Tribalism’s Big Lie

– June 26, 2022

“Over the past 200 years, explosive economic growth and advances in material well-being came as we transcended tribal thinking. Embrace the reality of a common humanity shared with all. We descend into primitive tribal thinking at our peril.” ~ Barry Brownstein

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Recovering the Path to Manhood

– June 25, 2022

“I want my sons to be man enough to handle real womanly excellences as they find them, with grace and gratitude. I would like them to aspire as well to friendship with women, and especially their future wives.” ~ Rachel Lu

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The Wire Turns Twenty

– June 24, 2022

“In the end, The Wire offers Baltimoreans no hope, and statist policymakers no path forward. But surely a smaller city government would mean a better Baltimore.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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Renaming Army Posts

– June 23, 2022

“The renaming of an Army post should be a positive, not a negative statement. Renaming some of them should not be about erasing our history, but adding to our history. Heroes from the ranks of the common soldier should be honored.” ~ Clifford F. Thies

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Of Patriots and Freedom

– June 19, 2022

“What is a better thing to celebrate than the liberty all Americans know to be their birthright? This is not a partisan victory, nor is it one of one time or another. It’s a universal victory, because the cause of freedom is the cause of everyone.” ~ James R. Harrigan

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What Is Juneteenth to All Americans?

– June 19, 2022

“America is a promise, one that has yet to be met. As July 4 commemorates the initiation of that promise, Juneteenth commemorates the work yet to be done, reminding us all that there are still miles to go before we sleep.” ~ Tarnell Brown

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Juneteenth: Uniquely American

– June 19, 2022

“Without the Emancipation Proclamation, there would be no Juneteenth. Juneteenth is your day to shine, Republicans. Don’t ignore it. Wrap yourselves in it. It’s your story to tell, and it is a beautiful story.” ~ Thomas L. Krannawitter

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Economics as an Antidote to Envy

– June 2, 2022

“Much of what economists refer to as ‘transaction costs’ would be eliminated in an economy consisting entirely of saints, but that is unfortunately not the world we inhabit.” ~ Clara E. Piano

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Obi-Wan Kenobi, Public Choice Economist

– May 30, 2022

“Public choice logic remains relevant in the real world, even for our more pressing political controversies. Perhaps we should pay more attention to Obi-Wan, his public choice logic, and the larger political economy issues the Star Wars franchise ingeniously portrays.” ~ Byron B. Carson III

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The Return of Gonzo Journalism

– May 25, 2022

“It’s harder and harder to find good reporting, as the media is increasingly concerned with advancing a particular narrative, without concern for objectivity. Understanding it as gonzo journalism provides a helpful heuristic.” ~ Nikolai G. Wenzel

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You Are a Soul: Dedicated to the Vital Spirit of David Theroux

– May 25, 2022

“Souls and persons are one-to-one, so it is natural that ‘human being’ be signified as either ‘soul’ or ‘person,’ each serving, according to my formulation, as a synecdoche for the human being.” ~ Daniel B. Klein

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The Perils of a Modern Babel

– May 23, 2022

“Pursuing a modern Babel project through social media technology is not any better than the ancient Biblical project pursued with bricks.” ~ Richard Gunderman & Mark Mutz

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