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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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The “Not Enough Jobs” Scenario: An Economic Fallacy

The “Not Enough Jobs” Scenario: An Economic Fallacy

(But Possibly an Accurate Forecast) MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Once again, a scholar with impressive credentials is broadcasting the gloomy notion that Americans face a job-poor future. The insufficient-jobs scenario appeared in George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen’s book “Average Is Over” a couple of [...]

Welcome to the Brave New World Devised by SCOTUS

Welcome to the Brave New World Devised by SCOTUS

BY MARK HENDRICKSON Exclusive to The Moral Liberal In a case of painfully ironic timing, between the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta on June 15 and our annual Fourth of July celebration three weeks later, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued three decisions which fundamentally altered the legal landscape in America in ways [...]

Farewell to Cash?

Farewell to Cash?

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Talk about a possible “cashless society” has been around for years. The crucial question for our economic well-being is whether we evolve away from the use of cash voluntarily (which will happen if superior alternatives are developed—such as something along the lines of Bitcoin) or involuntarily, as the result of [...]

Is Obama To Blame For Weak Economic Growth?

Is Obama To Blame For Weak Economic Growth?

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON A political science colleague sent me an article documenting President Obama’s dismal economic record, and he asked me for added details and perspective. Here goes: True, economic growth under Obama has been sluggish, fitful, faltering, historically weak, etc. However, if you look at the charts in the article (see [...]

The Magna Carta Turns 800

The Magna Carta Turns 800

BY DR. MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It isn’t too often that we remember something that happened 800 years ago. There are very few dates or events from that period—the Middle Ages—that most people remember. But one event—perhaps the most significant in the English speaking world of this time—was the signing of [...]

Misdiagnosing Inequality And The Cause Of Middle-Class Woes

Misdiagnosing Inequality And The Cause Of Middle-Class Woes

Responding to Nobel Economist Joseph Stilitz's Yahoo.com Interview BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON In an interview posted on Yahoo.com (April 23), Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz spoke about growing economic inequality and America’s shrinking middle class. Agreed, these are challenging and discouraging times for many, but as has happened [...]

TPP: A Threat to the Rule of Law

TPP: A Threat to the Rule of Law

MARK W. HENDRICKSON The Wall Street Journal editorial page seems to reserve an especially snide sarcasm for Republicans who wander off the path of economic growth. The latest recipient of this acidulous derision was Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). On Monday, an obviously miffed WSJ editorialist lambasted Sessions for a “critical alert” the [...]

Book Review: John Tamny’s ‘Popular Economics’

Book Review: John Tamny’s ‘Popular Economics’

MARK W. HENDRICKSON The multi-talented John Tamny—editor of RealClearMarkets, the Political Economy editor at Forbes, senior economic advisor to Toreador Research and Trading (among other hats that he wears)—has written a new, much-needed book. “Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James can Teach You About [...]

Unionism’s Fatal Flaws, Part Two: Double Standards

Unionism’s Fatal Flaws, Part Two: Double Standards

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Quite predictably, my article last week about Wisconsin adopting a right to work law elicited comments pro and con. I didn’t have time to read them all, but those I did read were an illustration of unions’ double standards. Members of unions need to realize that those double standards were a major factor contributing to [...]

Negative Interest Rates: A Brilliant Concept!

Negative Interest Rates: A Brilliant Concept!

MARK W. HENDRICKSON I have to admit that initially I was uninterested, even close-minded, about the negative yield being offered on a growing share of European sovereign debt. “It must be a short-term aberration,” I thought at first. “Completely nutso,” I sniffed dismissively as the phenomenon spread. “Who in their right mind would [...]

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