Author: Robert Gore

The Experiment

The Experiment by Robert Gore for Straight Line Logic How much longer will the middle class politely tolerate its own destruction? A middle class that outnumbers the combined poor and aristocracy is a relatively new phenomenon, dating back to around...

Well-Gotten Gains

Well-Gotten Gains by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Time for a change. Albert Jay Nock wrote one of the best essays ever written, “Isaiah’s Job,” which first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936. The Wikipedia biography of Nock...

The Unprofitably Incompetent

The Unprofitably Incompetent by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Those who can’t do, demand. Profit propels civilization. When a producer can make an item or provide a service at a cost lower than a customer values that item or...

The Yellow Vests Get it Right

The Yellow Vests Get it Right by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Financial nuclear warheads. The mainstream media has degenerated irreparably. Here’s a reliable rule of thumb: if it’s important it’s not covered; if it’s covered it’s not important....

Predators and Saprophytes

Predators and Saprophytes by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic They’re not your protectors if they’re eating you. Bruno walks into a neighborhood shop and threatens the shopkeeper with unspecified “bad things” if the shopkeeper doesn’t fork over $200 a...

The Deadliest Operation

The Deadliest Operation by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Choose your battles wisely. One month to the day after President Kennedy’s assassination, the Washington Post published an article by former president Harry Truman. I think it has become necessary...

The Broken Clocks’ Minute

The Broken Clocks’ Minute by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Sometimes the reasons you’re wrong turn out to be the reasons you’re right. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Old Wall Street adage Anyone who has...

United We Fall, Divided We Stand

United We Fall, Divided We Stand by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Unity is not all it’s cracked up to be. Everything I said is contained in a single word—collectivism. And isn’t that the god of our century? To...

Avoid the Slippery Slope

Avoid the Slippery Slope by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Everything government touches turns to crap. Ringo Starr Social media companies, search engines, and payments platforms are excising conservative, libertarian, and assorted anti-government voices. SLL argued in “The Friendly...

A Silver Lining

A Silver Lining by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic A political victory only, not a stand on principle. No lion, tiger, bear, or wolf would, if it could choose, give up its claws or fangs. No poisonous snake or...

Naked Emperors Don’t Get Much Respect

Naked Emperors Don’t Get Much Respect by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic What happens when most of your military infrastructure is suddenly obsolete? The emperor was the last to realize he was naked. This is not unusual, emperors are...

Anger Mismanagement

Anger Mismanagement by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic A new bull market is coming that will wipe out many of the current bull markets. Its chart looks good—building a base for decades, lately bursting through the top of its...

Our Rulers’ ChiCainery

Our Rulers’ ChiCainery by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic John McCain is buried, may his philosophy soon follow. Now they lay his body down Sad old men who run this town “Kings,” Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen),...

The S**tocracy and Donald Trump

The S**tocracy and Donald Trump by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic The latest paroxysms of puerile petulance. Rick Hasen, a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, said Mr. Cohen’s admission could amount to an “impeachable offense,”...

America’s Kristallnacht?

America’s Kristallnacht? by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic If the US government prosecutes Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, it will mark a point of no return. We’ll never know what “average” Germans thought on November 11, 1938, the day after...

Now or Never

Now or Never by Robert Gore – Straight Ling Logic There can be no better advertisement against Democrats, neoconservatives, and never-Trumpers than their display after the Helsinki summit. Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. The Democrats’ destruction...

Socialism Won

Socialism Won by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic If she’s elected and goes to Washington, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will feel right at home. Socialism: “A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production,...

Outsourcing Morality

Outsourcing Morality by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Remember when you had to do something virtuous to signal your virtue? Some of the virtuous way back when did virtuous acts and didn’t even tell anyone else about them. If...

Declining and Falling

Declining and Falling by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Are we destined for the same fate as that other empire? At the end of World War II, the US enjoyed geopolitical supremacy unmatched since the Roman empire. Friends and...

The Inversion

The Inversion by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Soon, everything will be public knowledge, except what governments do. Last Tuesday, May 29, Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz published “An Open Letter to Starbucks Customers” in The Wall Street Journal (it...

Fortunately, the Dying Do Die

Fortunately, the Dying Do Die by Robert Gore – Straight Line Logic Deaths that won’t be widely mourned. It is deeply satisfying to see the New York Times headline: “The Last Days of Time Inc.” One dying mainstream media organ...