When Central Planning Works

A significant swath of people believe that central planning by a government body is necessary for at least some economic activity. They can point to the rapid, massive buildup of the American war machines for both world wars and their successful prosecution, to the seemingly-successful management of consumer price inflation Continue Reading →

What a Wonderful World

Music can be incredibly therapeutic, not only when you listen to it, but even more so when you make it. Singing in the shower can be a great release, but actually preparing songs and performing for an audience adds multiple dimensions of satisfaction. I sing with a barbershop quartet and Continue Reading →

Immigration and the Welfare State

We often hear from the progressive left that we need a powerful welfare state in a free society, because people without resources cannot be free. The poor might not be able to get enough food, may have to work long hours instead of tending to their families, and may not Continue Reading →

Why Is Freedom Good?

Someone recently asked why freedom is good, and it is worthwhile for everyone to seriously reflect on that question, because it makes a difference. My view of free society is that all people have the right to use, control, and make decisions about their own lives, liberty, and justly-acquired property. Continue Reading →

What’s So Good About Independence?

July Fourth is Independence Day, a time of celebration, with parties and fireworks all around. Like most countries, America has a day that marks the beginning, a time to remember independence or the start of a separate political entity. What, however, is so good about independence? What are we celebrating? Continue Reading →

Selling the Ideas of Liberty

Liberty is a part of the American heritage. The foundational institutions have embedded its ideals, and the nation has a vocabulary that makes it almost sound trite to talk about it. We take so much for granted because we have enjoyed so much freedom relative to other countries. For a Continue Reading →