The corruption of the English language is just one more way our thinking can be manipulated.
Why are some wanting to abolish the teaching of history in the classroom?
A powerful lesson from a neighbor kid who fixed a friend's lawnmower.
Even as the Bundy family's long legal nightmare ends, the state still can't resist screwing with Ammon Bundy.
Show notes can be found here.
Is respect for the law and its institutions failing? James R. Harrigan joins us to examine the reasons why.
Of all the political movements in the world, social justice is by far the most Orwellian.
How the president's move against streaming platform TikTok is straight out of the mafia business model.
Complete show notes are here.
How to make sense of all those Covid numbers without losing your mind.
Is it just a coincidence that these state-mandated lockdowns are accomplishing almost precisely what Communism has been working to do for generations?
Is it time to starting drafting the candidates we want, rather than settling for the ones the parties will give us?
Complete show notes are here.
The media needs to make up its mind, is cash a bad thing or is a cashless society just conspiracy talk?
If you have a fondness for electricity, you can thank fossil fuels for providing most of it.
Which diseases are making a comeback while we're experiencing Covid-19 tunnel vision?
If increased lockdowns cannot stop the coronavirus, why are we hearing so much talk about them now?
Complete show notes are here.
The conflict which none of us can escape is more mental than physical at this point. What are you doing to make your mind an effective weapon?
Want to have more lasting impact? Be capable of bringing your top shelf ideals into the marketplace of ideas.
What will folks be saying about us 50 years from now? Chances are, it won't be particularly kind.
Why do we always seem to get unintended consequences when government is our primary problem-solver?
Complete show notes are here.
Why parents aren't waiting around for bureaucrats to decide when or how their kids should resume schooling.
The surest way to get more woke intolerance? Just keep trying to ignore it.
Complete show notes are here.
When did it become a virtue to be willing to give up your freedoms?
As bad as our lockdowns have been, they're mild compared to what's happening in Melbourne, Australia right now.
Is it time to separate healthcare and state?
Wokeness has its roots in Marxism.
Eric Peters from Eric Peters Autos stops by to visit about creating workable alternatives to the "no mask/no business" mandates being forced on us. We talk about the importance of networking with like-minded people who are determined to maintain their autonomy.
What to do when cancel culture comes hunting for you with camera in hand.
What America has in common with the fall of the Roman Empire.
Is 2020 the year that American political legitimacy dies?
Why politicians' good intentions are no excuse for their bad outcomes
Complete show notes are here.
Serious about making a difference? Stop seeing your ideological opponents as enemies to be vanquished.
While we fight over masks, the biggest economic catastrophe in American history is quietly unfolding.
Five months into the Covid crisis, the data shows no connection between lockdowns and lower death rates.
Why property rights are human rights and should be protected.
Complete show notes are here.
Why is the official narrative regarding Hydroxychloroquine being so strictly enforced by social media & others?
The most essential preparedness tool you should have in your kit.
Shifting away from schooling our kids under a 19th Century system.
Why government should follow the rules.
Complete show notes are here.
"Words & Numbers" host James R. Harrigan joins us to talk current events, conspiracy theorists and critical thinking.
How did our feelings become more important than facts or opinions?
Complete show notes are here.
Competition, not government monopolies, makes innovation possible.
Rethinking our knee-jerk reaction to the word "anarchist"
How society is coming unwound and why
America is in crisis and on trial
Complete show notes are here
Alexandra Hudson from Young Voices joins us to discuss positive innovations that Covid-19 has caused in education.
Why are churches considered a bigger health risk than casinos in Nevada?
Are social media giants risking engaging in malpractice when they censor medical information?
How is Sweden doing compared to the lockdown modelers' predictions back in April?
Complete show notes are here.
What if Nick Sandmann had "smiled while white" in 2020?
Will Covid go away if Biden is elected?
Why it's wiser to listen to the heretics than to silence them.
Now is the time to get to know your neighbors and learn to look out for one another.
Complete show notes with links are here.
Freedom of speech or fear of speech?
How leaders can lie to us about Covid with a straight face.
Defending Utah's Dixie from the cancel culture mob.
The philosophy of America's pastime.
Complete show notes are here.
Eric Peters discusses resisting sickness kabuki and the sneeze police.
The shining lie of storm troopers vs. the mobs.
Why BLM wants to dismantle the nuclear family.
Promoting truth by asking the right questions.
Complete show notes are here.
How coronavirus is allowing bureaucrats to play god
Calls to return to the 'old normal' are misplaced
Stop using cops as revenue farmers
Larry Reed's open letter to all Americans
Complete show notes and links are here.
Did politicians and business interests push health officials aside at the expense of public health? That's the claim being made by some media outlets. Gary Welch joins me to discuss how claims like this are used to rationalize the harm being done to millions of small business owners and employees.
We also discuss why fewer and fewer people trust the data or the directives coming from politicians and bureaucrats. Especially when we see their double standards at work.
Want to help ensure your kids and grandkids aren't the ones out rioting and attacking people 10 or 20 years from now? Teach them manners. Emma Freire has 4 tricks to help even young children learn the basics.
Ever heard of permission-less innovation? It's the idea that innovators and entrepreneurs shouldn't have to seek permission to improve our lives. Adam Thierer says it should be our default setting as a society.
Have you noticed how self-censoring is becoming a necessity for those who don't want to risk losing their employment? Brad Polumbo warns that privatized censorship is just as harmful as government censorship is to our ability to seek truth.
What happens when mob mentality and moral suasion meet the market? Veronique De Rugy lays out the economics of our growing cancel culture.
How's your psyche doing these days? Most of us are feeling pretty traumatized at some level. Annie Holmquist says, it's not by accident, we're on the receiving end of some intense psychological warfare right now. And we were warned about it long ago.
Do we have anything resembling a free press in America any more? Jeff Minnick says much of the press has transitioned from independent government watchdogs to embedded government lap dogs.
This week marked the 51st anniversary of man landing on the moon. Paul Rosenberg wonders whatever happened to the mindset that drove such endeavors? He reminds us that our truest progress happens when we stop waiting for permission to move ahead.
Calls to defund the police are rooted in the recognition that the state is becoming more brutal and aggressive in enforcing its dictates. Justin Murray reminds us that the problem of police brutality is rooted in having far too many laws.
What would it mean if Covid-19 infections were 10 times greater than officials originally thought? Might it provide some needed perspective on whether this virus is the threat we're being told it is?
The unreliability of Covid-19 data is a serious problem. If only someone could have warned us about this data fiasco. Oh, wait. As Jon Miltimore explains, disease prevention specialist Dr. John Ioannidis did exactly that. Why is he being ignored?
Do you resist the pressure to wear the face mask? Are you reluctant to do what you're told by those who know better than you do? Congratulations. A new study out of Poland says that you're likely a narcissist or psychopath.
Show notes and original essays can be found here.
Eric Peters from EPAutos.com brings us the latest developments from the front lines of the mask mandates. Eric shares what it means to stand up for your autonomy as well as your sanity in a world that seems determined to break your individual will.
One of the biggest indicators of a polar shift in our culture is the emergence and normalization of the 'woke' cancel mob. Matt Purple has an excellent essay describing the new elites who are working overtime to convince us that they don't even exist.
Not to suggest that sharing political opinions is the best or wisest use of our time, but a new poll from the Cato Institute shows that more and more of us are afraid to say what's on our minds. The only group that feels they can freely share their opinions are those who identify as staunch liberals. Does that seem right to you?
The upcoming school year is going to be an interesting one. Some are heralding a Golden Age of homeschooling due to coronavirus concerns. Young Voices contributor Fiona Harrigan says: Hold up, this pandemic is not homeschooling's moment.
If there's a bright side to the ongoing clashes between rioters and federal law enforcement in Portland, Oregon, it's that the government can be an equal opportunity oppressor. As Jeff Deist explains, folks on the left and the right must understand that government power is the problem, not the solution.
Given what's happening right now, it's not an exaggeration to say that the barbarians have taken the institutions that were once pillars of our civilization. Paul Rosenberg says that the time to fix these institutions is likely past. Time to start rebuilding civilization without them.
Have you read the letter to students signed by top leaders of the two major U.S. teachers unions? Chuck Chalberg has an excellent breakdown of how the AFT and NEA are doing their part to train up activists on the taxpayer's dime.
Many of us are shocked at the ongoing unrest and violence taking place across our nation. Brian Miller provides some needed historical perspective to remind us that this isn't the first time America has experienced "Days of Rage."
One of the more fascinating measures of the volatile times in which we live can be seen in how many companies are actively fleeing business-hostile states. Mark J. Perry explains the reasons for the current exodus from California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
If you were unlucky enough to discover that your job is not given "preferred" status by government officials, you may know more about how unemployment benefits than you'd like. Peter Suderman has a solid explanation of how the CARES Act, passed by Congress, is making things worse--not better.
You don't have to look very far to encounter tribalism of the worst kind today. Richard M. Ebeling has a thorough and insightful essay about "systemic racism" theory is being used to generate deeper feelings of tribalism with the goal of tearing down the American Republic.
On a related note, Ammon Bundy is getting a lot of heat over his decision to reach out to Black Lives Matter representatives in Idaho. Has he lost his mind or is this what it looks like when someone's love of liberty and God outweighs hatred for his enemies?
The nightly drama playing out in Portland, Oregon is revealing some dark truths about us and about our federal government. Walter Olsen explores what we don't know about Portland that should have us asking many more questions before jumping to conclusions.
The current Covid-19 media narrative runs along the lines that "the U.S. locked down too late and reopened too soon." Phillip W. Magness takes a closer look and finds what looks a lot like a policy response in search of rationalization.
Ever consider the possibility that being free doesn't mean the same thing to everyone? Kent McManigal has a powerful explanation of why freedom is subjective and how even people in figurative chains can still believe themselves free.
Do hate crime laws really protect anyone? Or do they pervert justice by introducing subjective criteria into our criminal justice system? Christian Watson has a principled response to why, as a black man, he opposes Georgia's new hate crime law.
Our single greatest duty as citizens is to be capable of thinking clearly and independently during times of crisis. Howard James Kunstler asks a very timely question that each of us should be considering: Is there anything about this republic that you think is worth defending?
The fear factor is ramping up. Mask mandates are spreading like cancer. Is this all justified? Ron Paul points out some gaping holes in the Covid spike narrative.
Looking at all of the things that people in government are telling us we must do to be "safe" and healthy, it appears that Big Brother is more of a Big Mother. Lawrence M. Vance has a fascinating comparison between the advice Mom gave us and the demands Big Mother is making of us.
Authoritarian control seldom comes in one big event. It is implemented gradually and quietly so we hardly notice the restraints being placed on us. James Bovard spells out how the REAL ID act is doing this in ways we may not have noticed.
The threat of more and stronger lockdowns is being talked about more and more by media and politicians. Gary Welch joins us to discuss the damage already done by these lockdowns and why it's in our interest to stand up for the small business owners who are being systematically destroyed by them.
As Carl Sagan used to say, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." Roger W. Koops explains how that same standard of evidence should apply when governments implement extraordinary measures that tear apart our medical, social and economic order.
Can our individualism be reconciled with public health? Steven Davies spells out the tensions and challenges as well as the historical context in which personal liberties and public health must be considered.
Today is the day that numerous retailers across the nation begin mandating that their customers wear masks in their stores. What if your mask won't fit over your conscience?
Those of us who remain skeptical about where all of these "health directives" appear to be leading us, feel as though we're living in a dystopian book or movie. Parrish Miller has a pretty solid take on what's happening and how free-thinkers and rebels are being pushed to the margins of society.
The drumbeat of biased researchers and social justices types proclaiming America a racist country has definitely intensified of late. Adam Mill explains how junk studies are being used to attempt to prove this point. He also points out how factual data appears to show the exact opposite of this claim.
Who is the greatest political strategist in history? Daniel Ajamian says, it's a guy from 80 years ago whose name few of us would recognize. Even so, his ideas are the basis for the cultural revolution raging within our society today.
George Orwell's novel "1984" gave us an incredible lexicon of totalitarian ideas. As Fred Lucas explains, too many within our media are embracing what Orwell called "groupthink" and it's having serious impact on how they present their stories to us.
It's easy to criticize the current lack of leadership we're experiencing. If our leadership was required, would we have the right qualities to be an effective leader in a time of crisis? Jeff Minnick has some great advice on this subject.
What should we do when our laws and morals collide? Like it or not, we live in a time when such questions must be examined. Gary Arnell has some helpful insights into how we might answer this question.
What will going back to school be like during the current Covid panic? Educator Chris Jones has written about his firsthand experience in the classroom this summer. He joins us to talk about what he observed and the lessons learned.
How willing are you to reveal your voting preference for the upcoming general election? Pollsters seem to think they've got this one figured out but James Howard Kunstler has a deeper analysis of what lies beneath the surface of the American body politic. It's a take worth considering.
Did you ever think you'd see a day when you'd welcome a bit more change in your pockets? Eric Peters warns that the no-change crisis may be steering us closer to a cashless society. If you value what's left of your privacy, pay attention to this one.
The "experts" are pretty sure they know exactly what you and I should be doing in just about every area of our lives. John Stossel warns us not to put too much faith in the experts. After all, their track record of late is pretty shabby.
The mask wars are intensifying and the pressure to conform is mounting. Kent McManigal offers timely encouragement to stand your ground as he pulls back the curtain on the latest round of shut-down-theater.
I know I'm just a white guy in an age of terminal wokeness but I stand by my conviction that the endless cries of racism are getting harder and harder to believe.
Who can blame us for having trust issues when the New York Times claims that churches, rather than rioters, have contributed to the rise in positive Covid-19 tests? Holly Scheer has an excellent piece on official claims that mass protests and riots are safe while going to church is not.
Ben Swann has a very well done investigative report on how well face masks prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses and whether they can actually increase your risk of infection. True believers may experience moderate to severe cognitive dissonance while watching this video.
Is it possible that we're being subjected to government and media-sponsored psychological terror?
In two related stories about the reality of fake news, the New York Times grim history of deception is exposed and documented. Jen Maffessanti and Jeffrey Tucker both have penned powerful pieces reminding us of the NYT's infamous Walter Duranty who vigorously denied Stalin's deliberate starvation of millions of Ukrainians. It's a powerful reminder to keep a healthy sense of skepticism about what's being reported.
For something a bit off the beaten path, have you seen the mashup of Stairway to Heaven and Gilligan's Island sung by Piddles the Clown? I want to hate it but it's just too awesome.
Cancel culture is metastasizing like a cancer throughout our society. Richard Ebeling explains why we have a duty to save America from its ravages and to defend the ideals of civil and economic liberty.
Why was Sweden able to "flatten the curve" so effectively when New York failed miserably? Jon Miltimore says the reason probably has very little to do with lockdowns.
Looking for proof that the free market is a source of goodness and prosperity? Art Carden says, look no further than the package on your doorstep.
Are you getting the sense that it's way too easy to find yourself in an argument these days? Depoliticize your life and you'll notice the contention drops off noticeably.
You've heard that "every person has their price" but have you ever considered what your price is? Robert E. Wright explores the choice that voters will face as they head to the polls this November and whether they're willing to sell their souls in buyer's market.
Like it or not, governing by crisis has become the default setting of most politicians. Peter St. Onge makes a strong case for how the Covid-19 panic has demonstrated why we need free and robust inquiry rather than passive submission.
What is it that drives those sad souls who like to boss others around? Eric Peters breaks down how American society has devolved from one in which people mostly minded their own business to one where we lust to control one another.
Parents of school-age children are facing a dilemma at the prospect of sending their kids back to school this fall. Of course, that's IF schools in their area will even reopen in the first place. Ethan Yang has a highly relevant take on the dangers of keeping the schools closed.
The revolutionary fervor that we're seeing in the streets of America should be cause for paying closer attention to what's going on around us. Why is it that some revolutions succeed and others devolve into mindless bloodbaths? Joseph Loconte has some helpful historical perspective.
The rumors of Lockdown 2.0 appear to be based in reality. Michael Snyder offers timely analysis on why this is taking place and who is taking advantage of our Covid fears.
Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have announced that they are changing their name in response to politically correct pressure, one has to wonder: What's next? Burgess Owens says, the name change was at the behest of big finance, not NFL fans.
Why is interest in homeschooling surging? Tuttle Twins author Connor Boyack joins us to discuss the trend and why it's happening.
If you don't feel a sense of frustration at how Big Tech is actively censoring what it considers unapproved opinions on the internet, you're not paying attention. But beware, by urging government to create a "fairness doctrine" to protect conservative speech, we may just end up losing what little online free speech we have left.
Is there a reason the Covid-19 panic narrative is being pushed again? Edward Achorn has some needed perspective on what's happening. Is it possible that we're being primed for something other than avoiding illness?
The body count is rising once again. No, not coronavirus deaths. It's the number of suicides and drug overdoses that are on the rise. Jon Miltimore has a timely reminder of the less-publicized costs of the government-mandated shutdowns.
Our weekly interview with Eric Peters from EPAutos.com in which we discuss the president's wearing of a face mask and the downsides of having to pay "rent" on a vehicle each year in the form of property taxes.
Many of us perceive safety in blending into the crowd. But the world doesn't need more clones. It needs original and authentic characters. James Walpole has a refreshingly different take on how the irreplaceable survives the interchangeable.
Given the volatility of the topic of racism, it can be a difficult subject to discuss rationally. Tom Krannawitter has a remarkably straightforward take on the difference between having racist thoughts and genuine injustice.
When it comes to making decisions about our lives, who is better qualified? You or a collection of bureaucrats? Donald J. Boudreaux warns to exercise deep caution in whom we trust.
Christian Watson of the Pensive Politics podcast joins us to discuss current headlines and his take on the passing scene. We discuss the lessons of CHAZ/CHOP, free speech and the need for free and open dialogue in easing societal tensions.
Has science lost its respectability? Paul Rosenberg has a timely warning about what happens when science combines with authority.
Speaking of how science can be abused, here's a hard-hitting essay from Angelo Codevilla on how Dr. Anthony Fauci is a deep state fraud who uses science to advance an agenda that doesn't have your best interests at heart.
While we're all busy fighting about masks and such, another bipartisan spending frenzy is about to kick off in Congress. Veronique de Rugy advises that we brace ourselves. Our collision with fiscal reality is imminent.
You've likely seen the signs going up at various retail businesses: Please use exact change or be willing to round up for your purchase. Word on the street is that there's a coin shortage. William J. Luther asks, "Where have all the coins gone?"
How bad would things have to get before you'd consider voting with your feet and leaving your current state of residence? That's a question each of us must answer for ourselves but it's clear that, for many folks, the threshold has been reached. Meanwhile, major tax increases are coming at virtually every level.
The woke revolution makes for some interesting reading in your daily news feed but don't dismiss it as so much intellectual posturing between elitists. As Paul Craig Roberts explains, our personal free speech and freedom of conscience are on the line.
Should our loyalty to the USA be based on our beliefs about the country or the simple fact that we live in it? Policy writer and Young Voices contributor Nate Hochman joins us to discuss how our fractured political parties might find moral unity, despite coming from two very different moral reasonings.
It's bad enough that real life heroes are being deconstructed right and left. Now Superman is being dumbed down morally, so he can be more "relatable" to his audience. Dan Sanchez has a great take on what DC Film's attempt to modernize the Man of Steel.
Want a perfect illustration of the danger of "hate crimes"? Look no further than the California couple facing maximum criminal charges for painting over a Black Lives Matter statement on a public roadway.
Back to school time is traditionally a pretty big deal for students and parents alike. This year, it's looking more like a line in the sand for millions of parents. Kerry McDonald explains how government overreaction to Covid-19 is causing these parents to say, "No thanks, we'll school our kids at home."
Is freedom incompatible with the so-called "greater good"? Annie Holmquist zeroes in on the growing friction between those who are working to maintain freedom and those who see freedom as dangerous.
If you haven't heard of the Harper's Letter calling for greater respect for free speech, it's worth looking into. The violent reaction of the cancel culture mob to this letter is strong evidence that it needed to be said.
If you think you can simply avoid the cancel culture mob, I have some bad news for you--there's nowhere left to hide. John Stossel has a marvelous breakdown of how cancel culture is out of control and what we can do to withstand its demands.
On a related note, Boyd Cathey explores the goals of the cancel culture censors and how they are seeking to transform our society at any cost, if we let them.
In my home state of Utah, the mask controversy is deepening. Governor Gary Herbert says the state has the authority to mandate wearing masks but he won't exercise it, at this time. Those of us who choose not to wear a mask are about to get a lot less popular.
When is a picture worth a thousand words? When it's helping us understand a difficult or technical concept or when it's being used to mislead us and propagandize us? Ramon P. DeGennaro says it's always wise to weigh the evidence and think for yourself.
Young Voices contributor Chris Harelson joins us to discuss how cutting administration costs and barriers could help speed up a lagging health care system. One good thing about Covid-19 is that it has revealed many of these systemic weaknesses.
Those of us above a certain age may not feel that we have a stake in the current effort to ban TikTok. As Jeffrey A. Tucker explains, the poison of politics has a way of tainting everything it touches--including things that bring fun or innovation into our lives.
Given the choice between taking the easy road and the harder road, which would you choose? It's a safe bet that most of us would opt for the path of least resistance. James Walpole warns that the easy road does exist but it's a scam.
It's very fashionable now to condemn billionaires as if they'd wronged each of us personally. Isaac Morehouse has a thoughtful response to this notion and good advice on how creating value and protecting one another's freedoms is more productive than railing against arbitrary amounts of money.
You don't have to look too far to find authentic problems today. T.K. Coleman suggests that most of them are far too important to reduce to left vs. right politics.
Now that we find ourselves in the societal mode where it's acceptable to tear down statues and rename everything that came before us, what's next on the chopping block? Jeff Deist says free market economics is now a tempting target to the politically correct.
Is there something inherently wrong with loving our ancestors? Even if they too were flawed? Vasko Kohlmayer says the current purge seeks to rob us of our country rather than right an existing wrong.
It's not just the friction about wearing masks in public, you've probably noticed pretty much everything has morphed into a political death match these days. What's up with that? J.D. Tuccille has some timely analysis of the growing anger in American society.
Thank heavens for those who can see current events through a calmer, less strident lens. Max Gulker describes the slow, strange and wonderful unmasking of America that we're experiencing.
What if the current pressure to get the public to mask up was more psyop than legitimate disease prevention? Kelly Brogan MD has a truly remarkable take. Find the time to read this essay thoroughly. You won't regret it.
Times of crisis are also times of remarkable opportunity. T.K Coleman reminds us that our greatest creativity can often be found when we're struggling to keep our heads above water.
Moves to reform or to remove police at the local level are gaining some traction. While there are some legitimate concerns about how local police are morphing from peace officers into enforcers, Jeff Thomas warns that getting rid of them may be a Pyrrhic victory, at best.
The authoritarian decision to shutdown much of the economy in response to Covid-19 has created far more victims than the virus has. Today, you'll hear from two of the small business owners who have had their livelihood destroyed by bureaucratic directives that designated them and their businesses "non-essential."
You'll hear from Cameron Porter and Kerby Barker, in their own words, and you'll learn why Attorney Garrett Smith and others are filing a federal class action lawsuit against the officials who gave those orders.
You can also watch the video of our interviews here:
Cameron Porter from Robin Hood Studios
Kerby Barker from Epic Party Events.
The hue and cry to divest America of the memory of men like Thomas Jefferson is getting a fair amount of (biased) media attention. How many know the pains this man took to try to end slavery? Charles Burris has some facts for your consideration.
Thinking clearly in a climate of perpetual fear isn't easy. Ron Paul shines the light of truth onto the matter of the Covid-19 "spike" in Texas and how it's being spun to to justify another expansive power grab.
Gun sales are through the roof. Not exactly difficult to understand, is it? Now that the couple that defended their mansion in St. Louis from angry protesters have gone viral, there are some important lessons for the rest of us. A key one: Don't be a gun-waver.
The Academy of Arts & Sciences has released a report titled "Our Common Purpose" which examines how to make reforms to American Constitutional Democracy. Novak Scholar and Young Voices contributor Alexandra Hudson joins us to talk about the challenges and proposed solutions.
Eric Peters from Eric Peters Autos joins us for our weekly reality supplement. We discuss what to make of the rising number of Covid cases versus the steeply declining number of Covid deaths and whether the American public is more committed to reality or insanity.
Feeling frustration that so many people seem dug so deeply into their beliefs that no amount of facts or persuasion can change their minds? Kent McManigal says don't let that stop you from shining the light of truth. And definitely don't fall into the same trap yourself.
How much pride should we feel in our heritage? This seems like a timely consideration. James Walpole has an interesting twist. He says we should feel the challenge to do better than our forebears did rather than simply basking in pride over their accomplishments.
Of all the ideologies that compete for our allegiance, the "safety first" ideology is among the most destructive. Michael and Diana W. Thomas remind us that authentic growth and progress requires a willingness to embrace a degree of risk.
A respected friend posted something on Facebook over the weekend complimenting the president's remarks at Mt. Rushmore. Within 24 hours, 15 people had unfriended her. What exactly is making us so intolerant in the pursuit of tolerance?
Among the many things changed by the Covid crisis is how we attend church and worship services. Where is the line between being a responsible citizen and the need to exercise civil disobedience in defense of one's faith? Dr. Gavin Ashden has some answers.
With everything that we've been through and the uncertain path ahead, what have been the positive aspects of this crisis? Jeffery A. Tucker zeroes in on a few that we may have overlooked.
If you're serious about becoming a well-rounded human being, nothing beats an authentic liberal arts education. Dr. Shanon Brooks has a timely explanation of the hardest school you'll ever attend.
In that same vein, Jeff Minnick sings the praises of Tom Rollins who created the Great Courses and has helped so many people become better thinkers and better individuals committed to lifelong learning.
The holiday this past weekend was a curious mixture of celebration and reflection. What could well have been the biggest night of fireworks ever was tempered by serious concerns about the principles of our nation's founding. Is our nation standing at a critical crossroad and how do we proceed from here?
What exactly are we celebrating when we observe our nation's birthday? Lawrence W. Reed reminds us that America is not defined by slavery but by the ideals that ultimately abolished it.
One of the clearest battles being fought before our eyes is the issue of maintaining our freedoms during a time of crisis. Ethan Yang boldly outlines why defenders of freedom must smash the Covid-19 orthodoxy rather than passively submit to self-serving experts.
Politicians rarely get much acknowledgement on this program but the president's speech at Mt. Rushmore, and the media spin that followed it are noteworthy enough to merit discussion.
We all want to believe that, during the time of slavery, we'd have been the ones who would have stood against it. But do we really understand what it requires to stand up against beliefs that are held by most members of society? It's not as easy as we think.
Statues and monuments aren't the only targets of America's current cultural revolution. The social justice crusaders have also set their sights on abolishing museums. Anders Koskinen has a compelling explanation of where such terrible ideas are originating.
In spite of all the recent drama, we still have much to celebrate this Independence Day. Antony Davies of the Words & Numbers podcast reminds us that part of our observances should include remembering the principles of our nation's founding.
If you get the sense that we're standing at a historical crossroads, you're not wrong. Jeff Minnick asks whether what we're seeing is a protest or a revolution.
If you've found yourself asking the question, "How has it come to this?", you're not alone. Barry Brownstein has a marvelous take on how we've chosen to become a nation of servants.
Of all the things we tend to take for granted, free speech shouldn't be one of them. John Stossel has a timely warning about the new censors and why it's so crucial that each of us be willing to speak the truth--even when it's unpopular to do so.
The fear generated over Covid-19 is causing power-seekers to take full advantage of us and to seize as much control as we'll let them. Some are even floating the idea of punishing those whose refuse to submit to contact tracer questioning.
So much of what we hear in the news about coronavirus is calculated to feed our fears and keep us clamoring for someone to save us. What if there were some good news about herd immunity that isn't being trumpeted as widely? Would you want to hear it?
Independence Day is tomorrow. Hopefully, each of us will have time to reflect on the stunning accomplishment it once represented and to commit ourselves to pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred honor to perpetuating the founders' love of liberty.
With all the different things dividing us as a nation, one of the most curious divides is that between the risk-tolerant and the risk-averse. Can these two Americas coexist or must one dominate the other?
The current concern over rising Covid cases in Texas is feeding the fear that people went back to their lives too soon. Before we shut it all down again, Edward Peter Stringham suggests we take 500mg of chill pill and look at the bigger picture.
As we prepare to celebrate America's independence this weekend, it's a prime opportunity for each of us to seriously ponder what "independence" means. James Bovard has a powerful essay about Independence Day in the midst of dictatorship.
Economist Tyler Cowan says it's likely that we need more lockdowns but getting the American people on board is less likely if we keep telling them they're stupid and too sociable.
In a time of contagion and financial ruin, does it make sense to choose liberty? Caroline Breshears says you better believe it.
Eric Peters from EPAutos.com joins us to talk current events, courage and whether we will be celebrating freedom or a farce this weekend.
It's too easy to find yourself in the crosshairs of the angry mob. While it's tempting to simply go silent, there is no safety in doing so. Dave Deaval has a principled plea to find your voice anyway and speak the truth that needs to be spoken.
Does tyranny require a tyrant? Annie Holmquist says, not if history is any indicator. Scenes like we've seen play out in Seattle for the past few weeks can only happen when leaders are too fearful to lead. That's why we each need to step up in our own way.
You know you've hit a nerve when someone invokes the phrase, "How dare you?" Sadly, this is a pretty common response to those of us who remain mask averse during the time of Covid. What is it about masks, manners and mind control that gets us so wound up?
It's telling that some of the deepest conflict taking place in our country right now is over statues and monuments. Serious about de-escalating the situation? Take Jacob Hornberger's advice and depoliticize the statues.
Why have blue states been hit much harder by Covid-19 than other states? Jon Miltimore explores how the states with the most stringent lockdowns still bore the brunt of the virus.
How many times have you heard someone say, "Taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized world"? Take a look around you. Are you getting your money's worth? J.D. Tuccille has a few things to think about as delayed tax day approaches.
Are you noticing more people shooting off fireworks this year? Jay Zagorsky says it's not just your imagination. All those months of lockdown have people feeling froggy.
How did tolerance become such a spiteful practice? California has blacklisted Idaho to show us what true tolerance is.
If there's anything more disturbing than the mob mentality of the social justice crusaders, it's the speed with which corporate American has bent the knee to their demands. Do we speak up for the innocent people being purged, even if it puts us at risk?
Most of us could use a stout shot of encouragement right now. Allen Stevo has a very thoughtful piece that cuts through the fear and anger to describe why the world needs your very best right now.
Pressure to resume statewide lockdowns is building amidst a growing number of reported Covid-19 cases. John Daniel Davidson gets right to the point: Americans should never again comply with pandemic lockdown orders. Those ordering us to do so have burned their credibility and lost all moral authority to order us to do anything.
It's been two weeks since the Utah Business Revival held its groundbreaking Collin Raye concert in Cedar City. Iron County commissioner Paul Cozzens just posted a very telling chart showing Covid-19 infections in that county following the gathering. Not a single positive case can be traced to someone who attended this event.
Are you starting to see signs in various businesses warning that exact change may not be available? Claudio Glass warns that the war against cash has been ramped up considerably during the Covid crisis.
How do you live in a world gone mad? Alex Tabbarok says, watch what you do or say on social media. Seems like sound advice.
As tempting as it may be to cheer when the cancel culture mob tears into someone we consider an opponent, it's essential that we defend authentic--yet imperfect--history. Matt Purple explains what we can learn from the current attacks on the detestable Woodrow Wilson.
Any society has room for improvement but ritual and symbolic acts can only take us so far. John McWhorter has a great essay on the growing Church of Social Justice.
Sarah Downey has an excellent essay on why the politically correct witch hunt must end. She warns how it's killing free speech as well as our ability to learn from one another.
This has been a year filled with learning opportunities. Michael Snyder says one of the biggest lessons has been the critical importance of being prepared.
A number of Independence Day celebrations have been canceled around the nation this year. Jeffrey A. Tucker has a great essay about his recent experience at PorcFest and how people who are committed to freedom live their lives.
With all of government's well-documented failures, why do so many people still cling to the belief that it should be our primary problem solver? Veronique de Rugy says it's still worth fighting to help others understand that solutions exist outside the state.
If you find yourself wondering where does the wealth go when an economy tanks, Michael Munger has an answer worth considering. It's not a matter of fat cats stealing your hard-earned dough. Wealth vanishes when voluntary exchanges are stopped.
As the divide keeps getting wider in America, many of us are asking, "Is violent conflict inevitable?" Elections alone aren't going to solve the problem. In fact, the next election could be catalyst for real bloodshed. Why not consider decentralization as a solution?
At the risk of sounding stubborn, is it really in the interest of public health that everyone wear a mask? Molly McCann suggests that mandatory masks are more about social control than saving lives.
Not to seem ungrateful for the efforts of those who insisted on locking down our lives and the economy, but has anyone actually tallied up the broader costs? Edward Peter Stringham asks, "Again, what were the benefits of locking down?"
It's infuriating to see the wanton violence and destruction of private property being done in the name of so-called social justice. Gary M Galles has a powerful reminder from Leonard E. Read on why we cannot lower ourselves to the level of those running amok.
With all the violence and unrest being done in the name of "social justice," one has to wonder if there is a line that the 'woke' would not cross. James Lindsey has a powerful essay with an honest question for woke followers: "How far is too far?"
The "woke" mob is getting lots of attention and making a pretty big stir but are they the real adversary or just a front group, philosophy and shadow? Lew Rockwell shares an enlightening email from one of his readers.
If you've ever worried that no one really cares enough to keep track of you, take heart. Your iPhone is creating a map of every place you've been and keeping a record of it for up to a year.
Most of us would agree that fake news is a real thing these days. But we'd likely have a tough time explaining why this is so. Isaac Morehouse has a terrific explanation of why all news is fake news.
There's not much that can be counted on to work in good times and bad. Kent McManigal says respecting liberty is one thing that works in all times and all places.