These are exciting though scary revolutionary times, akin to the constant acrimony in the fourth-century BC polis, mid-nineteenth century revolutionary Europe, or — perhaps in a geriatric replay — the 1960s. . . .
Peter Leeson of George Mason University and author of The Invisible Hook talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the economics of 18th century pirates and what we can learn from their behavior...
To listen to Europe's far right, it would be easy to conclude that the continent is poised for another round of bitter conflict with a centuries-old adversary...
The other day I sought a respite from current events by re-reading some of the writings of 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke...
One of the great miracles that is America has been the 19th and 20th century achievement of accepting, even welcoming, millions of immigrants from all corners of the globe and leaving them alone as they and their children acclimated themselves to the joys of opportunity in our democracy...
Charles Fourier saw the future. And it roared. The 19th-century theorist imagined a world of friendly lions, oceans made of lemonade, five new moons orbiting the planet, and the discovery of a race inhabiting that fiery ball in the sky.
The American dream isn’t just about riches. Even in the twenty-first century, it’s still about freedom.
The Affordable Care Act presents the incoming Congress with substantive and political challenges. On the one hand its widely-acknowledged problems warrant repair, and the electorate has made its displeasure with it loud and clear. On the other hand, the whole ACA will not be repealed while there is power-sharing between a Republican Congress and a Democratic administration. Consequently this Congress will need to be very clear-sighted about what it can fix and what it cannot.
Several years ago I participated in a colloquium whose title was something like “Advancing Technology: Thinking Outside the Box.” The presentations ranged from the ever-more imaginative uses of robots (fascinating) to irrigating the Sahara Desert for growing crops that by mid-century could sustain the planet’s burgeoning population (unconvincing).
It wasn’t British force alone that secured Northern Ireland’s uneasy peace. Offering decent lives to ordinary people—jobs, houses, education, and local control—proved even more important. By Thomas H. Henriksen.
During the 1932 presidential campaign President Herbert Hoover told the nation that “the proposals of our opponents represent a profound change in American life…” Hoover argued that the policies being advocated by his opponent, New York Democrat Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, “represent a radical departure from the foundations of 150 years which have made this the greatest nation in the world.” He understood, rather prophetically, that the campaign was “more than a contest between two parties. It is a contest between two philosophies of government.” In fact, Hoover warned that the result of the election meant “deciding the direction our nation will take over a century to come.”
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How to cure what literally ails the nation.
Jihadist violence troubles the lands around the Arabian Sea, where sailing of any sort has rarely been smooth. By Camille Pecastaing.
Marriage is alive and well—no thanks to distorted reporting on the ranks of the “never married.” By Thomas Sowell.
A few countries have found a way to stop graft and foster political stability: hire foreigners to collect their revenue. By Kris James Mitchener and Noel Maurer.
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According to Hoover media fellow Robert Zelnick, the government should end racial preferences as a matter of principle. "The ultimate political question," writes Zelnick, "is whether whites and Asians in this democracy have the same constitutional rights as blacks, Hispanics, and other favored groups."