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Correcting the Concession of Labor Day

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Correcting the Concession of Labor Day

On September 7th Americans observed the holiday known as Labor Day. Many of them, not knowing its origins, enjoyed a day, ironically, without labor. Yet the question of why Labor Day exists and what it celebrates should be answered by the virtue of its continued celebration. Labor Day was created in 1894 by President Grover […]

How Obama Killed the Iran Election Protests

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How Obama Killed the Iran Election Protests

Protesters in Iran shocked the world with their response to the rigged election, while Iran’s Revolutionary Guard appalled us with its brutality.  That the West was so viscerally angry about the mistreatment of Iranian protesters is a good sign – it indicates that notions of justice and liberty still run deep within us.  But the […]

In Defense of Liberty

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In Defense of Liberty

More than 200 years have passed since the sons and daughters of liberty fought to cast off the yoke of British oppression. In those 200 years America has become powerful and prosperous—but also, her memory has grown dim. Whether one considers the bailouts and regulations which began under Republican office, or the massive, debt-ridden state […]

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Ask & You Shall Receive… a Tax Bill

It’s a favorite refrain that the only things one can be certain of in life are death and taxes. But while death is a singular, usually distant occurrence, taxes are ever-present. We find ourselves handing Uncle Sam a share nearly every time we touch our wallets[…] If you want lower taxes, demand smaller government It’s […]

The High Cost of a Free Lunch

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The High Cost of a Free Lunch

Congress recently approved a new budget of staggering proportions. Weighing in at $3.6 trillion, the plan provides billions in allocations towards a national health plan, green energy, foreign aid, education, and countless other programs. The president has declared that his budget is “an economic blueprint for the future- a vision of America… that will lead […]

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Campus Media Response: Access to Water is not a Right

Thirsting After Sanity, March 26th, 2009 The Gauntlet The University of Calgary Sir— In your article you argue that by extension the right to life implies that humans have a right to water. This is a gross misunderstanding of what it means for an individual to have a right. The concept, properly understood, does not […]

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Anti-Smoking Paternalism: A Cancer on American Liberty

Across the country, state and local governments are banning smoking on private property, including bars, restaurants, and office buildings. This is just the latest step in the government’s war on smoking—a coercive campaign that includes massive taxes on cigarettes, advertising bans, and endless multi-billion dollar lawsuits against tobacco companies. This war is infecting America with […]

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Freedom Versus Security: The False Alternative

What’s more important: freedom or security? Since 9/11, we’ve heard this question in debates over issues ranging from the PATRIOT Act to wiretapping to interrogation techniques. There are two common answers. On one side are the civil libertarians who argue that the government’s security enhancements curtail individual freedom. This side often quotes Benjamin Franklin’s warning […]

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The Moral Goodness of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945 the American Air Force incinerated Hiroshima, Japan with an atomic bomb. On August 9, Nagasaki was obliterated. The fireballs killed some 175,000 people. They followed months of horror, when American airplanes firebombed civilians and reduced cities to rubble. Facing extermination, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. The invasion of Japan was cancelled, and […]

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Don’t Be Evil, Google

In launching Google.cn on January 25th, the beloved search engine caved in to the Chinese government’s demand that it block politically “sensitive” content from searches. Now, if a Chinese web surfer wants to learn, for instance, about the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, he will find 13,600 pages of government-sanctioned myths–with 1,566,400 pages, those containing […]

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