Kory Swanson

Posts by Kory Swanson (page 2)

  • Politcal Narratives in the land of La Mancha

    Writing a day before the election, political commentator Chris Weigant reminded us that the off-year-elections “always seem to have an outsized effect on the narrative used by the political chattering class…” Looking at today’s headlines from a number of newspapers and online media, we can see this is a very…
    Kory Swanson, November 9, 2017
  • The Virginia Election Results: Et Tu, North Carolina?

    Is the Democratic Party sweep in Virginia a portent of things to come in North Carolina? North Carolina conservatives should be concerned; but, they should stay on message—tax reform, regulatory reform, education reform, etc. In other words, expanding freedom for all North Carolinians. The economy is doing well. Keep focused.
    Kory Swanson, November 8, 2017
  • Harvey, Houston, and Land Development Transparency

    As the debate rages on–and it will for the foreseeable future–John Jacobs, a professor of watershed management at Texas A&M University admits that “almost all of the flooding in Houston is the result of poor development decisions.” But, he goes on to note that transparency, not regulation, would fix the…
    Kory Swanson, September 12, 2017
  • Is Roy Cooper a closet libertarian?

    MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: Oh, really? So when I say: Nicole bring me my slippers and fetch my nightcap,” is that prose? PHILOSOPHY MASTER: Most clearly. MONSIEUR JOURDAIN: Well, what do you know about that! These forty years now I’ve been speaking in prose without knowing it! —Molière, The Bourgeois Gentleman, 1670…
    Kory Swanson, March 21, 2017
  • Fight the Myth of Fair Trade

    As Barron’s editorial page editor Thomas Donlan notes in his March 6 editorial: “Fair trade” is never fair, because it always means that the deadening thumb of government has to adjust the scales of commerce in favor of domestic businesses that can’t succeed any other way.
    Kory Swanson, March 16, 2017
  • If I Were Teaching an Ethics in Journalism Class…

    If I were teaching a course on ethics and journalism, I would make the Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker’s opinion piece, Trump, ‘Lies’ and Honest Journalism, the center of classroom discussion. And I would include recent opinion pieces from the editors of Carolina Journal on the…
    Kory Swanson, January 5, 2017
  • The News Media should not be in the business of telling people how to vote

    Today’s Wall Street Journal’s  “Notable & Quotable” section features a quote from founder of the USA Today newspaper, Richard Benedetto. He was writing in the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch on October 17:        USA Today, a newspaper I helped found in 1982, and which enjoyed a reputation for…
    Kory Swanson, November 2, 2016
  • Downton Abbey and Big Government

    In today’s WSJ’s Notable & Quotable the Dowager Countess of Grantham despairs of the destructive effects of big government on the freedom of the individual: “Loss of control by the people, more control by the state until the individual’s own wishes count for nothing. That is what I consider…
    Kory Swanson, February 2, 2016