Tag: Civil Society
The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson

With Thanksgiving upon us once again, we offer a reminder of the economic lesson that made our first Thanksgiving possible: The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson by Benjamin Powell Feast and football. That’s what many of us think about at Thanksgiving. Most people identify the origin of the holiday with the Pilgrims’ first bountiful harvest….
Read More »

What “The Hunting Ground” Gets Right and Wrong About Campus Sexual Assault

On Sunday, November 22, 2015, CNN will present The Hunting Ground, an advocacy film about sexual assault on college campuses. This is likely to stir up another national debate on college rape and sexual assault, and my employer, Florida State University, will inevitably be caught in the cross hairs. Does this film get anything…
Read More »

Right Problem; Wrong Solution. Obama’s Push for Reduced Prison Sentences

President Obama is pushing for reductions in prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders.  As this article notes, the federal prison population is more than eight times higher today than in 1980, before the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs.  The United States has a larger share of its population behind bars than any other nation…
Read More »

College Campuses Are Not Gun-Free Zones

Wishing for something to be true does not make it true.  Declaring an area to be gun-free is wishful thinking.  We know campuses are not gun-free zones from the news reports of campus shootings. Declaring an area to be a gun-free zone discourages law-abiding citizens from carrying guns there, but it encourages people who…
Read More »

Free Kim Davis… And Fire Her!

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, has made the news by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  She’s now in jail for contempt of court, because she has refused to uphold the recent court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry. I have some sympathy for Davis, because when she…
Read More »

Donald Boudreaux’s The Essential Hayek

Readers who want to get a flavor for the ideas of Friedrich Hayek will find an excellent introduction in Donald Boudreaux’s The Essential Hayek.  The book can be downloaded free by clicking here. Each chapter begins with a quotation from Hayek, but the book’s chapters explain Hayek’s ideas in Boudreaux’s words.  Those ideas come…
Read More »

Government Charges Hastert with “Crime” of Withdrawing His Own Money

Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has been charged with lying to the FBI about the reason he was withdrawing money from bank accounts.  Should what Hastert did be illegal, or any of the government’s business?  Let’s look at the facts. From the charges, it appears that Hastert (1) withdrew…
Read More »

The Avengers of Civil Society?

While watching the summer blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, I had trouble shaking thoughts from two books not usually connected to action heroes, let alone movies: Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and C.S. Lewis’s The Four Loves.  I doubt writer/director Joss Whedon had these social philosophers in mind when he was writing…
Read More »

Impacts of Sexual Assault on Civil Society Go Beyond Statistics

Today’s article is a qualified mae culpa. One of the first comments on an earlier post on campus rape and sexual assault challenged the veracity of a datapoint used frequently by anti-sexual assault advocates: one in four women will be sexually assaulted by the time they leave college. It’s a number I’ve referenced in…
Read More »

What Memorial Day Should Mean

This Memorial Day we remember and honor our fellow citizens who were willing to defend our American liberties to the death. Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman was a leading proponent of ending military conscription, or the draft, because forced military service is incompatible with a free society. Thanks in no small part to his…
Read More »

  • Catalyst
  • MyGovCost.org
  • FDAReview.org
  • OnPower.org
  • elindependent.org