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Stan Collender, “one of the world’s leading experts on the U.S. budget and congressional budget process,”...

Posted by: James Agresti on October 24, 2014

It was a news item that came and went with barely a ripple.  And yet, it should have set off sirens and red-light alarms all across the country.

“America's top liberal arts schools skip U.S. history,” the headline read. “Of the 29 top...

Posted by: Stan Cohen on October 22, 2014

A friend of mine in the financial services industry called me the other day to vent about the poor quality of the public discourse concerning the freedom of the marketplace and the obsession with the Almighty Dollar. “Does it make sense,” he...

Posted by: Christopher Nelson on October 17, 2014

There are many who complain that big government is the root of all our problems. If we could but rid ourselves of its intrusive presence in our lives, things would be much better. Many complain about the effects of big government but few look at...

Posted by: John Horvat on October 1, 2014

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman claims he has unveiled the real motive behind opposition to the Federal...

Posted by: James Agresti on September 29, 2014

I recently dug up a 1908 curriculum manual in the Minnesota Historical Society archives. It provided instructions on everything from teacher deportment to recommended literature lists for various grades. As a book...

Posted by: Annie Holmquist on September 26, 2014

If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry about the growing utilitarian cast of education in general, as well...

Posted by: Patrick J. Deneen on September 24, 2014

I have been told that in the world of professional wrestling, popular villains are known as “cool heels.” Professional wrestling hardly is on the cutting edge of moral theory or even trends in popular culture. But its inclusion of “cool” bad guys...

Posted by: Bruce Frohnen on September 19, 2014

We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology—applying computing power to scoop up communications and metadata in bulk. But large-scale spying on Americans got its real start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I....

Posted by: Gary McGath on September 17, 2014

This summer I was part of a statewide effort to revise the social studies standards of a state in the northern plains. I had hoped to provide a positive influence that both respected the content of history...

Posted by: Kevin S. Krahenbuhl on September 15, 2014