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Federal Disaster Spending Boosted by Politics/Population

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Despite rising federal deficits, Congress is set to pass another budget-busting spending bill. This time it is a $19 billion package...

Tax Rates Rise as Income Rises

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Tax Day is here. In a column about this unhappy day, Christine Emba of the Washington Post provides her views regarding income tax filing...

Pearl Harbor Profligacy

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE A damaging divide in democracy is between the profusive promises of politicians and the pathetic performances of bureaucracies. Big government schemes...

Government: High Subsidies, Low Satisfaction

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The OECD has released results from a survey of 22,000 people in 21 countries regarding their views of government social programs. Governments in the...

House Passes Political-Omnibus Bill H.R. 1

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE H.R. 1, the political regulation omnibus bill, contains “provisions that unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association,” and which “will...

68% of Americans Wouldn’t Pay $10 a Month in Higher Electric Bills to Combat...

EMILY EKINS, CATO INSTITUTE Public opinion polls have long found that Americans say they are concerned about climate change. But does that mean people are...

What are the ONLY objects of a legitimate government?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … a part of my occupation, & by no means the least pleasing, is the direction of the studies of such young...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

Mortimer Adler: On Anarchy

BY MORTIMER J. ADLER What most people have in mind when they use the word "anarchist" is the image of a bomb-throwing revolutionist. They do...

The Trouble With Kings

New World Witness for Jesus Christ Mosiah proposes that judges be chosen in place of a king—Unrighteous kings lead their people into sin—Alma the...

The Body of Liberties—1641

Background of the American Revolution In December, 1641, the Puritans pass the first code of law in New England. This session continued three weeks, and established...

Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but...

Attack of the NGOs

BY TOM DEWEESE Who are these None governmental Organizations (NGOs) shock troops and how do they operate? It’s a vast matrix composed of both the...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

Women's suffrage – a brief history

American Minute with Bill Federer 6,000 years of recorded world history reveal the most common form of government is monarchy. The most powerful monarch ever was...

Women’s suffrage – a brief history

American Minute with Bill Federer 6,000 years of recorded world history reveal the most common form of government is monarchy. The most powerful monarch ever was...

Senseless in Seattle: The Minimum-Wage Follies

ROGER PILON, CATO INSTITUTE “Meet the Marxist behind Seattle’s wage hike,” read the headline of the lead item at CNN Money late this morning. It...

Is the Constitution Relevant Today?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE In the Washington Post, Paul Kane reports that recent experiences with ultra-conservative Senate candidates have made Republican leaders fearful of candidates...

Samuel Adams On "The Only True Basis of All Government"

THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Writing in the Boston Gazette on December 19, 1768, Samuel Adams declared, what every school in America once in...

Samuel Adams On “The Only True Basis of All Government”

THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Writing in the Boston Gazette on December 19, 1768, Samuel Adams declared, what every school in America once in...

A Fable: The Ass and His Master

The ASS and His OLD MASTER. ————— UPON a Change of Government in any State, the poorer Sort change only the Name of their Master. The...

WaPo’s Bridge Story Is Structurally Deficient

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Oh dear, yet another scare story about falling-down bridges. A Washington Post headline today in the hardcopy is “63,000 Bridges Structurally...

White House Helicopter Fleet

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Did you know that the White House has a fleet of 19 helicopters? The Washington Post today discusses efforts to replace...

SCOTUS: Government Can’t Tell You that You Talk Too Much

MATTHEW CLARK, ACLJ Today in a major decision upholding free speech, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 striking down aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions. While you...

Civil Government is of God, Tyranny of Man – Benjamin Colman

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS GOD hath set: As well in the nature of things, as in his word. Government is not a creature...

Federalist Papers No. 40, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Friday, January 18, 1788 The Authority of the Convention THE second point to be examined is, whether the convention were authorized to...

Federalist Papers No. 38, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, January 12, 1788 Concerning the Difficulties of the Convention in Devising a Proper Form of Government and the Incoherence of the...

Congress Reminds India of the Importance of its Religious Plurality

JORDAN SEKULOW, ACLJ This year, as the people of India prepare to elect a new Prime Minister, the United States House of Representatives is reminding...

Is an activist government the solution? Or the problem?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. Source: To James Madison, December 20, 1787 Patrick...

Americans Should Care About Ferry Fight Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

LIBERTY ALERT, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—A notorious U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down more than 140 years ago first opened the way for massive...