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Is Freedom a Radical Idea?

Is Freedom a Radical Idea?

Throughout history, and with only the rarest of exceptions, freedom has been far removed from the center of political events.

The NFL Draft and the Division of Labor

The NFL Draft and the Division of Labor

In Plato's Republic, Socrates says that specialization is advantageous, because "we are not all alike."

Why I am Not a Libertarian

Why I am Not a Libertarian

The attraction of libertarianism is also its main defect: it offers neat solutions to complex problems.

How the Ethanol Mandate is Destroying America’s Prairies

How the Ethanol Mandate is Destroying America’s Prairies

According to a new report, 95% of the 240 million acres of prairie land that once blanketed the American interior is now gone.

The Income Tax Basically Implies that Government Owns You

The Income Tax Basically Implies that Government Owns You

Frank Chodorov once described the income tax as the root of all evil. His target was not the tax itself, but the principle behind it.

United Had a Much Better Solution than Kicking Off a Passenger

United Had a Much Better Solution than Kicking Off a Passenger

The United episode was a disaster for everyone. It didn’t have to be. 

The 21-Year Drinking Age is Dumb and Should be Repealed

The 21-Year Drinking Age is Dumb and Should be Repealed

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act (NMDA) is something Donald Trump should move to repeal. Let states decide.

Why Is War Such a Seductive Illusion?

Why Is War Such a Seductive Illusion?

It’s easy to offer slogans, but the real world of foreign conflicts rarely offer a clean choice between peace and war.

Steve Bannon: Not a Fan of Limited Government

Steve Bannon: Not a Fan of Limited Government

Donald Trump's top strategist said limited government Republicans are not "living in the real world."

Trump Budget Aims to Take Politics Out of Science

Trump Budget Aims to Take Politics Out of Science

The targeted cuts would have a positive impact beyond the US debt clock.

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Since the 2016 election, some Trump critics have trotted out data alleging that states that voted for Trump receive the most federal funding.

Police Cite Bogus ‘New Law’ to Get Uber Driver to Stop Recording

Police Cite Bogus ‘New Law’ to Get Uber Driver to Stop Recording

Jesse Bright was only moonlighting as an Uber driver. He’s also a criminal defense attorney.

Portugal is Winning the War on Drugs

Portugal is Winning the War on Drugs

In 2001 Portugal shocked the world and voted to decriminalize all drugs in response to a growing heroin problem. The results are impressive.

Good Samaritan Fined for Plowing Out Elderly Neighbors

Good Samaritan Fined for Plowing Out Elderly Neighbors

The man ticketed said he likes "to take care of the neighbors. They're all elderly and I like to help them out."

Selling Higher Education Is Much Sleazier Than Selling Used Cars

Selling Higher Education Is Much Sleazier Than Selling Used Cars

Confessions of a former college admissions official: "My job left me feeling sleazy at times."

Dear Professor Tirrell: Speech isn’t Toxic, People Are

Dear Professor Tirrell: Speech isn’t Toxic, People Are

Speech does hurt people’s feelings. But it isn’t the speech itself that’s toxic. It’s the people engaged in the discourse.

Delta Paid for Its Own Security Upgrade and  Solved All its Problems

Delta Paid for Its Own Security Upgrade and Solved All its Problems

Delta persuaded the TSA to let them pay for a new system. The results are astounding.

Campuses Should Resist Canceling Controversial Speakers

Campuses Should Resist Canceling Controversial Speakers

College officials who cave to demands to cancel controversial speakers do a disservice to their student bodies.

 

Is it Rational to Fear Corporations More than Governments?

Is it Rational to Fear Corporations More than Governments?

It's a pervasive idea in politics, art, and culture.

The Problem With Defining Certain Speech and Crimes as 'Hate'

The Problem With Defining Certain Speech and Crimes as 'Hate'

Is it time to do away with hyphenated hate?

Gun Shop Creates World’s Best-Ever Receipt

Gun Shop Creates World’s Best-Ever Receipt

It can teach a crucial lesson on the importance of tax visibility. 

When Warming Up a Car in Winter Becomes a Crime

When Warming Up a Car in Winter Becomes a Crime

A Michigan man's ticketing for warming up his car on a frigid day brings to mind something Bertrand Russell wrote on "petty power."

Friendship: A Powerful Antidote to Racism

Friendship: A Powerful Antidote to Racism

The more diverse friendship networks we cultivate, the less we think in categories of “us vs. them."  

Overcoming Cultural and Racial Division in the Age of Trump

Overcoming Cultural and Racial Division in the Age of Trump

Examining America's past can show us how to make America great again. We will see that we are a divided society that has succumbed to fear.

The Classic Christmas Movies That Say Taxation Is Theft

The Classic Christmas Movies That Say Taxation Is Theft

And it happens in the first 30 seconds of the film. 

About Those Apparitions Who Shook Down Scrooge for Money

About Those Apparitions Who Shook Down Scrooge for Money

What was the real purpose of this psychological waterboarding?

Trump Should Persuade Congress to Stop Subsidizing Big Bird

Trump Should Persuade Congress to Stop Subsidizing Big Bird

In an age when people are inundated with media, should the government be subsidizing it?

Wealthy Designers Refuse Service to Melania Trump

Wealthy Designers Refuse Service to Melania Trump

Does anyone think the designer will be sued and driven out of business for refusing to endorse Trump’s inauguration?  

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