A mutual insurance company is an insurer that is owned 100% by its policyholders. Policyholders in a mutual are “contractual creditors”1 of the assets of the company. This means that a policyholder has ownership, membership, and contractual rights vested to them by state law. When a mutual insurance company demutualizes it converts completely to a stock company owned by shareholders. When this happens it loses its mutuality. A mutual insurance holding company (MIHC) is something altogether different—
In April of 1987 a newspaper ad ran in the Wall Street Journal with the following almost unbelievable bold headlines: “All Life Insurance Lets You Provide For Your Children—Ours Lets You Buy Toys Of Your Own.” This ad was so ostentatious in its message that it became Exhibit-A in a Senate Hearing before the Subcommittee on Taxation and Debt Management on March 25th, 1988.
One of the most widely accepted propositions among political economists is the following: Every monopoly is bad from the viewpoint of consumers. Monopoly is understood in its classical sense to be an exclusive privilege granted to a single producer of a commodity or service, i.e., as the absence of free entry into a particular line of production.
Critics of liberalism and the market economy have made a long-standing habit of inventing terms we would never use to describe ourselves. The most common of these is “neo-liberal” or “neo-liberalism,” which appears to mean whatever the critics wish it to mean to describe ideas they don’t like.
The Republican and Democrat Party Conventions are now behind us. But through all the cheers and jeers, hoopla and poopla, warnings of a dark and dangerous future or promises of a bright and beautiful shape-of-things-to-come, one of the most serious shadows hanging over America was hardly mentioned at all: the unsustainability of the “entitlement” programs of the welfare state.
“Sweetheart, I think you’re making a terrible decision. However, I am not going to stop you.”
That’s from a not-too-long-ago escapade with my daughter, who was about to spend her money on what I honestly thought was dumb. Why, if she was making a mistake, didn’t I stop her?
In a video making the rounds in social media last week, conservative author Mark Dice performs a series of man-on-the-street interviews to show how most Americans have no idea what Independence Day commemorates. The punch line comes at the end when Dice finds a young woman who can quote the document that he apparently thinks we commemorate on Independence Day.