Category Archives: Closed System

Trump is not the problem; the system that created Trump is the problem

As 2016 Super Tuesday results filed in, a sinking feeling could be felt across the country. Political pundits and lay voters alike realized that Donald J. Trump had a good chance of securing a majority of the states’ primaries, which … Continue reading

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The conundrum of rights–natural rights vs. civil rights and the disintegration of order

If the recent debate over RFRA laws and same-sex marriage teaches us anything, it is not that there are a bunch of bigots out there or that there are people being unjustly discriminated against. It is that, as a nation, … Continue reading

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Democracy no more

(PolicyMic) A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America … Continue reading

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Venice independence

(Mises.org) With an 89 percent majority, the voters of Venice have elected to leave Italy. In practice, what this really means is that the Venetians plan to no longer send tax revenues to Rome. Apparently, the Venetians, who inhabit the … Continue reading

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Car dealers ought to be afraid

This company is light years ahead of the competition. (Forbes) Tesla Motors TSLA -2.85% is being courted by four Southwestern states for its $5 billion gigafactory, but there’s another state that is kissing Tesla goodbye. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle … Continue reading

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Not a 1% problem; not a 99% problem; it’s an American problem

Chicago black grassroots activists respond to SOTU. And it’s not favorable.

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The paths of civilizations

One wonders whether the last 80 years changes much.

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Everything is peaceful at a million feet

Featuring the haunting, ethereal music of Axial Ensemble, title track “Premonition.” Aboard the ISS, we fly along over Earth’s luminous nocturnal landscapes, with Dr. Justin Wilkinson as our guide. This intimate tour takes us over cities and coastlines in the … Continue reading

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Homeschooling a fresh alternative to Statist schooling

Source: TopMastersInEducation.com

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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On the fall of the nation-state and the return of the city-state

(TED) It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world’s problems. So who’s actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let’s give them more control over global policy. … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby standing in the way of Obamacare

(LifeNews.com) The Obama administration today filed papers taking the Christian craft store Hobby Lobby to the Supreme Court to make it comply with the HHS mandate that compels religious companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. … Continue reading

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Not feudal times, not the 1930s, but today

(HSLDA) At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in what has been called a “brutal and vicious act,” a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing … Continue reading

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The growing incentive to give up U.S. citizenship

(Bloomberg) Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules. Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through … Continue reading

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The state of the Bill of Rights

A man who stripped nearly naked to make a point about his constitutional rights scored a victory today after forcing airport personnel to study up on the First and Fourth Amendments, reports The Wall Street Journal. Aaron Tobey, known as the … Continue reading

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The decline and fall of Detroit

(National Review) By the time Detroit declared bankruptcy, Americans were so inured to the throbbing dirge of Motown’s Greatest Hits — 40 percent of its streetlamps don’t work; 210 of its 317 public parks have been permanently closed; it takes … Continue reading

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I know of no country where there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy In America.

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The increasingly lawless law

(National Review Online) After today’s rulings by the Supreme Court, every American has a larger stake in the outcome of the marriage debate. No one can afford to stay out of this issue because these decisions today constitute a huge … Continue reading

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To a government that has forgotten its place

(The Objective Standard) On June 4, Becky Gerritson, a founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama, testified before congress about the IRS’s abusive practices toward Tea Party groups. Her poignant words deserve repeating. Gerritson began by explaining what motivated her to … Continue reading

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Fighting corruption with corruption

How do a people protect themselves against a government when that government is the only way to protect them? (Ad-In) We heard recently that the Department of Justice will be investigating the unconstitutional actions of the IRS as they targeted and intimidated … Continue reading

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