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Cronyism vs. Free Markets in ‘Stranger Things’

Cronyism vs. Free Markets in ‘Stranger Things’

Free exchanges are positive-sum endeavors. They work because both parties — in their own estimation — benefit. This is how wealth is increased through production and exchange.

Why I am Not a Socialist

Why I am Not a Socialist

I share a lot of the concerns and goals of those who describe themselves as “socialists.” Why, then, am I not a socialist? I think, though, that they are making serious mistakes. To put it simply, people too often mistake the ends for the means and define economic and political systems in terms of their advocates’ stated goals rather than the actual characteristics of those systems. 

Three Things Wrong With "Atlas Shrugged" (That Have Nothing to Do With Objectivism)
The Bystander Effect: Myth or Fact?

The Bystander Effect: Myth or Fact?

Statistics show there may exist more Good Samaritans than many believe, thus forcing us to rethink the Bystander Effect. 

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

Three Lessons an Ancient Text Can Teach About Human Dignity

How much influence should an ancient text have on the way modern people lead their lives?

To Be Happy, First Be Pessimistic

To Be Happy, First Be Pessimistic

What if we're pursuing happiness the wrong way?

It’s Not Just Her: The Worst Thing About Teaching

It’s Not Just Her: The Worst Thing About Teaching

Tara Blair Ball has taught for nine years. And she hates teaching.

The Misery of Modern MLM

The Misery of Modern MLM

Is there anybody left in America who hasn’t been approached by friends for multi-level marketing purposes?

The Roots of Political Correctness

The Roots of Political Correctness

So many politically-correct assumptions have become mainstream that, as Tocqueville once predicted, they have narrowed our ability to question rather than actually give us answers.

We Fought the Transgender Activists, and Lost. Here Are Five Lessons for Every Parent

We Fought the Transgender Activists, and Lost. Here Are Five Lessons for Every Parent

Only parents can demand accountability from school systems and set boundaries around their children.

Why We Need Second Breakfast: Three Things Hobbits Teach About Friendship

Why We Need Second Breakfast: Three Things Hobbits Teach About Friendship

We’re not perfect, and neither were the Hobbits. Deep friendships take time, energy, and forgiveness.

U.S. 'Non-Profit' Hospitals and CEOs Raking in Big Bucks

U.S. 'Non-Profit' Hospitals and CEOs Raking in Big Bucks

The lavish profits and salaries of America's top non-profit hospitals' executives impel many to call for increased transparency. 

Midwestern Values: May We Never Lose Them

Midwestern Values: May We Never Lose Them

To a city slicker like me, 4-H and farm chores epitomize the discipline and ethos of Midwestern Americans.

What Is Personalized Learning and Why Is It so Controversial? Five Questions Answered

What Is Personalized Learning and Why Is It so Controversial? Five Questions Answered

The implementation of personalized learning is challenging.

A Wolf, A Dog, and the Declaration of Independence

A Wolf, A Dog, and the Declaration of Independence

Many embrace liberty and her handmaid, freedom, but disregard or push away the requisite responsibilities these two spirits demand.

What Americans Often Forget

What Americans Often Forget

Our nation’s birthday is approaching once again, along with the celebrations which have accompanied the holiday for so many years. In recent years, however, Independence Day celebrations are often overshadowed by bickering over race or class.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It’s Been a Year, and What a Year It’s Been

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It’s Been a Year, and What a Year It’s Been

Here are seven highlights from her campaign and time in Congress over the past year.

Thanks, 'Avengers: Endgame,' for Reminding Us Why Inflation Matters

Thanks, 'Avengers: Endgame,' for Reminding Us Why Inflation Matters

I liked “Avengers: Endgame,” whose plot is based on time-traveling superheroes. It was definitely three hours of escapist fun. But the hype surrounding its box office records, like its plot, shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Scarlett Laughs

Scarlett Laughs

Hollywood pats itself on the back for their ridiculous dress-up paper dolls and proclaim voila! As if it is the first time we’ve ever seen the “strong female character.”

Nike: Taking Colin Kaepernick’s PC Advice Once Again?

Nike: Taking Colin Kaepernick’s PC Advice Once Again?

You’d think Nike would have learned by now to avoid Colin Kaepernick’s advice like the plague.

Three Myths About Prohibition and Why It Actually Worked

Three Myths About Prohibition and Why It Actually Worked

Americans fail to realize that prohibition was a success. Will the myths surrounding prohibition trick us into legalizing everything?

Why Didn't the Founders Abolish Slavery?

Why Didn't the Founders Abolish Slavery?

Four reasons America's architects tolerated slavery in their country's infancy. Were they justified? You decide. 

All Out of Bootstraps

All Out of Bootstraps

Somewhere along the line, the Republican Party earned itself the moniker of the “Stupid Party.”

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood

The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood

The right to the pursuit of happiness is coherent only in the full theological context of the Declaration of Independence.

When Knitting Becomes Political

When Knitting Becomes Political

Why can’t a knitting circle just be about knitting, friendship, and community anymore?

The Magical Narrative: The Power of Stories

The Magical Narrative: The Power of Stories

Storytelling is surely among the most ancient of the arts.

George Washington’s Dentures: Why We Venerate American Heroes

George Washington’s Dentures: Why We Venerate American Heroes

America has a certain tendency to take its adoration to religious levels.

BBC Report Shows Disturbing Nature of China’s ‘Thought Transformation’ Camps

BBC Report Shows Disturbing Nature of China’s ‘Thought Transformation’ Camps

No amount of colorful displays of political allegiance can hide the reality: None of these people are in a political reeducation camp of their own accord.

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