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Economics

1 1923

What is liberalism? How ought we to understand it? Entire forests have been felled in the attempt to answer these questions. Much of the literature that undertakes a "taxonomy" of ideas has focused on whether liberalism is a...
2 1937

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Adrian Walker as he explores the incompatibility of liberal economics and Christianity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The poor, Jesus famously said, will always...
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For the conservative, the real end of economic production is to raise man above the savage level, to make possible the leisure which sustains civilization, and to free man from the condition...
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My American Enterprise Institute colleague, Jonah Goldberg, recently wrote a book entitled The Tyranny of Clichés. One of the clichés is that conservatives are rigid, judgmental ideologues. Progressives, by contrast, are praised as flexible pragmatists who...
1 1956

With this essay, I am venturing into unfamiliar territory. My previous essays featured in this journal have been distillations of my academic research. This is not the case here. I regard myself sufficiently...
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Henry David Thoreau's long essay, first published under the title "Resistance to Civil Government," now usually known as "Civil Disobedience," is frequently described as one of the...
2 979

Western social philosophy has produced many, many writings on the nature of sovereignty. Chiefly, these works are concerned with the individual or group of individuals who are entitled to rule. The medieval conception of...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Hunter Baker as he discusses Peter Drucker, the most interesting (business) man in the world. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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June 20th, 1998, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the German "economic miracle." Of course, there was nothing miraculous about it. Germany's success was not due to the hard-working character of her people, or to...
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I have been reminiscing a lot lately, probably a sign of my age. But I recently came to recall an episode in my earlier life before I returned to St. John’s College as...
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Economic efficiency is one of the most important concepts economists use to classify and understand the social world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most misused. There are two aspects of economic efficiency, the...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore trans-economic values and the necessity of returning to them lest we bring about our own economic demise. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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We have been hearing a great deal about income inequality in recent days, particularly from Senator Bernie Sanders. Part of this interest is fueled by many examples of excess at the top. J.P. Morgan Chase, after...
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There’s nothing like starting the New Year with a new controversy. My recent essay, “Finding Freedom in Your Pocket,” prompted a scathing response from one reader who derided my concerns about the rising power of the...