Boeing has just lost an estimated $5.15 billion defense order from Canada in retaliation for the duties levied by the US Commerce Department’s against Canada’s Bombardier on Boeing’s request. Boeing’s attack on Bombardier was the subject of a lead article in a previous issue in Founders Broadsheet. and a follow-up article which reported on how Boeing’s attack resulted in the creation of an even more formidable competitor to Boeing in the form of an Airbus-Bombardier merger. The two retaliations against Boeing’s trade complaint — Bombardier wasn’t even a competitor to any of Boeing’s existing planes — are a foretaste of what the consequences will be if the Trump administration continues on its protectionist bent: costly retaliations and new trade deals missed. It could also result in pro-trade Republican congressmen acquiescing to Democratic efforts to drive President Trump from office.
Progressives demand you affirm other people’s self-identity or face jail
A thought-provoking essay by Notre Dame scholar Vincent Phillip Muñoz contrasts traditional notions of freedom with the notion espoused by Progressives and exemplified by the suit initiated by two gays against a Colorado baker who declined to bake them a wedding cake. The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, is now before the US Supreme Court. Professor Muñoz notes that the view of freedom that Progressives are seeking to enshrine is that one must have “one’s identity affirmed by others….If one’s identity is not respected or recognized or affirmed—if one is “disrespected,” to use an awkward term—one is denied equality.”
This presumably is also the philosophical notion behind the new California law that prescribes punishment for using the wrong gender pronoun — which might offend a transgender person.
Anti-Trump administration opposition, update
One of Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore’s accusers has admitted that she, not Moore, wrote part of the yearbook entry that she previously attributed to Moore as evidence against him.
CNN and CBS published a false report that President Trump’s son was offered secret access to the supposedly Russia-curated Wikileaks emails before these were made public