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The Great Difficulty That Faces Us

From Christopher Dawson's The Judgment of the Nations (1942): "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy. The...

Plato: Fix Yourself First

  A passage from The Republic, Book IV, 443d-e, which has been highly influential on the Western tradition. According to Plato, a man first "sets his own house in good order and rules himself" - harmonizing the various parts of his soul...

11 Painfully Accurate Quotes from Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson"

1. “We cannot distribute more wealth than is created. We cannot in the long run pay labor as a whole more than it produces.”   2. “All credit is debt. Proposals for an increased volume of credit, therefore, are merely another name for...

Inflation Has Consequences

From the Austrian School economist who studied under Ludwig von Mises. The quote, often misattributed to Henry Hazlitt, is found in Sennholz's article, "Indexing: New Version of an Old Myth," in Inflation Survival Letter, July 1, 1974.

The Best Lines about the “Deez Nuts” Presidential Candidacy

227 years ago, the presidential race consisted of names such as George Washington, John Adams, and John Hancock. In 2015, the frontrunners are Donald Trump and now, "Deez Nuts." The internet is abuzz with the story of presidential candidate “Deez...

Pass a Literacy Test to Vote?

The above image is a literacy certificate which one of our staff members brought to the office. The certificate belonged to her father, who emigrated from Germany in the 1920s. It took him five years to become a citizen and two more years to pass...

Does Party Affiliation Influence Marital Bliss?

Does your party affiliation influence your marital bliss? Today’s New York Times suggests that it may.   Reporting on a recent study by W. Bradford Wilcox, the NYT reports: “Among married people between the ages of 20 and 60, 67 percent...

"Freedom is a Prize to be Continually Won"

From Jacques Ellul's The Technological Society, in which he describes a world in which individual freedom is becoming increasingly subjugated by outside forces.

Beware Teachers Like These Ones in Ancient Greece

Their name? “Sophists.” In Norms and Nobility David Hicks writes: “Socrates was a nuisance to many of the educators of his day, the utilitarian Sophists who were experts at teaching their students how to function within the madding city of...

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