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 The U.S. is a Democratic Constitutional Republic, and Yes, It Matters

The U.S. is a Democratic Constitutional Republic, and Yes, It Matters

Blurring of the terms "democracy" and "republic" fosters ignorance of the crucial reasons why the founders of the U.S. structured the government as they did.

Why It's Important to Have Heroes

Why It's Important to Have Heroes

In having heroes “we make the best features of an historical person’s life” our own.

What President Trump Has in Common With President Polk

What President Trump Has in Common With President Polk

If James K. Polk can be credited with adding a huge swath of territory to the American empire, might Donald Trump one day be credited with preserving that long ago victory by reversing the gradual makeover of the southwestern United States?

Old Kindergarten Requirements Suggest Today’s Classrooms Are Too Much, Too Soon

Old Kindergarten Requirements Suggest Today’s Classrooms Are Too Much, Too Soon

Once upon a time kids didn’t go to preschool. Or kindergarten. And when they did go to the latter, the expectations were much more kid-friendly and age appropriate.

Should the Boston Marathon Bomber Get to Vote?

Should the Boston Marathon Bomber Get to Vote?

During a CNN town hall on Monday, a student asked Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris whether they would allow felons in prison to vote.

A Good Friday Remembrance from the Heart of the Holocaust

A Good Friday Remembrance from the Heart of the Holocaust

An experience in the concentration camp caused one woman to abandon her indifference toward the suffering of Christ.

Notre Dame Burns. As Does Our Civilization?

Notre Dame Burns. As Does Our Civilization?

What a horrible way for the West to begin Holy Week.

Five Facts About Tax Day and Income Taxes

Five Facts About Tax Day and Income Taxes

Today is Tax Day, the day when individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.

How Women Can Determine Which Men Will Be Successful in Life

How Women Can Determine Which Men Will Be Successful in Life

Noah Webster offers some advice for women evaluating suitors.

The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Campaign Against the Electoral College

The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Campaign Against the Electoral College

A full-blown war is raging against the Electoral College.

Baseball:  The Sport of Thinking Americans

Baseball: The Sport of Thinking Americans

I was the bat boy for the "Knoxville Smokies" for five years. I can’t think of a better way to grow up than spending those thousands of hours at the ballpark. I felt extremely lucky, and still do.

White Privilege: A Thing of the Past?

White Privilege: A Thing of the Past?

Those who smear an entire part of the population with the label “white privilege” paint with far too broad a brush.

How Would Dostoevsky Have Responded to the Smartphone?

How Would Dostoevsky Have Responded to the Smartphone?

It turns out that this paradox of isolation and connection is nothing new. Fyodor Dostoevsky observed a similar trend in his own day.

Social Justice Is at Odds with American Ideas of Justice

Social Justice Is at Odds with American Ideas of Justice

In the end, we can have individual justice or we can have social justice, but we can’t have both

Compulsory Schooling Laws Aren’t Progressive, They’re Inhumane

Compulsory Schooling Laws Aren’t Progressive, They’re Inhumane

Education freedom begins when government compulsion ends.

Have the Elites Lost Their Mandate?

Have the Elites Lost Their Mandate?

Our elites believe they can engineer complex systems and institutions from the top, and thereby control national and global conditions. But our tech-based systems have outgrown such deterministic control. 

The Best Way to Teach History to Children

The Best Way to Teach History to Children

When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.

Five Facts About Fascism

Five Facts About Fascism

Benito Mussolini coined the term "fascism" to describe his political movement 100 years ago. Here are five things you should know about fascism.

8 Historic Cases That Show the FBI and CIA Were Out of Control Long Before Russiagate

8 Historic Cases That Show the FBI and CIA Were Out of Control Long Before Russiagate

The survival of liberty depends on skepticism of government power—and make no mistake, that includes President Trump.

The Rosetta Stone's Hidden Lesson on Taxes and Special Interests

The Rosetta Stone's Hidden Lesson on Taxes and Special Interests

Tax season is a good time to remind us that the history of taxes tells the story of whole civilizations.

 Why the Recent Push for the Equal Rights Amendment Isn’t Necessary

Why the Recent Push for the Equal Rights Amendment Isn’t Necessary

The current push to pass the ERA arguably has nothing to do with legal equality...

When French Atheists Committed Genocide

When French Atheists Committed Genocide

The monarchy the revolution deposed was mild and nonviolent in comparison with the revolution that followed it.

After 100 Years, Mussolini’s Fascist Party Is a Reminder of the Fragility of Freedom

After 100 Years, Mussolini’s Fascist Party Is a Reminder of the Fragility of Freedom

Mussolini's life offers deep, cautionary insights for contemporary politics.

What's the Problem with 'Reparations'?

What's the Problem with 'Reparations'?

As the issue of reparations for victims of slavery rages, we encounter a common problem: virtually no one is addressing the specifics of how such a reparations effort would be administered.

The New Moralism of Female Leaders

The New Moralism of Female Leaders

If we truly believe men and women to be equal, then does that include the capacity for mistakes?

Is Contentment Possible in the Midst of Calamity?

Is Contentment Possible in the Midst of Calamity?

G.K. Chesterton believed we have something to learn from the controversial and inflammatory Dominican friar Savonarola. Was he right?

The Unbundling of America’s Political Parties

The Unbundling of America’s Political Parties

 Their coalitions are co-existing uneasily—which could mean a shift and even a third-party challenger.

Don't Write Off Young 'Socialists'

Don't Write Off Young 'Socialists'

While public opinion has softened toward socialism, the public’s perception of what socialism is has shifted. 

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