Twenty Years Ago: A Giant Step Back from the Nuclear Precipice

December 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The media is so obsessed with anniversaries that it almost seems a news story when the media misses an anniversary. That appears to be the case as December 2007 drifts away with no fanfare for a significant series of events … More>

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Anatomy of a Financial Crisis: Part II

December 27, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

There are those who say that the housing market is just one segment of our overall economy and bad loans are just a fraction of the housing market, so there is nothing to worry about. This viewpoint is wrong, because … More>

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Anatomy of a Financial Crisis: Part I

December 27, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

The U.S. housing market is hurting, as you undoubtedly know. Home foreclosures are the highest since record-keeping began 35 years ago. 1.69 percent of all outstanding mortgage loans have entered the foreclosure process. The median price of an American house … More>

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A Child’s Special Gift

December 20, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

It is a statement of the obvious—both trite and troublesome—to acknowledge that most children today generally receive more than they need at Christmas, especially compared to children of times past, and particularly in America. They know the joy of receiving … More>

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Who is Missing? What Have We Lost?

December 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

A mother who has been taking medication finds that she is pregnant. She is told by her physician that the fetus has surely been irreversibly damaged. Her physician encourages her to have an abortion. Fortunately for college football fans, Pam … More>

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V&V PAPER — Heaven in the American Imagination: From the Puritans to the Present

December 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, White Papers

Editor’s Note: With the holiday season now upon us and with Christmas quickly approaching, people around the globe are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And with the birth of Jesus comes a message of hope for all More>

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What Kind of President Do Christians Want?

December 13, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In a recent radio interview I was asked the hypothetical question “If you had to choose between candidate A who did not profess to be a Christian but had extensive political experience and candidate B who was a devout Christian … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dr. Charles Kesler

December 12, 2007 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere.  More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor on “The Judge” (Part II)

December 6, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Reagan’s Secret Weapon
in Winning the Cold War.

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication and a regular feature from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, the Center interviews its own More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor on “The Judge” (Part I)

December 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: “We never armed Saddam,” explains former Reagan top official, William P. Clark. “And to my knowledge, we certainly did not give him anything like WMD technology, or assist him in developing WMD.” The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication More>

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Russia’s New October

December 3, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

“One man with one gun can control one hundred without one,” Lenin once said. The man who gave birth to Soviet Russia believed that strength is first and foremost a means of control, not of war. Exactly 90 years after … More>

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NOT a Charlie Brown Christmas

November 29, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“Look, Charlie Brown, we all know Christmas is a big commercial racket.”

—Linus

Every year my family eagerly awaits the annual broadcast of the classic 1965 Peanuts special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” This timeless masterpiece by Charles Schulz remains so … More>

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My Brother-in-Law, the Gas Hog

November 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

With the price of oil approaching $100 per barrel, my brother-in-law traded in a small SUV for a large SUV. What was he thinking?

My brother-in-law is a college professor. Perhaps he should study the solutions to the high price … More>

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Picture of Death: The Killing Fields’ Camera Man

November 26, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Guest Commentary

Accountability has been long in coming to Cambodia.  Thirty-two years after the Khmer Rouge seized power and unleashed horrific slaughter upon the Cambodian people, trials are approaching for several Khmer Rouge leaders, including former foreign minister, Ieng Sary, … More>

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Pro-American in Paris: Sarkozy’s Message to Congress

November 21, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

“The United States and France are two nations that remain true to the same ideal, that defend the same principles, that believe in the same values.” At last! French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed France’s commitment to its powerful ally on … More>

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Thoughts of Thanksgiving

November 20, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It fuses the secular and the sacred—that special synthesis that forms our national identity. Our celebration of a Day of Thanksgiving underscores both our commonality, as citizens of one republic, and our diversity, as … More>

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Thanksgiving Revisited: A Blessed, But Not a Chosen Nation

November 19, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

In November 1620, 102 English Pilgrims arrived at Cape Cod after an arduous 66-day voyage across the Atlantic. The first winter, half of their company died. Nevertheless, after the residents of Plymouth gathered their first harvest the next November, Governor … More>

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Boss’s Day Irony

November 16, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Did you remember to buy a present for your boss last month on Boss’s Day? The teachers of the Susquehanna Township School District in central Pennsylvania didn’t experience the embarrassment of forgetting the chief because two of their colleagues, who … More>

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Congress to the Energy Rescue?

November 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Americans are hoping and praying for relief from rising gasoline, oil and electricity prices. We are uncomfortable importing so much of our raw energy supplies from unstable parts of the world. Many of our compatriots, not understanding the minuscule impact … More>

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China’s Future Path: Trust or Fear its People

November 13, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

The Beijing Olympics are less than a year away. While China’s extensive construction program is well underway, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is retreating from its promise to the International Olympic Committee to improve human rights.

The … More>

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Should Christians Participate in Politics?

November 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The next presidential election is one year away. In 2004 evangelicals voted for George W. Bush by a ratio of nearly 4-to-1 and seemed poised to have a major impact on Bush’s second administration. However, except for Bush’s Supreme Court … More>

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Heritage Foundation Lecture by Paul Kengor: “The Judge: Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand”

November 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Uncategorized

(Washington DC)

At noon on Friday, November 2, 2007, the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. Paul Kengor—will be delivering an address at the Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium on the topic of his … More>

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The Sky is Falling: Blame the Christians

November 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Sometimes my teenage daughter reacts to my wise sayings with her own form of wisdom. She says, “You know, sometimes, you just say words.”Although I am not completely sure my translation is correct, I think she means that she didn’t … More>

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Movie review: “Hairspray”

October 31, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

“Hairspray”—the film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name—is trite and formulaic. Some of its key characters are mere caricatures. I can’t remember the words or melody of any of its songs. And on top of that, I … More>

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Death Takes a Holiday

October 29, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Guest Commentary

Politics is often a matter of life and death. There are constant reminders of this, from the war in Iraq to America’s abortion debate. The most telling examples, though, often pass unnoticed. Such an example is currently simmering … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dinesh D’Souza (Part III)

October 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dinesh D’Souza (Part II)

October 25, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dinesh D’Souza (Part I)

October 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Thomas J. Usher (Part II)

October 22, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City Collge.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Thomas J. Usher (Part I)

October 19, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Miscellaneous Thoughts on Illegal Immigration

October 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Illegal immigration is one of our country’s most divisive, intractable issues. The Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986 was supposed to solve it, but illegal immigration has continued to increase. This year’s attempt to craft comprehensive immigration reform legislation blew up in … More>

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No Exit

October 16, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

“The man who runs away will fight again.”
- Menander, 303 B.C.

In April 1972, with North Vietnamese forces advancing as part of their Nguyen Hue Offensive, Seventh Air Force Headquarters in Saigon began drawing up evacuation plans. Approximately 60,000 … More>

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Is the United States a Christian Nation?

October 16, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Browse the internet and you will find hundreds of sites and essays debating whether the United States is a Christian nation.  Many claim that the mixture of religion and politics is volatile, and no aspect of their relationship currently causes … More>

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Q&A with Dinesh D’Souza

October 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Education & Schools, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: This Q&A was completed and posted in October 2007. The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker More>

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V&V PAPER — Improving the Business Climate of the State of Pennsylvania

October 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, The Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the fifth in a series of exclusive monthly papers being offered More>

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The Best Farm Policy is the Free Market

October 10, 2007 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

As Congress haggles over the farm bill, it is time again to consider updating the legislation. The Agriculture Adjustment Act, passed “to relieve the … national economic emergency” of the Great Depression has been the basis for most major agricultural … More>

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Preaching to the Choir? The Hillary-Obama Faith Strategy for 2008

October 9, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I’m typically not prone to conspiracy theories. Yet, I have reason to suspect that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may be coordinating their campaign strategies. This is especially apparent in their strikingly similar bids to win the religious “values voters” … More>

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The GM-UAW Settlement: Too Little Too Late?

October 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Last week, the United Auto Workers union (UAW) called its first strike against General Motors (GM) in thirty-seven years. The strike was over in two days when negotiators approved a new contract between the two parties. The settlement avoids a … More>

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Free Trade: A Threat to America’s Future?

October 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Protectionists claim that free trade is bad for America—that increasing imports of goods means increasing exports of jobs, thereby gutting our economy. This notion could only be valid in a zero-sum world with a fixed number of jobs, where one … More>

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Free Trade or Protectionism?

October 3, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

The case for free trade rests on a simple principle: people should be free to buy from whomever they choose, even if the supplier is a foreigner. The opponents of free trade believe that there are legitimate exceptions to this … More>

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Kick the Tires and Light the Fires

October 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Back in the early 1970s I served as an Air Force intelligence officer at Udorn Air Base in Thailand, home of the 432nd Tactical Fighter Reconnaissance Wing. Most of the bombing in 1970 and 1971 focused on Laos, especially the … More>

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Soft Treason

October 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The departure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from free soil was no doubt accompanied by sighs of relief or expressions of regret, depending on one’s views about the wisdom of inviting to a university a man who has denied the Holocaust, threatened … More>

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Sputnik, Eisenhower, and the Cold War

September 27, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

October 4 marks the 50th  anniversary of the Soviet launch of Sputnik, an event that caused profound shock and panic verging on hysteria in the United States. Newsweek declared that Sputnik constituted a Soviet victory in three areas: pure science, … More>

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Anti-Semite? Saddam Outdid Ahmadinejad

September 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

The U.S. visit of Iranian theocrat-despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has prompted some strange statements from critics of the war in Iraq. Specifically, it is confusing to hear that George W. Bush wrongly focused on removing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein when, say the … More>

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New Book Details Benefits and Limits of Gay Change

September 20, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In an era where serious news of war and terrorism is punctuated by leading ministers and Senators unraveled by homosexual urges, a study of gays seeking to be straight should captivate those curious about the mysteries of sexual orientation. Mostly … More>

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Are Happy Days Here Again?

September 19, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, is a better historian of economic thought than monetary theorist. In reference to the current financial turmoil he is quoted as saying that classic central-banking theory instructs us that the Fed should accommodate … More>

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The Liberal Temptation

September 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In 2005, the Center for Vision and Values hosted a conference about poverty in the United States and different approaches to alleviating it. During the Q&A session after one of the presentations, a Grove City College student asked what actions … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Paul Kengor

September 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere.  More>

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V&V PAPER — Paulo Freire: Education as Radical Political Transformation

September 13, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, the Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the fourth in a series of exclusive monthly white papers being More>

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Multiculturalism as a Peculiar Institution

September 13, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down what has since been regarded as one of its most notorious decisions. In Dred Scott v. Sandford, Chief Justice Roger Taney delivered the opinion of the court, which, in the words … More>

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A Noted Life Exits the Stage: Jane Wyman, RIP

September 12, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Jane Wyman died on Monday at the age of 90, one of the few holdovers from Hollywood’s Golden Age. In the public’s eye, she is best known for her roster of celebrated films and, unfortunately, for her divorce to Ronald … More>

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Confusing Human Right from Wrong

September 7, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Guest Commentary

“MATCHING GIFT CAMPAIGN DEADLINE,” headlined the direct mail letter from Amnesty International. Executive Director Larry Cox said, “I can’t stress strongly enough how important it is for Amnesty International to maximize our resources at this critical moment.”

I’ve … More>

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Get Back to the House!

September 6, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

One of the often overlooked features of the U.S. Constitution is the minimal qualifications for running for office. The Constitution says that any natural-born citizen—male or female—over the age of 35 can be president.

Perhaps we should add one limitation: … More>

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The Challenge for the Liberal Arts

September 6, 2007 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

In a recent column, I warned that private liberal arts colleges must adapt if they wish to survive and thrive in today’s economy. In making the point that they need to repackage the liberal arts curriculum to improve the employability … More>

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Low-Key Thailand’s High-Level Threat to Religious Liberty

September 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Thailand is a warm, welcoming society. A majority Buddhist nation, Thailand leaves religious minorities alone.

Yet Bangkok’s policy of religious tolerance is coming under pressure. The forces of Buddhist nationalism were active in the campaign over the new … More>

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On Bridges, Priorities, and Principles

September 4, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

As the Twin Cities struggle to return to normalcy in the aftermath of the collapse of the bridge along I-35, we will be subjected to the unseemly spectacle of politicians pointing fingers at each other. I am not interested in … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Joe Loconte

September 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: In this latest edition of the “V&V Q&A,” the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, interviews Joe Loconte, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and one of America’s most More>

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China as Scapegoat

August 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Recently (“Exchange-Rate Politics,” July 23), I warned that U.S. senators were playing with fire by trying to strong-arm China into speeding up the rate at which the yuan strengthens vis-à-vis the dollar. On August 8, the Chinese responded. In dignified … More>

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Hotels v. Big Families

August 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

As summer nears a close, I must express frustration over a problem that worsens for us each summer as our family grows, and which I imagine also frustrates other families our size.

We have four children, ages 2 to 10, … More>

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The “Libertarian Movement”—An Oxymoron?

August 10, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I first encountered the libertarian philosophy almost 30 years ago. Back then, I had high hopes that the libertarian movement would expand and generate an intellectual, moral, and political reform, rekindling the spirit of liberty in the land and steering … More>

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Victory Japan Tilford

August 9, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

In early August, members of the Witherspoon Society, a “progressive” religious advocacy group affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, attended the “Ghost Ranch Week of Peace” in rural New Mexico. Ghost Ranch participants generally are anti-war and anti-military, support the … More>

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America’s Two Politburos

August 8, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Just when you think it’s impossible to improve on the bar scene in Star Wars, the House of Representatives ends its summer session with a script that would have put Steven Spielberg to shame. Although blows were not exactly exchanged, … More>

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A Reaganesque Speech for Our Time

August 3, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

If President Reagan were to give a speech today, what might he say? Perhaps something like the following. Let’s hear one more from the Gipper:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Let me begin by thanking you for your gracious welcome and for … More>

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Drug Legalization: A Defense of the Conservative Position

July 31, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

“Surgeon General’s Warning: Attention Pregnant Mothers, Smoking Crack Can Be Hazardous to Your Baby’s Health.”

I once saw this mock warning label in a political cartoon attacking the idea of legalizing drugs. It was a wonderfully cutting illustration of what … More>

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Critiquing the Libertarian Drug-Legalization Argument

July 31, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

First, full disclosure: In my youth, I engaged in some serious substance abuse. Today I am a teetotaler, but I do not object to other people consuming alcohol. I hate smoke, but I defend the right of others to smoke. … More>

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The Economic Crisis in Higher Education

July 27, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Is a bachelor’s degree in English (or history or philosophy or political science or any other subject in the liberal arts) worth over $30,000 a year? As the sticker price asked by more and more private colleges crosses that threshold, … More>

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This is Political Criticism?

July 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

If political rhetoric—on subjects about which elected officials know little or nothing—is discovered to somehow exacerbate global warming, then our weary planet is indeed in deep trouble. Or perhaps not. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison’s comments that compared Hitler to Bush, … More>

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The Good Old Days of Communism?

July 25, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

It is said that everything depends on one’s perspective. As one who was a dedicated anticommunist (after a youthful flirtation with socialism) I thought it would be an interesting exercise to make a case positing that the United States was … More>

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Hans F. Sennholz, R.I.P.

July 23, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography, Economics & Political Systems

The Pastor of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, James Seeley, who presided over the memorial service for Hans Sennholz on June 26, 2007 took note of his outstanding qualities. He was indeed a great teacher, having instructed … More>

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Exchange-Rate Politics: Playing with Fire

July 23, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have thrown their support behind proposed legislation that would impose anti-dumping duties—tariffs of around 27 percent—on Chinese imports if the Chinese currency doesn’t get stronger against the dollar. This proposal—advanced by a … More>

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Iran in the Crosshairs?

July 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

“There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory … excepting a great defeat.”
—Sir Arthur Wellesley,
the Duke of Wellington

A lot has happened in the past two weeks to refocus attention on terrorism and the global war against … More>

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The Painful Death of Iraq’s Christian Community

July 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Christian America may soon be the death of Iraqi Christians. Although Islam long has been in the ascendancy in Iraq, the so-called Assyrians, who speak a neo-Aramaic language, predate the rise of Islam. Today, however, the Iraqi Christian … More>

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Life for Iraqi Christians: Better or Worse?

July 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

There is no question that Christians in Iraq are being targeted by Muslim extremists. The stickier question is whether their lives have worsened since the U.S. removal of Saddam Hussein. In finding an answer, one must make crucial distinctions between … More>

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Congress Versus the Price Gougers

July 12, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

It’s a dangerous world today. Remorseless men murder their wives and lovers. Terrorists want to bomb humankind back to the seventh century. And now, gas station owners with blood as cold as a reptile are conspiring to charge you outrageous … More>

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The Real Danger of Global Warming Policy

July 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Amidst the rock concert mania surrounding a post-July 4th global warming consciousness raising, it is important for citizens to understand the difference between reasoned debate about public policy and the verbal pyrotechnics of a crusade. The politics of policy formation … More>

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On Hans: A Compendium of Tributes to Dr. Hans F. Sennholz

July 10, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Dr. Hans F. Sennholz
Fellow, Economic Theory & Policy
February 3, 1922–June 23, 2007

www.Sennholz.com

Grove City College News Release

When I came to Grove City College as president in 1996, Hans Sennholz had long concluded his legendary teaching career. … More>

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The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

July 9, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

“What do we have here? A student from (a nearby college)?” bellowed the irritated and hugely popular and internationally-known economics professor in his thick German accent. A student in Dr. Hans Sennholz’s Grove City College economics class had not yet … More>

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Corn-Based Ethanol: Your Tax Dollars at Work

July 6, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

In recent years, the price of gasoline has soared as the supply of crude oil has risen in response to unprecedented global demand. But never fear, Uncle Sam is here! Citing the need to decrease our country’s dependence on foreign … More>

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Philadelphia Freedom

July 2, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

When the Reverend Jerry Falwell passed away recently we were told that his greatest sin was blurring the lines of separation between church and state, of “shoving” his personal faith and values down the throats of everyone else.

While Falwell … More>

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Samuel Adams: The Indispensable Man

June 29, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

As we celebrate the 4th  of July with fireworks, parades, cookouts, and speeches, we should be grateful to our many forebears who risked their property, reputation, and lives to attain our independence. Some of them are well known and highly … More>

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Rethinking the Property Tax

June 29, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Property taxes in Pennsylvania appear locked into a long-term uptrend. In recent years, there have been huge increases in the portion of the property tax that finances county government. County officials have levied these increases to pay for the unfunded … More>

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America: “More Terrible” Than Stalin’s Russia?

June 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have a habit of making outrageous statements. In the latest, he compared Soviet atrocities under Stalin to American actions during wartime. “Yes, we had terrible pages [in our history],” Putin acknowledged, noting Stalin’s 1934-38 … More>

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Hans Sennholz—A Personal Remembrance

June 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

I first heard a lecture by Dr. Hans F. Sennholz in 1962 as a freshman economics major in his Principles class at Grove City College. I had come to Grove City because of Dr. Sennholz having been intensely interested in … More>

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The Unions of Tomorrow

June 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

During the second half of the twentieth century, union officials prospered mightily, while millions of rank-and-file union members saw their jobs vanish. Since union policy is set by the bosses, I am not optimistic for significant reforms, but since my … More>

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A Tribute to Hans F. Sennholz

June 25, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Guest Commentary

Great teachers leave lifelong impressions on the students they inspire. Their teachings become their students’ teachings, thereby spreading their influence in endless directions and across many generations. Hans F. Sennholz was such a man. The thousands who sat … More>

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Reflections on Hans F. Sennholz

June 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, economist par excellence, prolific author, dynamic lecturer, legendary Grove City College professor for 37 years, passed away on June 23 at age 85. How does one encapsulate such a long, productive, remarkable life? You may … More>

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Fidel’s Useful Idiots

June 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

“…learn what the new Cuba offers its people—and its neighbors. To its people, peace, democracy, prosperity. To its neighbors, friendship, and the cooperation of men who respect each other….”
—Daily Worker, December 13, 1959

Unfortunately I was standing, not sitting, … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Tod Lindberg

June 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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What Andrew Giuliani Taught America

June 13, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Guest Commentary

On January 20th, 2009, when either Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, John Edwards or Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president as Rudy Giuliani, private citizen looks on, it’s quite possible that … More>

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Avoiding the Iraq Hangover

June 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

After Saigon fell to a North Vietnamese onslaught on April 29, 1975, Americans experienced a “Vietnam hangover” lasting until the electorate emerged from its grogginess to elect Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980. If you have ever gotten “knee-crawlin’, … More>

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Listen up, Vladimir: A Limited Missile Defense Makes Sense for Everyone

June 8, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to target Europe with missiles if the United States deployed components of a limited missile defense system to the Czech Republic and Poland. Maybe I’m being charitable, but perhaps Putin recalls how the … More>

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Religion and the 2008 Election

June 6, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Although the presidential election of 2008 is still 17 months away, it is already very contested as indicated by the 18 announced Republican and Democrat candidates, the huge amount of money raised, and the numerous televised debates and forums of … More>

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“A Turning Point” Twenty-Five Years Ago This Week

June 5, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

On Monday, June 7, 1982, President Ronald Reagan arrived in Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, a little over a year since both men survived near-fatal assassination attempts. The two shared not only a commonality … More>

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Money is Flooding the World Markets

May 31, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Central banks live by a simple financial principle: Whenever economic activity stagnates or declines, they quickly lower their interest rates and expand their credits. But when business seems to improve, they hesitate and vacillate in removing the rate cuts. The … More>

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What Matters in Mexico

May 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

As conservatives continue to view Mexico through the three-dimensional lens of immigration, immigration, and immigration, they might want to widen their perspective to consider a human-rights atrocity that ought to outrage them as much as border fences.

While virtually no … More>

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Addressing the Chinese “Threat”

May 23, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Iraq is a tragic problem for the United States and its allies, but hopefully a temporary one. Thankfully the old U.S.S.R. is gone, no matter how hard Vladimir Putin might attempt to put it together again. But another … More>

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John F. Kennedy: A Catholic in the White House

May 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography, Faith & Society

May 29 marks the 90th  anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. Kennedy was struck down by an assassin’s bullet in the prime of life, prompting national anguish. His vitality, idealism, powerful rhetoric, and charisma inspired many younger Americans to social … More>

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Reasons for Leaving Iraq

May 10, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

If you are reading this sentence, let me apologize for the somewhat misleading title of this article. I am not arguing for the withdrawal of our military from Iraq; rather, I am asserting that those making that argument owe it … More>

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Abortion and American Psychology

May 9, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The Supreme Court’s recent decision banning partial-birth abortion has renewed public interest in abortion politics and policy. Despite the infrequency of late-term abortions, the ban is significant because it strikes at one rationale for the general availability of abortion: the … More>

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French Voters Choose Big Government Over Big Government

May 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Guest Commentary

“I kept on going into factories, I kept on talking with workers to tell them that I want to be a president of the republic who will protect them, who will protect against outsourcing, that I will not … More>

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Casey Goes After the Oil Companies

May 7, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

It’s time to scrap last year’s carefully crafted campaign image of Robert Casey as a moderate. Barely three months after taking office, the junior U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is launching class warfare in the virulent anti-capitalist tradition. In reaction to … More>

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V&V PAPER — Honestly Considering Abstinence Education

April 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, the Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the third in a series of exclusive monthly white papers being More>

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Boris and the Devils

April 26, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Earlier in the week I wrote an article on the contributions of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who died on Monday at the age of 76. I noted that among his most significant achievements was his ability to keep the … More>

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Boris Yeltsin and the Horror House

April 24, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died this week at age 76, on the heels of two decades of both extraordinary health problems and political achievements.

His presidency ran from June 1991 through December 31, 1999—almost the entirety of the 1990s, … More>

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Retreat from Barbarism—the Court on Partial-Birth Abortions

April 18, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Carhart is an important step away from the cruel practice of abortion. Although it upholds only the Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 (President Clinton vetoed similar bans twice) and therefore does … More>

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The Never-Ending Energy Conspiracy

April 17, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Guest Commentary

The evil oil companies are at it again.  The price of a gallon of gas has jumped by more than 30 cents in the past month.  The gasoline gougers are busy reaping windfall profits.

It’s time for a … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with L. John Van Til

April 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Point of Collapse

April 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

American policy and the global war against al Qaeda, associated groups and nations that support them—Iran and Syria—are collapsing. Blame goes beyond liberal politicians intent on destroying the Bush administration, a pernicious press and the radical left who rule academe, … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Janice Brown

April 10, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Ralph Peters (Part II)

April 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Ralph Peters (Part I)

April 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Steven Jones

April 3, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Opening Day for America

March 30, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

This Monday marks one of the most significant dates in the calendar year: Opening Day for Major League Baseball.

There is, of course, no greater sport than baseball—a fact that is one of those indisputable laws of the universe. It … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with George Weigel

March 30, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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V&V PAPER — Globalization: An Assessment

March 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, The Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the second in a series of exclusive monthly papers being offered More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Maggie Gallagher

March 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Montel Williams, Ted Haggard and the Psychiatrist

March 27, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

In the sea of daytime talk, the “Montel Williams Show” is a popular island for many viewers. Always looking for controversy, the Montel team recently examined claims that fallen minister Ted Haggard had been cured of homosexuality by three weeks … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A on the De-Christianization of Europe

March 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. More>

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Educators: Is it Time for a New Question?

March 25, 2007 | by | Topic: Education & Schools

Proficient … basic … state assessment tests … standards. The educational world as well as the world outside the classroom resounds with this terminology, all in the name of “accountability.” Even students throw around these terms with ease, well-aware of … More>

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Freedom Stagnation

March 22, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Washington Times on March 21, 2007.

In its recently released Freedom in the World 2007 survey, Freedom House coins a new term for these troubled times: “freedom stagnation.”

On every continent, … More>

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America’s “Berlin Wall?”

March 16, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

I tend to avoid the immigration debate, which, for various reasons that agitate some of my conservative friends, does not get me riled up. Nonetheless, in the context of this debate, the Mexican leadership continues to make an outrageous analogy, … More>

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Homosexuality and Psychotherapy: An Interview with Dr. Nicholas Cummings

March 15, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Of late, every time ex-minister Ted Haggard speaks, he brings the issues of homosexuality, religion and psychotherapy into the national spotlight.

Stepping into this discussion is one of the most influential and innovative psychologists in the nation, Dr. Nicholas Cummings. … More>

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Law and Order, Texas-Style

March 14, 2007 | by | Topic: The Law

Guest Comentary

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s stomach for capital punishment. Since 1976, Texas has executed some 387 criminals, a number nearly four times as high as the second place total. There has not traditionally been much … More>

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Christians: Face the Facts, Don’t Bury the Tomb

March 13, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Guest Commentary

The documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus” hadn’t even aired yet and many Christians were already in a panic. Just the suggestion that someone found Jesus’ bones in a limestone box had believers by the droves shaking their … More>

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Hating Rick

March 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

Back in November, on the heels of the landslide defeat of Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) by Democratic challenger Bob Casey, Jr., I wrote an article recalling the first time I met Santorum. I intended the piece to be a personal … More>

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Stopping Iran’s Quest for the Bomb

March 7, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

At the invitation of the Iraqi regime, the United States recently agreed to multi-lateral talks with Iran and Syria aimed at breaking the diplomatic impasse between Iran and the United Nations over Tehran’s nuclear program. Negotiation supporters point to recent … More>

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V&V PAPER — Keys to Designing an Antipoverty Fund

February 28, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, The Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the first in a series of exclusive monthly papers being offered More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2007 – First Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

February 22, 2007 | by | Topic: Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video

Michael Reagan, the son of Ronald Reagan, is interviewed by Dr. Paul Kengor in the First Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture.… More>

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Questions About Global Warming

February 22, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

For those who believe in the global warming (GW) theory (i.e., that human activity is heating the planet to dangerous levels) the ace of trump has been played. On Groundhog Day 2007, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) … More>

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Putting One’s Soldiers Where One’s Mouth Is

February 19, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

The Australian government wants America to stick around in Iraq.  So do the Turkish and Egyptian governments.  Some Americans obviously agree with them on this particular issue, but there’s a larger point at stake. It’s easy for U.S. … More>

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A Valued Life

February 14, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

I have a friend named Jim, who many people would think of as gay, or at least bisexual. However, he doesn’t see himself that way. He is married but has been attracted to men for as long as he can … More>

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Forgotten History: How Hollywood Once Produced a President

February 13, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

From the tragedy of Anna Nicole Smith to the ongoing weird worlds of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, and Brad and Angelina and Jen—has there ever been a time when Hollywood was normal? Not really.

Once upon a time, however, … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with Dr. Michael Kazin

February 12, 2007 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is a monthly e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will  prove illuminating to readers More>

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Why do I Have These Feelings?

February 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Due to my websites about sexual identity issues, I receive many inquiries from people asking why people are gay. Recently, a note from a mom writing about her son caught my eye. She wrote:

He saw a Christian counselor for More>

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Hometown Newspaper Heroes

February 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Media & Culture

Each morning my local county newspaper shows up late. Speaking with the delivery man and calling the office hasn’t changed things. So, rather than canceling the 20,089 daily circulation paper I continue reading the local news with my coffee … … More>

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The Cowardice of Their Convictions

February 4, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

The new Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 24 approved a non-binding resolution on the Iraq  war that demonstrated the cowardice, lack of wisdom and political posturing of the Senators who voted for it. The committee’s intention, in Senator Biden’s … More>

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George Washington and Religious Liberty

February 1, 2007 | by | Topic: American History & Presidents

As we celebrate Presidents’ Day we have many reasons to be thankful for George Washington. The Virginian was a giant even among the remarkable generation of America’s founders. At 6 feet 2 inches, he physically towered over almost all of … More>

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The Faith of Abraham Lincoln

February 1, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography, Faith & Society

The celebration of Presidents Day is a good occasion to reconsider a vital aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s life: his faith. Like George Washington’s, Lincoln’s faith has been closely scrutinized, hotly debated and often misunderstood. Both men attributed their success in … More>

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V&V PAPER — Operation Change of Direction: Israel vs. Hezbollah in the summer of 2006

January 26, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, White Papers

Editor’s note: Dr. Earl Tilford is Professor of History at Grove City College. He enjoyed an extensive military career and after retiring from the U.S. Air Force, served as an associate professor of history at Troy State University in Montgomery More>

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Understanding Islamic Jihad’s Challenge to America

January 19, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Last fall I visited Dearborn, Mich., to attend a high school class reunion. I arrived early enough to drive around my old neighborhood. To my surprise, it had become almost totally an Arab population. Every business I passed displayed Arab-English … More>

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Something for Nothing

January 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Economics & Political Systems

Guest Commentary

When something is offered to us for free, we become suspicious. Internet scams, all-expense paid vacations and interest-free loans all beg the question, “Where is the catch?” Read the fine print and the true cost becomes apparent.

Increasing … More>

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God and Stem Cells

January 11, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

On Thursday, January 11, the new Democratic Congress followed through on its ambitious agenda to promote embryonic stem-cell research. As it moves forward, President George W. Bush will be grabbing his veto pen. As he does, we will hear charges … More>

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Virginia Churches—African Bishops?

January 10, 2007 | by | Topic: Faith & Society

Stranger things may have happened in the annals of church history, but the recent lopsided votes in several Virginia Episcopal congregations may qualify as among the strangest at first glance. Why? They voted in favor of leaving that denomination’s Virginia … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Q&A with H.W. Crocker III

January 8, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is a monthly e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.  Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will  prove illuminating to readers More>

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Losing Lives or Face: Time to Leave Iraq

January 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Guest Commentary

Saddam Hussein richly deserved his execution, but Iraq is no less a strategic disaster for America because of it.  It will be years, if not decades, until the world overcomes all of the consequences of George W. Bush’s … More>

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“Peace in Our Time” with the Iraq Study Group

January 5, 2007 | by | Topic: Military & Foreign Policy

Poor ISG!  While its members completed their parade across assorted political platforms during the last month of 2006, their pontifications died faster than a flock of houseflies on a sun-baked window ledge, and with about as much dignity.  It’s not … More>

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The Rise and Fall of a Dictator

January 4, 2007 | by | Topic: Biography

“I expect to die a violent death, with nothing but the tip of my pinky finger remaining behind.”
—Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein grew up barefoot in a mud hut in the town of Takrit, north of Baghdad on the Tigris … More>

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