Tag: Power
Fear and Trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core Cautionary Tale, Part I

Arizona is widely hailed as the national leader in school choice. It is also one of a growing number of states turning against Common Core. But you wouldn’t know it from what’s going on inside the Capitol these days. Proposed legislation affirming parents’ basic rights over their children’s education is being held or amended…
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Big Government Creates Political Polarization

We’ve heard it said that politics is more polarized today than in the past.  If that’s true (and I’m not sure it is), big government is likely to blame.  I recently noted that politics creates conflict.  Bigger government creates more conflict. Smaller government tends to focus on activities that meet with widespread agreement.  Most…
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Police Take More Property from People than Burglars

Most readers of The Beacon are probably familiar with the rise in civil asset forfeiture, which gives police the power to seize property they claim was used in criminal activity, often without accusing the property owner of a crime.  They don’t have to.  It’s up to property owners to prove they are innocent to…
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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…
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Another Urban Legend? The Middle Ages Were the “Dark Ages”

As the culture wars intensify in America, let’s consider some of the roots of these contentious conflicts. With the “Age of Enlightenment” of the 17th and 18th centuries, a “modern” narrative was invented to explain the history of the West, the wider world, and humankind’s place in the universe. This narrative claimed that liberty,…
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Authority and Easter

Easter is the day of liberation—the day the greatest earthly power has done its best, unleashed its ultimate weapon—and been defeated.

Republicans Split over Patent Reform

The Washington Times has an interesting article on the division among Republicans on patent reform. According to the article: Two dozen prominent conservative political groups, led by the influential American Conservative Union, the Club for Growth and the Eagle Forum, sent a letter Wednesday to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch…
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The Power Elite

Women are equal Madeleine lusts for murder Hillary’s on board Uncertain prospect Cheney and Wolfowitz weep ‘Cause peace might break out Mission accomplished Bush II stages a cool stunt Women and kids die So sorry, Saddam No nukes, yet Shrub keeps his seat Condi skips debate No one’s in prison Guilty parties sit pretty…
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United States of Fear

[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…
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50 Shades of Predatory Abuse: The Role of Civil Society

The movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey by author E.L. James swept its opening weekend competition and has generated blockbuster revenues of over $133 million, making it the top grossing movie of 2015. Controversy has come with it, as would be expected from any movie breaking through traditional cultural taboos. Combine that with…
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