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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us

One has a free choice of whether to take one's cocaine in crystal or powdered form. However, while this may be a free choice, it is never a choice of freedom, since either choice leads to slavery.

Citizens of the World, Divide!

Moorpark, CA. We are told to be careful with our words, to be aware of how our words might make other people feel or of how we might be misunderstood.  However important is this advice (and it is both important and grossly overused), these ...

Subsidizing Localism?

A great post over at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen by “Will.”  Beyond his reliance on a clearly excellent source (ahem), I strongly endorse his closing reflection: Given the inter-connectedness of subsidies and local communit...

Characteristics of the Modest Republic

Erie, PA. Readers of the Front Porch Republic are likely looking for new ways to conceive of American politics and culture.  They are in search of alternative categories to the existing options that are usually reduced to liberalism and con...

Communication

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. Via Derbyshire, this Terry Teachout column makes an important observation that relates back to Derbyshire’s criticism of the influence of talk radio and my post on community: The information age offers something for...

What our Hands Have Wrought

RINGOES, NJ. In the fall of 2008, Americans were confronted with frightening news. The financial world was, the experts warned, teetering on the brink of disaster. Politicians from both parties grimly intoned that what was at stake was “our...