Gulliver’s Travels in Washington, D.C.

– August 9, 2022

“Perhaps, like the King on the Island of Laputa, our elite need a reminder of the danger of wielding such power. Unlike Swift’s protagonist, we are not gullible.” ~ Caroline Breashears


Redefining Recession: The White House Goes Orwellian (Video)

– August 4, 2022

“Kate Wand, host of AIER’s Liberty Curious podcast, explores the implications of redefining the meaning of words in a post-truth society, using Magness’ essay on the White House attempt at redefining the term recession.” ~ AIER


Would You Abdicate If You Could Be the Dictator?

– July 31, 2022

“Our fellow Americans need to be reasoned with to better understand that we should not only not want a dictatorship imposed from outside but we should also not want a domestic dictatorship, even when democratically elected, to paternalistically ‘get things done.'” ~ Richard M. Ebeling


State Power Doesn’t Settle Science

– July 27, 2022

“The courageous voice that Drs. Kheriaty, Prasad, Makary, Høeg, and many others express exists in every human being. That voice lies dormant until we value the voice.” ~ Barry Brownstein


How UT-Austin Administrators Destroyed an Intellectual Diversity Initiative

– July 7, 2022

“The extreme hostility of the faculty toward this project shows the desperate need for something serious along these lines. However, with the current administration at UT-Austin, nothing will be possible without far more direct state intervention.” ~ Richard Lowery


How To Defeat China Economically? Don’t Follow Its Worst Practices

– July 5, 2022

“The Biden administration’s new PGII program is unlikely to improve upon past development initiatives. To start, it seems unlikely to offer anything new. Worse, it is a political exercise aimed at China.” ~ Doug Bandow


From Victims to Pawns: New York’s About-Face on Marijuana

– July 2, 2022

“Politicians’ sudden moral awakening would be much more believable if their efforts sought to deliver maximum benefit to the people they harmed rather than to deliver maximum benefit to the political class under the guise of helping their former victims.” ~ Antony Davies


Tocqueville’s Worst Fears

– July 1, 2022

“Piketty is less concerned with promoting either political or individual freedom than he is with building a ‘state’ strong enough to push ‘to its logical conclusion ‘the movement towards ‘real equality’ as he conceives it.” ~ David Lewis Schaefer


Fact vs. Faith: Science in an Age of Unreason

– June 28, 2022

“Critical research has itself become taboo which, in turn, means that policy makers are making decisions based more on ideologically-driven political pressure than scientific fact.” ~ John Staddon


Chinese Antitrust Policy: Politics Over Economics

– June 16, 2022

“Chinese antitrust authorities may cite blackletter statutes, like its Measures for Cybersecurity Laws, to appear objective in enforcement and adjudication, but the ultimate check on their power is the will of the CCP, not the rule of law.” ~ Ethan Yang & Dorothy Chan


Conversations on Totalitarianism

– June 16, 2022

“Hiruta’s subjects – Arendt and Berlin – are both highly pertinent to understanding how a generation of thinkers grappled with the unprecedented intellectual challenges presented by the rise of totalitarianism in the first half of the twentieth century.” ~ James Wallner


Fat Orwell

– June 15, 2022

“With a few discreet kicks he sent the bits of his discarded lunch scattering. Now quiet again, his Fatbit faded to its resting display of the Party slogans. War is peace. Inflation is prosperity. Fitness is fatness.” ~ Jon Sanders