Ben Crystal: A tale of two executions

Ben Crystal: A tale of two executions

By Ben Crystal The State of Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday. Convicted for the murder-for-hire of her husband, Gissendaner spent more than 15 years on the Peach State’s death row before meeting her end in the state’s death chamber. I’m neither sorry she’s gone, nor am I sympathetic to her cause. […]

Thomas Sowell: Charlatans and sheep

Thomas Sowell: Charlatans and sheep

By Thomas Sowell One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme “What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace?” Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to […]

Emil Franzi: When the Center goes a bit off-center

Emil Franzi: When the Center goes a bit off-center

By Emil Franzi This election cycle is validating two of my own political maxims: •The Center moves, sometimes imperceptively, but is never static. •Moderation is a demeanor and not an epistemology. My thanks to this lineup of presidential candidates for validating both points. The theroretical center is a statistical point in which all issues are […]

Jane Candia Coleman: A perfect lesson

Jane Candia Coleman: A perfect lesson

By Jane Candia Coleman There is an old axiom that states we should teach by example. And all writers have learned a similar rule: “Show Don’t Tell,” which, in simpler terms, means to communicate without bombast or endless preaching, to engage the reader or the listener in a way that illustrates one’s ideas. For the […]

Phil Richardson: The rise of political parties and political machines

Phil Richardson: The rise of political parties and political machines

By Phil Richardson BASIC STUFF: Very early in life I was informed that every four years, local politicians of some note are dispatched from the grass roots of our democracy to grand conventions by their peers, charged with picking the person best able to win the highest office in the land. This is done in […]

Ilan Berman: Deciphering Russia’s Syria strategy

Ilan Berman: Deciphering Russia’s Syria strategy

By Ilan Berman What is the Russian government up to in Syria? After weeks of agitating for the creation of an international “united front” to confront the Islamic State terrorist group (and rehabilitate its longtime ally in Damascus in the process), the Kremlin has taken matters into its own hands. Beginning in early September, the […]

Michael Barone: The dogs that aren’t barking in the 2016 campaign

Michael Barone: The dogs that aren’t barking in the 2016 campaign

By Michael Barone Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn’t bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and woolly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the night, or in the daytime either. Start with the race for the […]

Phil Richardson: In the beginning, there were politicians: 1774

Phil Richardson: In the beginning, there were politicians: 1774

By Phil Richardson The founders of the United States of America were male aristocrats, most of whom, such as Thomas Jefferson, were termed at the time “enlightened country gentlemen.” Then, as now, “money talked,” as well as “men ruled the roost.” Women did not win the right to vote until the 19th amendment to the […]

Ben Crystal: We must fight for liberty now more than ever

Ben Crystal: We must fight for liberty now more than ever

By Ben Crystal Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, Karl Marx’s enduring gift to college sociology professors everywhere hit its stride with a series of purges. Beginning in the 1930s, these cullings of the communist herd began with the liquidation of opponents of socialism’s favorite son, Josef Stalin, and metastasized into an […]

Bill Tatro: The difficulty of embracing cash

Bill Tatro: The difficulty of embracing cash

By Bill Tatro How many times has a Financial Adviser sat down with a client to develop a retirement plan and said “Of course, we’ll want to factor in the deflationary aspect of the Central Bank Zero Rate Policy”. How many times? More than likely, none. Since the ‘70’s most advisers were trained to assume […]

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