Manifesto of a Classical Liberal-slash-Populist

Manifesto of a Classical Liberal-slash-Populist

When politicians become book authors, they frequently write an autobiography or a polemic, but Right Here, Right Now by Stephen Harper is neither. The former Canadian Prime Minister takes on the political question of the moment, exploring the rise of populism in the Western democracies. Harper sets the tone in …

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How Free Trade Profits a Nation

How Free Trade Profits a Nation

In 1824, the historian and Whig politician Thomas Babington Macaulay summarized perfectly the political challenge faced by free traders ever since Adam Smith first critiqued mercantilism in the late 1700s: “Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country, …

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Russell Rebrand

Russell Rebrand

Likely most have run across the British comedian and political activist Russell Brand, whose movies include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and Arthur, and whose books include Revolution (with the “L” rendered backwards so the reverse-spelling of the word “Love” can be noticed). His abundant YouTube rants …

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The Wizard of Oz as an Allegory for the 1896 Presidential Election

The Wizard of Oz as an Allegory for the 1896 Presidential Election

Mention “bimetallism” today—the coining of both gold and silver as legal tender—and the eyes glaze over immediately. However, in late 19th century U.S. politics, along with the tariff, bimetallism was the major political obsession of the era. Everyone talked about the subject. It featured as the foremost political issue in …

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The Hysteria about the New Roberts Court

The Hysteria about the New Roberts Court

Now that Justice Kavanaugh is confirmed we can expect a spate of articles saying that a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court will cause the sky to fall. These articles will inevitably contain a mixture of three propositions, applied in different proportions as cases come before the Court. First, …

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Why They’re Punching Each Other in Portland

Why They’re Punching Each Other in Portland

The mid-October street brawls in Portland, Oregon between Antifa and the Proud Boys happened just around the corner from where I used to work. This was back in 1984, and my place of employment was the Downtown Deli, one of two establishments owned by the Papas brothers, entrepreneurial Greeks with …

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Federal Government, Shakedown Artist

Federal Government, Shakedown Artist

Last year, more than one percent of the total land area of California burned in forest fires. It looks like this year might be worse. Forests take up 33 million acres in the state, one third of its total area. Fully two thirds, or 19 million acres, are owned by …

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The Government Can Make Climate Change Much Worse

The Government Can Make Climate Change Much Worse

Suppose everything you hear in the news about climate change is true. Suppose climate change is real, suppose it is primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels, and suppose that if this continues, the costs will be significant. Suppose all this is true. How should those who disagree with …

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The University of California’s New Loyalty Oath

The University of California’s New Loyalty Oath

In the nineteenth century, Oxford and Cambridge required dons to adhere to the 39 Articles of Religion, the basic creed of Anglican Church. Today the University of California requires faculty to adhere to a new creed—diversity. (Here is an example from U.C. Davis). It mandates that any applicant for a position …

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