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A Sad, Confused, and Ominous Obamacare Decision

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In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia summarized the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell in two sentences: “The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘exchange established by the state’ it means ‘exchange established by the state or federal government.’ That is quite absurd and the court’s 21… Read more »

Cheers to the Magna Carta

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It’s the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, causing thoughtful Americans who care deeply about scutage, darrein presentment, or the standard width of haberject, to raise their voices in loud acclamation. The rest of us, however, are left wondering: What does it matter that one June day in 1215 at Runnymede in Merrie Olde England,… Read more »

After Waterloo

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“Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.” —Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, June 19, 1815 The Battle of Waterloo—a series of bloody encounters between French, Anglo-Dutch, and Prussian armies fought over four days—culminated with Napoleon’s final defeat on June 18, 1815. It was a major historical event, and yet… Read more »

V&V Q&A – “The Soul of Grove City College: A Personal View” – with L. John Van Til

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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, we sit down with retired Grove City College professor L. John Van Til to discuss his new book, “The Soul of Grove City College: A Personal View.” V&V: Thanks for joining us… Read more »

The “Takedown” of Family and Marriage Part Two: V&V Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

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V&V: Dr. Kengor, picking up from our previous interview on your new book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage,” briefly recap your thesis for us. Kengor: Sure. Takedown details the far left’s quest to redefine, and in some cases outright abolish, the traditional family and marriage from the… Read more »

Human Rights? No. Bodily Liberty? Yes.

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The Manhattan Supreme Court recently heard the case of two chimpanzees named Hercules and Leo, which were apparently caged while undergoing research at Stony Brook University. Represented by the Nonhuman Rights Project, the suit contends that the pair should have a right to “bodily liberty” and that any caging of these primates violates their rights. Steven… Read more »

Obamacare Subsidies and Justice Anthony Kennedy

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It’s not too much to say that President Obama’s domestic legislative legacy could turn on the outcome of King v. Burwell, the landmark case argued in March before the U.S. Supreme Court, which a decision forthcoming soon. If the administration loses, Obamacare will become like Humpty Dumpty, and it is not certain that “the king’s… Read more »

Dante and the Way of Love

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Dante, a serious rival to Shakespeare as the world’s greatest literary genius, was born in Florence, Italy 750 years ago. Italy properly celebrated the birthday of its national poet (indeed he who virtually invented the modern Italian language) on May 4, and Pope Francis has encouraged Dante to be read as a “prophet of hope”… Read more »

The “Takedown” of Family and Marriage: V&V Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor on his latest book

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Editor’s note: The following is part one of a series of Q&As with Professor Paul Kengor about his new book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage. If you would like to interview Dr. Kengor on his book, please respond to this email or contact him directly at [email protected]…. Read more »

STREAMING VIDEO – Charlie Hebdo: Lessons From France

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On February 10, 2015, The Center for Vision & Values was pleased to welcome Dr. Guido Hulsmann to speak before more than 100 students and guests during the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. Hulsmann, a professor of law, economics, and social science at the University d’Angers in France, gave a compelling lecture on the economic… Read more »

My Self-Control is Running on Empty

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Self-control is more important than self-esteem. The ability to control one’s activities is more predictive of success than is intelligence. When it comes to self-control, research supports Ralph Waldo Emerson’s adage that “character is higher than intellect.” What does the research say about levels of self-control? This question must be answered in two ways. First,… Read more »

Rating Colleges and Universities and—Blenders?

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Early in his second term, President Obama charged the U.S. Department of Education to develop a new rating system for all higher education institutions. College presidents across the country are concerned and are asking some important questions. Jamienne Studley, a deputy undersecretary of education, compares the task of rating colleges to “rating a blender …… Read more »

Commencements, Causes and Campus Free Speech: The Surprising Case of Dickinson College

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When my daughter told me that Mark Ruffalo—an actor and leftist activist—would be receiving a prestigious prize at her 2015 commencement at Dickinson College, I was dismayed but not surprised. Dickinson, an elite liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, is a hotbed of “sustainability” which permeates virtually everything it does, from curriculum to architecture to… Read more »

Seven Brothers? A Remarkable World War II Story

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This time last year I did a commentary on five brothers who served in World War II. Very impressive. Imagine my surprise when someone who caught the commentary sent me a package with this note: “Dear Professor Kengor: Your [commentary] about the family whose five sons served in WW II was interesting. You might be… Read more »

Joe McCarthy: Despicable or Prophetic?

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A recent column I wrote on communism in Hollywood in the 1940s elicited strong reaction toward the person of Joe McCarthy. This was somewhat perplexing, given that McCarthy was not the front-and-center figure investigating Hollywood communism. Yet, it wasn’t surprising, given that any mention of the Stalinist sympathies of American communists prompts liberals into reflexive… Read more »

Iran: The Gulf Region Bully

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Iran acts like a Persian Gulf hegemon because it can. Tehran’s military, while capable of making a less-than-concerted attack costly, would be overmatched by the armed forces of the United States and those of the Persian Gulf states and crumble quickly along with its regime. The window of opportunity is closing with Russia’s announced intention… Read more »

The Triumph of Supply-Side Politics: Where the Supply-Siders Totally Blew It

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com. If you’re hoping for an unremitting anti-supply-side diatribe, you will be disappointed. There is, indeed, a major flaw in the supply-side approach and I’ll get to that presently, but first, let’s give credit where credit is due. Supply-side economics emerged in the late ’70s and was the… Read more »

Practice Resurrection

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Editor’s note: Dr. H. Collin Messer delivered the below Harbison Chapel address on April 30 in recognition of being chosen Grove City College’s 2015 Professor of the Year. In his talk Messer teaches us something important about Christ’s resurrection and His purpose for professors and students. Messer says, “The resurrection firmly secures our eternal future… Read more »

Socialization as a Religious Phenomenon

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Every home schooling parent has been asked the S-Question: “What about socialization?” The implications (real or imagined) of the question are less than flattering: Students who attend schools outside the home are socialized better because they spend so much time with their immature peers, whereas students who attend school within the home are poorly socialized… Read more »

Overcoming Stagnant Wages: Stronger Unions and Higher Minimum Wages are Not the Answer

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Recently, many economists and politicians have expressed concern about stagnant wages and rising income and wealth inequality. Such concerns prompted 20 states and the District of Columbia to raise the minimum wage this year. Some economists, such as former treasury secretary Larry Summers, also argue that steps should be taken to increase the number of… Read more »

The S-300 Slap Down

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The Russian-built S-300 anti-aircraft/anti-ballistic missile (AA/ABM, carrying the NATO designation SA-10, codenamed “Grumble”), while not the world’s most advanced surface-to-air defensive weapon, roughly equates to the American Patriot system. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decree promptly lifting former President Dmitry Medvedev’s 2007 ban on exporting the Grumble to Iran constitutes a slap down for American… Read more »

Negative Interest Rates: A Brilliant Concept!

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. I have to admit that initially I was uninterested, even close-minded, about the negative yield being offered on a growing share of European sovereign debt. “It must be a short-term aberration,” I thought at first. “Completely nutso,” I sniffed dismissively as the phenomenon spread. “Who in their… Read more »

The Inauguration of The Honorable Paul J. McNulty ’80 the Ninth President of Grove City College

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The Honorable Paul J. McNulty ’80 is a former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. He oversaw the prosecution of terrorists in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, set policy for prosecuting corporate fraud and is considered a leading expert on business ethics, corporate governance and… Read more »