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A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” »

MARK W. HENDRICKSON By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary [...]


TFSAs Spur Canada Savings Revolution TFSAs Spur Canada Savings Revolution »

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE A tax reform is spurring a savings revolution in Canada. Amity Shlaes [...]


Curbing Obama power grabs Curbing Obama power grabs »

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate [...]


Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts »

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic [...]


Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias »

Only the states can reign in a debt-addicted Congress Nick Dranias THE FREEMAN Nick Dranias is [...]


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October 06, 2014


Federalist 62. Madison reminds us that the election of U.S. Senators by their respective state legislatures secured state rights or authority. In your opinion, how might a return to this vital constitutional principle become a key element in empowering a push back against federal intrusion into powers our heaven inspired Constitution clearly retained as jurisdictionally belonging to state & local governments, to families & individuals, to private businesses, churches, & charities?


American Minute

The Battle of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805 »

The Battle of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805

American Minute with Bill Federer British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right eye capturing Corsica and his right arm attacking the Canary [Read More]


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Emerson—The Man with the Hoe Emerson—The Man with the Hoe »

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Mark Twain: As Regards Patriotism Mark Twain: As Regards Patriotism »

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Radical Academy: Root Principles & Common Sense

Have We Lost Our Common Sense?—Dolhenty Have We Lost Our Common Sense?—Dolhenty »

BY JONATHAN DOLHENTY, PH.D. The world is in a desperate state of affairs. Social institutions – the [...]


Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals »

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a [...]


Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them? Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them? »

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Historically, the Democrats proudly have worn the mantle of “the party of [...]


Bastiat: Law’s Preexistence, Definition, and Jurisdiction Bastiat: Law’s Preexistence, Definition, and Jurisdiction »

Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist, statesman, & author Daily Dabble in the Classics, [...]


Emerson—The Man with the Hoe Emerson—The Man with the Hoe »

American Thought Emerson’s essay on “Farming”—first published in Society and Solitude—was [...]


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No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

BY ALAN CARUBA One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia. Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its [...]

ACLJ Opposes New HHS Mandate Regulations

ACLJ Opposes New HHS Mandate Regulations

GEOFFREY SURTEES, ACLJ Today, the American Center for Law & Justice filed formal comments in objection to the administration’s latest efforts to see to it that both non-profit and for-profit groups continue to kowtow to the HHS Mandate.  (The HHS Mandate, adopted pursuant to Obamacare, [...]

Top U.S. Aid Recipient Is Set to Hang a Christian Woman for Blasphemy

Top U.S. Aid Recipient Is Set to Hang a Christian Woman for Blasphemy

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ Pakistan is a perennial recipient of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. It’s an occasional ally/frequent enemy, sometimes actively conspiring against U.S. interests, sometimes actually firing on U.S. troops (incidents so notorious they now have their own Wikipedia page), [...]

The Radicalism of Feminism

The Radicalism of Feminism

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY What comes to mind when you think of the word feminism? Is it equality between men and women? If you put it that way, feminism might sound like a good idea, but in my new book, Who Killed the American Family?, I show just how extreme the feminist goals really are. The [...]

Karl Marx and the Communist Religion of Hate

Karl Marx and the Communist Religion of Hate

BY CHRISTOPHER C.M. WARREN "Thus heaven I’ve forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, is chosen for hell." Karl Marx I do have to say from the outset that whilst I was never a communist (I have, for most of my life, been slightly right of centre, and for a period, [...]

A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”

A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”

MARK W. HENDRICKSON By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on the three most famous Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor. I have to confess that I almost didn’t watch it. There were two reasons for my reluctance. First, I am not a fan of [...]

TFSAs Spur Canada Savings Revolution

TFSAs Spur Canada Savings Revolution

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE A tax reform is spurring a savings revolution in Canada. Amity Shlaes and I wrote about Canada’s Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) in the Wall Street Journal in August. We think that such accounts would be a fantastic policy reform for America. They would simplify [...]

The “Malaise” Has Returned

The “Malaise” Has Returned

BY ALAN CARUBA The joke is that Jimmy Carter is happy that Barack Obama has replaced him as the worst President of the modern era.  It is a supreme irony that Obama’s campaign theme was “Hope and Change” when Americans have lost a great deal of hope about their personal futures and the [...]

Curbing Obama power grabs

Curbing Obama power grabs

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help?~ You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe [...]

Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a review I published back in 2011 of Paul Berman's book The Flight of the Intellectuals. I'm posting the review here: Two criticisms lie at the heart of Paul Berman’s The Flight of the [...]

Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but I noticed that the firm’s gross domestic product forecasts with models hundreds of equations long were no better than simple forecasts [...]

Democratic Voting Bloc-Heads

Democratic Voting Bloc-Heads

BY ALAN CARUBA As this is being written, Rasmussen Reports says that 48% of likely voters approve of President Obama’s performance in office while 50% disapproved. Other polls indicate far more unhappiness with Obama, but in general one must conclude that half the voters are idiots. He is an [...]

Stop Disease At the Border

Stop Disease At the Border

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Americans against amnesty are not only worried about unemployed Mexicans crossing our southern border illegally to take U.S. jobs. More than ever, we need the fence that Congress voted for and President George W. Bush made a television photo event when he signed it into [...]

Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias

Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias

Only the states can reign in a debt-addicted Congress Nick Dranias THE FREEMAN Nick Dranias is Vice President of Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) charity that focuses on educating citizens and statesmen about the power of interstate compacts to achieve [...]

When the Communists Murdered a Priest

When the Communists Murdered a Priest

PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES It was October 19, 1984—30 years ago this week. A gentle, courageous, and genuinely holy priest, Jerzy Popieluszko, age 37, found himself in a ghastly spot that, though it must have horrified him, surely did not surprise him. An unholy trinity of [...]

Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending

Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending

ROMINA BOCCIA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Waste and inefficiency in the U.S. government are rampant. The federal government does too many things that would be done better by individuals or businesses in the private sector, or by state and local governments, or that should not be done at all. [...]

Killing Confidence in Our Government

Killing Confidence in Our Government

BY ALAN CARUBA What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008? It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans [...]

Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them?

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Historically, the Democrats proudly have worn the mantle of “the party of labor.” In practice, though, there has been an interesting dichotomy: they undoubtedly are the party of organized labor, with unions being a major pillar of the Democratic Party; however, their [...]

Student’s First Amendment Suit Against U. of New Mexico Will Proceed

Student’s First Amendment Suit Against U. of New Mexico Will Proceed

SUSAN KRUTH, THEFIRE.ORG If there is a safe place to share controversial opinions without punishment, it should be a class at a public institution of higher education that professes to foster discussions by “open minds.” Yet despite the inclusion of these words in the syllabus of the [...]

The Five-Dollar Lady, the GOP & Rob Maness for U.S. Senate

The Five-Dollar Lady, the GOP & Rob Maness for U.S. Senate

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Six years ago I wrote the song, “American Tea Party Anthem” http://bit.ly/1D155uv and was asked to perform my song at rallies across America on a Tea Party Express national bus tour. Back then, I was not politically savvy; clueless about how all this [...]

UN Gun Grab Enters New And Dangerous Phase

UN Gun Grab Enters New And Dangerous Phase

BY BOB BARR Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again. The United Nations – a bureaucracy so bloated and byzantine that it makes the United States Senate appear efficient by comparison – is poised to begin tossing legal monkey wrenches into international [...]

SIFIs Are LCCs (Lucrative Cash Cows)

SIFIs Are LCCs (Lucrative Cash Cows)

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Six years ago, it seemed as though the financial system of the United States might melt down. In March of 2008, prodded by federal regulators, J.P. Morgan J.P. Morgan Chase Chase absorbed Bear Stearns. In September, JPM also took over Washington Mutual. This proved [...]

An American Decline that Must Be Reversed

An American Decline that Must Be Reversed

BY ALAN CARUBA The tendency of pundits is to address the decline in American culture and traditional moral values. The concerns addressed include the rather sudden, but widespread embrace of same-sex marriages or calls for the legalization of marijuana so anyone can get high without the fear of [...]

Politicizing a Plague

Politicizing a Plague

BY ALAN CARUBA If President Obama does not want the Ebola virus to kill Americans, why has his administration done nothing to restrict any flights from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the hot spots in Africa where it appears the virus is spreading? One of the reason flights from Liberia [...]

Have you read my book –  Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?

Have you read my book – Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?

BY TOM DEWEESE You know, it’s been a couple of years since my book was published and I have sold a lot of them as I travel across the country, speaking about Agenda 21. But I took a few minutes during this past weekend to look through the book again and frankly, it still surprises me. If [...]

Why Pennsylvania should not enact a severance tax on natural gas

Why Pennsylvania should not enact a severance tax on natural gas

TRACY MILLER, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES As the governor’s race heats up in Pennsylvania, one of the central issues is whether to enact a severance tax on natural gas. Democrat candidate Tom Wolf has emphasized the fact that Pennsylvania is the only state in the country without a severance [...]

Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity

Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY The highly-acclaimed Common Core standards are becoming so unpopular that they may soon be politically untouchable. From Glenn Beck and activist parents to the Wall Street Journal and senior academics, critics are piling on and throwing Common Core into the trash bin. One of [...]

Climate Change Insanity

Climate Change Insanity

BY ALAN CARUBA I went out for a walk today and enjoyed seeing how the autumn leaves are changing color because autumn, simply stated, is one of the four seasons that affects the Earth. It is part of the change that occurs as it has for billions of years. The notion that humans have anything to do [...]

Abandoning Kurds and Jews

Abandoning Kurds and Jews

BY ALAN CARUBA Watching the events affecting the Kurds in Kobani, Syria, under attack from the Islamic State (ISIS), it occurred to me that they have much in common with Zionists, Jews who established Israel in 1948. Turkey’s president Recep Tyyip Erdogan dislikes Kurds and Jews with equal [...]

A Supreme Court, Not Supreme Wisdom

A Supreme Court, Not Supreme Wisdom

BY ALAN CARUBA I am not a lawyer, but I have read the Constitution and I cannot find any indication that the Founding Fathers intended the guarantee of “equal protection of the laws” in the 14th Amendment to include same-sex marriage. The idea would have been regarded as an abomination to the [...]

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