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How Democracies Become Tyrannical

How Democracies Become Tyrannical

While democracy historically was part of the great movement for human liberty, majorities potentially could be as dictatorial and dangerous as the most ruthless and oppressive kings and princes of the past.

Can Americans Remember the Virtue of Independence (and the Corrosiveness of Dependence)?

Can Americans Remember the Virtue of Independence (and the Corrosiveness of Dependence)?

The latest data places the United States as only the 18th freest country in the world. Do we lack a freedom mindset?

3 Ways to be a Great Friend as Told by Alcuin of York

3 Ways to be a Great Friend as Told by Alcuin of York

Alcuin was an 8th century cleric. Never heard of him? You should have.

What Lincoln Foresaw Would Occur If Maxine Waters, Others Got Their Way With Mob Justice

What Lincoln Foresaw Would Occur If Maxine Waters, Others Got Their Way With Mob Justice

The constitutional system the Founding Fathers built is strong, but it can’t survive when citizens en masse are ready to come to blows with one another on a semipermanent basis.

Can Political Freedom Exist Without Virtue? America's Founders Didn't Think So.

Can Political Freedom Exist Without Virtue? America's Founders Didn't Think So.

The Founders were blissfully free from the modern mythology surrounding government.

Denying Someone a Place to Eat Violates Timeless Norms of Hospitality that Go Back to the Homeric Age

Denying Someone a Place to Eat Violates Timeless Norms of Hospitality that Go Back to the Homeric Age

Hospitality has changed from ancient times, but some basic elements still linger today.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

If the PC craziness can topple Laura Ingalls Wilder, then it can topple just about anything.

10 (Huge) Societal Changes Since the First ‘Incredibles’ Movie in 2004

10 (Huge) Societal Changes Since the First ‘Incredibles’ Movie in 2004

The world is a different place now than in 2004.

'Bourgeois Dignity': The Idea that Created the Modern World

'Bourgeois Dignity': The Idea that Created the Modern World

In her book Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World, Deirdre McCloskey offers a persuasive narrative that explores the causes of the Industrial Revolution. 

Did Hitler Really Say People Will ‘Endure Almost Any Curtailment of Liberty’ if it’s ‘Perceived as Working for the Benefit of the Children’?

Did Hitler Really Say People Will ‘Endure Almost Any Curtailment of Liberty’ if it’s ‘Perceived as Working for the Benefit of the Children’?

A reputed quote by Adolph Hitler has been trending on social media. I was asked to verify whether the quote is true.

Mises' Observations on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Mises' Observations on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Roman Empire crumbled to dust because it lacked the spirit of liberalism and free enterprise.

Hey Millennials: Here’s the Truth About Socialism, Kim Jong-un, and Nicolás Maduro

Hey Millennials: Here’s the Truth About Socialism, Kim Jong-un, and Nicolás Maduro

Rather than being a Utopia, socialism and communism in practice create a hell on earth.

Who's on the Right Side of History?

Who's on the Right Side of History?

Being on the right side of history depends on what we mean by history itself.

Trump Follows the Advice of John Quincy Adams. But Will Kim Jong-un Reform?

Trump Follows the Advice of John Quincy Adams. But Will Kim Jong-un Reform?

No matter how conciliatory President Trump is, for peace to occur, Kim Jong-un is going to have to decide to retire from organized crime and allow North Korea to prosper by becoming a nation producing and trading legal goods and services.  

How Hitler Could Regret He'd ‘Been So Kind’ in a Letter Days Before His Death

How Hitler Could Regret He'd ‘Been So Kind’ in a Letter Days Before His Death

In April 1945, three days before his death, Adolf Hitler expressed regret that he'd 'been so kind.'

Ronald Reagan Challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘Tear Down’ the Berlin Wall 31 Years Ago Today

Ronald Reagan Challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘Tear Down’ the Berlin Wall 31 Years Ago Today

On this day (June 12) President Ronald Reagan gave what is probably his most famous and influential speech — the “Berlin Wall speech” — at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987.

Why G.K. Chesterton Feared 'Experts'

Why G.K. Chesterton Feared 'Experts'

How often do experts try to solve problems in ways that strike them as thoroughly sensible when in fact their solutions are so obviously senseless?

Gay Wedding Cakes & Firefox: Why We Need the Freedom to Discriminate

Gay Wedding Cakes & Firefox: Why We Need the Freedom to Discriminate

Is it time for our nation to have a serious conversation about what tolerance really means?

Will Durant on How the Socialism of Imperial Rome Ushered in Feudalism

Will Durant on How the Socialism of Imperial Rome Ushered in Feudalism

Socialism isn't new; it was even wrecking economies back in Ancient Rome.

How Cicero Created a Movement of Free Thinkers

How Cicero Created a Movement of Free Thinkers

Cicero is rarely read today, except by students of Classics and Latin. However, to understand the history of political thought, Cicero is an invaluable resource.

Jacques Barzun Observations on Culture and Decline

Jacques Barzun Observations on Culture and Decline

Reflections from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

Politicized Classrooms Are a Problem. But Are State Legislatures Really the Solution?

Politicized Classrooms Are a Problem. But Are State Legislatures Really the Solution?

Efforts are underway to address the problem of politicized classrooms in our public schools.

How Nat Turner’s Failed Revolt Changed the Debate on Slavery

How Nat Turner’s Failed Revolt Changed the Debate on Slavery

What was the real impact of Nat Turner’s bloody uprising, which resulted in the death of some 200 people?

Patriotism: Why So Many Intellectuals Can’t Understand It

Patriotism: Why So Many Intellectuals Can’t Understand It

Sam Haselby says this “should be the end times” for American patriotism. Yet the opposite seems to be happening, and he can’t understand why.

Is Justice a Matter of Truth or Power?

Is Justice a Matter of Truth or Power?

Twenty-five hundred years ago Socrates asked a Sophist orator named Thrasymachus the meaning of justice. It's a question we're still struggling to answer.

Airbnb's Co-founder Has Been Innovating since He Was a Kid

Airbnb's Co-founder Has Been Innovating since He Was a Kid

Success is found by constantly asking, “How can I make this better?”

How a 1934 New York Graduation Exam Shows How Far Academic Standards Have Fallen

How a 1934 New York Graduation Exam Shows How Far Academic Standards Have Fallen

Was the 8th grade education of the past just as challenging academically, if not more so, than that which happens in today's college classrooms?

Ancient Heresies Back from the Dead

Ancient Heresies Back from the Dead

What are Gnosticism and Pelagianism, the ancient errors criticised by Pope Francis?

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