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Kansas Conservatives: Enemies of Individual Freedom in Healthcare?

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Kansas Conservatives: Enemies of Individual Freedom in Healthcare?

Recently, Kansas has become a center of controversy between conservatives and liberals on the topic of health care regulation. The Kansas state legislature has passed strict regulations on doctors and clinics threatening to prevent them from providing services to patients, thereby severely limiting the freedom of patients to choose services available to them. One would […]

Self Before Country

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Self Before Country

The dangerous moral premise underlying the call for national service The recent debate on government budget cuts has resurfaced discussion on an enduring subject: national service. In a prominent example in Newsweek magazine, General Stanley McChrystal presents his vision of the role national service should take in American culture. He writes: We have let the […]

Out with Denial, in with Adult Conversation?

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Out with Denial, in with Adult Conversation?

Have Americans actually changed their minds about government spending? A Federal commission recently concluded its work on a proposal to address the nation’s skyrocketing national debt. That debt is the subject of much renewed attention, and is growing at an unsustainable pace which, like reckless credit card use, promises certain and serious economic consequences in […]

The High Cost of Bad Ideas

The High Cost of Bad Ideas

Arizona is reportedly researching how much it will cost taxpayers to prosecute every case of illegal immigration under a “zero tolerance” policy. So far, the task appears hopelessly daunting: [T]o prosecute these misdemeanors, Arizona would need to have a federal criminal justice system twice the size of the rest of the country. No one has […]

Prohibition Déjà vu

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Prohibition Déjà vu

On August 19 The Wall Street Journal reported that serious organized crime had spread to one of the most affluent, secure business communities in Mexico. Drug gangs blocked streets, murdered individuals, and kidnapped the mayor of Monterrey—who was later found dead. A similar event occurred in America in February of 1929 – Americans woke to […]

Governmental “Nudges” Undermine Freedom

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Governmental “Nudges” Undermine Freedom

EPA Grading scheme for vehicles distorts our ability to act on our own judgment The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a scheme by which vehicles would be “graded” based on fuel efficiency. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal: “Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or […]

“You’re Not Welcome Here”

“You’re Not Welcome Here”

Why America’s Opposition to Immigration is Un-American  By most standards, Eric Balderas would be considered a model citizen. After graduating high school as class valedictorian, Balderas was admitted to Harvard on a full-ride scholarship to study molecular biology, with hopes of pursuing a career in cancer research. Yet the 19-year-old recently found himself detained and […]

Asking Permission to Live

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Asking Permission to Live

Within the confusion surrounding the immigration issue is a crucial moral question Much has been said about the recent Arizona law that requires police to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Critics argue the law is vague, unconstitutional, and will lead to racial profiling as police try […]

On The Road to Ever-More Government Control

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On The Road to Ever-More Government Control

A California county recently banned fast-food restaurants from including toys in their kids’ meals. The goal of this new ban is to reduce rampant obesity in today’s youth by breaking “the link between unhealthy food and prizes.” On the face of it, the effects of this ban seem trivial: so what if there are no […]

Whatever Happened to Suzette Kelo?

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Whatever Happened to Suzette Kelo?

What do a wasteland full of weeds, Pfizer, and the Supreme Court have in common? The answer is the power of eminent domain. In the 2005 case of Kelo v. City of New London, the Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London was allowed to seize Suzette Kelo’s home and give the property […]