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Happy Birthday, Isabel Paterson

  Have you heard of Isabel Paterson? She was born January 22, 1886, Manitoulin Island, Canada, and she is unquestionably the most underrated of all American political philosophers. An autodidact and an extraordinarily formidable intellect, Isabel Paterson wrote many essays and books, but her best and most famous work is  The God of the Machine,…

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Barack Obama Openly Admits His Antipathy Toward The Free Market

In so doing, Barack Obama also discloses for us again his arrant economic-political illiteracy. Straight from the horse’s mouth — and it doesn’t get any plainer than this: One would be wise to note here that there’s never in world history been a system of total unregulated laissez-faire capitalism, but the societies that have come…

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Born On The Fourth Of July: America’s 235 Anniversary

On this day in 1776, America’s thirteen colonies broke away from Britain to forge a new nation free to govern itself. The guiding principle behind this new nation is stated very clearly in America’s foundation document — the Declaration of Independence — which says that all human beings by nature possess the unalienable right to…

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The Sudsbuster

He was one of the mellow, the soft-spoken, the tawny-haired — one who preferred to be alone. His name was Mark, a dishwasher at age 45. He was a drifter, a loner. He valued his freedom above all; dishwashing jobs he could always find. Our paths crossed and re-crossed at the Café Claire, where I…

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The Truckdriver

The trucker who lives next door is seldom home. He’s a long-haul trucker, he’s over-the-road. He earns good money and does not spend. Something of the ascetical about him. He’s forty. His hair is long. He wears jeans and combat boots. Sallow and haggard, his face is handsome nevertheless. His willowy wife does not ride…

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What Causes Such Shocking Poverty?

Did you know there’s never been a real famine in the United States? One thing alone is responsible for that fact, and that one thing is this: Private property rights. It is the absence of fully protected property that creates poverty. As the brilliant Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto puts it in his book —…

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Howard Zinn: Freedom Versus Equality

Howard Zinn was born on August 24, 1922. He died January 27, 2010. Zinn taught Political Science at Boston University from 1964 until 1988; he was an American historian, of sorts, a self-proclaimed Marxist who, by his own admission, did not believe in objective history: I wanted my writing of history and my teaching of…

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Noam Chomsky

A reader writes: Dear Ray Harvey: What is your opinion of Noam Chomsky? I ask because, like everyone else in academia, I think he’s about the smartest man in the world. Best, D Dear D: Which Noam Chomsky are you referring to? The one who openly supports Hezbollah? Or do you mean the one with…

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