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Why even have a country?

There’s a particular non-argument that those who oppose free trade and reasonable immigration policies fall back on time and again as if it settles everything: “Why even have a country?” (I’ll pass on the easy answer: “You tell me?”) The phrase “Why even have a country?” presupposes that language and borders are more important than […]

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Why good people are falling for Trump’s socialism

Jeffrey Tucker of the Foundation for Economic Education hits the heart of why good people are falling for the Trump bait in his take down of Trump’s new socialist economic policy proposals, the plan that only Bernie Sanders could love. Trump has fashioned himself as anti-establishment, a classic populist. You might think that has something […]

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The Republican Party Platform History: Episode 1

“Resolved, That the highwayman’s plea, that “might makes right,” embodied in the Ostend Circular, was in every respect unworthy of American diplomacy, and would bring shame and dishonor upon any Government or people that gave it their sanction.”… “They have been deprived of life, liberty, and property without due process of law;… That the freedom […]

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About “the rule of law,” there is a very important second part to the phrase

A piece, with the laughable title America’s Legal Order Begins to Fray, in the venerable and generally respectable Wall Street Journal written by some Fellow of a prestigious think tank made this observation on the disintegrating respect for law enforcement officers in the United States: Police officials I have spoken with in recent months say […]

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Obama, Putin, Chess and the GOP

Barack Obama seems to have learned a lesson from his geopolitical chess matches with Vladimir Putin. Unfortunately, in its usual grasping defeat from the jaws of victory mode, the re-emergent GOP majority is actually struggling to put itself in the same sort of bad position Obama put the United States in against Russia. In the […]

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Barack Obama

Obama not the wolf in sheep’s clothing here

Some “conservatives” are circulating a heavily edited video excerpt of a speech by President Obama. In it, he contrasts the “ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and [written] into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal” with another […]

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