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Destruction is always a net negative. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or earthquake or even a war, there is no silver lining in destroying capital... As Hurricane Harvey, now tropical storm Harvey, makes its way across the...
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In their drive to provide abundance, mass markets suppress variety. Far from enriching a culture, mass markets can impoverish it... One of the benefits of modern mass markets is supposed to be the proliferation of choices....

Friedrich Hayek believed that the very institutions of liberalism and republicanism, when misused, can foster the totalitarianism of democracy... The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek (University of Chicago Press, 1944) Professor...
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In Zen Buddhism, the lineage of student to master is extremely important—it is the channel through which the Dharma is transmitted. There is a story of a Zen Master traveling at night over a bridge known...

Russell Kirk posed as one of the “canons” of conservatism the existence of orders in society. Critics have responded for decades that such a view shows that traditional conservatives are by nature aristocratic in their orientation, that they...
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James R. Otteson, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest University, possesses one of the greatest minds in defense of classical liberalism in the modern era. He has authored two definitive works on...
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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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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...
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Bernie Sanders, the Democrats’ only (openly) socialist presidential candidate joined the chorus of criticism against Walmart a while back. But many conservatives also spend a good deal of time and effort criticizing the discount store giant. The...
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Editor's Note: Ronald Reagan delivered this speech as the Ludwig Von Mises Memorial Lecture at Hillsdale College on November, 10, 1977, at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. https://youtu.be/QrCjARgeC3w President George C. Roche III: As you know, it's the intention of the Ludwig Von Mises Memorial Lecture Series to honor the idea...
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The poor, Jesus famously said, will always be with us. Jesus’ followers have often been accused of misusing these words of their Master as an excuse to ignore the systemic causes of poverty. Christians, the charge runs, have...