The Greatness of Ronald Reagan

(Joe Marquette/Reuters)

“With bloated bureaucracies and top marginal tax rates at 70% when he entered office, President Reagan also carried in his mind a basic script about overreach of the federal government that resonated with Americans after a decade of stagflation and presidential scandals.”

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Karl Marx’s Theory of Primitive Accumulation Is Wrong

“It is a win-win situation—not the zero-sum world of Marx’s gloomy dystopia. Institutions that reduce transaction costs and enforce well-defined property rights provide an environment in which incentives to economic initiative can thrive.”

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The Many Problems with Race Reparations in the United States (Part Two)

(Gabrielle Demczuk/The New York Times via Redux Pictures)

The analyses attempting to quantify reparations, cited above, will likely encounter strong and ongoing resistance, if only based on the price tag alone.”

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The Many Problems with Race Reparations in the United States

(Alfred Waud/Library of Congress)

What accounts for the gap between scholars and activists who advocate reparations and broad public resistance to the idea?”

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The Failed Attempt to Rescue Marx’s Labor Theory of Value

Without the notion of socially necessary labor time, nothing in Marx’s value form or overall theory of exploitation makes sense.”

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What Karl Marx Got Wrong About Value

(Milton Kent)

As a matter of economics, scarcity is the source of all value, even if it is a combination of ‘manufactured’ scarcity via monopoly control and relative scarcity due to the costliness of extraction and the preferences of consumers.”

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When John F. Kennedy Saved the World (Part II)

“Kennedy no doubt considered his relations with Khrushchev in making his decision. He had been groomed by his father to be a ruthless competitor.”

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When John F. Kennedy Saved the World

(AP Photo)

Kennedy proved his mettle in response to a Soviet breach of the Monroe Doctrine, defusing a crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster.”

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Forgiving All Debt Is a Step in the Wrong Direction

In financial markets, the basic unit of cost is risk.”

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The Trump Putsch

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While I am happy to endorse some of President Trump’s policies, I am not willing to endorse his self-serving legal maneuvering simply for the sake of these policies I support.”

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Ibram Kendi’s Thesis Could Use a Lot More Rigor (Part II)

(Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

“In short, Kendi’s consequentialist view of racism as rooted in policy (which, however unpredictably and unintentionally, results in racial disparities) does not explain everything.”

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Ibram Kendi’s Thesis Could Use a Lot More Rigor

(Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

For Kendi, it is policy first and racism second. Debatable? That is a racist question. Maybe a presentist interpretation of history? Also racist.”

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The False Dichotomy in Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Intersectionality

(Luke Kenneally)

Why is this important? Because grammar shows that Crenshaw’s distinction between identity politics and liberal universalism is artificial.”

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The Dangers of Campus Speech Codes: Revisiting the Water Buffalo Affair

(Steven Minicola)

“The history which preceded the magazine’s shutdown and resurgence involved a controversy sufficient for the Red and Blue to be ‘expelled from the Student Activities Council (SAC)’ and to have ‘archives…trashed by the University.'”

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Colin Kaepernick and a False Dichotomy

(Michael Zagaris / San Francisco 49ers / Getty)

It probably also guarantees he will not be standing anytime soon, given that these are highly charged social issues which are deeply complex and are probably not going to be ‘fixed’ in the foreseeable future.”

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