In response to the police killing of George Floyd, and to a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, protesters across the country have recently removed or vandalized statues celebrating Confederate soldiers, founding fathers, and explorers. Some cities and states have preemptively removed or covered such statues to reduce the likelihood of conflict. Those advocating for statue removal argue that honoring … Continue reading Should Governments Erect Statues?
Harper’s Magazine published “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” online this week, and the contents—as well as the names of some of those who signed the letter—have caused quite a commotion. A precursor to the print version, which will appear in the October edition of the magazine, the July 7 letter is a rallying cry for intellectual … Continue reading Harper’s Open Letter Critical of ‘Cancel Culture’ Should Be Applauded, Not Canceled
Why are some in the government so determined to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs? That’s a question we all should be asking as we celebrate Wednesday’s Supreme Court victory for the Little Sisters. Regrettably, Wednesday’s victory is unlikely to be the end of the government harassment of the nuns. The Little … Continue reading Little Sisters of Poor Win Big at Supreme Court, but Fight Isn’t Over
In the midst of a global pandemic, halfway through 2020, 24-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes inked a $503 million contract with the franchise. To be accurate, it’s a 10-year extension—that’ll see him through 2031—to the tune of $447 million. Add this onto his current contract, along with a few other incentives and bits, … Continue reading Patrick Mahomes’s $503 Million Contract Offers a Crucial Lesson in Value Creation and Economic Freedom
White House “drug czar” Jim Carroll told Politico earlier this week that an Office of National Drug Control Policy analysis finds an 11.4 percent year‐over‐year increase in opioid‐related overdose deaths during the first four months of 2020. Kentucky has seen a 25 percent increase in overdose deaths during the first four months of this year, and West Virginia saw … Continue reading “Drug Czar” Says Overdose Deaths Were Already Rising Before Pandemic and Now Are Spiking—The Ultimate Blame Belongs to Prohibition
Among the accomplishments of last week’s protest mob at the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison: * The mob pulled down two statues. One was “Forward,” a replica of an allegorical representation of a female figure created by sculptor Jean Pond Miner in 1893, both created and later preserved through subscription contributions from Wisconsin women. * The other was … Continue reading For Liberal Public Values. Against Mob Violence.
The NBA is considering allowing players to use personalized statements on jerseys to promote social justice causes. The season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus, is expected to restart July 30 in Orlando, Florida. Jerseys are expected to carry statements such as "Black Lives Matter," "I Can't Breathe," and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” … Continue reading NBA Player Stuns with Controversial Social Justice Statement—on Economics
In March, data guru Nate Silver wrote about the different ways blue states and red states were experiencing the COVID-19 epidemic, noting that “states Clinton won do have considerably more total reported cases.” COVID-19 was not just a blue state problem though. Silver pointed out that cases in red states were increasing far more rapidly. … Continue reading Blue States Have Been Hit Much Harder by COVID-19. Why?
The Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, interpreting employment discrimination on the basis of “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity, has sparked a fair bit of talk about how religious liberty is supposedly circling the legal drain (related Twitter discussion here). The best single response I’ve seen to these concerns is this new article in The … Continue reading Religious Liberty Is Alive and Well at the U.S. Supreme Court
As The Independent reports: Happiness among Americans has fallen to the lowest level in nearly five decades during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The Covid Response Tracking Study, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), found that morale was at the lowest point it has ever been since tracking emotional health … Continue reading University of Chicago Study: American Hope and Happiness at Abysmal Lows