A More Perfect Union

08.01.2012  |  No Comments ››

There are certain documents that constitute the canon of the United States. Though we might disagree on the specific documents constituting this canon, we would ...

Liberty: The Best Idea in History

07.11.2010  |  1 Comment ››

 Good morning. I am honored to be here with you this morning, and I thank you and Reverend Searl for inviting me back this ...

Broken Government – More evidence

02.22.2010  |  No Comments ››

According to a new CNN poll, 86% of American's think government is "broken", but of those, 81% think it can be fixed. A similar ...

Abandoning the Ship of State

02.16.2010  |  No Comments ››

Apparently, Senator Bayh is leaving because he sees the Senate becoming more stridently partisan - a trend others have also ...

Quaran Target Practice

05.18.2008  |  No Comments ››

I have an opinion on the use of the Quran as a target for weapons practice by US personnel in Baghdad. I was wondering ...

Problems with International Relations Theory

11.07.2007  |  No Comments ››

Here's a brief summary of topics I believe need further development with regards to the way scholars and professionals think about and approach International Relations.

Heated Debate

06.08.2007  |  No Comments ››

Just when I was beginning to despair about the lack of substantive debate in government chambers, we have a reprise of the fracas between Griswold ...

South Carolina – Oh Dear!

03.16.2007  |  No Comments ››

South Carolina has this nifty idea to cut the term of prison sentences for inmates who donate organs. Can you imagine the plea deals, "OK, I ...

Anti Pareto Policy

02.11.2007  |  No Comments ››

A classmate of mine asked an interesting question recently, and it inspired my response which follows. At root, this notion is a framework for ...

Binding the Invisible Hand

01.31.2007  |  No Comments ››

The idea of the Earth's Carrying Capacity necessarily involving more than just the amount of food we can produce can lead to some pretty depressing ...

Human Search Filters and the Wisdom of Science

01.03.2007  |  No Comments ››

The Internet is an impartial tool with which we can support our delusions of reality, or conversely build an objective and valid world-view.  The tendency ...

Recipe for State Success

12.28.2006  |  No Comments ››

Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates has a ski-resort.  It also has winter daytime temperatures in the 80's. It takes a huge amount of energy ...

Two Stagnant Years

11.10.2006  |  3 Comments ››

The next two years will see the Federal government locked in a logjam of procedure and ideology as significant initiatives get hung up on the ...

Junto

10.15.2006  |  No Comments ››

Join a Junto in Oswego, IL Several friends and I love having discussions regarding philosophy, political science, natural science, sociology and other similarly meaty topics. ...

Trust and Security – Part 1 First National Bank and Trust

09.06.2006  |  1 Comment ››

p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 10pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; ...

A Time for Partisanship

08.31.2006  |  No Comments ››

One of the low points in the level of appreciation I have for our Congress came February 12, 1999 when the Senate voted on the ...

Energy and Economics – Part 2: Knowledge is Power

08.28.2006  |  3 Comments ››

Introduction From the first embers of the first fires, to the lasers, rockets and televisions of the modern world, our eyes have been alight with the ...

War on Terror – Dialogue

08.04.2006  |  No Comments ››

Subject: [Topical] Dialog Concerning Economics and the War on Terror _____ From: Thompson,Scott Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 12:31 PM To: Rob; Joe Baksha Cc: Shiloh Madsen; T. Scott ...

Limits to the Federal Government – A Dialogue

08.03.2006  |  No Comments ››

Rob: When it comes to government, less is better Scott: If "less is better" regarding government, then surely "no government at all" would be perfect. ...

Three Assaults on Liberty

07.23.2006  |  No Comments ››

Improvements in scientific analysis and improvements in humanity’s knowledge-base of cause-and-effect relationships regarding the natural world translate neither obviously nor easily to the political and ...