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ILYA SHAPIRO & GABRIEL LATNER, CATO INSTITUTE Virtually every aspect of government’s work [...]


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CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Under the U.S. Constitution, the powers delegated to the federal [...]


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MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 2 Milton Friedman once said, “If you put [...]


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Muslims terrorism goes way back to Pilgrim times

American Minute with Bill Federer On NOVEMBER 21, 1620 (NS), the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact and began their Plymouth Colony. Five years [Read More]


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BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. An analysis of nonsense in areas as broad as social behavior, political [...]


Controversy in the Life and Teaching of Philosophy Controversy in the Life and Teaching of Philosophy »

MORTIMER J. ADLER, PH.D. PART 1 In a little more than twenty years, the honor of delivering the [...]


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America's War with Reality, Truth, and Morality BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Ideas have [...]


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DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, PLATO Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated [...]


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A Theory of Public Nonsense

A Theory of Public Nonsense

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. An analysis of nonsense in areas as broad as social behavior, political policy, and science can be complex and intimidating. Since this is so, it seems both necessary and relevant to have some sort of conceptual framework we can use to help us as we plow our way [...]

“Greedy” Corporations Save Lives

“Greedy” Corporations Save Lives

Prosperity’s conquest of disease offers lessons for global change IAIN MURRAY, THE FREEMAN With Ebola wreaking havoc across West Africa, news that a private company has virtually eradicated the disease on its extensive property invites sighs of relief. Yet Firestone’s actions were not [...]

What is Intellectual Insanity?

What is Intellectual Insanity?

America's War with Reality, Truth, and Morality BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. Ideas have consequences. A philosophy is a set of ideas about basic things like reality, truth, and morality. Therefore, philosophies have consequences. Some of the consequences of some philosophies are not good [...]

Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES Wow, I had barely recommended repealing the laws that restrict U.S. oil exports as part of an overall ramping up of competition in global oil markets when news hit that the Saudis were cutting the price of oil shipped to the U.S. The price of [...]

Government Must Honor Its Contracts

Government Must Honor Its Contracts

ILYA SHAPIRO & GABRIEL LATNER, CATO INSTITUTE Virtually every aspect of government’s work depends on contracts, whether they be with manufacturers of naval ships, civilian contractors, the companies that sell office supplies, or the landlords who lease the office space that houses the vast [...]

With Lawless Executive Action, Obama Takes Aim at Straw Men

With Lawless Executive Action, Obama Takes Aim at Straw Men

DERRICK MORGAN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Tonight, President Obama called for reasonable debate while attacking an army of straw men: those who want to rip children out of the arms of parents, deport college graduates, close off the country to immigration and those who want to do nothing to fix our [...]

Immigration, Executive Imperialism, and the Myth Of Gridlock

Immigration, Executive Imperialism, and the Myth Of Gridlock

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times — divided government means “gridlock.” With Congress in the hands of one party and the presidency in the hands of the other, nothing gets done. In fact, there’s an argument that voters see this alleged [...]

Is There Anywhere Safe to Be a Jew?

Is There Anywhere Safe to Be a Jew?

BY ALAN CARUBA One might think that being a rabbi praying in a synague in an ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel was about as safe as one could get, but you would be wrong. Jews, no matter where they are, understand they can be attacked and killed for being Jews. It is the price [...]

The Case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

The Case of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Why Didn't School Desegregation Work? BY CARL L. BANKSTON III After well over a half-century of efforts to desegregate American schools, many schools and even school districts continue to be concentrations of racial and ethnic minority students. Why is this? In academic and activist circles, [...]

Grubergate Should Spark Hearings by Congress

Grubergate Should Spark Hearings by Congress

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY “Grubergate” is the name for the embarrassing revelations about Obamacare by its chief architect, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted that the House Oversight Committee will hold hearings on this issue, so the public can learn the facts [...]

The Bright Side to Amnesty

The Bright Side to Amnesty

BY SELWYN DUKE See also: Immigration and American Strength To many, the above title may seem much like speaking of the bright side to malignant cancer. And did it really come out of this writer’s pen? Long a staunch immigration critic, I’ve written many articles on the subject; Pat [...]

You’ve Been Gruber’d, Stupid!

You’ve Been Gruber’d, Stupid!

BY ALAN CARUBA “No.  I -- I did not.  Uhhh, I just heard about this... I -- I get well briefed before I come out here.  Uh, th-th-the fact that some advisor who never worked on our staff, uhh, expressed an opinion that, uhh, I completely disagree with wuh, uhh, in terms of the voters, is no [...]

The Great Deceivers: Obama, Mary Landrieu and the Democrats

The Great Deceivers: Obama, Mary Landrieu and the Democrats

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Stop urinating on us and telling us it is raining. Please forgive me for using a crude saying. However, it perfectly and succinctly describes what Obama, Mary Landrieu and the Democrats have been doing to Americans, particularly blacks, for a very long [...]

Why Ending FEMA Will Improve Disaster Response

Why Ending FEMA Will Improve Disaster Response

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Under the U.S. Constitution, the powers delegated to the federal government are “few and defined,” as James Madison noted in Federalist 45, while the powers of the states “will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the [...]

The Two Ukraine’s

The Two Ukraine’s

BY ALAN CARUBA “Obama is just not up to the task—a geopolitical lightweight who was easily outmaneuvered in Syria and Iran.” That’s Marin Katusa, writing in his new book, “The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp” ($29.95, John Wiley and Sons, and [...]

Because We’re Running Out of Resources, Government Must Manage Them

Because We’re Running Out of Resources, Government Must Manage Them

MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 2 Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.” The great economist wasn’t just being cute. He was pointing to a very serious problem with [...]

Government Shutdown Theater

Government Shutdown Theater

Republicans Should Not Surrender to Obama’s Blackmail DANIEL J. MITCHELL, CATO INSTITUTE Notwithstanding the landslide rejection of Obama and his policies in the mid-term election, I don’t think this will produce big changes in policy over the next two years. Simply stated, supporters of [...]

Drugs for the Deceased

Drugs for the Deceased

NICOLE KAEDING, CATO INSTITUTE Medicare fraud is rampant. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates fraud compromises 8 percent of total expenditures, or $44 billion annually. Outside estimates are as high as $120 billion. A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services [...]

Dear Democrats, Don’t Even Think about Running from Jonathan Gruber

Dear Democrats, Don’t Even Think about Running from Jonathan Gruber

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ Ian Tuttle has a nice piece up over on the homepage about the Democrats’ many efforts to distance themselves from Jonathan “stupidity of the American voter” Gruber. He used to be known as the “architect” of Obamacare and now, according to CBS News, the Democrats [...]

How Bad is Obamacare? Remember the Context for Gruber’s Deceptions

How Bad is Obamacare? Remember the Context for Gruber’s Deceptions

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ As now the third video emerges of “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber ”insulting voters,” it’s important that we remember the context for Obamacare’s lies, spins, evasions, and deliberate obfuscation. Obamacare was so expansive, so unpopular, and so outside the [...]

Praying or Not on the Temple Mount

Praying or Not on the Temple Mount

BY ALAN CARUBA The Palestinians never lose an opportunity or excuse to kill Jews. What is feared is a new intifada or holy war in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem, where attacks on its civilians and soldiers have been occurring. The present grievance has to do with the Temple Mount, the holiest [...]

Shakespeare’s Thoughts on the Ferguson Riots

Shakespeare’s Thoughts on the Ferguson Riots

BY T.F. STERN The Grand Jury will hand down its findings very soon regarding the police shooting in Ferguson.  The community has been in constant turmoil since the tragic event took place; much of the unrest coming in the form of rioting, looting and burning down store front businesses.  [...]

Psychologists Over-Diagnose and Medicate

Psychologists Over-Diagnose and Medicate

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY The family has declined in the United States in part because the elites wanted it to. Bureaucrats, judges, and celebrities sneer at the idea of the “Ozzie and Harriet” family. One group that uses academic credentials to undermine the nuclear family is the psychology [...]

EPA’s next regulatory tsunami

EPA’s next regulatory tsunami

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Trillions of dollars in ozone compliance and economic stagnation costs, for fabricated benefits~ Looming Environmental Protection Agency ozone regulations personify the Obama administration’s secrecy, collusion, fraud, and disdain for concerns about the effects that its [...]

Obama Declares an Amnesty War

Obama Declares an Amnesty War

BY ALAN CARUBA The same mindset that could conspire to foist ObamaCare on Americans by deception is at work to do the same thing with an unconstitutional, unilateral announcement of amnesty for millions of illegal—oops, “undocumented”—aliens living in America. What is amazing about [...]

When Will the NAACP Truly Help Their People?

When Will the NAACP Truly Help Their People?

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Upon reading a post election article in which the NAACP is all fired up about supposed black voter suppression, my response was when will these people ever seriously do something to help black people? http://bit.ly/1z3creI Folks, I am sorry, but the [...]

Net Neutrality: A 21st Century Trojan Horse

Net Neutrality: A 21st Century Trojan Horse

BY BOB BARR “’Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet.” With this single phrase, Senator Ted Cruz has sparked one of the most heated debates about the future of the Internet since the Federal Communications Commission first released its Open Internet Order in 2010. Proponents [...]

Class Warfare One More Time: The Left & Right-Wing Versions

Class Warfare One More Time: The Left & Right-Wing Versions

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Looking back on another biennial election, one of the defining issues that separates and distinguishes the statists—the “left-wingers”—from the traditionalist pro-individual rights advocates—what the left calls “right-wingers” like me (a label I proudly accept [...]

Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?—Revisited

Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?—Revisited

BY TOM DEWEESE Author’s note: On Monday, November 10th, Barack Obama met with Communist Chinese leaders and announced a new immigration agreement with that totalitarian dictatorship, creating the following headline:  “Putting a bright face on the future of U.S. ties to China, President [...]

2014 Election: Blacks, Hispanics, Young and Women Still Reliably Liberal

2014 Election: Blacks, Hispanics, Young and Women Still Reliably Liberal

BY SELWYN DUKE The best predictor of future voting patterns is past voting patterns, to use a twist on a famous maxim. This is probably even truer of groups than individuals, and, despite some wishful thinking to the contrary, this election cycle was no exception. As to this, Silvio Canto at [...]

To America’s Lions: Thank You for Your Service

To America’s Lions: Thank You for Your Service

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It took some time for the nation to appreciate the services offered and sacrifices endured by men and women who served during the Vietnam War. In addition to 58,000 deaths, there remains the enduring physical and psychological trauma experienced by [...]

Abuse of Dominance by Patentees: A Pro-Innovation Perspective

Abuse of Dominance by Patentees: A Pro-Innovation Perspective

ALDEN ABBOTT, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Antitrust issues (referred to interchangeably here as competition issues) are an increasingly important consideration for intellectual property (IP) owners. Such issues can arise in numerous transactions involving IP rights, including from refusals to license, [...]

Obama’s Cruel and Costly Climate Hoax

Obama’s Cruel and Costly Climate Hoax

BY ALAN CARUBA The intense cold that many Americans are encountering arrives more than a month before the official start of winter on December 2l. To discuss this, we need to keep in mind that weather is what is occurring now. Climate is measured over longer periods, the minimum of which is [...]

What Can We Expect From the New Senate?

What Can We Expect From the New Senate?

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Republicans won a big victory in the midterm elections, so big that the media are calling it a “wave.” Is President Obama planning to cope with this by “working together” and “bipartisanship”? The New York Times gave us his answer on the front page. Barack [...]

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