Tribalism and Electoral Politics

– September 22, 2022

“Humans still have those tribal instincts, and politicians can play them differently by defining who they include in their ‘us’ group and who they define as ‘them.’ Their strategies are fully intentional.” ~ Randall G. Holcombe

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The Descent into Tyranny

– September 18, 2022

“We must bravely speak out against the governmentalization of social affairs and against the unjust sentiments and beliefs that forward it.” ~ Daniel B. Klein & Michael C. Munger

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Reflections on Constitution Day 2022

– September 17, 2022

“On this Constitution Day 2022, it’s good to remember the Constitutional insights offered by Frederick Douglass. The Constitution was made for a nation that was born with slavery and would later, in its maturity, rejoice in the abolition of slavery. He was right.” ~ Thomas L. Krannawitter

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A Constitutionalist Shift

– September 17, 2022

“Over the past century and a half, the federal government has quietly morphed from a government based on a constitution to a government based on a constitutional tradition.” ~ James R. Harrigan & Antony Davies

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America’s Other Constitution

– September 17, 2022

“Americans must strenuously reassert their natural right to be left to do as they wish unless their behaviors demonstrably injure other Americans. Even then they should be allowed to pursue voluntary solutions before governments may constitutionally intercede.” ~ Robert E. Wright

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All for Nothing

– September 14, 2022

“Kempowski helps us realize that progress will go retrograde when people adopt illiberal beliefs. Will blinding fear and false faith set the course for the next era of American history? Has the suffering during the pandemic been all for nothing?” ~ Barry Brownstein

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How Common Has Private Currency Been?

– September 6, 2022

“Private banknotes can still be found in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, and Macau, where they have not yet been banned or taxed out of existence.” ~ Lawrence H. White

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Duginism

– September 2, 2022

“Dugin sees this history, and embraces it. Lord Acton taught us, ‘power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Dugin says, absolute power is wonderful.” ~ Clifford F. Thies

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Stratification Economics?

– September 2, 2022

“We don’t know the reasons why the economics JEL committee denied Stratification Economics its own niche, but the facts amply justify their decision. The real fault, of course, is the fragmentation of social science that has allowed such problems to arise.” ~ John Staddon

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Should We Eliminate the Involuntary Servitude Exception?

– September 1, 2022

“Any change like this costs political capital, and so we should only push for changes that are likely to have real impact, especially since there is so much that needs to be done to achieve meaningful criminal justice reform in the United States.” ~ Chris W. Surprenant

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Triviality’s Assault on Liberty

– August 31, 2022

“Gorged on such pablum, we are liable to become indolent, somnolent, and neglectful—overfed loafers of a popular culture of junk food, dozing uneasily on our couches as the world flashes by on our screens.” ~ Richard Gunderman

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Out of Control Government and Isaiah’s Job

– August 29, 2022

“Just as Albert Jay Nock helped to cultivate a new generation of friends of freedom, that is our task in our own time. And together we can make a society of liberty a reality, without always being depressed or despondent about who or how many may be listening.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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