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The Social Costs of Scarcity

What happens to a nation’s culture when its citizens can no longer count on basic necessities?Since the beginning of the shelter-in-place regime, Americans have been forced to deal with shortages of necessities. From the very start the absence of products on the shelves went beyond toilet paper, the item that immediately became known for its…

Being Pro-Life Means Being Pro-Family

Having kids is hard; conservatives should work to make it easier. The wailing and howling over Texas’s abortion law has resumed after a federal judge from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled an injunction against the law from Judge Robert Pittman. The law essentially bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which happens around…

The Anti-Jeffersonian Party

The Democrats have abandoned populism and decentralization, and with them, the legacies of Jefferson and Jackson. There was a time when the Democratic Party viewed itself as a somewhat populist party, and had the custom of sponsoring Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners. These are no more. The ostensible reason for their abandonment are the honorees’ identification with…

Senator Manchin, Don’t Forget West Virginia’s Grandparents

Why a work requirement for the child tax credit isn’t the answer. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) listens during a business meeting with the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs on Capitol Hill on October 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) While I applaud Senator Manchin’s efforts to reduce the cost of the…

A Display of Contempt

Biden sending Victoria Nuland to Moscow is a dangerous insult to the Russian Federation. KIEV, UKRAINE – October 8, 2014: Official authorized State Department for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland gave Ukrainian border guards vehicles and equipment for arrangement of border. Igor Golovniov/Shutterstock Joe Biden’s administration insists that it wants to improve America’s badly…

Abimael Guzmán, 1934–2021 

The Shining Path founder had a simple doctrine: kill the capitalists, distribute their wealth. The leader of Peru’s Shining Path rebels Abimael Guzman is seen in the Navy’s prison of El Callao on July 15 2003, during a questioning about the murder of a union leader. (Peruvian Congress/AFP via Getty Images) When Alberto Fujimori was…

No One Can Afford a Fight over Taiwan

Washington’s chief responsibility is to protect the American people, which means avoiding an unnecessary war with a nuclear power.Taiwan is a vibrant democracy with a free market economy and liberal culture. Only a couple generations ago the territory was a dictatorship facing a fearsome totalitarian regime barely 100 miles away, which claimed the island state as…

Rock and Roll Has Been Dead for Years

Our artists had all become conformists long before the Covid regime put their loyalty on display. Eric Clapton performing a show in Rio de Janeiro in 2011. (A.PAES/Shutterstock) Covid-19 told us very little that we did not already know about American society. All the fissures it revealed were there long before, observable by anyone paying…

We Are Not Pencils

We are witnessing firsthand the dangers of reliance on complex, uncontrolled, globalized supply chains. In December 1958, early American libertarian Leonard Read published a blockbuster essay in the Freeman, which had a few years prior been acquired as a for-profit project by his Foundation for Economic Education. In “I, Pencil,” Read outlines the staggering complexity of…

Heightening Tensions in Ukraine

The U.S. must make it clear that there will be no support if Kyiv launches a large scale military offensive. Shifting strategic priorities in the United States and Europe are leading Kyiv—not Moscow—to heighten tensions in Eastern Europe. Following the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and the ensuing separatist conflict in Ukraine’s eastern oblasts, the…