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Will and Obedience — NEWMAN LECTURES

A reminder to us all which we should heed. “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”John xiii. 17 THERE never was a people or an age to which these words could be more suitably addressed than to this country at this time; because we know more of the way to serve […]

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A Practical (and Semi-Optimistic) Plan to Tame the Federal Leviathan

Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, I’m prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at what’s been happening in our lifetimes. New entitlement programs, adopted by politicians from all parties, are further adding to the long-run spending crisis. The federal budget has become much bigger, luring millions […]

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Good News on Young People and Gun Control

I periodically share polling data on issues ranging from which nations most support capitalism to the degree to which government is a leading cause of stress. Or how about the poll of Americans on the best and worst Presidents since World War II, or the survey data on what share of government spending is wasted. […]

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The Case Against the IRS and the “Progressive” Income Tax

Genuine tax reform would be the second-best fiscal policy reform to boost economic growth.* With a simple and fair tax system, we could get rid of high tax rates that penalize productive behavior. We could eliminate the double taxation that discourages saving and investment. And we could wipe out the rat’s nest of deductions, credits, […]

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The Ethical Historian

As many of you know, I am a history buff, I am not a historian. When you read here, you know that you are getting my opinions and analysis, not documented history, although I do take reasonable care to try to be accurate. I do read a lot of history. Much of what I read […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Faux Populism vs. Jeb Hensarling’s Genuine Fight against K Street Cronyism

Let’s compare two politicians, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, to see which one actually has the courage to fight against powerful interest groups. We’ll start with Senator Warren. She portrays herself as the scourge of Wall Street, but it appears that the Massachusetts lawmaker isn’t merely a fake Indian, […]

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