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Some people can smell a rat a mile away. Others don’t notice even when the odor wafts right under their noses.

Olfactory proficiency by itself doesn’t make you a hero. But if you’re among the first to pick up the scent and warn others, and...

Posted by: Lawrence W. Reed on June 29, 2015

Last winter, I was getting ready to put insulating plastic on all of my windows to keep the cold out. I quizzed my Facebook friends to see if they could use the economic way of thinking to predict which room’s windows...

Posted by: Sarah Skwire on June 19, 2015

June 15, 2015 marks 800 years since a fateful day along the River Thames just twenty miles west of central London. It’s a good thing to note such anniversaries. They encourage us to discover things we should...

Posted by: Lawrence W. Reed on June 15, 2015

Richard Nixon stood by a lemon-yellow refrigerator in Moscow and bragged to the Soviet leader: “The American system,” he told Nikita Khrushchev over frosted cupcakes and chocolate layer cake, “is designed to take advantage of new inventions.”...

Posted by: B.K. Marcus on June 12, 2015

Though gorgeously written in its own right, 1984 also benefitted from the timing of its release, at the very end of the Second World War and at the beginning of the Cold War. Though a delusional love affair existed between the West...

Posted by: Bradley J. Birzer on June 3, 2015

Health insurance is a crime. No, I’m not using a metaphor. I’m not saying it’s a mess, though it certainly is that. I’m saying it’s illegal to offer real health insurance in...

Posted by: Warren C. Gibson on May 28, 2015

The most revered woman in late 19th-century America is someone you’ve probably never heard of: Fanny Crosby.

Even if she is barely remembered today, the songs she wrote are still sung every week from coast to coast and around the world....

Posted by: Lawrence W. Reed on May 22, 2015

This story about a real hero is rather personal. I knew the subject. He was a terrific friend I’ll never forget.

How is it that we recognize someone as “great?” Is it by how often his or her name appears in the newspapers? Is it by how...

Posted by: Lawrence W. Reed on May 20, 2015

I’ve seen it coming for many years.

The threat appears regularly in the comments on our social media pages. The first time you learn that passing your faith on to your children is...

Posted by: Devin Foley on May 18, 2015

As I sat on the front steps of our downtown row house writing this essay, police and National Guard helicopters circling overhead, several dejected neighbors came by to chat with me about the sorrowful setback our city has suffered. This...

Posted by: Andrew Balio on May 8, 2015