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  • This just in...

    by Sheldon Richman

    A new study indicates that if the presidential election were held today...the turnout would be very light.

  • PERHAPS THIS IS THE TENURE ISSUE?

    by Steven Horwitz

    Although I generally agree with the tenor of Robert's questions about Charles' concerns over tenure (namely that it's not so"under threat"), every once in awhile something like this comes along, and I get deeply concerned. Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.

  • HAS TENURE BEEN ELIMINATED?

    by Robert L. Campbell

    I just wrote a long post in response to Charles Nuckolls' piece,"Bye-bye to tenure." (I've been remiss, in fact, in not acknowledging Charles' previous posts about academia, along with King Banaian's.)

    I can see that I must resist the temptation to type my thoughts into a cgi without backup, for my entire post has vanished into the ozone, and I don't have time to reconstitute it today.

    I assume, though, that Charles is not referring to legislative enactments that abolish tenure a


  • ANOTHER MEDDLING FIRST LADY

    by David T. Beito

    After eight years of Hillary's attempts to nationalize health care, I thought for once we would have a first lady who was relatively harmless and might even do some good with her power. Laura Bush gave the impression of an unpretentious person who wanted to use her position as a bully pulpit for relatively modest and realistic goals such as encouraging more children to read. Apparently, I was wrong.

    Laura Bush has used her clout to put more artists on the dole. She is credited with per


  • Bye-Bye to Tenure

    by Charles W. Nuckolls

    Tenure is more than simply under threat. It has already been eliminated, in all but name, in more than thirty states. Will faculties who still have tenure wake up to their potential loss, or will they, like faculties elsewhere, remain the docile and compliant wage-laborers their"administrators" want them to be?

    Alabama, where I am, still protects tenure, but its days are surely numbered. The surrounding states all got rid of it some years ago, as administrators tried to pander to"ele


  • OH BE-HAVE!

    by Gene Healy

    Dennis Kucinich talks dirty:

    "As a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first lady... And I certainly want a dynamic, out-spoken woman who was fearless in her desire for peace in the world and for universal single-payer health care and a full employment economy. If you are out there call me."

    PoliticsNH.com has decided to serve as Kucinich's personal Match.com. Click here to check out the 80 bachelorettes waitin


  • COMMUNIST PARASITES

    by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

    It's the day after the Super Bowl. The Pats won in a Thriller. The nation is abuzz with talk about Janet Jackson's exposed breast. (Bravo to Arthur for putting all of this in perspective!) And it's Groundhog Day, and we have 6 more weeks of winter ahead!

    It's also a day on which President Bush is apparently


  • IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE!

    by Steven Horwitz

    Wow, things are heating up in this little corner of cyberspace! Mark is trying to out-libertarian David Bernstein (I caught the same point in David's op-ed) and Arthur is calling W treasonous for trying to enshrine heterosexual marriage in the Constitution. Hard to argue with either of those positions! For those interested in the same-sex marriage issue, there was quite an intense debate over on the Hayek-L


  • War, Murder, History

    by Greg Ransom

    Ten years ago Harold Ransom was a physicist, sportsman, government bureaucrat. Today he's an historian. No one is more surprised than his family.

    Dad got the history bug after his parents died. He wasn't much of a book reader, but he did like puzzles and projects."Where did we come from" became his new leading puzzle and hobby. And there were some mysteries here. He knew that his grandfather had murdered a man, and his great grandfather on the other side of the family had come alone f


  • MUDDLED THINKING ON CIVIL RIGHTS

    by Mark Brady

    I have always understood that freedom of association means that an individual may both associate, including trade, with other consenting individuals and its corollary, may also decline to associate, including trade, with other individuals. Thus a person may discriminate against anyone else for any reason whatsoever--race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, whatever. Today, of course, discrimination for these sorts of reason is largely illegal and politically incorr

  • GEORGE W. BUSH -- TRAITOR

    by Arthur Silber

    Our contemptible Panderer-in-Chief comes a bit closer to revealing his hatred for individual rights, equality before the law, and the founding principles of the United States: After three days of private strategy sessions, the Republican leaders of the Senate have decided to scale back two of their major legislative initiatives


  • NEW BLOG

    by R. Reid McKee

    I am happy to announce that I have started a new group blog with some friends and acquaintances of mine. It's called The Mote in the Middle Distance, but we're calling it"The Mote" for short.

    Not to boast, but I think I've assembled a great lineup of talented and thoughtful"small government conservatives" (cf. Sheldon Richman's recent post on George Will) to blog along with me. Consequent


  • THIS WEEK'S WISDOM

    by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

    With bombings in the Kurdish sections of Iraq killing more than 50 people, and another US soldier killed near Baghdad, Super Bowl Sunday is not off to a good start. There were, however, some words of wisdom spoken on"This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

    Among those joining regulars Farid Zakaria and George Will were former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey and former U.N. Ambassa


  • The Big Wolowski

    by Roderick T. Long

    [cross-posted at Praxeology.net]

    Murray Rothbard in several of his works refers favourably to an article on property rights by the 19th-century French economists Louis Wolowski and Émile Levasseur. (Rothbard sometimes refers to Wolowski as Léon Wolowski, perhaps confusing him with the Léon Faucher who wrote a rather similar article on property for Charles Coquelin's 1852-53 Dictionnaire de l'économie politique.) I th

  • H. L. Mencken

    by Greg Ransom

    God damn the man could write. I've been dipping in Terry Teachout's "The Skeptic" and -- no slight to Teachout, who's done a skilled job here -- the best things in the book are the previously unpublished bits of Mencken. Example:

    "The whole policy of Roosevelt II, whether in domestic or foreign affairs, was founded upon the fanning of hatreds -- the first and last resort of unconscionable

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