Freedom

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    NRA profits from gun-control zealots’ attacks

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon reports on the practical impact of the latest attacks on the National Rifle Association. The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund raised about 2.75 times as much money in April as the leading gun-control PACs combined, filings with the Federal Election…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2018
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    Leef highlights threats to free speech on campus

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column discusses a new book from Princeton professor Keith Whittington that explains why universities must defend free speech. He is not predicting that American universities are necessarily going to become the kind of politicized university the fascists demanded and got in Germany, but warns…
    Mitch Kokai, May 23, 2018
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    Dignity and respect in public policy

    What did the teachers gathered in Raleigh last week have in common with Pres. Donald Trump, besides an affinity for red clothing? The teachers’ union called the walkout a “Rally for Respect,” not just pay. And Trump’s campaign to “Make America Great Again” was seen as a way to restore…
    Joseph Coletti, May 22, 2018
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    Columnist Thinks He Knows Why Young People are Drawn To Socialism

    It doesn’t surprise me that some 20-somethings and 30-somethings are drawn to socialism. They’ve grown up with the left-of-center rhetoric about “fairness” and persistent take-downs of the wealthy. But columnist Steve Chapman writes that free marketers have themselves to blame for the embrace of socialism. The demise of Marxism…
    Donna Martinez, May 22, 2018
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    You can’t get skinny by tightening your belt

    Peter Boettke discussed who should have the authority for different public functions in his address as president of the Southern Economic Association and in this week’s episode of EconTalk. It’s a big topic that raises important questions on freedom and community. Fortunately, Boettke worked closely with Richard Cornuelle on…
    Joseph Coletti, May 17, 2018
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    Defenders of cultural freedom

    Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the recurring need to push back against large-scale forces demanding intellectual conformity. Just as happened in the twentieth century, an unlikely group of compatriots has emerged to resist the contemporary domestic challenge to cultural freedom. Reading Bari Weiss’s recent article…
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that both of North Carolina’s U.S. senators praised President Trump during appearances Friday at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the Jesse Helms Center. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains that hundreds of academic studies point out the positive role of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2018
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    Civil liberties and partisan hatred

    David French warns National Review Online readers that partisan hatred threatens cherished constitutional freedoms. In more than two decades of advocacy for free speech, I’ve learned that it’s easy to persuade Americans to respect the civil liberties of people they disagree with. It’s much, much more difficult to…
    Mitch Kokai, May 9, 2018