On Hitchens, Havel, and Kim—and Totalitarianism

December 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

They say that famous people die in groups of three.

I recently heard the news of the death of Christopher Hitchens, one of the world’s best-known atheists and polemicists. … More>

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Counting the Year’s Blessings

December 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Have you heard any good news lately? Bad news abounds. It’s been another tough year. Economic woes continue. Greece and Italy are on the verge of bankruptcy. Unemployment is still high in the United States (around 8.6 percent), and … More>

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Two Visions: The Nativity vs. the Occupiers

December 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

I recently strolled down Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh and was struck by two images.

First, there was the stirring life-sized Nativity that each year is displayed … More>

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The Five Best Christmas Movies: And the Gift of Grace and Renewal

December 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Let’s have a happy debate: What are the five best Christmas movies of all time? Obviously, tastes differ and change over time. Here are my five favorites, the ones I am willing to watch every Christmas season, starting with number … More>

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On Vaclav Havel—and Chris Hitchens

December 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator today.

Vaclav Havel is dead. Among other forces and powers, he is among the seven individuals most responsible for peacefully ending the Cold War; the great liberators who brought freedom … More>

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Barry and the Babe

December 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Barry Bonds’ Dec. 16 sentencing for obstruction of justice is an anticlimactic addendum to a sterling, though marred, baseball career.

Without a doubt, Bonds was a great hitter who didn’t need performance-enhancing drugs to put up Hall of Fame numbers. … More>

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Happy Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

An estimated 4.5 million young people will vote for the first time in the 2012 presidential election. Is this a good or bad thing?

The popular answer is that it is indeed good. Many people think that the very act … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2011 – John Dickinson, America’s First Political Hero

December 13, 2011 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Jane E. Calvert, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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The Rich Are Getting Richer; So Are the Poor

December 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

“No matter your thoughts about the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protesters were right in at least one respect: The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.”

Variations on this statement were repeated in dozens of blogs, … More>

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China’s “Superior” Economic Model?

December 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, Andy Stern, an Obama insider and one of organized labor’s more aggressive personalities, praised what he called “China’s superior economic model.”

Does China have a superior economic model? That depends: Superior … More>

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Goodbye, America: More Recollections of Deer Seasons Past

December 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Last week I wrote an article on Deer Season a half century ago, focusing on my grandmother’s town in the mountains of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Each year, my grandmother and other households opened their doors and kitchens and beds to perfect … More>

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V&V Q&A: “Meet the Presidents” with Walter Eckman

December 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

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 edition, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center, interviews Walter Eckman, author of the recent book, More>

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AUDIO — V&V Executive Director on “Thinking in Public” with Albert Mohler

December 4, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Audio, The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

On December 4, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed Christianity and the Cold War on “Thinking in Public” with Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. … More>

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The Marcellus Shale Boom

December 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Marcellus Shale is becoming a household name, from discussions around kitchen tables to town halls with (sometimes) angry citizens. Endless media coverage, economic analysis, geological prediction, business maneuvers and political debate encompass this complex topic. Even the experts concede that … More>

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When Clarence Thomas Came for a Visit

November 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Law

On Tuesday, November 15, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Grove City College. I had a choice to make—whether to meet him or attend to the tons of work I had to finish before several looming deadlines.

I don’t … More>

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Corporate Social Responsibility: New EU Strategy Threatens U.S. and European Companies

November 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article was co-authored for the Heritage Foundation by the chair of the business department at Grove City College and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values.

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Deer Season a Half Century Ago

November 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

This week hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

My mother’s family lived in Emporium, Pennsylvania, as did dozens … More>

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An “Occupy Wall Street” Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2011 | by | Topic: Uncategorized

Editor’s note:A longer version of this article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

Last week, a deranged malefactor was arrested at Occupy Wall Street for threatening to launch Molotov cocktails at Macy’s. It might have been a Macy’s Thanksgiving to … More>

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How Will You Mark Thanksgiving?

November 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

How will you spend your Thanksgiving Day this year? Sleep in because you have extra days off? Settle down to watch football? Pull up a chair at four o’clock to eat a huge feast? Make plans for Black Friday, plotting … More>

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Should a Candidate’s Faith Be an Issue? Dealing With the Romney Question

November 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith remains a frequent news item as the 2012 election cycle grinds on. Not long ago, a Texas evangelist called Mormonism a cult and has since been sharply criticized for stating his views. On Halloween, CNN TodayMore>

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Green Fiascoes and Boondoggles

November 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A barrage of news headlines on the Solyndra scandal continue to remind us that President Obama made green jobs one of his administration’s priorities. Those headlines also reveal this initiative to have been a costly mistake.

The bankruptcy of Solyndra, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2011 J. Howard Pew Memorial Lecture

November 15, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Video

Conversation with Hon. Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, and Hon. Alice Batchelder, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.… More>

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Iran: How to Lose

November 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Once again, tensions between Iran and the international community are on the rise as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, released a new report that warns of concealed attempts by Iran to produce an atomic bomb. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Inflation Strikes Back

November 10, 2011 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Jeffrey Herbener speaks at the Freedom Readers lecture series.… More>

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Two Septembers: When Wall Street Erupted

November 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in today’s issue of USA Today.

As the indignation of the Wall Street Occupiers spreads across the nation, it is time to step back and consider the broader historical perspective. … More>

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Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

November 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived.

It’s the … More>

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“Nothing Dramatic”—Karl Blake’s War Story

November 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

“It was nothing dramatic,” says Dr. Karl E. Blake of Wexford, Pennsylvania, retired surgeon and member of the World War II generation, “but it was important, and no one has written about it, at least that I’ve seen.”

I got … More>

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No Regrets: Frank Kravetz’s Story

November 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“Just existing became what was important,” says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz of Pittsburgh, captive of the “hell-hole” that was Nuremberg Prison Camp. “Yet even as I struggled … More>

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Short-Lived Euphoria in Europe

November 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, was a giddy day for European politicians and global investors. European Union officials announced a plan for addressing the EU’s worst financial problems. There would be a partial write-down of Greek sovereign debt—a 50 percent haircut … More>

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Looking Ahead to 2012, 2013, and 2014

October 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Whoever takes the oath of office as President of the United States in January of 2013 will inherit an economy facing multiple challenges:

Undoubtedly, still-escalating federal spending will have the government bumping up against the debt ceiling again. By then, … More>

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Wall Street, the Mob, and the French Connection

October 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

In “The Wild One,” Marlin Brando plays Johnny, a leather-jacketed vagabond sporting a black-brim hat perched on his head at a rakish angle, below which lurk piercing dark eyes and a sneer of contempt in answer to the question, “What … More>

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The Judge vs. the Dictator: Bill Clark Survives Moammar Kaddafi

October 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for CatholicVote.org.

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A Global Central Bank? Justice Is Not Served by Government Economic Planning

October 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Do we need a supranational authority to enforce social justice? The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PJCP) seems to think so. Its new document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Marcellus Shale: Science, Facts and Data vs. Misconceptions, Misrepresentations and Outright Lies

October 25, 2011 | by | Topic: Freedom Readers Lectures, Streaming Video

Greg Wrightstone, Vice President of Geology, Texas Keystone, Inc, speaks at the Freedom Readers Dessert lecture series. … More>

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A Rhetoric of Distanciation: Sinn Féin’s Reaction on the Death of Gaddafi

October 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Persuaders

When the world learned of the capture and subsequent death of Muammar Gaddafi on Oct. 20, 2011, academics and pundits and political leaders looked to official responses before framing their own. The United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and … More>

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Death of a Bad Dude: Kaddafi’s Removal, 30 Years Late?

October 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

In the 1980s, I was an unrefined adolescent from blue-collar Butler, Pennsylvania. I knew nothing and cared nothing about politics. I had no idea if I was a conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, or much of anything else. But … More>

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V&V Q&A: Cows, Communists, and Cell Phones—and Wall Street

October 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Our latest “V&V Q&A” is with Herb Meyer, who from 1981-87 served as special assistant to CIA director Bill Casey. Meyer More>

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America’s Orwellian Liberalism

October 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa Jr.’s rant about taking out those “sons-of-b*tches”—referring to Tea Party members—when the vice president made his own contribution at a Labor Day rally. “This is a fight for the … More>

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“God Bless Them?” Congresswoman Pelosi on the Wall Street Mob

October 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a lengthy track record of jaw-dropping political statements. Among them, the lifelong Roman Catholic has been a huge disappointment to her Church on matters of unborn human … More>

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We’ve Been ZIRPed

October 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

It isn’t easy to earn interest income these days. Interest rates on government T-bills, banks’ savings accounts, and certificates of deposit are microscopic. You can blame our government and central bank. They have “ZIRPed” millions of American savers. Here are … More>

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On Steve Jobs, Roseanne Barr, and the Wall Street Mob

October 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Thinker.

I got a double shock Thursday morning when I turned on my radio.

“Steve Jobs has passed away,” I heard a DJ remark. “That’s a shame.”

Yes, it is a shame. … More>

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Remembering Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

October 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

As an entrepreneurship educator, studying the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has been one of the great pleasures of the profession. At times, it even feels like an indulgence given the difficulty future technology leaders will surely … More>

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It’s Not Easy Subsidizing Green

October 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The bankruptcy of “green jobs” darling Solyndra is still in the news because it could cost U.S. taxpayers $535 million due to a federal “stimulus” program loan guarantee. The Silicon Valley solar-panel maker’s failure comes on the heels of another … More>

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Debt Control or Bondage?

October 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or bondage?

It is proverbial that acquiring … More>

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God’s Call? On Gov. Christie, Ronald Reagan, and Woodrow Wilson

September 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being urged to seek the Republican presidential nomination. There is a genuine groundswell for Christie.

Asked this week at the Reagan Library whether he will enter the race, Christie gave a very interesting answer. … More>

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The Democrats’ Deadly Sin

September 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Envy is sadness or discontent at another’s good fortune or excellence. Dante defined it as a perversion of one’s own good; a “wish to deprive” others of their own good. Augustine deemed it “the diabolical sin.”

Conservative columnist George … More>

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Kaline, Colavito & Cash: The Boys of October—and Other Baseball Memories

September 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.”
—Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones), Field of Dreams

For over 100 years, baseball has been a cultural reference point for millions of Americans. Just as certain songs … More>

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A Child’s Imagination is a Terrible Thing to Waste

September 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

A book review of Anthony Esolen’s “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child,” written exclusively for The University Bookman.

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To Be Sustainable, Universal Health Care Requires Rationing

September 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

During the last Republican presidential debate, Herman Cain argued that, as a survivor of colon and liver cancer, he would have died if “Obamacare” had been in place when he sought critical treatment. It was a stunning statement, and it … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Peyton Manning’s Stem Cell Therapy

September 22, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character

Dr. Jan Dudt, a fellow for medical ethics with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, is interviewed by Lee Wishing, administrative director of the Center. In this video, Dr. Dudt comments on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton … More>

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Greece on the Brink

September 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The Greek government is in a gigantic financial hole and is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. It has been able to limp along since last year only with bailouts from outside of Greece.

According to the … More>

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Does Alzheimer’s Justify Divorce?

September 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his “700 Club” viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer’s disease is justifiable (click here). His statement came in response to a viewer’s question, and one would hope … More>

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On the Deficit, the Rich, and the Tea Party

September 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

I’ve only recently come to realize the nature of the hurdle this country faces in trying to turn around a stalled economy and horrendous deficit. Here it is: liberal Democrat politicians have fully convinced huge numbers of people that our … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — NY Times’ Krugman “Terrified” of Republicans’ Views on Science

September 16, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Persuaders

Professor of Physics at Grove City College, Dr. Glenn Marsch, is interviewed by Lee Wishing, administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College: The New York Times’ Paul Krugman says we should be “terrified” if … More>

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America’s Mark Twain Conservatives

September 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Attempting to categorize conservatism in the 21st century runs the risk of plunging into the briar patch of academic labeling or the fever swamp of left-wing vitriol. In the first category, one finds such designations as conservatism, neo-conservatism, and paleo-conservatism, … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2011 – The Indispensable Patriot

September 13, 2011 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Gary Scott Smith ’72, professor of history at Grove City College speaks about Samuel Adams and the quest for independence.… More>

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Greece, Germany and the Fate of the Euro

September 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

It has been over a year since I have written about the fragile condition of the European Union’s financial system. The financial crisis of a possible Greek default has been papered over since then, but now it is coming to … More>

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President Obama’s Latest “Jobs” Gambit

September 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

If you watched President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress, you didn’t see anything new. He did what he does best—campaign for re-election and pay lip service to private enterprise and fiscal responsibility while proposing more top-down economic … More>

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Obama’s New Stimulus Czar

September 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Obama’s selection of Alan Krueger to head the Council of Economic Advisers might be an upgrade from Austan Goolsbee, but not by much. Obama’s new economic adviser lacks the foresight to craft an economic agenda to actually put Americans back … More>

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When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

September 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

For more than a century baseball has been called America’s national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football—college and professional—has surpassed baseball in popularity and prominence. For many men and some women, fall weekends … More>

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Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm

September 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as “Obamacare,” is unconstitutional. The “individual mandate” portion of the legislation—a … More>

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Race, Segregation, and Heaven

August 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The new movie, “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling book by the same name, continues to lead ticket sales at the box office. Both dramatize the extent and tragedy of segregation and discrimination in the South during the early … More>

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The Bedroom in the Classroom: Clio is Not Amused

August 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Though my mastery of Greek mythology is not strong enough to know off-hand the muse of history’s sexual orientation, I do know that Clio might try to persuade her father to hurl thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus into Sacramento as punishment … More>

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China Dupes: Excusing the One-Child Policy

August 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Vice President Joe Biden made the news again this week. Three weeks ago, Biden was in the news because of reports he had denounced Tea Party members as “terrorists,” a claim his spokespeople have attempted to deny. This week, Biden More>

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It’s the Spending, Stupid: A Crucial Historical Look at Federal-Government Spending

August 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

We have failed to heed the lessons of economic history, with terrible consequences for our economy and country. And the most crucial of those lessons, particularly since the start of LBJ’s Great Society, is this: deficits have been caused not … More>

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Obama: From Truman’s Whistle-Stop to Wilsonian Folly

August 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

President Obama’s tour through the Midwest in a coal-black Darth Vader-mobile home begs comparison with past presidential excursions. I’m thinking of those made by presidents Harry Truman and Woodrow Wilson.

First, the president repeated his Trumanesque mantra about his version … More>

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Gold’s Meteoric Rise

August 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The price of gold has gone on a tear this summer, from slightly under $1500 per ounce to well over $1800 per ounce, and it looks like it wants to go higher. What gives?

Well, if you bought gold last … More>

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Abortion’s Slippery Slope: The “Two-Minus-One Pregnancy”

August 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Ever heard of a “two-minus-one pregnancy?” Chances are you have not, unless you have read the recent article by that title in the New York Times Magazine. This expression, which we may have to get used to, is one … More>

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The Need to Restructure the DoD: Part III

August 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article is Part III in a series. Click here to read Part I & Part II.

Armed forces, and the way they fight, reflect national cultures. That means that the United States will have the kind … More>

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Free Speech, Money, and Hitting Singles

August 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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No Contest: The Reagan Stimulus vs. the Obama One

August 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

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

How ironic that as America debated its debt ceiling all summer and faced a stunning credit downgrade, the nation approached a most timely anniversary: It was August … More>

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Big Deal or No Big Deal?

August 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As the August 2 deadline for a debt-ceiling deal drew near, many expected a big deal that would significantly change the direction of federal fiscal policy. After weeks of tumultuous negotiations, partisan bickering, and impassioned histrionics, the agreement that finally … More>

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The Need to Restructure the DoD: Part II

August 10, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article is Part II in a series. Click here to read Part I & Part III.

The U.S. Department of Defense must restructure to accommodate deep budget cuts and, more importantly, be ready for the challenges … More>

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Obama’s Executive Order and the First Amendment

August 8, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law

The Obama administration has drafted a new, little-noticed executive order that would plainly stifle free speech. The “Disclosure of Political Spending by Government Contractors” order is still a draft, but if the administration has its way, the order will be … More>

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Paying Blondie

August 8, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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Bernanke and the Potemkin Economy

August 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

On July 11, The Center for Vision & Values posted my article decrying the insulting name-calling directed toward Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. The very next day, Bernanke made me question my forbearance by telling Congress that a third … More>

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The Need to Restructure the DoD: Part I

August 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article is Part I in a series. Click here to read Part II & Part III.

In 1914, on the eve of the Great War, the Duke of Cambridge wrote, “There is a time for all … More>

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Two Negotiators: Obama vs. Reagan

August 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

Presidential scholars write on all sorts of aspects of the American presidency. Among the most interesting have been several important works on so-called presidential character and temperament. And when … More>

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What Do You Want America to Look Like?

August 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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The Significance of Congressman Allen West

July 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Amidst the rhetorical pyrotechnics surrounding July’s debt-ceiling debates, another controversy streaked across the sky like a comet, flared for an instant, then receded into the maelstrom of ongoing partisan attacks. The shooting star in question involved an exchange between two … More>

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Going to the Brink: The Aug. 2 Debt Ceiling Deadline

July 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Some have called August 2 “Financial D-Day.” That is the date, according to Treasury Secretary Geithner, by which either Congress raises the debt ceiling or some government disbursements will cease.

Multiple proposals have been floated for budgetary reforms to be … More>

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The Secret Memo That Predicted the Soviet Collapse

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness, The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at National Review Online.

It was 20 years ago this summer that the final disintegration of the Soviet Union rapidly unfolded. In June 1991, Boris Yeltsin was freely elected president of the Russian Republic, … More>

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Thoughts From Israel

July 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, Uncategorized

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

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A Free Speech Challenge for Parents

July 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law

Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without parents’ knowledge or consent?

The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech requires that 13-year-olds have that opportunity. In a 7-2 decision, the court struck down a California law … More>

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Could You Survive Another Great Depression?

July 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

I just read two very interesting articles on the U.S. economy, written from historical perspectives. They compelled me to share my own historical perspective. And what I want to say is more about our changing culture than our economy.

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Solutions for the “Tax Gap”

July 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

In 2010, there was a “tax gap”—i.e., the difference between federal taxes owed and those actually paid—of $410–$500 billion.

Some of the gap stems from the complexity of the tax code. Much of it, though, is deliberate­­: self-employed individuals working … More>

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Morally Inconsistent Currency

July 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

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

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Americans Without Chests

July 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

As Americans prepared to mark the birth of their country with the usual outpouring of celebratory events, pundits on the political right were scratching their heads over President Obama’s most recent comment about America’s free-enterprise system.

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The Year of School Choice—But Not for African-American Kids in NYC

July 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal calls 2011 the “year of school choice.” Parents and the legislators who represent them, particularly in inner-city schools, are tired of waiting for the promised effects of “educational reform” on the public … More>

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The Limits to Bernanke’s Power

July 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As chairman of our country’s central bank, the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke is expected to put the economy on a sound footing and foster strong economic growth. Unfortunately, Bernanke faces “mission impossible”—partly because the policies implemented by Congress, the … More>

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No Starbucks Budget

July 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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Controversy Over Heaven

July 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The Red Hook section of Brooklyn recently renamed a street “Seven in Heaven Way” to honor seven firefighters who died trying to rescue victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center. The street was given this … More>

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Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

A book review of Howard Gardner’s “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century,” written for the University Bookman.

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A Patriot’s Independence Day Thoughts

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

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

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Obama’s Inalienables

July 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article appears at today’s American Thinker.

Each time President Obama addresses America’s inalienable rights, I get emails. “Did you see Obama left out ‘Creator’ again?” began the latest.

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Chesterton’s Stars & Stripes

July 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Among those doing excellent work on G. K. Chesterton is Joseph Pearce, the brilliant Brit who is a scholar at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. Pearce, like Dale Ahlquist, is unearthing all sorts of gems from Chesterton’s … More>

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Jefferson Versus Hamilton: The Continuing Contest

June 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Law, The Path to Freedom

This Fourth of July marks 235 years since the Declaration of Independence was published. In this immortal document, the Spirit of ’76 was given its fullest, most eloquent expression. The Declaration is a timeless document, espousing eternal principles that, while … More>

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This Fourth of July: Confirm Thy Soul in Self-Control

June 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

I encourage you to set aside the burgers and dogs and soda and beer for a moment this Fourth of July and contemplate something decidedly different, maybe even as you gaze upward at the flash of fireworks. Here it is: … More>

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My Congressman’s Tough Job

June 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Being a congressman can be a great job. It can be attractive for someone who relishes the ersatz virtue of playing Santa Claus with other people’s money, who finds a year-round routine of fund-raising social events enjoyable, and who covets … More>

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Planned Parenthood Funding: James Madison vs. Obama and the Progressives

June 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

With a critical vote in its state Senate, North Carolina has voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Republicans hold a huge majority in the Senate—meaning, as a Republican majority … More>

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Our Health is Overinsured!

June 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

One of the arguments for healthcare reform is that millions of Americans with employer-provided healthcare are underinsured. Proponents of this view are saying that people are underinsured if they are paying too many of their healthcare costs out-of-pocket. Quite the … More>

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Perils of the “Administrative State”

June 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law, The Path to Freedom

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

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May the Farce Be With You: Lessons for 2012 from Lincoln and Louis

June 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Karl Marx famously quipped that great historical events and personages appear twice, first as tragedy and second as farce. The tragedy he had in mind was the French Revolution and the farce was its pale successor that took place in … More>

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Thanks, Pop

June 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Father’s Day is a poignant occasion for me, as for many. I never knew my biological father, who died in an accident. Mom and I lived near Detroit with her oldest sister and her husband, who were childless. That’s how … More>

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San Francisco Considers Circumcision—and Parental Rights

June 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

This November the citizens of San Francisco will decide whether to ban circumcision, a practice that dates from antiquity and is embraced by at least three of the world’s major religions. Now, the fact that something stretches far back into … More>

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Fabius, Father, and Leadership

June 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

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

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Swindling America’s Youth

June 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

We older Americans have saddled our youth with a mind-boggling public debt—over $20 trillion already spent ($14.3 trillion of “official” national debt plus various off-budget expenditures, according to the U.S. Treasury); trillions more of projected deficit-spending over the coming decade; … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2011 – The Federalist Papers and the Foundation of American Conservatism

June 7, 2011 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Dr. Joseph Postell, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, speaks at the American Founders Luncheon Series.… More>

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Sleepwalking Through the Valley of Financial Calamity

June 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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Remembering D-Day With Ike and Reagan

June 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for the American Spectator.

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Persist for Airport Freedom

June 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A “Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation,” and the “Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back.” Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer travel picks up—and so do concerns over excessive … More>

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Where Have All the Cold Warriors Gone?

June 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

It was 24 years ago, in June 1987, that Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech calling on Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall.” In 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the foundations that had … More>

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The High-Stakes Showdown Over Medicare Reform

May 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

The trustees of the Medicare system recently reported that the program will go broke in the year 2024—five years sooner than was projected just last year.

The millions of Americans who have been counting on Medicare to be a reliable, … More>

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Wanted: A Leader With Courage

May 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

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

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V&V Q&A on “Heaven in the American Imagination”

May 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, 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 edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews the chair of the history More>

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Spring Contrasts: Madison, Wisconsin vs. Tuscaloosa, Joplin, and the Mighty Mississippi

May 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

Madison, Wisconsin’s winter follies relinquished their national attention to Tuscaloosa’s tornado in April, events along the Mississippi in May, and finally to the most recent twister in Joplin, Missouri, where genuine suffering puts into perspective tenured teachers who are learning … More>

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The Global Energy Superpower

May 23, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant producer of petroleum on the planet. Nature endowed the Arabian Peninsula with gigantic deposits of this vital source of energy. Many of us have lamented the quirk of nature that placed much-needed oil … More>

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Reagan at Notre Dame: A Call to Transcendence and Duty

May 17, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The DNA of Greatness

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for National Review Online.

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Overpriced Higher Education

May 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

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

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Sins of the Father: Abortion, Birth Control, and the ACLU

May 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the National Catholic Register.

As someone with the highly unusual task of researching old, declassified Soviet and Communist Party USA archives, I often get quizzical looks as to why certain things from … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — “Fox & Friends” Interview on Catholics Challenging Speaker Boehner

May 15, 2011 | by | Topic: Streaming Video, The Content of Character, The Persuaders

To view a streaming video of Dr. Kengor’s recent interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” please click on the link below:

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Tax Hikes are Coming … If Obama Gets His Way

May 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

President Obama is now openly proposing tax increases on at least two important fronts as part of his “solution” to the growing debt crisis.

The president’s favorite approach is to talk about the “wealthiest Americans.” In his speech on April … More>

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Heaven and Hell

May 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately. “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is currently number one on The New York Times Best … More>

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Young Bill and the Navy SEALs

May 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

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

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Inflation: Food, Fuel, and the Fed

May 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As Americans increasingly feel the pinch of higher prices for food and fuel, the Federal Reserve’s QE2 policy of creating more money has been called into question. Asked if the Fed bore some responsibility for these vexing price increases, Fed … More>

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What Would Jesus Cut?

May 6, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom

That is the question asked by the left-leaning Christian organization, Sojourners, in its campaign of the same name. It is a most appropriate question given the battle over the budget and given this time of year, not long after the … More>

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A Report from Tuscaloosa’s Ground Zero

May 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

The Warrior River borders the University of Alabama campus, separating old Tuscaloosa from up-scale housing developments to the north. Tuscaloosans know a “north of the river” address connotes six-figure incomes. The schools, public and private, are excellent. It’s the country … More>

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Bush, Obama, and Osama: America’s Hour of Choosing

May 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

“In Bin Laden Announcement, Echoes of 2007 Obama Speech,” declared the headline in The New York Times. It’s difficult to find a newspaper that has demonstrated a worst pro-Obama and anti-Bush bias than The New York Times, especially when … More>

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Richard the Hybrid Student

May 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

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

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Millionaires in America

April 29, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Recently, CNN’s Money.com posted an article bearing the title, “U.S. Millionaires Population Expanded by 8 Percent in 2010.” According to the article, there are now approximately 8.4 million millionaires in the United States, and last year’s increase was due primarily … More>

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Bigger Than the Royal Wedding

April 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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Playing the Ostrich on Price Inflation

April 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have held the Fed’s first press conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee—the Fed committee that controls monetary policy. Leading … More>

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Downgrading America: S&P Declares the Obvious

April 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

If you had been living on another planet the last three years, you would be shocked to learn that the credit-rating agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), has placed the current AAA credit rating for the debt issued by the U.S. … More>

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Sterilizing Those Pesky Humans: Earth Day with Paul Ehrlich

April 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Every April 22 is Earth Day. As one who studies Soviet Russia, I can’t help notice that the day coincides with the birthday of Vladimir Lenin. The inaugural Earth Day occurred April 22, 1970, no less than Lenin’s birth centennial.… More>

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The Signing of Jackie Robinson: How Faith Helped Racial Healing

April 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com.

For many Americans, April 15 marked Tax Day. But it also marked an event much more redeeming. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. The … More>

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Donald “Herbert Hoover” Trump

April 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets, and Democrats

April 15, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

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

“[W]e could well take example from Russia,” advised Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, “where birth control instruction is part of the regular welfare service of the … More>

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How “Radical” is the Ryan Plan?

April 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Question for those of you concerned about the size of federal debts and deficits: Would you endorse a plan which would add another five or six trillion dollars to the federal debt over the next decade while increasing Uncle Sam’s … More>

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V&V PAPER — Christian Charity and the Welfare State

April 13, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Path to Freedom, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “When government confines itself to protecting each individual’s God-given right to be safe in his or her own person and property, then people are free to go about their business as long as they don’t trespass on the More>

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Money Can’t Buy You Economic Prosperity

April 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Defenders of the Federal Reserve have been out in force recently declaring the triumph of Money Printing 2, James Grant’s suggested more truthful term for “quantitative easing.” Some pundits point to an 18-percent increase in the S&P 500 since last … More>

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SPECIAL REPORT: “Exceptional America?”

April 11, 2011 | by | Topic: Annual Conference Lectures, The American Story

A review of last week’s Center debate between Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College and Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, written for The American Spectator.

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Nightmares and the Secret Tax

April 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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STREAMING VIDEO — “We Want to be Cowboys, Baby!”

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Jason R. Edwards speaks about the significance of the Frontier Thesis in the case for American Exceptionalism. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Bill Buckley’s America

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Lee Edwards talks about William Buckley at the America; Still the Last Best Hope? annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The American Entrepreneur

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Craig E. Columbus & Dr. Jeffrey M. Herbener speak about the American entrepreneur. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — From the Mountains to the Prairies

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Andrew Harvey & Dr. H. Collin Messer speak at the America; Still the Last Best Hope? annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — America – The European Perspective

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Joseph Pearce, writer-in-residence and associate professor of literature at Ave Maria University, gives the conference keynote address.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The American Century: From Henry Luce to Ronald Reagan

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Paul Kengor speaks at the America; Still the Last, Best Hope? annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Marvin J. Folkertsma & Dr. Mark W. Henderickson deliver a lecture at the annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — America: Still Exceptional?

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

A Debate Between Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College and Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — The Founders’ Republic

April 8, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Gillis J. Harp and Dr. Mark W. Graham speak at the Center for Vision and Values’ annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — American Exceptionalism from John Winthrop to Barack Obama

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Gary Scott Smith outlines the history of the exceptionalism in America.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Journalism’s Last, Best Hope

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

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STREAMING VIDEO — Science and Technology at the Heart of American Experience

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Stacy Birmingham and Dr. William Birmingham explain how technology and science are at the heart of the American Experience. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Does America Face Irreversible Decline?

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Michael Medved talks about why claims about the inevitable doom of our Great Republic constitute one of the ten big lies about America. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — From Sea to Shining Sea: An Overview of American Exceptionalism

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

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America’s March of Folly

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The budget deficits from the first two years of the Obama administration are of sufficient magnitude to spring Dr. “Billions and Billions” Carl Sagan from his grave. Sagan could sue for copyright infringement for misuse of astronomical numbers.

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STREAMING VIDEO — Immigration and American Exceptionalism

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor and Jurisprudence & Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, give a lecture at the “America: Still the Last Best Hope?” conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — American Exceptionalism Through the Eyes of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Grove City College President Richard G. Jewell ’67 talks about Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and the exceptionalism of America.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — From Washington to Eisenhower: From Isolation to Exporting Exeptionalism

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. Andrew Mitchell and Dr. J.D. Wyneken speak at the “America: Still the Last Best Hope?” annual conference.… More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Evangelicals and Tocqueville Together

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. P.C. Kemeny & Dr. Michael L. Coulter assess the religion of 19th century America. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — Exceptions to Exceptionalism

April 7, 2011 | by | Topic: America: Still the Last Best Hope?, Streaming Video

Dr. T, David Gordon & Dr. Steven L. Jones discuss the exceptionalism of America.… More>

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Obama vs. the Bushes: Comparing Costs and Coalitions from Libya to Iraq

April 5, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

The Libya situation is complicated. I envy no president stuck with the task. Among the complexities, the most daunting unknown is what’s behind the opposition. We would all like to see Moammar Gaddafi tossed to the ash-heap of history, but … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — The Supreme Court’s Private Life

April 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This Friday, April 8, noted scholar and professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, Dr. Robert P. George, will be speaking at a conference on American exceptionalism hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — A Scene on Rhode Island Avenue

April 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This Friday, April 8, noted scholar and professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, Dr. Robert P. George, will be speaking at a conference on American exceptionalism hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, More>

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A Nation of Takers

April 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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The Roots of Tocqueville’s American Exceptionalism

April 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: Dr. T. David Gordon will be a participant in an April 7-8 conference hosted by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College on American exceptionalism: “America: Still the Last Best Hope?”

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Thirty Years Ago: When President Reagan Was Shot

March 30, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a previous version published by the Reagan Centennial edition of Newsmax.

On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan, president for merely 10 weeks, stepped outside the Washington Hilton. What happened next was an … More>

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Obama Should Channel Reagan on Libya

March 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for USA Today.

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Kid Charlemagne’s Trip is Over

March 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

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

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Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

March 25, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law

On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system.

The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort … More>

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V&V Q&A with Herb Meyer: How to Analyze Information

March 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, 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 edition,professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Herb Meyer, who from 1981-87 More>

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The Ted Kennedy Chronicles: A Look at the Latest Declassified FBI Files

March 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

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

Another round of declassified FBI files on Senator Ted Kennedy has been released (click here and here). Fittingly, in Kennedy’s case, they once again raise … More>

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The Great Lisbon Earthquake: Thinking Theology and Natural Disasters

March 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

It was November 1, 1755, All Saints Day in the Roman Catholic faith. The churches were full as the faithful worshiped. Suddenly, the earth began to shake and continued for more than three minutes. The city of Lisbon, Portugal soon … More>

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Murders and Moral Bankruptcy: Where Have You Gone, Eyre Crowe?

March 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

In January 1907, a German-born official in the British Foreign Office wrote a memorandum that since has been indelibly linked to his name for its incisive analysis and uncanny prescience. Eyre Crowe had good reason to scrutinize Germany’s foreign-policy initiatives. … More>

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2011 – William Penn’s Pursuit of Religious Liberty

March 15, 2011 | by | Topic: American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures, Streaming Video

Andrew Murphy, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, speaks about William Penn and his pursuit of religious liberty.… More>

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Budget Tightening in Pennsylvania—and Around the Nation

March 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Corbett, has submitted his first annual budget to the state legislature. It includes proposals for spending cuts and no new taxes. In some ways, the budget is a model of what must be done nationwide.

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Madison v. Washington

March 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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The Tea Party vs. NPR

March 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian,” said NPR’s Ron Schiller to two undercover reporters. “I wouldn’t even call it Christian; it’s this weird evangelical kind of [movement].”… More>

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A Tale of Two Union Disputes: The NFL vs. Wisconsin Teachers

March 9, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

There are two high-profile labor disputes in the news these days. One involves Wisconsin’s public-school teachers; the other, the National Football League’s players. I mentioned this to a friend, who responded that the NFL dispute was more troublesome. The very … More>

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When Winston Warned America: Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” at 65

March 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

It was 65 years ago, March 5, 1946, when Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri. It was a speech that rocked the world and changed history.

By then, Churchill was no longer British prime minister. He … More>

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Wisconsin’s Political Pawns

March 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

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

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Who Objects to Free Speech?

March 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Free speech has always been one of our most cherished rights. It has come under attack repeatedly by those who find it to be an inconvenient and unwanted obstacle to the attainment of their political goals. Sometimes, those in positions … More>

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The Debt-Ceiling Dance and the Annual Budget Ritual

February 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Once again it’s time to talk about raising the statutory limit on the U.S. government’s debt—the so-called “debt ceiling.” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has estimated that Uncle Sam will reach the debt ceiling before Tax Day, possibly even before the … More>

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Handling the Truth and Scott Walker

February 28, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness, The Persuaders

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

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The “Purpose” and “Job” of Government: Wealth Redistribution?

February 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

A teachable moment on the purpose of government recently occurred on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” who has picked up the torch for the departed Keith Olbermann. It was Monday, February 7, the day after President Obama sat … More>

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Wisconsin Unions vs. Governor Walker: A Battle for the Soul of America

February 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article was first published by the Christian Science Monitor. 

It is hard to overstate what is at stake in the dramatic showdown between Wisconsin’s teachers and their Republican governor and legislature. The … More>

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Obama’s Rules for Wisconsin

February 21, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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“Jeopardy!” Champions: Humans Are Still the Masters

February 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I have been using computers since 1982 and still recall a simple artificial intelligence program that ran on my Commodore 64. I was mindful of that this week as I watched IBM’s computer—named “Watson”—compete on “Jeopardy!” against two human “Jeopardy!” … More>

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V&V Q&A with Ron Templeton, CEO of Templeton 360: Healthcare Entrepreneurship in the ObamaCare Era

February 16, 2011 | by | Topic: The Law, 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 edition, fellow for entrepreneurship and innovation with The Center for Vision & Values and chair of the entrepreneurship More>

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America’s Debts: Even More Calamitous Than We Thought

February 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Brace yourself. This isn’t going to be pleasant. If you’re in a bad mood or get easily upset, you may wish to pass on reading this article.

The country is in even worse shape economically than we thought. We awoke … More>

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Education’s Berlin Wall

February 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

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

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Of Morlocks and Black Swans

February 11, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Two books that should top any reading list for progressives who believe in “winning the future” by waging war against its current inhabitants are H. G. Wells’ classic The Time Machine and Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan. The … More>

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Honoring Reagan’s Memory in the Most Honorable Way

February 8, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

It is fitting that we are pausing to remember President Ronald Wilson Reagan on the centennial anniversary of his birth this February, a month that also includes Presidents Day. There continue to be many poignant remembrances and fitting tributes to … More>

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Ronald Reagan: The Anti-Nixon/Kissinger

February 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge

This February marks the birth centennial of Ronald Reagan. As a Reagan biographer, I’m often asked how Reagan was different from his predecessors, Republican and Democrat, and especially in the area of foreign policy. There were many ways, but here … More>

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Football Civics

February 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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STREAMING VIDEO — 2011 – Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

February 3, 2011 | by | Topic: Ronald Reagan Lectures, Streaming Video

Bill Bennett is interviewed at the Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture.… More>

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V&V FLASHBACK—The Professor, the Prankster, and the President

February 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

Editor’s note: As we near the centennial celebration of President Ronald Reagan’s birth—and as The Center for Vision & Values prepares for tonight’s Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture by Dr. Bill Bennett (click here to view the live webcastMore>

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The Truth About Ronald Reagan’s Mind—and Memory

February 2, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at FOXNews.com earlier today.

Ron Reagan, son of the late president, continues to get attention because of speculation in his new book that his father may have begun experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease during his presidency. … More>

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The Economics of the State of the Union

February 1, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The news from Egypt has thrust President Obama’s State of the Union off the front pages. While that news is critical, so is further analysis of the State of the Union, especially from an economic perspective. My previous column focused … More>

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A Pillar of Reagan’s Legacy: Religion

January 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for USA Today.

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When Reagan Spoke Truth to Soviet Power

January 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Written by the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values for the Wall Street Journal.

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Divisive Rather than Persuasive

January 31, 2011 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

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

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The New-Old Barack Obama

January 27, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun. Not being a political junkie, it gives me no pleasure to report this phenomenon. And no further proof of this assertion is needed than Barack Obama’s tactical shift.

You may recall, during the first … More>

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State of the Union: The Best Response is not a Formal Response

January 26, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Persuaders

Last night, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the official “Republican Response” to the State of the Union (SOTU). I wish there were no official response, and that’s not because I didn’t want to hear from a Republican. I’m … More>

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V&V FLASHBACK — Remembering Roe: A Forgotten Warning from Ronald Reagan

January 24, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character

Editor’s note: A version of this article was first published by The Center for Vision & Values on January 21, 2010.

Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade—source of 40 million abortions since 1973—I thought I’d share an … More>

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Scorched Earth vs. Status Quo

January 20, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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Hu’s in Town, Time to Talk “Money”

January 19, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

China’s President Hu Jintao is visiting the United States this week. This means we can count on two things: 1) a proliferation of Hu/who jokes (think: Abbott and Costello, “Who’s on first?”); and 2) disputes about the respective monetary policies … More>

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Reagan and Alzheimer’s: What the Public Doesn’t Know About the 40th President

January 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at FOXNews.com earlier today.

This February 6, 2011 marks the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth. Reagan died June 5, 2004 at the ripe old age of 93. Ironically, throughout that long life, he had … More>

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Changing the Mood: Two Inaugurals—JFK and Reagan

January 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

This January 20 marks the anniversary of two unforgettable inaugural addresses from two beloved presidents, Democrat and Republican: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. For Kennedy’s speech, this is the golden anniversary, 50 years; for Reagan, 30 years.

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Ronnie and Joe

January 14, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at National Review Online on February 6, 2010.

February 6, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding Reagan … More>

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On Reading Aloud in Congress

January 12, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Opening the 112th Congress by having a succession of representatives read the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House was a worthwhile exercise, despite heated criticism to the contrary.

If nothing else, it showed how little respect many … More>

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Lost Religious Liberty Around the World

January 10, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

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Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.

Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom … More>

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Religion and Congress

January 10, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

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

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Death of the Pro-Life Democrat?

January 7, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

With the swearing in of the 112th Congress, an already endangered species is nearing extinction in the Capitol Building: the pro-life Democrat.

That the Democrats … More>

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My Historical Outrage of 2010: Statue to Stalin

January 4, 2011 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Washington Times.

Of course, it’s customary at year’s end to share our favorite news items from the year past. As someone who teaches and writes about history, I … More>

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Educational Gobbledegook

January 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

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

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New Year’s Resolution: Stop the Fiscal Insanity

January 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

As we enter the New Year, the financial landscape is littered with essentially bankrupt governments. Governments at every level are in dire financial straits. During the last decade’s governmental spending binge, total state and municipal bond debt has nearly doubled … More>

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