The Wilson You Never Knew

December 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

On the heels of a recent Sunday magazine profile of Glenn Beck, The New York Times published a roundtable discussion among six scholars on the issue … More>

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Christmas with Clarence (Darrow)

December 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in the American Spectator.

No, that’s not “Clarence the Angel” of It’s a Wonderful Life fame. The Clarence in this title is much less inspiring—a humbug, really. I’m thinking … More>

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The Tea Party’s Uphill Challenge

December 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The Tea Party movement and its millions of supporters have high hopes that the recent elections will rein in runaway government. While I endorse this objective, accomplishing it will be far more difficult than most people realize.

The Tea Partiers … More>

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“Storm Clouds Are Gathering”

December 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Christmas at Katyn

December 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The people of Poland got an early Christmas present this year. It’s bittersweet but long awaited, and indeed a gift of sorts—and from an unlikely source: Russia. In Moscow, the State Duma, Russia’s legislature, passed a statement conceding Soviet responsibility … More>

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The Beginning of the End for Obamacare?

December 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

One of the key provisions of the Obama administration’s healthcare law has been struck down as unconstitutional by Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson. The decision is the culmination of a lawsuit brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia against … More>

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The ACLU’s Not-So-Holy Trinity

December 14, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in today’sAmerican Spectator.

The ACLU seems unusually active right now. What gives? Maybe it’s the Christmas season, which always seems to spring the ACLU into high gear, making it … More>

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How Jimmy Carter and I Were Wrong on North Korea—And How Carter is Still Wrong

December 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

Guest Commentary

It is not often that I am struck speechless by any individual act of political commentary. Yet, former President Jimmy Carter accomplished just that through a recent editorial in the Washington Post. To put it bluntly, the article … More>

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Presidents and Bond Market Vigilantes

December 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Honoring Bill of Rights Day – and Responsibility

December 9, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. This year is the 219th anniversary of the adoption of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution—the Bill of Rights.

Few Americans notice Bill of Rights Day. That isn’t surprising, since … More>

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Barack “Clinton” Obama?

December 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“Obama Announces ‘Framework’ for Deal With Congress to Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts.” That was the lead headline at this morning’s FoxNews website. It’s an eye-grabber, for sure.

The article explained that the “framework” outlined on Monday evening by President Obama … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2010 – Benjamin Franklin and American Scientific Innovation

December 7, 2010 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Glenn Marsch, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at Grove City College, talks about Benjamin Franklin and American science and innovation.… More>

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The Lessons of Japan

December 6, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced his plan for the Federal Reserve to inflate (I’m sorry, “quantitatively ease”) commercial bank reserves by $600 billion, he has come under surprising, but understandable, criticism. So much so that he has felt compelled … More>

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Dealing with the Debt Monster: A Political Lesson from Millard Fillmore

December 2, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

In January 1850, President Zachary Taylor peppered the air with language bluer than a Union uniform. He asserted that he would personally lead an army against traitors who threatened secession and would string ‘em all up with as much determination … More>

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Fed Up With the Fed

November 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

What happens to a car company that makes crummy cars, a restaurant that serves lousy food, or an insurance company that poorly serves its policyholders? Unless they mend their ways, they lose customers and eventually go out of business. That’s … More>

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Duped on North Korea

November 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

North Korea is not an easy issue. I’ve dealt with it since the early 1990s, beginning at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. I had few answers then, and I still have few today.

It also is not a … More>

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From “Redeemer Nation” to Redeemer President

November 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Recently, I was re-reading a favorite book of mine that has been on my shelf within eyesight for decades. That book is Ernest Lee Tuveson’s Redeemer Nation: The Idea of America’s Millennial Role (Chicago, 1968). Though Tuveson does not use … More>

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A Thanksgiving Lesson

November 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Every fall in my Econ 101 course, during the last class period before we part for Thanksgiving, I share a lesson from early American history. It is particularly timely, because it deals with those we credit with the first American … More>

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Decision Point: George W. Bush’s Pro-Life Path

November 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

George W. Bush is an interesting man with a complicated presidency that most Americans—going into Bush’s final year of office—deemed a failure. At one point, Bush had the worst approval/disapproval rating since Gallup began measuring. His record on domestic policy … More>

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Dead Man Walking: Dealing with Deflation

November 19, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

To Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, deflation is regarded as Public Enemy Number One.

In the words of New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul … More>

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Justice Is Done in Connecticut

November 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The Law

Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters. Though it was not … More>

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Center for Vision & Values Honored With 2010 Templeton Freedom Award

November 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES HONORED WITH 2010 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

GROVE CITY, Pa — The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has won a 2010 Templeton Freedom Award for Excellence in Promoting Liberty, in … More>

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Financial Waterboarding

November 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A: On “Dupes” and the Religious Left (Part 5)

November 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders, 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. This is the final installment in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive More>

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“Thank You for Your Service”—A Veterans Day Memory

November 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We Americans tend to look forward to the various holidays on the calendar. Sometimes we pause to ponder the meaning of these commemorative days; often we do not. Perhaps in your own experience you can recall a Thanksgiving, an Easter, … More>

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What’s Next? Buckle Up

November 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Guest Commentary

The Republican Party, with the help of the Tea Party, swept the House of Representatives with a massive pickup of at least 60 seats. The Federal Reserve made another historic announcement with its $600-billion “Quantitative Easing” program (QE2). … More>

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Mission Impossible: Rescuing the Dollar

November 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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“I Probably Wouldn’t Be Here”—A Conversation with Sergeant Styka

November 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I recently sat down with Emil Styka of Boardman, Ohio. A friend of Emil’s, Jo Ann Bryan, had emailed in response to an article I wrote on a remarkable World War II campaign at the Aleutian Islands, off the Alaskan … More>

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Tough Times Ahead: Gridlock and Quantitative Easing Are Not Enough

November 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Now that the elections are over, attention is turning to the economy.

The stock market rose steadily from the end of August up to the elections. Since the stock market tends to be forward-looking, its recent strong and steady rise … More>

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The Great Corrective

November 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

On November 4, 2008, something incredible happened, something that will never again allow me to predict or trust the American electorate, regardless of the great corrective that happened this Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

For one, the American voter decisively elected … More>

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Controlling the Fed

November 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A: On “Dupes” and the Religious Left (Part 4)

November 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders, 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. This is the fourth of five installments in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science More>

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Will the Real Realists Please Stand Up?

October 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Guest Commentary

Barack Obama’s supporters have been trying to create a narrative around his foreign-policy doctrine for several years now, even before he was president. The goal has been simple: to preempt efforts to portray Obama as a naïve idealist … More>

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Dangerous Election-Year Demagoguery on Trade

October 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As is customary in the days leading up to an election, the campaign rhetoric is getting heated. Here in western Pennsylvania, Democrats have gained points in the polls by adopting an aggressively protectionist ad campaign. Democratic candidates for the House … More>

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Streaming Audio: “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”

October 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

To listen to the streaming audio of this lecture, please click on the link below:

“Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich”More>

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Shame on Steve Driehaus

October 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A: On “Dupes” and the Religious Left (Part 3)

October 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders, 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. This is the third in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director More>

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How the Progressives Will Win

October 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Karl Marx once commented that voters’ choices in a democracy constituted little more than deciding which bourgeois party would oppress them the most. The old misanthrope’s views on such matters are usually worth ignoring, but he had a point with … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Executive Director Lectures on His Latest Book Release at the Heritage Foundation

October 22, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Path to Freedom

To read a description of this book event and view a streaming video of the Heritage Foundation lecture, please click on the link below:

“Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century” More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — National Press Club Lecture on “Dupes and Why Communism Still Matters”

October 21, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Path to Freedom

To view a streaming video of this National Press Club lecture in Washington, D.C., please click on the links below:

“Dupes and Why Communism Still Matters” (Part 1)

“Dupes and Why Communism Still Matters” (Part 2)

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Breakdown

October 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

You’ve probably seen the headlines about major banks suspending foreclosure proceedings to reclaim houses from borrowers who have defaulted on their mortgages. This has the potential to be hugely disruptive—a milestone development comparable to the failure of Lehman Brothers in … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Cows, Communists and Cell Phones

October 19, 2010 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

In this video, Herb Meyer, Former Special Assistant to President Reagan’s CIA Director Bill Casey, delivers a lecture most students will never hear.… More>

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Follow the Stem Cell Money

October 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A: On “Dupes” and the Religious Left (Part 2)

October 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders, 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. This is the second in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director More>

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“I Want Your Money”

October 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Today, October 15, the dynamite documentary, “I Want Your Money,” opens at theaters nationwide. The release of this film so close to the midterm elections on November 2 is no coincidence. “IWYM” is a cry of the heart from its … More>

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch—or Free Healthcare

October 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A few days ago, I received an email from the daughter of our congresswoman—a mass email, of course. She explained that because of healthcare reform, which her mother supported, she no longer had to pay a $25 copayment for each … More>

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Sabbath Wrestling

October 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A: On “Dupes” and the Religious Left (Part 1)

October 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders, 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. This is the first in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on “The Glen Meakem Program”

October 9, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio

For a program description, an mp3 download, or to listen to a streaming audio broadcast of Dr. Kengor’s interview, please click here.… More>

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A Tea Party American Cheat Sheet

October 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The Tea Party Movement, otherwise known as the Great Peasant Revolt of 2010, has been greeted by the country’s ruling class with all the sympathy that Voltaire expressed toward the Catholic Church: “Kill the infamous thing!”

Although the American Revolution … More>

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The Historical Image of President Calvin Coolidge

October 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

On March 30, 2010, fellow for law & humanities with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College—Dr. L. John Van Til—delivered a talk on “Thoughtful Cal, the Founders and the Progressives” as one of the Center’s American More>

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Jimmy Carter’s Kennedy Problem

October 6, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

I recently wrote about President Carter’s “superiority” complex, where I objected to the former president’s rather conceited claim of “superior” ex-presidential service, as measured (by himself) against other ex-presidents.

Yet, there’s an important area where I’d like to defend … More>

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Prostitution in Canada

October 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V PAPER — Voluntary Exchanges and the Free Market

October 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “On the broadest level, Dr. Ritenour and I are both interested in the relationship between social conditions and human action. We are both advocates of free markets, believing that they contribute more to human thriving than other arrangements. More>

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V&V PAPER — The Inspiration of the Declaration: President Calvin Coolidge

October 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, White Papers

To view or download the PDF of this paper, please click on the link below:

“The Inspiration of the Declaration: President Calvin Coolidge”

 

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Reflections on the GOP Pledge

September 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Last week, 13 Republicans released a “Pledge to America.” What is most surprising to me is its length. At 21 pages, it was many times the length of the GOP’s hugely successful 1994 “Contract with America.” Why ditch a winning … More>

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Money and Freedom

September 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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V&V Q&A: On “Dupes” Scholarship, Partisanship, and Redemption

September 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

An Interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. This is an interview with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director More>

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Special Feature: “The War on Religion”

September 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

On December 17, 1993, the non-profit, non-partisan Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was established by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, with a mission “to educate this generation and future generations about the history, … More>

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The Faith of Barack Obama and George Washington: A Double Standard?

September 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Recent reports that nearly 20 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim have been widely discussed and analyzed. Moreover, according to surveys, only a third of Americans believe he is a Christian. Evangelicals are almost evenly divided, with … More>

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President Carter’s “Superiority” Complex

September 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

Former president Jimmy Carter told NBC News on Monday that his work at home and abroad has been “superior” to other presidents. “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents,” Carter … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2010 – Private Property, The Founders and Susette Kelo’s Story

September 21, 2010 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney at the Institute for Justice, describes the importance of private property and tells his audience the story of Susette Kelo.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — “From Sparks and Sennholz to the Supreme Court: The Journey of Scott Bullock”

September 21, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Law

To view a streaming video of this event from the Freedom Readers Lecture Series, please click on the link below:

“From Sparks and Sennholz to the Supreme Court: The Journey of Scott Bullock”

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STREAMING VIDEO — “Little Pink Houses: Private Property, the Founders and Susette Kelo’s Story”

September 21, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Law

To view a streaming video of this event from the American Founders Luncheon Series, please click on the link below:

“Little Pink Houses: Private Property, the Founders and Susette Kelo’s Story”

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AUDIO — “Between the Covers” — Paul Kengor on DUPES

September 21, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The Path to Freedom

On September 21, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed his most recent book—“Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century”—on “Between the Covers,” with … More>

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Show Me Your Science

September 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Law

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Could an Atheist Be Elected President? A Look “Down Under”

September 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Last month Julia Gillard was elected prime minister of Australia. Gillard is Australia’s first female and first unmarried prime minister. Even more remarkably, she won Australia’s highest office after openly declaring that she is an atheist.

It is extremely unlikely … More>

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A Dose of “Capitalism and Freedom”

September 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It has been almost 50 years since Milton Friedman, Nobel economist, released his classic, Capitalism and Freedom. The book has slowly slipped from my course syllabus, not to mention that of the political elite. And why not? What Friedman said … More>

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Self-evident?

September 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Where Have You Gone, Ludwig von Mises? Considering Mises: “The Last Knight of Liberalism”

September 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Washington’s stunning economic power grabs—healthcare centralization, Keynesian fiscal stimulus, and Federal Reserve bailouts—are creating an unintended consequence: an increasing demand for freedom literature. Exhibit A would have to be F.A. Hayek’s 66-year-old Road to Serfdom’s recently hitting number one for … More>

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The Public Employee Union Scam

September 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Guest Commentary

Editor’s note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and More>

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35 Years Ago: When Ford Snubbed Solzhenitsyn

September 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A lengthier version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator.

It was 35 years ago that the conservative movement found itself in a defining moral struggle not with the liberal Left but with the establishment … More>

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Celebrating Economic Warfare

September 6, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Coping with Losing: The Confession of a Frustrated Fan

September 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

During the turmoil of the 1970s, Pittsburgh became known as the city of champions. Led by two very charismatic and colorful players—Roberto Clemente in 1971 and Willie Stargell in 1979—the Pirates won the World Series twice. Meanwhile, blessed with a … More>

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The 50th Anniversary of a Historic Speech

September 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and promised to honor the separation of church and state. This speech … More>

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Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee: President Obama’s Faith Protectors

August 31, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

I got the email in late afternoon. “In a major liberal initiative to curtail discussion of President Obama’s religious identity,” the email began, “over 70 Christian leaders and denominational heads have signed a letter saying that questions about the religious … More>

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The Creator Principle

August 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Back to School, Back to the Books: The Value Behind Textbooks

August 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive “educationally sound” option. As I have read articles about the burden … More>

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kayla Q&A

August 29, 2010 | by | Topic: Vision & Values Concise E-publications

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Taxing Transportation

August 27, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Not long ago, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell toured the state to highlight its crisis in transportation funding. He called on the General Assembly to resolve the crisis this year. In May, the State Transportation Advisory Committee estimated that the state … More>

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An Attack on Religion and Counseling

August 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Does the state have the right to prevent people from training for particular careers because the state disagrees with their religious beliefs? U.S. District Judge George Steeh has made just such a ruling. Eastern Michigan University expelled Julea Ward from … More>

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Obama Invites Confusion About His Faith

August 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in USA Today.

The recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is generating much discussion over its provocative finding that an increasing number of Americans (nearly one in five) … More>

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Fight Nice!

August 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.

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Understanding “Austerity”

August 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

A couple of years ago, the terms “too big to fail” and “bailout” were the trendy buzzwords. Currently, the “in” word seems to be “austerity.” On both … More>

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The Federal Reserve’s Historic Announcement

August 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Guest Commentary

Mark it down. At 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, the U.S. Federal Reserve made a historic announcement. It signaled that the central bank was going to “preserve the size of its balance sheet.” The announcement didn’t … More>

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President Obama Cites Bush and Christ—Sort Of

August 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The blogosphere is burning red, consumed with fury over President Obama’s announcement—made at the end of the news cycle, with talk-radio on weekend break—that he supports the construction of a mosque near the downed World Trade Center buildings. While much … More>

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An Outsider’s View of Christianity: A Review of “The Unlikely Disciple”

August 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University” By Kevin Roose | Grand Central Publishing [Paperback] (June 3, 2010) | 336 pp. | List Price: $13.99

An emergency prayer meeting has been called. The guys on the hall … More>

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Rethinking the Corporate Income Tax

August 9, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It is hard to find anything positive to say about the corporate income (i.e., profits) tax. Economists across the ideological spectrum agree that the corporate profits tax is woefully inefficient:

1) It warps corporate decision making, inducing expenditures made only … More>

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The Twinkie Diet

August 9, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Imagine your favorite NFL team entering summer camp following an off-season training regimen of no exercise and a diet of unlimited Big Macs, Twinkies, and Coke. Sound outrageous’ Such a thing would be unheard of in the competitive NFL, but … More>

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AUDIO: V&V Executive Director on “America’s Morning Show”

August 9, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

On August 9, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed his recent article—“‘When They Dropped the Bomb’—Remembering August 1945″—on “America’s Morning Show,” with Glen Meakem standing in … More>

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Global Warming—The Big Picture: A Review of Brian Sussman’s “Climategate”

August 6, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam” By Brian Sussman | WND Books (April 22, 2010) | 240 pp. | List Price: $25.95

Climategate
is thorough, knowledgeable, timely, and very well written. I have been reading about global … More>

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Are We All Ideologues Now?

August 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on comparatively new technologies. Yet, both venues have provided congenial habitats for that … More>

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The Miracle of President Obama’s Birthday

August 2, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

Michelle Obama sent a request to millions of Americans last week asking that we send birthday greetings to President Obama as he turns 49 on Wednesday.

Our founders sent a notice to King George celebrating America’s birth long ago. If … More>

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“When They Dropped the Bomb”—Remembering August 1945

August 2, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

This week marks 65 years since the United States dropped the atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a “rain of ruin” upon Hiroshima, Japan, with Nagasaki hit three days later, killing 100,000 to 200,000.

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Geithner Versus the Bush Tax Cuts

July 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

I’m now convinced that the Obama administration is placing its political agenda above policies that would contribute to the economic recovery that millions of Americans so desperately need. That agenda includes bringing more economic activity under government control, making more … More>

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Government Stimulus: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

July 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has released its most recent quarterly report on the effects of President Obama’s stimulus plan. Not surprisingly, the CEA praises this monumental Keynesian scheme, crediting the stimulus for saving or creating 3.6 million … More>

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Newsflash: Stalin Liberates Normandy

July 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Call it another Twilight Zone moment; another ignominious contribution to the “you-can’t-make-this-up” category. First, Mao Tse-tung was honored by oblivious New Yorkers, with their Empire State Building aglow in red and yellow last October to commemorate the birth of Red More>

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More Lessons from History: How Obamanomics May Play Out

July 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The grand lesson of the 20th century is that Big Government retards economic progress. The evidence of this lesson goes beyond the socialist countries and their dramatic economic failures.… More>

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The Alien Among Us

July 19, 2010 | by | Topic: General

Guest Commentary

Most of those involved in the immigration debate agree that immigration policy needs to be reformed. How to reform the system exactly is a matter of considerably greater disagreement.

Immigration is a complex issue affected by numerous factors … More>

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Three Neglected Economic Lessons from American History

July 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

In most, if not all, states, pupils must pass a course in American history to receive a high-school diploma. Unfortunately, when it comes to our country’s economic history, most students are poorly taught, perhaps wrongly taught. Mythology and error prevail … More>

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The Blood of the Tea Party

July 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

I’ve never participated in a Tea Party rally. My natural habitat is a classroom or behind a keyboard. That said, I’ve had a lot of contact with Tea Party people, and, of course, I hear the angry charges from those … More>

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The Thin Culture: Hoping for Good News from Cathy

July 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

My favorite section of the paper is still the comics. Lately I have been reading what seems to have become an annual theme in the “Cathy” comic strip. Not only can Cathy not find a suitable bathing suit, she is … More>

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Doctrinaire Libertarianism vs. American Sovereignty

July 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Recently, Bill O’Reilly interviewed John Stossel about the dangerous situation along Arizona’s porous border with Mexico. Stossel is probably my favorite reporter. I admire the way he demolishes popular myths, particularly economic myths. However, on the topic of how to … More>

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The Fourth on the Fifth

July 5, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

In 1926, the United States celebrated Independence Day on Monday, July 5. Why? Was there a national disaster, a day of mourning, stock market problems? No, as in 2010, July 4 fell on a Sunday that year. So respected was … More>

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John Hancock: A Neglected American Hero

July 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, our attention will once again turn to such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. However, another founder who made substantial contributions to American independence, … More>

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Economic Information Worth Knowing

June 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the bewildering array of economic data, statistics, charts, and graphs floating around. Often, we economists can’t see the forest for the trees. It’s hard to figure out what is truly significant and what is … More>

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Whatever Happened to “General Betray Us?” The Path from Political Demon to Savior

June 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

I was in Washington last week, meaning I was able to observe, on-site and up close, the reaction to President Obama’s remarkable switch in leadership in Afghanistan from the bizarre General Stanley McChrystal to the excellent General David Petraeus. The … More>

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Exchange-Rate Mythology and Weak-Dollar Nonsense

June 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

If you read the financial press or listen to what politicians say, you have probably heard many times how important it is for the Chinese renminbi (yuan) to strengthen against the dollar. Indeed, it sometimes sounds as though a weaker … More>

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Colombia’s Presidential Election: Not “Too Close to Call” This Time

June 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The just-completed Colombian presidential election took place in two stages. The first round took place on May 30. There were multiple candidates. Since nobody received an outright majority, the top two vote-getters (Juan Manuel Santos at 47 percent and Antanas … More>

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The Meaning of Progress

June 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Vision & Values presented a seminar in April, 2010, on the development and influence of Progressivism, focusing especially on the Radical Progressivism of Obama and his friends. The root of the term progressive is, More>

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Progressives and the Founders: On Natural Rights, the Practice of Democracy and the Diffusion of Power

June 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The Progressive Movement at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century in the United States confronted a political and social environment that was quite different from the time of the American Founders. In 1790 there … More>

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Honoring the sausage-makers

June 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day. Do you recall the old saying attributed to Otto Von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made”? As fathers were lauded on Sunday, I suspect that most patriarchs were … More>

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Is There a Message in Lincoln’s Religion for Obama?

June 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Since the Rev. Jeremiah Wright incident during the last presidential campaign, there has been low-level grousing by many Christians regarding Obama’s religious convictions. He has claimed to be a Christian, but there is little traditional evidence of a consistent Christian … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — With Father, Through the Valley of Death

June 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by The Center for Vision & Values on June 18, 2009. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2010 – The Fall and the Founders

June 15, 2010 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

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Reservations About a Balanced Budget Amendment

June 14, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Calling for a balanced budget amendment has been a staple campaign issue for conservative Republicans for years. Undeniably, our nation is beset by fearful fiscal woes. However, a balanced budget amendment isn’t the answer.… More>

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Helen Thomas Angers Her Media Colleagues—Finally

June 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

This week veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas announced her sudden “retirement.” The source was an insight shared by Thomas outside the White House during a Jewish-American Heritage Month celebration. … More>

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The Death and Life of the Great American Society

June 10, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

“The Death and Life of the Great American School System” By Diane Ravitch | Basic Books (March 2, 2010) | 283 pp. | List Price: $26.95

In her latest book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: More>

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John Lennon’s Revolution

June 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

John Lennon of The Beatles wrote the surprisingly and relatively conservative song “Revolution” in 1968. Compared with the Rolling Stones’ 1968 “Street Fighting Man” written by Mick Jagger, Lennon’s lyrics are tame and earned him the scorn of the New … More>

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America Needs Union Competition

June 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

I agree with President Obama that we need more labor unions. However, I disagree with his approach.
Full disclosure: I have been a dues-payer to both the United Auto Workers and the National Education Association unions. My sympathies are heavily … More>

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First, Do No Harm

June 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful marriage or having a child with … More>

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Defending the American Cause

May 31, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

While America fights two wars this Memorial Day, comforts grieving families whose sons and daughters made the ultimate sacrifice, battles economic problems at home, and grows increasingly concerned about Korean peninsula tensions, I am reminded again of Russell Kirk’s slim … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — The Forgotten Battle of World War II: Remembering the Aleutian Campaign

May 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by The Center for Vision & Values on November 6, 2009.

Every Memorial Day presents an opportunity to commemorate those who served in some faraway place long ago, many of whom paid that … More>

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Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

May 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The explosion that sank British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling vessel/platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April was an unmitigated disaster. The accident killed 11 workers and has caused massive environmental damage, the full extent of which may not become … More>

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Separation of School and State

May 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The conservative Texas State Board of Education adopted sweeping changes to its social studies textbook curricula on Friday. Among the most controversial changes is the way “separation of church and state” will be presented to students. I wonder what the … More>

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Tragedy in Amish Country: Living Levi’s Example

May 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I first met Levi almost 20 years ago. He was about 12. We had just purchased our land from his parents, Jake and Nancy. Being old-order Amish, Jake and Nancy needed a ride to the attorney’s office, so we drove … More>

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The Crucible of Faith, Freedom, and Learning: Address to the Grove City College Trustee-Faculty Luncheon

May 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Good afternoon, thank you for joining us here today for our annual celebration of, “Wow, we survived another year!”

In all seriousness, congratulations to all of you for another excellent year in the precious story we call the history of … More>

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Social Justice, the Needy, and the Wealthy

May 20, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has tackled the issue of “social justice,” with articles by Gary Smith, J. D. Wyneken, Mark Hendrickson, and Shawn Ritenour. I strongly encourage readers to forward these articles to … More>

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Christian: Never Waste a Good Crisis

May 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I agree with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel when he said, “You never want a good crisis to go to waste.” The moral lesson of this month’s Greek financial crisis was papered over by central banks to … More>

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The Great Greek Bailout: Debt-Ridden America Chips In

May 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The sovereign debt crisis—centered on Greece for the moment, but bound to spread to other heavily indebted national governments—has taken an ominous turn.

The European Central Bank (ECB), the Federal Reserve, and the International Monetary Fund unveiled a trillion-dollar bailout … More>

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Elizabeth Dole, North Way Pastor to Send Off College’s Largest Graduating Class

May 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College will send off its largest graduating class in school history with a Commencement ceremony headlined by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Dr. Jay Passavant, senior pastor of North Way Christian Community in Wexford, … More>

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Commemorating Mao but Not Mother

May 14, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Where’s Anita Dunn when you need her?

Recall Anita Dunn, who resigned as President Obama’s communications director not long after Glenn Beck had the temerity to broadcast her jaw-dropping affirmation, made in a church no less—at a high-school baccalaureate ceremony—that … More>

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: Bipartisan Failure to Control Spending

May 12, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Economic error knows no partisan bounds. Republican Herbert Hoover and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt both adopted foolish, harmful policies during the Great Depression. Republican George W. Bush’s stimulus plan made no sense, and neither did Democrat Barack Obama’s.… More>

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Pro-Life Death?—Revisited

May 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In November 2008, just after the historic election of Barack Obama, I wrote a piece titled, “Pro-Life Death?” I noted that America’s choice of Obama as president and, equally important, of a massive liberal majority in Congress, constituted the death … More>

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Optimism, Realism, Civil Disobedience

May 10, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

My boyhood dream to become a Merrill Lynch stockbroker became reality a few years after I graduated from college. My favorite clients were self-made rural entrepreneurs. They have a distinctive profile: They dress humbly, they’re very smart, and they’re genetically … More>

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Death’s Progress

May 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the “liberal” label for the less maligned tag of “progressive.” This is tactical as much as philosophical. It’s fascinating … More>

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When Regimes Reach Insanity

May 6, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

On August 25, 1914, in a spate of disorder, shots rang out from the Belgian town of Louvain, instigating its German occupiers to launch a frenzy of looting and destruction. Crazed soldiers butchered civilians, ransacked buildings, and finally burned the … More>

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Old Pencils

May 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The pencils I bought four years ago for my third and fourth grade Sunday school class are getting shorter while the children who have wielded them are growing taller. The school bus yellow paint is chipped and worn. The pink … More>

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Financial Intrigue in Greece: Should We Care?

May 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The intertwined worlds of government and finance are swirling with drama not seen since the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The epicenter of the current crisis is Greece. The Aegean nation’s sovereign debt has been downgraded to “junk” status … More>

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A Manifesto on the “Manifesto”

April 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

I knew the time would come. America’s public schools and ideologically monolithic universities have spawned a generation woefully uninformed in the most elementary facts about free markets, socialism, and communism. Personally, after teaching this material for years, I’m getting an … More>

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Sen. Dodd’s Financial Reform Bill: The Problem of Leverage

April 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Trying to keep up with all the changes in U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) financial reform bill has been a daunting task. Two weeks ago, it was described in the press as “the 1100-page bill.” Last week, it became “the … More>

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Rendell and Marcellus Shale—Taxing the “Golden Goose”

April 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Imagine that you are governor of the state of Pennsylvania, and private enterprisers discover a new, clean source of fuel within the state’s borders, a source which would help reduce the costs of energy, provide jobs for companies and workers, yield additional tax revenues … More>

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One-Sided Arms Control

April 23, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

President Obama signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague on April 8—and did so to global accolades. It was the culmination of years of negotiations and a major triumph to finally achieve agreement with Moscow. Unfortunately, President … More>

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Speaking Truth to History: A Perfect Game

April 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

I’m not one to bother with the latest alleged blockbuster buzzing from the salons of Hollywood high culture. Over the course of two valuable hours, I can only take so many car chases, explosions, and run-of-the-mill depravity. Alas, I had a … More>

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The Great American Debt “Roll”

April 19, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Financial markets function to discount the future. Usually, by the time you read about something in the newspaper, financial market pricing has already “discounted” that event weeks, months, or perhaps even years before it hits the front page and becomes … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Progressivism and the Redefining of the Church

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. T. David Gordon speaks at the Center for Vision and Values conference. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The 2008 Presidential Election: a Hard Look at the Polling Data

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

In his speech at the annual Center for Vision and Values conference, Dr. David J. Ayers asks the whether or not the 2008 presidential election was a progressive mandate. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Progressives and the Culture of Death

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

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STREAMING VIDEO — Progressives and the Constitution

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Joseph Postell and Dr. Michael L. Coulter give a talk about our American Constitution and the Progressives. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Progressive vs. Conservatives: The Supreme Court Rules

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell delivers a lecture on the Supreme Court and Progressives. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Paths to Utopia: Bellamy and Marx

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Marvin J. Folkertsma speaks at the annual Center for Vision and Values conference on the different paths to Utopia. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Unfairly Maligned

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

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STREAMING VIDEO — The Making of a Progressive

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Gillis J. Harp talks about Herbert Croly at the annual Center for Vision and Values conference. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The Progressives: Personal Responsibility and Education

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Michelle Bernard, President and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum, speaks about the education of children. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Contemporary Progressives and National Security

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Earl H. Tilford delivers a speech on national security at the annual Center for Vision and Values conference.… More>

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A Message on “The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?”

April 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s Note: As we at The Center for Vision & Values prepare to wrap up our sixth annual conference tonight, we would like to thank everyone who participated in “The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?” For those of you who More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Christianity and Progressives

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72 and Dr. Paul C. Kemeny deliver a lecture at the annual Vision and Values conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Progressive Economics

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Jeffery M. Herbener and Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson speak the annual Center for Vision and Values conference. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The Progressives and Education

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Dr. Jason R. Edwards and Dr. Robert L. Jackson speak about the Progressives and education in America.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — To Infinity and Beyond: Soros, Progressives and the Power of the Web

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Jennifer Biddison and Kevin Mooney, Investigative Reporter/Staff Writer for the Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) speak about persuasive political websites and what makes them so influential.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The Progressives from Dewey to Obama

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

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STREAMING VIDEO — You Say You Want a Revolution?

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Michael Medved speaks at the annual Center for Vision Conference … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Journalism: The Database of Democracy

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

Nick Eicher, publisher of WORLD magazine talks about the importance of journalism in America. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — A Q&A with National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Progressive Surge and Conservative Crackup?

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VAT Talk No Surprise: The Progressive Source Behind VAT

April 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This is one of many articles from The Center for Vision & Values dealing with the topic of our two-day conference on “The Progressives,”which kicked off today on the campus of Grove City College.

As soon as … More>

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Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies

April 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The crash of a Polish airplane in the Russian territory of Smolensk last weekend is a stunning tragedy, taking the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and high-level figures in the Polish government. Upwards of 100 people were … More>

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The VAT-Man Cometh?

April 12, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This is one of many articles from The Center for Vision & Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on “The Progressives.”Click here for information.

Recently, progressives have made noise about introducing a value-added … More>

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Buchenwald and the Totalitarian Century

April 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator.

This spring 2010 marks some sordid anniversaries: 65 years since the discovery of the Nazi concentration camps that facilitated the slaughter of six million Jews … More>

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The “Social Justice” Fallacy? Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

April 7, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Many Christians over many years have been beguiled by the Religious Left’s use of the term “social justice.” This is because Christians rightly love justice and hate injustice. But “social justice”—or, at least, how it’s often used by liberal Christians—isn’t … More>

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How to Help the Poor

April 5, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Most Christians today acknowledge that caring for the poor is a biblical requisite. The primary debate among them is over how we can best fulfill this mandate, which more than 2,000 verses of Scripture prescribe. For example, a group of … More>

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Christian Charity: Social Justice and the Good Samaritan

March 31, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Charity—a loving spirit concretely expressed in unselfish good deeds to one’s fellow man—is a primary Christian duty. Nobody who has read the New Testament can come to any other conclusion.

In his parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), Jesus … More>

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Progressing Backwards

March 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2010 – Thoughtful Cal, the Founders and the Progressives

March 30, 2010 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. L. John Van Til, a fellow for law & humanities at The Center for Vision & Values, speaks about the Founders and the Progressives.… More>

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Hillary Clinton and the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children

March 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in The Weekly Standard. A few years ago, I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. Released in 2007, the book flopped, dismissed by conservatives who didn’t More>

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How Christian Were the Founders? The Case of Madison and Jefferson

March 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: Dr. Gary Scott Smith will be a participant in an April 15-16 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on “The Progressives.” Click here for information.

A recent article in the New More>

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Hanging Mao on the Tree?

March 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

I’ll begin this article with a few justifications to try to preempt irate emails from Obama supporters: First off, I write on faith, politics, and the presidency, having done books on the subject and lots of articles; this includes the More>

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Latest “human-made-disaster” attack succeeds

March 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

History holds that during World War II the Army executed only one American soldier, Private Eddie Slovik. There was another, a footnote to history.

In 1944, B-24 Liberators taking off from a base in Italy began exploding when they “rotated,” … More>

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Strategic Misstep, Two-step, Setup or Prelude to Meltdown?

March 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

On Thursday, March 11, during Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel to herald the re-initiation of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Israel’s Interior Ministry announced the construction of 1,600 housing units in Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, an area Palestinians want to include … More>

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God Gets His Healthcare Bill

March 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This is one of many coming articles from The Center for Vision & Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on “The Progressives.” Click here for information.

The most frustrating thing I’ve dealt with in … More>

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God Gets His Healthcare Bill

March 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The most frustrating thing I’ve dealt with in professional life was eight years of outrageous, baseless charges against President George W. Bush on matters of faith. Even when Bush was simply asked about his faith, and responded with utterly benign … More>

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Deceit: Our Most Pressing Leadership Issue

March 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

What is the most pressing leadership issue today? Jesus identified important qualities in the future leaders of His church, the apostles. He called Peter a rock. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching with Philip he said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in … More>

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V&V Q&A: God, Socialism, and the Free Market

March 17, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, 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. This latest edition of “V&V Q&A” is an intriguing look at the biblical basis for the free-market economy, dispelling the More>

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The Character of George Washington

March 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

What made George Washington the most remarkable man of an extraordinary generation? He was not an intellectual giant like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison. Compared with most other founders, he was not well educated (he attended … More>

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The Church and the Social Gospel

March 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Should churches and individual Christians seek to help people with material problems and social needs, remedy social ills, and improve social institutions’ Throughout history many congregations, Christian organizations, and individual believers have labored to do these things. Today, however, some … More>

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Descendants of America’s Eugenic Past

March 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

As of this morning, Angie Jackson’s RU-486 induced abortion has been viewed on YouTube more than 140,000 times. She said she filmed herself in the midst of an RU-486 abortion to demystify the procedure. Four weeks pregnant, she signed off … More>

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Gorbachev vs. the Evil Empire

March 10, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

The media jumps at anniversaries of historical figures and events. For those of us who write about history, we, too, seize these opportunities to teach history, especially history Americans should know.

Here’s one such case: Can you believe it has … More>

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Grampa Bunning’s Fight for His Kids

March 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Seventy-eight-year-old Jim Bunning has nine children and 40 grandchildren. Last week, Daily Kos, a progressive blog, made the Hall of Fame pitcher and U.S. senator a poster boy for the “The Party of Mean” because he asked Congress to pay … More>

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In Memoriam: The Beichman Library Closes

March 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator. Some 2,000 years ago, the great Ancient Library in Alexandria, Egypt burnt to the ground, taking with it a vast reservoir of irreplaceable information, subsequently … More>

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The Governing Elite vs. the Rest of Us

March 5, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The truly revolutionary American idea of government as the servant of the people may be fading away. Many of today’s so-called “civil servants” are a protected, privileged class. While Middle America struggles through a difficult recession, a lot of government … More>

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The Politics of Arrogance

March 3, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

On the eve of the German offensive against France in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm confidently asserted to some departing troops, “You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the trees.” The German monarch was known neither for his … More>

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The NEA and Healthcare Reform

March 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Our nation’s teachers were unwittingly in the thick of last week’s dramatic healthcare summit hosted by President Obama. Whether they liked it or not, their union dues supported a public relations campaign in favor of big government healthcare.

Politically savvy … More>

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The Student Loan Problem

February 24, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

You may have seen the recent story about the 41-year-old doctor who graduated from medical school in 2003 with student-loan indebtedness of $250,000 that has since swelled to more than $555,000. She is now scheduled to pay $990 per month … More>

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CPAC and Glenn Beck

February 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference was unique. The Tea Party movement burst forth in August 2009 and the tension that this leaderless juggernaut generates among establishment conservatives was palpable at the nation’s largest annual gathering of grassroots conservatives and … More>

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In Memoriam: Al Haig’s Charge

February 22, 2010 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator, February 22, 2010. Alexander Haig passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. A military man, a war veteran, no less than a four-star general, a chief … More>

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The Founders: How Christian Were They?

February 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

One of today’s most contentious culture wars is over the religious commitments of our nation’s founders. Were most of them orthodox Christians, deists, or agnostics’ Scholarly books, college classes, radio talk shows, and blogs all debate this issue, and the … More>

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V&V Q&A: Outrageous Public Debt

February 16, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, 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. In this latest Q&A, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center, interviews Dr. Guido Hülsmann, chairman of the economics department More>

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“Econoclasts:” A Book Review

February 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“Econoclasts: The Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity” By Brian Domitrovic | ISI Books (August 2009) | 368 pp. | List Price: $27.95

Brian Domitrovic, assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, has written … More>

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Forgotten?

February 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Do you ever feel forgotten, overlooked, or helpless in a world that seems increasingly confusing, rancorous, and on the brink of even more uncertainty and lurking disaster? Maybe you long for someone to come along and say, “The only thing … More>

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Reagan and Joe

February 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review, February 6, 2010. This February 6 marks the 99thanniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding “Reagan Day” dinners, as they’ve … More>

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God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast

February 5, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

President Obama spoke yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast. I’ve long studied the sitting president’s remarks at these breakfasts, particularly President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Ronald Reagan. I note this to hopefully lend a little credibility … More>

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The Education of Sarah Palin: A Review of “Going Rogue: An American Life”

February 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

“Going Rogue: An American Life” By Sarah Palin | HarperCollins (November 2009) | 432 pp. | List Price: $28.99

Most likely, millions of copies of Going Rogue have been sold in recent months because Sarah Palin inspires either great … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2010 – Fourth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

February 3, 2010 | by | Topic: Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kengor interviews Peter Robinson, a speech writer for Ronald Reagan and the author of the famous speech, “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall”. … More>

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Taxpayers Fund Abortions But Not School Vouchers

February 2, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

In my last article, a somber remembrance of Roe v. Wade, I called attention to something that shocked readers: I noted that the Obama administration and Democratic Congress “rejected funding for school vouchers for poor children in Washington, DC, … More>

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Freedom of Political Speech Restored: Citizens United v. Obama

January 29, 2010 | by | Topic: The Law

Suppose you were arrested on criminal charges because you were the head of an organization that had produced a film critical of the wife of a former political leader, who was now running for office herself. What country would have … More>

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The Relevance of Scott Brown

January 28, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Republicans have greeted Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts with the sort of relief expressed by Winston Churchill when he learned that Pearl Harbor had prompted America to finally enter the war; for the first time in years, he “slept the … More>

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What’s in a Word? Dissecting the “Middle Class” and “Populism”

January 26, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

Each day, political claims and terminology—astonishing or at least remarkable—pop up in the media. Consider two such current terms: “middle class” and “populism.”

In the wake of the Massachusetts senatorial election, a sudden cascade of speeches and press releases by … More>

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FDR’s State of the Union Advice

January 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

If Franklin Roosevelt were still alive, I wonder what advice he would give President Obama for his first State of the Union address on Wednesday.

On January 11, 1944, just six months before D-Day, Roosevelt made his 11th State More>

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Remembering Roe: A Forgotten Warning from Ronald Reagan

January 21, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade—source of 40 million abortions since 1973—I thought I’d share an excellent but forgotten speech by President Ronald Reagan. The speechwriter was Peter Robinson, featured guest of our Reagan Lecture this yearMore>

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A Moment of Illumination

January 19, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

We’ve all had those sudden epiphanies where the proverbial light bulb clicks on and understanding comes into clear focus. I had one of those moments over the Christmas holiday season. In this case, the light bulb experience was literal as … More>

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A Shift in Massachusetts?

January 18, 2010 | by | Topic: The American Story

In advance of tomorrow’s special election in Massachusetts to fill the open U.S. Senate seat that was held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, I interviewed Dr. David Tuerck, executive director of The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University … More>

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Pennsylvania’s Green Eco-Slumber

January 15, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As a poster child for liberal energy policies throughout the country, Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell has issued the edict to grow the state’s energy resources greener. Huge sums of taxpayer-supplied subsidy and stimulus have been funneled into the greening of … More>

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Obama’s Anti-jobs Policy

January 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

High and/or rising unemployment is always a political liability for a president, and so Barack Obama has taken the offensive in trying to persuade the American people that his team can get Americans back to work.

In November, Obama took … More>

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The Uncertain Trumpet and Systemic Failure

January 11, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In the mid-1960s, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Notre Dame’s Rocky Bleier. Unfortunately, Steeler management failed to protect the prized rookie with the paperwork necessary to take advantage of a myriad of available conscription-law loopholes, and Bleier ended up in Vietnam … More>

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Bulldozed in New London: The Latest on Kelo and Eminent Domain

January 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Law

Pfizer, the huge drug company, has announced that it will be leaving a large research complex in New London, Connecticut and moving several hundred jobs to nearby Groton. Such belt-tightening in tough economic times would normally draw little criticism. In … More>

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Climategate, Copenhagen and Cap & Trade

January 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

2009 ended with a flurry of important events on the climate-change front.

In November, the Climategate scandal broke. An anonymous whistle-blower released over 1,000 e-mails from key scientists (both British and American) in the alarmist climate-change camp. The e-mails revealed … More>

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Adulterers: Tiger Woods and Me

January 4, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Adultery. I hope I don’t commit the sin in 2010, but there’s a good chance I will.

As Tiger Woods’ alleged multiple affairs became public knowledge at the end of 2009, the world witnessed the destructive nature of adultery writ … More>

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