt feelings and our own question of conscience: Though the Holocaust…