Tag Archives: politics

A Few Thoughts on the 2016 Election

Unlike many of my friends and colleagues, I made no predictions concerning the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I neither followed the campaign coverage very closely, watched the televised debates, nor tracked the polls. Thus I didn’t feel as though I had … Continue reading

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Understanding the Supreme Court and DOMA

Given this blog’s theme, I feel compelled to post something on the Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this week. From what I’ve read, this decision does less than what a lot of people are … Continue reading

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What’s the Real Federal Debt?

$222 trillion? That’s the “fiscal gap” as recently published by the Congressional Budget Office. The fiscal gap is the most realistic long-term budget forecast that the CBO can make (and it’s known for using rosy assumptions about U.S. economic health). … Continue reading

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Free Sample Lectures from My Liberty Classroom Series

Three of my 84 lectures for the Liberty Classroom website have been posted as free samples. Here are the topics: Introduction to Western Civilization Renaissance Humanism Absolutism and Mercantilism The videos are available at this link, where you can also … Continue reading

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U.S. “Getting More Conservative,” Says The Atlantic

A senior editor at the prestigious center-left Atlantic magazine has crunched some numbers in an attempt to explain the growing percentage of the American population that identifies itself as conservative. Recent polls break down like this: Conservatives: 40% Moderates: 36% … Continue reading

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Shocking Facts About U.S. Government Debt

Every time I think I have finally gotten some real conception about the size of the debt mess our government has created over the last few decades, something comes along to prove me wrong. This time it was a post … Continue reading

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S&P Downgrades U.S. Government

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? On Friday evening Standard and Poor’s confirmed what everyone already knew to be the case: the U.S. government isn’t as good a credit risk as it used to be. No more AAA credit rating, which … Continue reading

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Look at the Size of Them Thar Cuts!

I find that all sorts of momentous things were happening around the world while I was out of commission on the blogging front: another Greek bailout, political upheaval in Turkey, and a madman shooting up Norway, to name a few. … Continue reading

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Another Half-Hearted Deficit Reduction Proposal

I guess something is better than nothing, but in this case it will fall far short of what is necessary to make a real difference. Some Republicans in the House of Representatives have come up with a “Spending Reduction Act” … Continue reading

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The Question of Class in America

Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the atmosphere of humanities graduate studies has heard the phrase “race, class, and gender” used as an explanatory device. The basic idea of its proponents is that the viewpoint of just … Continue reading

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