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The Real Reason Why We Should Read

The Real Reason Why We Should Read

Words of wisdom from Sir Francis Bacon.

The End of Ideas in American Politics?

The End of Ideas in American Politics?

Americans have long mistrusted intellectuals, nowhere more so than when intellectuals have had access to power. There is considerable irony in this apprehension, for the Founding Fathers were themselves men of intellect and learning.

Children Should Learn about TANSTAAFL

Children Should Learn about TANSTAAFL

...and they probably won't learn about it in school.

How Air Combat Changed Roald Dahl

How Air Combat Changed Roald Dahl

Did you know the famous author was a fighter pilot in World War II?

Words of wisdom from Russia?

Words of wisdom from Russia?

Americans probably don’t want another ‘permanent war’.

9 Quotes that Might Make Trump and Sanders Reconsider Their Presidential Bids

9 Quotes that Might Make Trump and Sanders Reconsider Their Presidential Bids

“With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.”

How Financial Knowledge was Taught in 1889

How Financial Knowledge was Taught in 1889

Try to do these problems without a calculator.... 

The best form of government?

The best form of government?

It can also be the worst according to Thomas Aquinas.

When It Comes to Community, Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

When It Comes to Community, Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

Tocqueville had a few words to say on the subject.

Marcel Marceau Was A Holocaust Hero

Marcel Marceau Was A Holocaust Hero

Wow. This is amazing.

Dostoevsky’s Critique of Socialism

Dostoevsky’s Critique of Socialism

Dostoevsky was both an advocate for the poor and an opponent of socialism. Here's why...

This Is How a Dark Age Begins…

This Is How a Dark Age Begins…

We are losing sight of the concept of knowledge while drowning in a sea of information.

Are Standardized Tests A Necessary or Unnecessary Evil?

Are Standardized Tests A Necessary or Unnecessary Evil?

A balanced approach to the opt out movement.
 

Martin Shkreli: If morality is relative, why are we outraged?

Martin Shkreli: If morality is relative, why are we outraged?

We are confronted by the logical conclusion of our culture's teachings on morality.

Is What We Have Today 'Progress'?

Is What We Have Today 'Progress'?

On what basis, on what evidence, would one definitively conclude that human life and history is improving?

5 Habits That Propelled Rockefeller to Fame and Fortune
A Tough Question on Race and Culture from a Reader

A Tough Question on Race and Culture from a Reader

If you’re going to pursue truth, sometimes it forces uncomfortable discussions.

'Wild Skepticism' has Run its Course

'Wild Skepticism' has Run its Course

While the intellectual currents shaping thinking today are new to us, they are actually quite old – and running on fumes.  

6 Lesser-Known Historical Sites in Rome

6 Lesser-Known Historical Sites in Rome

Not as frequented as the Colisseum, but still historically significant.

Another Lesson from Rome: Taxation, Bureaucracy, and the Rich vs. Poor

Another Lesson from Rome: Taxation, Bureaucracy, and the Rich vs. Poor

Despite Emperor Diocletian's reforms, problems persisted that lead to further decline.

Thomas Paine: School Choice Supporter?

Thomas Paine: School Choice Supporter?

School choice is hardly a modern idea dreamed up by the religious right.

So, all government is an example of socialism?

So, all government is an example of socialism?

You can't have your cake and eat it too. 

Where do your ‘rights’ come from?

Where do your ‘rights’ come from?

Too many gloss over that part of the Declaration of Independence. 

Why Yankees Won't (and Can't) Leave the South Alone

Why Yankees Won't (and Can't) Leave the South Alone

What is there about them that has compelled them to meddle in our affairs? 

A lot of people don't want to live like us

A lot of people don't want to live like us

There's a good lesson in 'The Eagle'. Can we learn from it? 

What do the yellow-ish countries have in common?

What do the yellow-ish countries have in common?

Transparency Institute released its international Corruption Perceptions Index.

Give the Nazis What They Want

Give the Nazis What They Want

Call Them National Socialists

Can the Pursuit of "Efficiency" Ever Be Wrong?

Can the Pursuit of "Efficiency" Ever Be Wrong?

When the machine gun gained popularity in the 1890s, people were so horrified by its power that some hoped its very existence would prevent wars.

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