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Captain America’s Civil War and Political Principle »

Captain America: Civil War blasted into U.S. theaters generating $192 million in its first weekend and more than $700 million worldwide. I’ll confess: I almost passed this one up: All I could envision were lots of explosions and major cities crumbling. I had my fill of that with the destruction of the fictional Sokovia...
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The CSA and Symbols: Learning from History »

Since a crazed, hate-filled and cowardly gunman killed nine black Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, the PC police have been in attack mode on anything associated with the Confederate States of America. The South Carolina General Assembly quickly voted to removed the Battle Flag from a Confederate Soldiers’ Memorial on the State House grounds. Now, critics...
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A Tale of Two Abolitionists »

An excellent movie released six years ago, “Amazing Grace,” depicted the life of William Wilberforce and his ultimately successful efforts to abolish, first, the British Slave Trade in 1806, and then slavery throughout the English empire with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. He did so entirely peacefully, through the British parliamentary system. It...
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Cowboy Revisionist History »

I was pleased to learn that today is the Eighth National Day of the Cowboy. As such, it’s especially appropriate that we take advantage of the opportunity to set the record straight on many things Cowboy and Western. First of all, the Old West was far more peaceful than is commonly portrayed in movies...
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The Civilian and the Military: Foreword by Ralph Raico »

The following is the Foreword to the Independent Institute’s new printing of The Civilian and the Military: A History of the American Antimilitarist Tradition, by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr. See also Anthony Gregory’s review on The Beacon. In 1783 a treaty ending hostilities between Great Britain and its rebellious colonies along the eastern seaboard...
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Presidential Role Model »

On this President’s Day weekend, let us commemorate the record of the best president in U.S. history: John Tyler. A random poll of Americans would draw mostly puzzled looks at the name, but according to Independent Institute Senior Fellow Ivan Eland, in his 2009 ranking of the presidents, Recarving Rushmore, this 10th U.S. president...
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A Shia vs. Shia Civil War? »

Well the years since the Iraq war began have been some roller coaster. And here’s the latest. Writes Patrick Cockburn: “A new civil war is threatening to explode in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces fight Shia militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad. Heavy fighting engulfed Iraq’s two largest cities and...
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