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Dolly Parton’s Powerful Message About the American Dream (and What Her Critics Get Wrong)

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Here’s the real reason Dolly Parton’s ‘5-to-9’ Squarespace commercial made anti-capitalist critics so angry. Everybody loves Dolly Parton. It’s not hard to see why: The country music star is a philanthropic giant with decades of charitable work, including a recent $1 million donation to fund the hugely successful Moderna COVID vaccine. And Parton’s big personality and widespread […]

Yes, This Time We’ll Have Inflation, and Here’s Why

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After several decades of relatively low rates of inflation, it is easy to think that we will continue to see little change in prices. But the seeds of inflation have been planted. Purchases of financial assets, primarily Treasury securities, are the primary tool the Fed uses to control the money supply. When the Fed purchases […]

Bi-Partisan Fiscal Irresponsibility

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America’s recent presidents have been all over the spectrum politically, but they shared one thing in common: near-total indifference to our national debt. George W. Bush wasn’t that interested in fiscal matters, not vetoing a single bill his first six years in office. He exerted little influence as the deficit started to climb. Barack Obama […]

A New Form Of Government

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We have a new form of government.  One we did not consciously select. This is just one of the bizarre elements of the ongoing Wuhan virus crisis and subsequent lockdown. What is remarkable is the fundamental abuse of power we have endured. In reality, the government has on a very basic level, ignored structural protections […]

Biblical Conditions of Pima County Roads

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According to the Bible, the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years.  Likewise, homeowners on a suburban street in Pima County, in metro Tucson, have been wandering in the desert for 40 years why their street hasn’t been repaved. To the last point, below is a complaint sent by an unidentified citizen to Pima […]

The Bankruptcy of Conservative Political Paternalism

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Political paternalism – the belief that those in government possess more knowledge, wisdom, and ability to plan, guide, and direct various aspects of people’s lives better than those people themselves – comes in many forms. The American “progressive” movement is euphoric with being, once again, close to power with the new Biden Administration in the […]

Hillsdale Imprimis: Who Is in Control? The Need to Rein in Big Tech

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Editors’ Note: The following January, 2021 Hillsdale Imprimis article is an American wake-up call. The threat and urgency to deal with this advancing danger as described by Mr. Bokhari below is existential for the nation, our liberty, and for the generations to follow. We believe this call parallels Churchill’s warnings to the world in the […]

Will the Fed’s “Feelgood” Medicine Cause an Economic Collapse?

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Dr. Max Jacobson became known as Dr. Feelgood and “Miracle Max” for treating wealthy celebrities with concoctions, “mixing amphetamines, vitamins, enzymes, tranquilizers, placenta, and anything else that inspired him.” Jacobson’s most famous client was President Kennedy, who became sadly dependent on Jacobson’s “elixirs.” How much speed, narcotics, and other powerful drugs Jacobson injected into Kennedy […]

Minimum Wages Had a Eugenic Intent

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All this talk of a $15 national minimum wage prompted me to revisit the standard textbook on economics of the US Progressive Era. Principles of Economics, by Frank W. Taussig (1917) is a pretty interesting book overall and it does hold up in general as an elucidation of then-existing knowledge and pedagogy. There is one section, however, where […]

Lockdown: Incoherent and Ineffective

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Our response to the Covid pandemic continues to be incoherent and ineffective. No matter how many interstate comparisons prove that lockdowns confer no permanent benefit, no matter how much economic devastation we endure and how many lives are ruined, we soldier on, refusing to learn from experience. Our panic-driven approach was originally in reaction to […]