By William Watkins | Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 1:33 PM PDT | Comments Off on In Politics, Innovation Isn’t Always Progress
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton called for innovative solutions for what ails America. For the former it was a new fence on our southern border that will supposedly be funded by Mexico; for the latter it was free (i.e., taxpayer subsidized) college tuition. Fresh ideas, they told us, could “make America great again”...
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Tags: 2016 election, American History, Articles of Confederation, limited government, term limits, U.S. Constitution, U.S. history
By Gary Galles | Monday February 8, 2016 at 2:45 PM PDT | Comments Off on Trumping Washington Won’t Make America Great Again
Americans have begun voting in the process to select the 44th person to succeed George Washington as President. Unfortunately, missing from the process have been the principles that animated Washington as America’s “indispensable man,” in historian Forrest MacDonald’s words. The character that made him “first in war, first in peace, and first in the...
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Tags: American Revolution, character, civic virtue, civility, Donald Trump, Founder, Founding Father, George Washington, honor, humility, Imperial Presidency, indispensable man, intregity, Liberty, limited government, U.S. President
By David J. Theroux | Saturday May 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM PDT | Comments Off on New Video with Ron Paul: “Defining Liberty: The Future of Freedom”
How can Americans overcome record government spending and debt, escalating healthcare costs, intrusive federal surveillance, endless wars, ongoing economic malaise, high unemployment, failing schools, and increasing abuses of civil and economic liberties? In this superb, new video from the recent, sold-out event sponsored by The Independent Institute and The Smith Center for Private Enterprise...
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By Anthony Gregory | Thursday March 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM PDT | 38 Comments
Senator Rand Paul’s thirteen-hour filibuster of Obama’s appointee for CIA chief, John Brennan, was the ninth longest filibuster in U.S. history, and unlike most such spectacles in U.S. history, it concerned fundamental, core issues of American liberty. It will go down in the history books as one of the very few great moments in...
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By David J. Theroux | Sunday August 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM PDT | 8 Comments
For decades, some Christians, both “conservative” and “liberal,” have unfortunately embraced an ill-conceived “progressive” (i.e., authoritarian) vision to wield intrusive government powers as an unquestionable and even sanctified calling for both domestic and international matters, abandoning the Christian, natural-law tradition in moral ethics and economics. In contrast, the Oxford/Cambridge scholar and best-selling author C....
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By Randall Holcombe | Thursday November 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM PDT | 25 Comments
John Stossel (who’s leaving ABC to join the Fox Business Network) gave a well-received talk at my university yesterday titled “Freedom and Its Enemies.” Several times during the talk he referred to himself as a libertarian. Sometimes the libertarian label seems like a liability for people who are both (1) serious about substantially reducing...
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Tags: anarchism, balanced budget, Big Government, Budget and Tax Policy, Civil Liberties, Democrats, deregulation, Founders, Fox Business Network, Free Market, Freedom, individual rights, John Stossel, Liberty, limited government, low taxes, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Privatization, Republican, small government, The State