| Saturday March 21, 2020 at 8:14 PM PDT
In his magisterial Crisis and Leviathan, Robert Higgs shows that the growth of government in the twentieth century can largely be explained by patterns of crisis and response. These crises can be real (World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, stagflation) or imagined (inequality, the various isms). In either case new government programs, agencies, and policies...Read More »
William J. Watkins, Jr.
| Friday March 22, 2019 at 2:19 PM PDT
Several Democratic presidential candidates say they will consider supporting legislation to increase the size of the Supreme Court.
| Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 1:30 PM PDT
“As the supper [in May 1939] progressed, I found myself revising my previous concept of [Franklin D. Roosevelt]... I had long admired him for his sagacious statesmanship. Hearing him in this informal atmosphere, I realized how much I had idealized him. He was as neither wise nor as proud as I had supposed him...Read More »
David J. Theroux
| Monday June 25, 2018 at 4:05 PM PDT
I had the distinct privilege of delivering the eulogy (with my brother Gary) at the memorial service for my late father, Paul Richard Theroux, on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, in Clearwater, FL. Here is an edited version of my presentation: The Christian Sabbath is Sunday, the traditional first day...Read More »
Abigail R. Hall Blanco
| Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 6:52 AM PST
[F]irst of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of...Read More »
| Monday August 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM PDT
On this date in 1945, the Truman administration dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing tens of thousands of men, women, and children, and causing a nuclear catastrophe that took thousands of more lives in the weeks and years that followed.
William F. Shughart II
| Thursday October 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM PDT
Eastern bloc economists Carmen Reinhart, she of the University of Maryland, and Kenneth Rogoff, he of Harvard, have gotten rave reviews for This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, published in 2009 by Princeton University Press. I started reading it today, now that the book is out in paperback. It didn’t take...Read More »
| Thursday August 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM PDT
In response to my recent essay “Obama and Hoover: Two ‘Smart’ (Stupid) Presidents”, one commenter did me the service of rehashing the old myths about the 1920s and the causes of the depression and how Herbert Hoover did little, FDR did a lot and Hoover has nothing in common with “Wonder Boy” Obama. (Coolidge...Read More »
| Monday May 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM PDT
Like millions of families this month, we attended a commencement ceremony this past weekend, at Mills College, a liberal arts college for women in California. Mills was founded as the Young Ladies’ Seminary, and a few years later was bought by missionaries Cyrus and Susan Mills, who relocated it to Oakland and directed its...Read More »
| Sunday February 20, 2011 at 7:15 PM PST
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...Read More »