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Defining Social Justice

Social Justice -- although this little phrase glibly slips off the tongue of many an individual, its ambiguity and explosive political nature can often cause profound confusion about the concept’s true meaning. Indeed, as one commentator put it, the...

The Tragedy of the Commons

In 1832, the British political economist William Forster Lloyd observed that cattle grazing on common land tended to be scrawnier than those raised in private enclosures. The "commons," Lloyd realized, were threatened by people's private...

Benjamin Franklin on Achieving Greatness

"Almost every Man has a strong natural Desire of being valued and esteemed by the rest of his Species; but I am concerned and grieved to see how few fall into the Right and only infallible Method of becoming so. That laudable Ambition is too...

Wow... This Chart Shows Just How Much the U.S. Rural Population Has Declined

Chart source: U.S. Census Bureau Keep in mind, too, that at the time of the American Revolution, 95% of Americans lived in rural areas. Here are the census numbers going back to 1790: My, how things have changed...

Remember This Line?

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." Spoken by Kevin Spacey's character Verbal Kint, it's probably the most oft-quoted line from the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. Some people mistakenly attribute...

The 7 Social Sins

Interestingly, you usually see the above "sins" attributed to Gandhi, as he published them in his weekly newspaper in 1925. But Gandhi is not the origin of this list. Rather it was first uttered earlier that year in a sermon delivered in...

The Porn Debate

The debate over the rightness or wrongness of pornography has arisen again with the news about Josh Duggar’s infidelities, which he in part attributes to an addiction to internet pornography. When it comes to the morality of pornography, it seems...

7 Past Quotes on American Immigration

America is famously referred to as the “melting pot,” where people of many cultures and nations have formed a unity on the basis of shared principles. Given that, should every U.S. immigrant – regardless of his or her cultural background – be...

Chart Shows That Increased Spending Hasn't Improved Academic Performance in America's Schools

This chart, produced by the Cato Institute, shows that inflation-adjusted spending per student has increased almost 200% since 1970 while scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have remained flat.   ...

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