James Buchanan

Article: She Persisted: Thanksgiving's Unsung Heroine & Other Uppity Gals

- Advertisement -<p>Vicki Leon is the author of a series of inspiring books revealing the legion of unsung "Uppity Women" through the ages. Engaging and …

Liberal View

The eaters of the free world: Food quirks nothing new in the Oval Office

Politics is a turbulent gig, but through it all, one thing remains constant: Presidents need to eat.<p>And eat they do. Recently, Donald Trump made …

Boston

Baseball as Civilization

Following a tradition that had developed during the British colonial period, the U.S. government regularly made gifts of silver (and copper) medals …

Zachary Taylor

More on libertarian skepticism about democracy – a rejoinder to Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson of the Niskanen Center has posted an insightful response to my critique of his essay blaming libertarian skepticism of democracy for many of the flaws of the present-day Republican right (and, by extension, American politics generally). In my earlier post, I argued that Wilkinson was …

Fascism

Nancy MacLean’s Deceitful Democracy in Chains Fails to Win National Book Award

It is with great relief that I announce that Duke University professor Nancy MacLean did <i>not</i> win the National Book Award for Nonfiction, for which her …

Conservative View

Capitol Hill staffers have a 'creep list' of male lawmakers who are known for sexual misconduct

AOL

California will be the first state to use LGBT-inclusive history textbooks in schools

California has become the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for use in primary schools, the Advocate reports.<p>The California State Board of Education on Thursday approved 10 textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade students that include coverage of the historical …

LGBTQ

The Seen and the Catastrophic Unseen in Our Criminal Justice System

Thank you. Thank you to the Reason Foundation, and to the judges who saw merit in my work and honored me with this award.<p>It's especially validating …

Justice

The Republican Party Today Is Similar To The Democratic Party Of The Late 1850s

The GOP seems to be on the verge of crippling infighting that may threaten the party for decades.<p>The Democratic Party of James Buchanan, from 1855-1860, appeared ― on the surface ― to be ascendant in the American politics of the day. They controlled the presidency, majorities in the Congress and …

Democratic Party

A year after Trump was elected, how is American democracy holding up?

John Locher, Associated Press filePresident-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he gives his acceptance speech …

Denver

True Liberalism Is about Human Compassion

The first job in that task, I would argue, is for the true liberal is to reassert the fundamental liberal nature of true liberal radicalism to both …

Economics

12 X-Rated History Facts They Won't Teach You In School

<i>I can barely remember what exactly they taught us in history class, but I can assure you it was none of these facts. These are insane.</i><p>1. HeavenInACup …

Humor

Bannon: G.W. Bush most destructive president ever

The former White House chief strategist took offence to the Bushes’ Trump-bashing that they unleashed in a new book penned by historian Mark …

Conservative View

Michael Novak: A Model for Social Scientists

I once resigned from a professional association of social scientists over Michael Novak. I won’t name the group, but on the email listserv someone …

Brutal

Tim Kaine Is Wrong about America and Slavery

That the Founders’ vision took centuries of struggle and a Civil War to be properly realized is no reason to doubt its righteousness.<p>Last week’s …

Slavery

The Bizarre Conspiracy Theory Nominated for a National Book Award

Nancy MacLean claims an influential economist had racist motivations — without providing any real evidence.<p>This much is known about the writer Donald …

Austrian Economics

Now's the Time to Plan Your Trip to "Christmas Town USA"

Each year, the 665 devoted residents of McAdenville create a gleaming display that has earned this place the nickname “Christmas Town USA.” Located …

Travel

The North tried compromise. The South chose war.

In an interview Monday, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly remarked that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” Kelly was responding to a question about the decision of an Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va., to remove a plaque honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee, …

Robert E. Lee

The threat of Senate expulsion facing Roy Moore is a real one

The raging controversy over Judge Roy Moore’s alleged sexual improprieties—and the resultant threat of expulsion should Alabama voters, nonetheless, …

Liberal View

Actually, John Kelly, the failed ‘compromise’ to avoid Civil War would have enshrined slavery

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, whose boss is well known for unique opinions about the Civil War, introduced his own hypothesis to the world last night when he blamed the war on “the lack of an ability to compromise.”<p>The Washington Post has already written about what historians think of …

Abraham Lincoln

The Origins of Fortress Washington

Washington D.C. circa 1861.<i>Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Steve T. Phan</i>By 1865, Washington D.C. was surrounded. On the high hills, long …

History

Review: A Wonder Boy on the Wrong Side of History

Herbert Hoover was an American tragic hero—a man brought down by the very qualities that made him great.<p>People think of Hoover, if they think of him at all, as a stiff old man in a double-breasted suit doddering out of the Waldorf Towers on Park Avenue with a wan wave. Historians often rate him …

Opinion

Just How Much Did Nancy MacLean Get Wrong?

Nancy MacLean's <i>Democracy in Chains</i>, an error-filled screed against Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan, is one of five finalists for a …

Koch Brothers

Drivers react to Edinburgh parking permit price hike plan

EDINBURGH motorists have been quick to condemn the permit hike plan, with the majorty thinking city fathers are calling it wrong.

Edinburgh

Trump family breaks with presidential pet tradition

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> He campaigned and won vowing to shake up Washington. Now, President Donald Trump is again breaking with tradition on a more personal matter: keeping a pet at the White House.<p>The illustrious tradition of keeping pets in the White House dates back to Thomas Jefferson, who kept a …

U.S. Politics

Founding Fathers and leaders who were LGBT-friendly, in honour of LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is – you guessed it – a month-long look at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay …

LGBTQ

Bull Durham Tobacco, To the Rhine and Back | NC DNCR

“Contribute! Organize your club, your church, your town, your office, your factory and give the boys just a little comfort—their favorite smoke.” So …

North Carolina

'Historical Fiction' at Duke

It’s become almost a punch line that the academic left seeks to label as “white supremacist” any idea they don’t like—and are unable to rebut. But a Duke University professor’s attempt to smear a giant of the economics profession hasn’t been very funny. Now the question is whether it was all the …

Opinion

Historian Nancy MacLean: We’re under attack “by a right-wing machine”

Nancy MacLean on her hot book “Democracy in Chains” and the evil genius of the Koch brothers’ donor network<p>American democracy is in crisis. Across almost every issue, from the environment to the economy to gun control, the policies advocated by Donald Trump and the Republican Party are widely …

Liberal View

The Man the World (Still) Needs

By: Jeff Deist <br>[<i>Excerpt from the opening speech given at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary gala in New York City, October 6, 2017</i>.]Thank you …

Conservative View